Iam evangelist and I want to cover a large area of the world that the lord can enable me, how can I achieve my goal? We had crusade and 332 souls receive the holy spirit and more people repent but I want to do more than that , peter baptised 3000 souls one day and I want to do more than that, how can I do that?
Prudence is the mother of all virtues.
I know that in my first post I told you to pray about seven times, but remember that prayer should not take you away from your work. If you have duties or responsibilities, then you do not have the right not to do them because you want to pray. Rather, you should make your daily activities your prayer.
St. Paul said of evangelization: "I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake bretheren, for in them I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the Church" (Col. 1:24).
As John Paul 2 observed "Therefore, to respond to their vocation... [the people] must see their daily activities as an occasion to join themselves to God, fulfill his will, serve other people and lead them to communion with God in Christ" ("Christifideles Laici" 17 http://www.vatican.va/holyfather/johnpaulii/apostexhortations/documents/hfjp-iiexh30121988christifideles-laici_en.html).
I am not saying that you should not pray, nor I am I saying that you shouldn't set aside specific times to pray. Both of those things are necessary.
I am saying that you need to be prudent about your prayer and the amount of time you set aside for your prayers. Your daily activities should a major prayer. Your call to holiness is directly related to your state in life, meaning that you are called to be holy by joining yourself to Christ on the cross in your daily struggles and sufferings.
Prayer and fasting are important, but you have to be aware of your responsibilities in the temporal order. You should love God above all things, but remember that he wants you to render unto your neighbor what is due to him (see Mt. 22:15-22).
aarthur001 - Excellant answer !!!
cindy127 - I don't understand why you find what Mr. Graham said offensive??? The media, is supposed to report the truth, not be biased, either way. If Jews or anyone else is portraying it differently, then, it needs to be addressed.
I see nothing anti-semitic about what was said.
I personally have a high regard for the Jewish people, and see no reason whatsoever, for any Christian to think otherwise. I see that the Jewish people are Gods chosen people, and even though they rejected Christ, when he came, he still loves them, and holds them, in high regard, even though they are the ones that put him on the cross. He came to them, calling them his own, they rejected him, he turned to the Gentiles. But, he still loves his people very much, and has their best interest at heart.
We as Gentiles, are grafted in to the family of God, thru the atoning work of Christ, on the cross, we are now Spiritual Israel.
I also, believe that our country should always stand behind Israel, and if we ever refuse to do so, that we will incur Gods wrath upon us. So far, all of our leaders have believed the same way. However, it is becoming increasingly an issue, as to how much longer we will do so. This concerns me greatly.
I also believe that Pres. Bush, is making a mistake when he pushes the Jewish people to give up the land that they occupy back to the Palestinians.
And this Bro. Kwame, is off topic, and I appologize for that, however, I wanted to address what was said above.
I hope anyone else answering can be civil. We can disagree, without being disagreeable.
Remember that faith in Christ is a gift of the Holy Spirit (see 1 Cor 12:13). That said, you have to ask the Holy Spirit to come into the hearts of the people you evangelize. Pray honestly and fervantly, like a child asking for something good from your dad.
Remember to try your best to practice what you preach. No one wants to listen to a hypocrite. Come right out and admit that you're a sinner also, but by the grace of God, you have been able to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. As pope John Paul 2 observed: "the world listens to witnesses more than it listens to teachers, and if it listens to teachers it is because they are witnesses."
Don't get discouraged. There will be some people who won't listen to you, but that's not your fault. Speak the truth; speak it plainly; speak it completely. No one can fault you for that. If you get insulted or persecuted, it means that you're doing something right, because the Lord guaranteed it.
Remember that you cannot convince anyone who is not ready to be convinced. The Holy Spirit has to work in their lives, and he does it by his own time table. Just do your best, be as honest as you can and "keep on keepin' on."
Pray! Pray! Pray! Pray! Pray! Pray!
Fast, and then pray some more.
Also, keep in mind that you're not trying to build up a kingdom for yourself so that people will love and worship you. "The greatest of all must be the servant of all." "There's only one kingdom and its not yours." "He must increase; I must decrease" (John 3:30).
Good luck, and God Bless!
