Recently, Kevin White, the CEO of Spirit Media, challenged our staff in core values for effective leadership. As we celebrated the formation of three departments: sales, production, and operations, Kevin trained our new department leaders in front of the whole company. Kevin pointed out that department heads are to embody these core values. His point was that these values are not just for department heads but for the whole company.
Today’s value is: EVANGELIST.
Billy Graham preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to some 215 million people who attended one of his more than 400 Crusades, simulcasts and evangelistic rallies in more than 185 countries and territories.
The longest Graham’s evangelistic crusade took place in New York City in Madison Square Garden in 1957, which lasted 16 weeks. The largest audience in the history of Graham’s ministry assembled at Yoido Plaza in Seoul in South Korea in 1973 (1.1 million people).
According to his staff, more than 3.2 million people have responded to the invitation at Billy Graham Crusades to “accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior”.
Messenger of Good News
We think Billy Graham is an evangelist. I’m not.
Isaiah 40:3 (NLT)
”Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through the wilderness for the Lord! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!“
Mark 1:1-8 (NLT)
“This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. It began just as the prophet Isaiah had written: “Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way. He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!’” This messenger was John the Baptist. He was in the wilderness and preached that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven. All of Judea, including all the people of Jerusalem, went out to see and hear John. And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. His clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey. John announced: “Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of his sandals. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!””
Mark 1:35-39 (NLT)
“Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.” So he traveled throughout the region of Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and casting out demons.”
Acts of the Apostles 1:8 (NLT)
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Luke 2:10 (NLT)
”but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.“
All are called to be Evangelists. Storytellers. Reporters.
Some hear the mission.
Some accept the mission.
Some take up the mission.
- Solve problems
Department leaders and managers take up the mission.
Take up the mission.
In the Word (as soon as you wake up)
Inviting Him In
Celebrating the forgiveness of YOUR sins.
Celebrating baptism by going public with your faith.
Inviting Him in to your day, home, work.
Being baptized with the Holy Spirit.
Allowing the Holy Spirit to be in control. Just like alcohol or bitterness.
Some hear the mission of Spirit Media.
Some accept Kevin’s mission or the mission of others.
Some take up the mission for themselves.
Be an evangelist. Share the good news! Say His name!