Over 700 people attended and 18 were saved at the grand opening of Perry Noble’s Second Chance Church in South Carolina, according to the former megachurch pastor.
Noble, who was ousted from the state’s largest congregation, NewSpring Church, in 2016 over alcohol abuse and other “unfortunate choices and decisions,” officially launched his new church plant at a strip mall in Anderson on Sunday.
The service was centered around the themes of healing and loving your neighbor.
According to the 47-year-old pastor, more people showed up for the service than were anticipated and some people could not get into the service.
Following the service, Noble posted on Facebook that 725 people attended the service. In total, there were 18 salvations.
“It seemed too good to be true all day yesterday but I woke up this morning and realized it was real!” Noble wrote in a Facebook post Monday morning. “Don’t ever give up on the dream God has placed in your heart for He is greater than the haters who want to pull you down! If He can use a screw up like me, He can absolutely use you!! So don’t give up — but press on — for the best is yet to come!!”
In his sermon, Noble explained that sometimes people can’t love their neighbors or love God because they have been judged or condemned on behalf of people who claim to be speaking on behalf of God and that has impacted their view of themselves.
“Sometimes we can’t love other people because we don’t love ourselves and we don’t love ourselves because of how put down we have felt by others and the battles that we have in our own minds,” Noble said at the beginning of his message following worship. “So what do we do with that? How do we heal that mentality? I am glad you asked. It all starts with this one verse. … One of the most popular verses in the Bible … is Proverbs 17:17: ‘A friend loves at all times [and a brother is born for a time of adversity].’”
In a Facebook video Sunday night, Noble apologized to those who showed up to the service but couldn’t get in. He explained that they will work on doing something — such as adding more services — to ensure that they are able to accommodate more people on future Sundays.
“I wanted to say a huge thank you to everybody who came out to Second Chance today. Needless to say, the attendance was way beyond our expectation,” Noble said.
“I am sorry for those who weren’t able to get in today. We honestly had no idea what to expect and we did not expect those kind of numbers,” he added. “So, I had a couple people ask me: ‘Hey, what are we going to do about that?’ I just wanted to let you know that we’re working on it. We are in a great facility. Our next option, of course, would be to add additional services in the future. We are going to be talking about that and trying to pull that off.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith