Watching a friend's conference online this weekend, I had the enormous pleasure of listening to various teachers and preachers address students at Wheaton College. The topic of the weekend was evangelism, and Matt Brown (author of Awakening and PrayFit RISE LA special guest) assembled all the speakers for the gathering. It's amazing how powerful words are, because even though I was a thousand miles away, I was impacted tremendously. There I was at my laptop, watching worship leaders play and sing, when they called their next speaker, Will Graham; the grandson of Billy Graham. Oh guys, I can't explain how good it was. He sounded so much like his grandaddy, first of all, but some of the things he said reminded me of last week's entries. And something in particular caught my heart's attention. He said, "If anyone knows it's not about him, it's my grandfather. Billy Graham has nothing special in him to call anyone to Jesus Christ. Only the Holy Spirit can do that." He went on to say, "Faith comes by hearing - and hearing by the Word of God. My friends, THAT is the technique. You'll never lead anyone to Christ without words. You'll never live a good enough life to lead someone to Christ." (Wow. Go ahead and take all that in again.)
Evangelism: The Preaching of the Gospel of Jesus. As we start our week, let Will Graham's words echo in your heart as they echo in mine. We talked about evangelizing the fitness industry last week, but let's make sure we actually talk about and say the name JESUS to those we run with, stretch with, and train beside. The closer we get to Jesus, the more we want to talk about Him. And the more we want to talk about Him, the more opportunities we'll find to do so. And the more we do so, the more we'll actually evangelize our industry. THAT is the technique. Jimmy Peña
Prayer Requests: I have some friends I am hoping come to know Jesus as their Savior, will you help me pray for them? And if you have friends you're working on, raise your hand here by saying "Yes" in the comments section and your name and those you're hoping come to know Christ will be raised in our prayer time.