Houston Co. pastor's 'message in a bottle' sermon goes viral

Video of Houston County preacher goes viral for his 'message in a bottle'

A Houston County pastor was recorded giving a sermon about perspective and lack of understanding, and that video quickly went viral with over 10 million views.

Gabrielle Dawkins spoke to the Jordan Kersey, the pastor behind the video and the message.

This Sunday’s message at Church in the Park was about planting a tree next to God’s streaming waters and pouring into your tree so that it can bear good fruit.

"They will be like a tree planted by water that sends out its roots by the stream," shouted Kersey.
However, just last month during a combined service, a different message captured the attention of the congregation.

“When we get to Heaven, it's not going to be a white section, a black section, an indian section, it's going to be all of God's people,” said Kersey.

In the demonstration, he held up a Coca-Cola bottle and asked two church members to describe what they see.

One man answered “Diet Coke” and the second man said “I see sodium, protein and total fat and total carbohydrates.”

Neither of them are wrong, but both answered from their perspective of what they saw. 

Something so simple as perspective struck a chord with some members.

“It doesn't matter what color you are. You don't know what that person has been through and I think that's the point that he is trying to make. I'm guilty of it and I think everyone is guilty of it,” said church member Randy Horton.

“Everybody may see something different, but in the end it's all the same. Both sides were different, but we all mean the same thing at the end of the day,” said church member Hannah Bauldree.

Kersey says he never thought the video would blow up the way it did, but he's ecstatic that the message of God’s love and understanding can be seen by others around the globe.

“The underlying tone of that message was love not hate and I think when we come together as one it spreads like wildfire,” said Kersey. “I wish you could see the private messages from south Africa, Australia, China, all parts of this world... basically telling America you need to get your act together and come together as one.”

Kersey said the idea for the sermon came after he saw the controversy surrounding football players kneeling on the field during the national anthem.

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