I think that God gives people the desire to turn to Him, so that whatever humans do, we will only see those whom God has called actually coming to Him. Therefore, in one way, you can do nothing except be obedient and do the evangelism that God has called you to do - the Holy Spirit will be the one to actually work in people's hearts.
However, it is clear that people will not turn to Christ if you do nothing about telling them and showing them the way! When people told Billy Graham that they didn't like his evangelistic style, he replied: 'I like the way I evanglise better than the way you DON'T'!
In fact, I think that Billy Graham is an amazing example of a 20th Century evangelist. I was reading on Wikipedea the other day about how he insisted on working with any denomination who accepted him (including Catholics) and was also very supportive of and in some ways involved in the work of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. Having had a brush with party politics early on he later also refused to endorse an political party as 'the Christian way to vote'.
So from that I infer that an evanglist who wants to be truly effective will be open to God alone, rather than to the opinions, prejudices and biasses of the people around him. Even those prejudices which seem to be Christian in origin will be tested in prayer against the will of God. It's only a guess as to why Billy Graham was so 'successful' in numerical terms, but it seems to make sense to me.
God bless you in your work...
true flossheal. and I had always had respect for rev. graham. when I heard the tapes, I was disappointed. he had a little more than a brush with politics, he enjoyed varying degrees of access to every president since Harry Truman. he did a lot of work with the jewish anti-defamation league and when I heard his anti-semetic comments, I was shocked. it also made me wonder if he also secretly felt the same way regarding issues such as segregation, etc. unfortunately his regrets were made when confronted, most regret when caught. through the years I have just grown tired of religious leaders (of any faith) who select to preach their religion while living a far different life. I was a supporter of rev. jackson when he made his "hymietown" remarks and I felt the same way then and I still do. I wouldn't vote for him. I feel that the comments by rabbi yosef are racist and have no place coming from a religious leader. he is no leader of mine.no one is perfect, we are all "fallen" but when you put yourself out there you are selecting to enter your life, both public and private, to a whole boatload of scrutiny and you must realize that when you fall short, it can do irreparable damage. rev graham did a lot of good. but when you are jewish, black, asian, etc. and you hear a religious leader make racist remarks, well you can imagine how that makes you feel. so my deep rooted feelings aside, thats for the comments. you are a smart, level-headed person.
I believe that a good way to reach the masses is through the media. and I believe that G-d will lead you and set you on your correct path. I hope that you do not try to become the billy graham type of evangelist. to his public rev. graham was all inclusive. but as the nixon secret tapes reveal he was anti-semitic. Rev. Billy Graham openly voiced a belief that Jews control the American media, calling it a "stranglehold" during a 1972 conversation with President Richard Nixon, according to a tape of the Oval Office meeting released Thursday by the National Archives. "This stranglehold has got to be broken or the country's going down the drain," the nation's best-known preacher declared as he agreed with a stream of bigoted Nixon comments about Jews and their perceived influence in American life. "You believe that?" Nixon says after the "stranglehold" comment. "Yes, sir," Graham says. "Oh, boy," replies Nixon. "So do I. I can't ever say that but I believe it." "No, but if you get elected a second time, then we might be able to do something," Graham replies. Later, Graham mentions that he has friends in the media who are Jewish, saying they "swarm around me and are friendly to me." But, he confides to Nixon, "They don't know how I really feel about what they're doing to this country." How sad.
To becca the spiffy. As Christians we dont want to make anyone do anything. We want to share what we have with the world. Its like when you receive a really cool gift you want to share it with everyone. Only this gift is not materialistic so a lot of people wont understand and misinturpret what we are trying to do. Oh, but once you have tried the Lord and all that comes with Him you began to act differnt, feel different, even think different and you began to reallize what you were missing all along. As a christians you grow to love everyone and wont to share what you have with them because you know that this gift will change their life for the best. I hope this was helpful to becca the spiffy. If you would like to know more please ask there is a lot of great people here that would be glad to help you.
