Remembering America’s Preacher
On February 21st, 2018, we lost a mammoth of a man.
Billy Graham, nicknamed “America’s Preacher,” died at the age of 99. His influence was profound, not only here in America, but across the entire globe.
I thought about expounding on all his successes and accomplishments surrounding the spread of Christianity, but that would be too easy, and you can go to Wikipedia for that. Instead, I would like to talk personally about his influence on me and how his works and humble service has molded how I preach and serve others.
Billy Graham was a master preacher, not because he used flowery language or vast and sweeping imagery, but because he kept it simple and allowed the message to speak for itself. He kept to the Bible and learned early on that he didn’t need to come up with anything new under the sun because the Bible already had everything he needed to spread the message of God. He gave this bit of advice, “First of all, I would say communicate the gospel with authority. Preach it with conviction and assurance, knowing that faith cometh by hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ. … When you quote God’s Word, He will use it. He never will allow it to return void. … When I quote Scripture, I know I am quoting the Word of God. It is God’s authoritative message to us. It is an infallible book. Let’s never depart from that.”
I adhere to this principle each sermon I give. I know that I’m fallible, my words are not always perfect, nor is my stance on specific topics always correct; however, the Bible is perfect, accurate, and God-Breathed. I won’t make a mistake if I simply stick to God’s word.
When I deliver God’s message, whether it’s on a conference call or in a hotel ballroom at one of our events, it is never lost on me that I am standing with my brothers and sisters and that we’re all, in some way or another, seeking to fill a void only God can fill. I can’t do it for them, and they can’t do it for themselves. Only God’s word and will are at work here, and that is truly compelling stuff.
So, I’m thankful for Billy Graham’s work, his duty to God, and his service to humanity worldwide. May he now rest in peace with our Savior.
YOU DID NOT CHOOSE ME, BUT I CHOSE YOU AND APPOINTED YOU SO THAT YOU MIGHT GO AND BEAR FRUIT—FRUIT THAT WILL LAST—AND SO THAT WHATEVER YOU ASK IN MY NAME THE FATHER WILL GIVE YOU.