SINGAPORE, 20 NOVEMBER 2008 — IT WAS A rip-roaring start to Day 2 of the Asia Conference: the church woke up to the rocking sounds of Joe Pringle and the Christian City Church Band. Their set comprised songs such as ‘Today’ and ‘Help Me’ taken off their latest album For Your Glory, which had the crowd up on their feet. CCC Band was followed by the timeless Don Moen. With crowd favorites such as ‘God is Good’ and songs from his album I Believe There Is More, the 9,000-strong crowd were in a great, expectant mood for the message.
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It was astonishing to see a huge crowd on a Thursday morning — the second such session in which the overflow room, Hall 10, had to be used.
Hands were lifted and voices raised as the people’s praise and worship reverberated throughout the hall, excitement evident in the air as everyone anticipated another exceptional session with guest preacher Phil Pringle, Senior Minister of Christian City Church Oxford Falls, Sydney.
From the get-go, the session was transformed into a revival meeting as Pringle called on the Chinese delegates in attendance to join him on stage. Tears filled their eyes as Pringle began praying and prophesying over many of them, speaking words of encouragement for them to take their churches to the next level.
Delegates from nations such as Pakistan, India, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand followed suit, an impartation of boldness, courage and expansion from Pringle placed upon their lives. It was truly a powerful time of prophecy and the power of God. Many audience members were seen with hands clasped and eyes closed, deep in worship as they were strengthened and encouraged by the man of God.
Pringle ended with a short Word calling upon the congregation to know who they are by revelation and not to compromise by wanting to be somebody we are not. His sermon about individuality, in knowing who we are and what we have, was ever so timely in driving home the message of the Cultural Mandate that is the thread through this inaugural Asia Conference.