LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Here is what you need to know about Mark Bishop, the pastor at GracePointe Baptist: A good weekend isn’t one where he’s sitting on a beach.
But the evangelist pastor considers any weekend a good one when someone comes to know the Lord.
“We had a good weekend,” he said Monday.
During a funeral service on Saturday, 10 people were saved following an evangelistic message from Bishop that had many weeping and realizing what their lives were missing. The next day, with a crowd of 500 in two services at the church, two more came forward to accept Christ.
“A total of 12 saved is not too shabby,” Bishop said. “We just had a wonderful weekend.”
Bishop was still beaming on Monday because of what the Lord had done.
Bishop said God directed him to preach a strong gospel message at the funeral for a man who had been saved at the church. His life before turning it over to Christ included drugs and alcohol. Many of the 65 who showed up for the funeral may have still been in that lifestyle.
“You can sense it from the crowd,” he said. “If you can smell the pot and alcohol, you know this whole group needs Jesus. I focused on the need for Christ. I said, 'This person is with the Lord and here is what he’d want you to know.'”
Bishop preaches and then gives an invitation, having them hold up their hands if they see a need to accept Christ as savior. "I ask them to pray for Jesus to forgive them of their sins and hold their hands up and let me recognize them if they prayed and meant it. It’s a three-step process. Once they accept Christ, I recognize that again and talk to them about following the Lord in believer’s baptism and to get involved in a local church and that we’d love to be your church home.”
It was a funeral worth shouting over, Bishop said, and the following morning was just as exciting. He said the church is running about 75 percent of what they were pre-COVID and that was encouraging too. Bishop said they are following all the governor’s guidelines with masks and/or social distancing. The auditorium holds about 650, he said.
“Now is not the time for the church to run and hide,” Bishop said. “We need to spread the gospel. This is the day for the church to be the church. I preached a series on the end times and people (nine total) were saved every single Sunday over a four-week period.”
He said people are still leery about water, making baptizing difficult for now. He said GracePointe has had 100 baptized from August to August despite the difficult days of the coronavirus.
Weekends like the one he just experienced fuel his evangelistic jets.
“Nothing quite like it,” he said of the good weekend. “If anything is better than people getting saved, I’ll start doing it.”