"God loves us more than any of us realize." Those were Andrew's opening words on the first night of the Gospel Truth Seminar held in Atlanta last month. Andrew spent all five sessions explaining the magnitude of his opening statement as shared a message called, The True Nature of God.
Beginning with the book of Genesis, Andrew unfolded God's graciousness, pointing out that God didn't even burden Adam and Eve with knowledge of the full weight of their error and how it would affect all of humanity. Andrew made the point that the shame Adam and Eve felt, simply by realizing they were naked, was enough for them to feel severely condemned by their wrongdoing.
Andrew spent the weekend testifying to the fact that God is always good, that He loves us, and that His true nature is love (1 John 4:8). Saturday morning, as he was giving a brief recap of what he had shared in the previous sessions, Andrew voiced a particular pet peeve; he made the point that what he was teaching, about God's loving nature, was counter to a doctrine prevalent in the Church today—that God sovereignly controls everything. Before getting back to the focus of his teaching for the weekend, Andrew said, "That is the worst doctrine in the body of Christ... it gives people the wrong impression about God."
Andrew's Prayer Ministry Team, on this trip, consisted of nearly 30 volunteers from CBC campuses in Atlanta and Colorado, along with numerous ministry partners. In addition to the volunteers, the team was assisted by four graduates from CBC-Colorado, who are heading out to launch CBC's first campus in Australia. The purpose of their involvement in Atlanta was to shadow Andrew's team, observing their various responsibilities, to gain experience and readiness for the GTS to be held in Australia in the fall.
The prayer ministers saw significant results, even before Andrew had started teaching, Thursday night. Before the first meeting, two ladies approached prayer ministers. One lady with eye problems said that she struggled with floaters and that they were affecting her vision. After prayer, her eyesight was completely restored. The second lady was healed from sciatica and all her pain left immediately, as the minister prayed for her. "This powerful start [to the GTS] encouraged others, and we began to see all kinds of conditions healed," said Prayer Minister Coordinator, Carlie Terradez.
A man named, George, sought prayer for relief of chronic severe pain that had nagged him for years. His pain radiated throughout his shoulders and arms and he said the pain was a constant 10 on a scale of 1-10. After prayer, George's pain was a zero—completely gone. George's life was changed.
Multitudes of people with back and neck issues saw instant healings. One lady, who had been wheelchair-dependent following a car accident two years ago, rolled forward for prayer. She told the minister that she had broken her back in the accident, and she had to wear leg braces. After prayer, she removed the braces and began walking for the first time since the accident. She had not been able to stand or bear weight before receiving prayer.
As the weekend came to a close, many had come to the conclusion that Andrew's opening statement was true, God loves us more than any of us realize—it is His true Nature.
Be sure to watch the video below as Andrew shares the introduction to the teaching series for the 2013 Atlanta Gospel Truth Seminar.