Taking gospel to the streets

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

ST. PETERSBURG — The Seven x 7 movement has been heeding the call of the Great Commission since 2008 when four dozen clergy agreed to unite to carryout street-level outreach, evangelism and revival in St. Petersburg’s most impoverished and crime-ridden areas.

This year – marking their seventh year at work – the pastors of Seven x 7 will once again host a week-long revival, Mon., Sept. 15 through Sat., Sept. 20, capped off by a mass baptism for newly saved believers on Sun., Sept. 21.

A total of 35 pastors and preachers will take the Word of God to the streets “in places that need help and healing the most,” said Pastor Louis Murphy, Sr., the visionary behind Seven x 7, who worked with many other men and women of God to establish the movement.

“Our children and families urgently need us. Only a fraction of them are saved. Our goal is to minister to the other seventy five percent, and we’ve got to get outside the traditional church walls to do that,” said Murphy, who is also senior pastor of Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist.

The now-familiar white tents staked in the poorest areas of South St. Petersburg every year have so far called 350 souls to Christ, and organizers say as usual, “All are welcome.”

“Whether you are a long time believer hungry for a recommitment, or someone who’s new to the faith or wants to be, we want you there,” said Minister Kevin Parrott, whose choir will amplify praise and worship at the Perkins area revival next week.

This year’s revival will host tents and sound systems at six locations, opening with live praise and worship starting at 6 p.m. each evening:

  • Campbell Park Area, Corner of Dr. MLK St. S. and Newton Ave.
  • Childs Park Area, 601 14th St. S.
  • Dell Homes Area, 2750 34th St. S.
  • Perkins Area, Corner of 19th St. S. and 18th Ave.
  • Wildwood Area, Corner of 30th St. S. & 5th Ave.
  • Harbordale Area, Corner of 8th St. S. and 22nd Ave.

As a prelude to the weeklong awakening, the public is welcome this Sun., Sept. 14 when pastors will lead a Consecration & Prayer Service to bless this year’s revival with an outpouring of the spirit. The Consecration service, beginning at 6 p.m., will be held at All Nations Church of God by Faith, 3000 4th Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

The mass baptism ending the revival will take place Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. at Elva Rouse Park, 10th Ave. N.E. and North Shore Drive in St. Petersburg.

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