I agree, this is off the topic. but just the fact that you see nothing wrong with what re. graham stated especially the part that he is friendly to their faces and that they don't know what he really thinks lets me know where you are coming from. why don't you read the transcripts of the nixon tapes and then say that you see nothing anti-semitic about what he said. try explaining to a jewish child that you support the jewish religion but that you think it is okay for one of the most powerful religious leaders of our time to denigrate them to the president of our country. please, read the transcripts and make an imformed decision. and sorry, I didn't mean to be disagreeable by standing up for my religion.
please it seems to me that the devil is driving some of you from helping me,if the lord have given you any idear to tell me please just share it with me and I will pray to him and he will confim it to me .I thank every body for helping me , I need more from you and I believe that if truly the holy spirit is within us he will provide us with wisdom and power.just anwser my question , HOW CAN I WIN MORE SOULS FOR CHRIST.I HAVE FASTED MORE DAYS AND ALWAYS PRAYER AND I HAVE REDUCED AND THE LORD IS REALLY WORKING THROUGH ME.one evangelist just came here and he saw how the lord is working on me.but I want to be more than paul in the bible and cover more placees in the wolrd, I need help please
amblessed- I was not trying to "put down" rev. graham. I was just stating facts that related to a comment regarding him. true, he pointed many to Christ and for that he will always be remembered but to those of us "jews" that he befriended to our faces and denounced behind our backs, the memory is tainted by his remarks. but I guess as far as you are concerned, his anti-semitic remarks are to be ignored because he pointed so many to Christ. and after all, only Christians matter. cause the rest of us will be burning in hell. thanks for your comments also. it's always nice to know where you stand and how little your religion matters to some.
I agree with flossheel on the one. Just seek God's will for your life and continue to be obediant to God. As you are obediant to God he will began to do marvelous things in you and through you. Bro. Moses was obediant to God and through him God done miraculous things. Remember the parable Jesus talked about with the three servants and the master? Show your faithfulness with the little things and he will bless you with much bigger responsibilities. Keep doing what you do and pressing toward the mark God bless.
Yes, I'm very sorry to hear that, Cindy. I did say that his brush with party politics was something he regretted later, but of course I can't say anything about a change of heart about those comments. The opportunity to repent is of course open to all of us and I would say he has been open about some of his regrets. I still admire his refusal to accept many prejudices which were common to white US evangelicals of his time - the notions that segregation was OK and that Catholics were not Christian.
"when he gets to Heaven he will 10's of thousands who are there because he pointed them to Jesus - very, very, very few would be able to claim such a high honor - what a mansion there he must have ! - what treasures laid up !"
well, which is it? he is a great man whose words pointed so many to Christ or
"John 3 : 16 uses the word 'whosoever' - those are the words I'd pay attention to, not what any man said..."
don't pay attention to what he said? how confusing...
It saddens me to see the 'put down' of Rev Graham here - none are perfect - when he gets to Heaven he will 10's of thousands who are there because he pointed them to Jesus - very, very, very few would be able to claim such a high honor - what a mansion there he must have ! - what treasures laid up !
AAAHAHAHA. It sounds like you want to brainwash people into becomming christian. Let people decide their own religion. I'm athiest and I don't want anyone to fukig pray for me in hopes that I will become christian becuase it's just a waste of your time. NEWS FLASH! NOBODY IS LISTENING!
oh and one other thing... it is very easy to tell someone not to pay attention to hurtful and hateful words... I have noticed that you get pretty bent out of shape sometimes when someone disagrees with you... follow your own advice.
I dont understand this religion... im not judging I dont do that but I want to know um so are you like recuting christians? like looking for people and trying to make them belive? I just wonder... lemmie know?
Jesus Christ died on the cross for ALL - meaning everyone - John 3 : 16 uses the word 'whosoever' - those are the words I'd pay attention to, not what any man said...Take care !!
Thank you for your words but big picture, your opinion of me means nothing to me - Jesus Christ's opinion means everything to me...Take care !!
all I can say is PRAYER.. bunches of it. and FASTING.. and FAITH. thats the biggy. oo and TITHE too. god will provide you
Coersion is the method used by the church for most of the past 2000 years. You might try that.
God is impossible. Science doesn't allow for the existence of omnipotent, omniscient beings.
thank you for your kind words. WWJD? I guess those are just letters on a bracelet.
it's not a f*cking competition...who can win more souls for God...that's crazy!
a good way is to fast a lot! and ask the lord to give you that double portion.
Fasting and ernest, fervent prayer.