New Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Declares Congregation Won’t Stay Down, Will ‘Rise’ Again

(FACEBOOK/SCREENGRAB) Bishop Stephen A. Davis, new senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia, preaches on Feb. 5, 2017.
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Bishop Stephen A. Davis, new senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia, preaches on Feb. 5, 2017.

A week after being announced as the new senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church following the death of Bishop Eddie Long, Bishop Stephen A. Davis declared that the church would not be going down and that they would rise again.

“They thought we wasn’t going to get over the transition of our father but our sweet days are here!” said Davis, who was wearing an Atlanta Falcons jersey at the pulpit of New Birth on Super Bowl Sunday, as the congregation cheered. “They thought we were always going to be down; they thought we would never get up again. Rise up New Birth!”

Davis, who formerly led New Birth Birmingham — a New Birth church plant — under the spiritual guidance of Long, took the helm of the church on Jan. 29. He was named in a succession plan that was drawn up by Long, who died Jan. 15 after a battle with an aggressive form of cancer, and the Board of Director of New Birth.

“We’ve been mourning, we’ve been hurting,” Davis said as he spoke to the congregation Sunday. “But after we’re done mourning and after we’re done hurting, there’s some sweet days showing up at New Birth!”

“We thank God for the legacy of Bishop Eddie L. Long but we thank God that there’s some sweetness coming into these days that we’re in right now. I dare you to celebrate your sweet days!” he said to applause.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Sheryl Lynn