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New Baptist Church is planning its next revival, but organizers promise that this year’s event will be more than an ordinary service.

The historic congregation is looking not only inward, but also outward to a growing city.

“Our desire is that God will ignite a revival in Indianapolis by blessing New Baptist,” said Pastor David L. Page.

The congregation’s annual Fall Revival will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 13; Wednesday, Oct. 14; and Thursday, Oct. 15 at the church, located at 1211 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St.

The revival series will include sermons by guest pastors and a message from a special guest speaker.

Pastor Jeffrey A. Johnson Sr. of Eastern Star Church and Pastor George Martin of the Sanctuary Church will join their choirs as guests on Oct. 13 and 14, respectively.

Oct. 15 services will feature Pastor Kerwin B. Lee of Berean Christian Church, Stone Mountain, Ga.

“Dr. Lee is a new voice on the national scene in terms of addressing both the social and spiritual challenges of our country,” said Page. “I know God has given us a special word for this time, and when we look at what Dr. Lee has done in Georgia, it is obvious that God can use him to inspire those of us who want to be blessed from an economic, educational and spiritual standpoint.”

A graduate of Central Arizona College, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) Lee accepted his call to preach while he was a college basketball player in Alaska.

He then served as a student pastor in Jamaica, a counselor with the Billy Graham Crusade, a full time youth pastor and a coordinator for Young Life, a national outreach organization. He later formed Berean Christian Church with two locations in Stone Mountain and Snellville, Ga.

Lee is best known for his work helping troubled youth turn their lives around, and is the author of the book, Winning the Battle Over Negative Emotions.

“I’m excited about the revival, and I look forward to visiting Indianapolis,” Lee said. “My goal is to encourage everyone to understand that the solutions to many of our problems have already been given to us, and they are not hard to find. All we have to do is pay attention to what the word of God says, and restore accountability, responsibility and stability to our families.”

The Fall Revival is one of several activities New Baptist is holding this month, including a 12-hour community prayer vigil on Monday, Oct. 12 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., the TNT spiritual gifts seminar and the Back to Church Drive neighborhood outreach effort.

“All Christians need to be revived, and we want the momentum from this to spread like a wildfire,” Page said. “A wildfire starts with a spark, but as it moves it spreads and creates fire. We want this city to be on fire for the Lord.”

For more information about the New Baptist Church Fall Revival call (317) 635-5909 or (317) 632-4606.

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