The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will be holding a crusade in Wilmington, NC on October 5, 2019, @ 4 pm at Legion Stadium. State coordinators have been around the area on and off for months in preparation. I attended a training / equipping conference this past Monday evening and was pleasantly surprised at the content and careful attention given to those who will be counselors at the main event. Applications for participation had to be filled-out, noting salvation accountability with a brief history in Christ, and permission given for background checks. Kudos to the BGEA for continuing to carry the torch of exemplary character! There was one main goal: be prepared to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a simple and clear way.
Years ago, the Holy Spirit placed me in a position where I had to remain in bed for days (flu). I had time to read Billy Graham’s autobiography Just As I Am. After pondering its content, I concluded several things. First, instead of Mr. Graham flaunting his movie-star looks or academic accomplishments, he remained faithful to the Gospel message in a "simple and clear" way. Secondly, that God is purposeful in ordering a man’s steps (Male/ Female). Theologically speaking, Mr. Graham's teachings were sound. True to his character, which would shine forth years later, when he felt he had misjudged a situation, there was always a forthcoming apology. It seems today that Christ-followers need to have a little more mercy on brothers and sisters.
Those volunteering for this event are not participating in debating theology or doctrines. Prayerfully, there will be souls who hear the Gospel message, some for the first time and give their hearts to the Lord. What an opportunity for one-on-one counseling.
On a closing note, I will be preaching/teaching on Sunday, September 22 at First Baptist Church of Carolina Beach at 10 am regarding Intercessory prayer with the war in the heavenlies. Won’t you join me?
Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.