IPHC Ministries will host its third and final Arise in Hope service online Tuesday, November 17, at 9PM Eastern. Dr. Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship will be the guest speaker, and Emmanuel College’s worship team will provide music. Arise in Hope will stream live at IPHC.org/live, on the General Superintendent’s Facebook page (facebook.com/iphcgso) and on the IPHC’s YouTube channel.
About Dr. Tony Evans. Dr. Evans is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative, chaplain of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, and author of over 100 books, booklets and Bible studies. The first African American to earn a doctorate of theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, he has been named one of the 12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World by Baylor University.
Dr. Evans holds the honor of writing and publishing the first full-Bible commentary and study Bible by an African American.
His radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 1,300 US outlets daily and in more than 130 countries.
Dr. Evans launched the Tony Evans Training Center in 2017, an online learning platform providing quality seminary-style courses for a fraction of the cost to any person in any place. The goal is to increase Bible literacy not only in lay people but also in those Christian leaders who cannot afford nor find the time for formal ongoing education.
Dr. Tony Evans was married to Lois, his wife and ministry partner of over 50 years until Lois transitioned to glory in late 2019. They are the proud parents of four, grandparents of thirteen and great-grandparents of two. (For more information, visit tonyevans.org)
About Arise in Hope. Arise in Hope aims to encourage pastors to trust God for big things. That He is building His church. That He is with them as they make disciples in their communities. That the Holy Spirit still empowers Christians to live in a kingdom that is presently available.
Dr. Beacham chose the series title—Arise in Hope—purposefully. “We are orienting much of what we do as a movement around the theme of Isaiah 60:1—‘Arise, shine, for your light has come,’” Beacham said. “And that includes Arise 2033.” The IPHC’s Arise 2033 vision looks ahead to the 200oth commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus and the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. “By 2033, we are praying that God will use the IPHC to reach 150 nations around the world,” he continued. “And that we’ll see an IPHC presence in 75% of the counties in the United States.”
Achieving that goal would more than triple the denomination’s US presence, currently at 20% of counties—a very ambitious goal. Dr. Beacham agrees, smiling: “It is a big goal, but God can do big things.”
Dr. Mark Rutland was the first Arise in Hope speaker, and he encouraged Christian leaders to remember that the presence of Jesus, our “elder brother,” changes everything we face. Pastors can have hope though they “live in a fearful world, the Lamb is our elder brother.”
In the second session, Anthony Craver spoke to pastors’ challenges during 2020, especially the pandemic. He offered 5 strategies for dealing with crisis from Paul’s shipwreck in Acts 27. The 5 tactics are: 1) They relied on God’s promises. 2) They engaged the metrics that mattered most. 3) They took care of themselves. 4) They lightened the load, and 5) they took action.
More information about Arise 2033 is available at iphc.org/arise.
Edit: The first version of this article did not include the information about One Voice.