Bishop T.D. Jakes looked at the throng in front of him at the Hampton University Convocation Center as he took the stage. He took a second to survey the audience gathered for the university’s annual Ministers’ Conference.
“I don’t know, it feels like somebody came to have church here,” Jakes said.
The crowd roared in approval.
Jakes is pastor of The Potter’s House of Dallas, which boasts a congregation membership of more than 30,000. He has risen to national stardom as the author of several books and he has produced films, including “Woman Thou Art Loosed” and “Not Easily Broken.”
Jakes was the keynote speaker and received a rock star’s reception at the conference Tuesday night, which is celebrating its 100th year. More than 7,000 people gathered to hear him speak.
He urged ministers to listen to their calling and “break the mold.”
“Be careful when folks try to name you from the outside. People will stand from the outside and call you all kinds of stuff. They will call you what they need you to be,” Jakes said.
He added, “Be cautious then by allowing history to define your destiny. Sometimes just because you came from something doesn’t mean that you are it,” Jakes said.
“Too many people are trying to fulfill somebody else’s dream and somebody else’s legacy,” Jakes said, pacing his sermon with deep breaths as the organist played riffs.
“Tonight is your night for a breakthrough. Tonight is your night for deliverance,” he said.
Throughout his sermon, audience members rose to their feet to clap, shout and, at times, even dance.
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SOURCE: Daily Press