Lakewood Church returns to in-person services after 7 months

by Jordyn Pair · Oct 19th, 2020 2:39 pm

Last Updated Oct 20th, 2020 at 11:55 pm

Lakewood Church in Texas hosted its first in-person service since pandemic restrictions began in March.

Pastor Joel Osteen said that he felt like God was telling him it was time to return to in-person services.

"About a month ago, or a few weeks ago, I felt like God put in my spirit it was time to come back," Osteen said.

The indoor service was only filled to 25% capacity, and participants were required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.

Lakewood has been holding services online for the past months and last held an in-person service in March.

"We were not created to go through life overcome by problems, struggling to make it in mediocrity … God created us to reign, to be the victor, not the victim," Osteen said during his sermon. "...Things that have been reigning over you, the loneliness, the guilt, the bad breaks, there's about to be a turnaround. It's your time to reign."

The church said in a statement before the reopening that it had consulted with medical experts.


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