Last week the Billy Graham Evangelical Association in partnership with about 200 churches in Scotland conducted an evangelistic campaign at Falkirk Stadium. The preacher was Will Graham, Billy Graham’s grandson. BGEA reported that 9533 people attended and 700 people responded to the invitation to make a commitment of their life to Jesus Christ. The‘multi-day’ event, which featured a KidzFest, saw around 200 children make a similar response.
Lee Searle, director of ministry for the BGEA in the United Kingdom, told Premier Radio that the event shows that there is “still a passion for mass evangelism in the U.K.”.
As one who sang in the 1955 Billy Graham choir at the Kelvin Hall, (and who took part in the recent BBC documentary on Billy Graham, ‘Six Weeks to Save the World’) I’m still amazed at the number of people I meet who gave their life to Jesus Christ on that occasion, or at Billy Graham’s later crusade in 1991, or who know someone who did.
Within the last couple of weeks I recorded the story of one man’s life that was changed forever by attending the 1991 Billy Graham Celtic Park event. You can watch his short story here. https://youtu.be/0tQLqc_6aiM
2. On Sunday 24 June I attended the ‘Praise Gathering’event in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall – it was a complete sell out with 3000+ attending. The Choir was made up of Christians from about 170 different churches, and the singing and music were uplifting and inspirational. A junior choir was introduced to the programme for the first time, and it was amazing to hear the children singing their hearts out as they swayed to the music and joined in praise to God.
3. At a different long term level, but also very exciting, was the good news at our Church service on Sunday morning that the FIEC* in partnership with local Christians, had, or were about to, establish four new churches in Scotland! So whilst some of what was once the ’main stream’ churches are still experiencing decline, it’s been encouraging this past week to hear that God is still at work building His Kingdom here in Scotland.
If none of this excites you, it may be that you have not yet come to know personally the risen Lord Jesus Christ. But it is never too late – Jesus invites you to come to Him, so that your sin and guilt can be dealt with, forgiven and forgotten, on the basis of His death on your behalf. Today you can receive a new life and assurance of eternal life, and start to know life in all its fullness. Want to know more? Write for a free booklet, or to be put in touch with a local church. – email@example.com
*Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches