Sunday morning service at one South Mississippi church was about more than scriptures and singing.
Members of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in D'Iberville got a lesson on health 'and' healing.
People arrived at the Tabernacle Baptist Church looking for a word. But while the pastor delivered a message on empowerment, he wanted to make sure that his congregation knows it takes more than the Good Book to save souls.
"God can't use you if you are sick and sad. If you're healthy, then God can use you to do a great work," says Kenneth Maurice Davis.
Davis is the pastor of the D'Iberville church.
He says after taking charge of his own health, he knew he had to spread the word to the rest of his congregation.
"Blood pressure is very high among many members of our church so I just felt the need to raise the awareness of those issues here," Davis said.
That's why the pastor teamed up with local physicians to bring a different message to the Sunday service.
The group was reminded of the growing hypertension epidemic for African Americans, and the alarming numbers on Hepatitis C.
Once service ended, members took advantage of free blood pressure and hepatitis screenings.
While some were surprised by their results, they realize not knowing is detrimental to their health. That's why church leaders say the health screening is only the beginning of a message of what they call protecting God's temple.
"It's God's will that we prosper but we need to do some things for ourselves," Davis says.
Tabernacle Baptist Church is located on Automall Parkway in D'Iberville.