From early days in my ministry I believed in the importance of Gospel Proclamation and bold proclamation at that. There are many scriptures that inform my conviction but perhaps the two of the most compelling are:-
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes”. Romans 1:16
“I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some”. 1 Corinthians 9:22
Though I am not a gifted Evangelist I am certainly a Gospel guy. I love the Gospel, I believe the Gospel and I am constantly amazed at the Gospel’s ability to change a life.
This brings me to the God Loves You Tour with Franklin Graham. As many of you know I fully supported this tour. Further, I was deeply involved. Some leaders have expressed surprise with my decision. I completely understand that and I am happy to chat to folks one on one. But suffice to say that my father responded to the altar call that Billy Graham made at Athletic Park in Wellington in 1959 and as a result everything changed for my entire family. As far as I am concerned the tour was a rip roaring success. Here are a few of the key numbers.
- Over 5000 people attended a Christian Life and Witness Course.
- Over 1000 churches in NZ supported the tour in some way.
- 16000 people attended the three events in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.
- Franklin Graham preached a strong Gospel message.
- Over 1047 people responded to the altar call.
- Approximately 600 first time decisions.
Is this not a wonderful result? Beyond this hundreds of people had their confidence restored and renewed in the Gospel. Churches all around NZ cooperated and worked together like they haven’t done in a long time. And all this was a gift to us from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). It didn’t cost us a dime. Incredible!
Also, Jeremy Camp was the headline music act. His performance and testimony was stunning. What I didn’t know is that a movie (biopic) was made of his story in 2019 called ‘I Still Believe’. A New Zealander by the name of K J Apa played Jeremy and Shania Twain also features. You can see the trailer here.
One last thing. On a different but related note that some of you may be interested in. In January next year (16th – 21st) my son Shane and I are organising a 6 day tent outreach in Fairfield Park, Hamilton. We are looking forward to six days of outreach to children, teenagers and adults. Should be a blast! If you are interested to know more or would like to join the team please be in touch with Shane at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until The Nets Are Full