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Graham Healy's report on the Billy Graham Conference at
Convention Centre Brisbane 20th May 2017
II'll make this brief as possible , but I believe Will Graham's (Billy Graham's Grandson) presence in Australia at this time is prophetic
During the conference the speakers covered some very relevent topics and what fit for Christ ministries has been saying for years now and that is contained in most of the content of this web site but was re-confirmed
here are some points :
The Church today is focused on entertainment ,mostly theological courses and teachings
that are really just going around and around in circles achieving not much of anything.
People are in a never endinding "Holding Flight pattern" that goes nowhere.
The Focus is CONVERSION to some form of religious DISCIPLESHIP
JESUS METHOD IS
and always has been DISCIPLESHIP (through relationship) to CONVERSION
so the church of today 2017 has got it UPSIDE DOWN !
THE KISS PRINCIPLE that Jesus Used
HELP PEOPLE SIMPLY COME TO JESUS THROUGH APOSTOLIC LEADERS
Not repeat! repeat! repeat!
NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND
and the CHURCH IS A BI-PRODUCT OF THIS MISSION
so the flow chart according to Acts is :
APOSTOLIC LEADERS >>> LEAD PEOPLE SIMPLY TO JESUS >>>>ESTABLISH A SIMPLE CHURCH
2017 the Church in the main DOES NOT RECOGNIZE the APOSTOLIC MANTLE and the
OFFICE of APOSTLE,PROPHET & EVANGELIST
So what you have is the Admin side of the Church(teacher/pastor) running the Show and a increase in bureaucracy and ultimately this is morphing into 'religious control' rather then Apostolic RELEASE.
Through impersonalised programs & entertainment and corporatization modeling
Completely void of true personal relationships of any significant depth.
THIS IS NOT THE WAY OF JESUS CHRIST !
Will Graham said quote:
"THE GOSPEL MESSAGE MUST BE UNDERSTOOD BY A 9 YEAR OLD CHILD"
KEEP IT SIMPLE (its not meant to be complicated).
Also Will Graham stated that we received JESUS RIGHTEOUSNESS at the exchange at the CROSS
JESUS took our SIN and we RECIEVED HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS (or Right standing with God)
Bro Kenneth Copeland has a whole foundational teaching on this very subject "Right standing with God"
So it seem that Will Graham and Bro Kenneth Copeland are Preaching the same thing on RIGHT STANDING WITH JESUS and the FATHER and this the correct interpretation of the WORD.
KEEPING THE GOSPEL SIMPLE
Dale Stephenson of Crossway Baptist Church in Melbourne
had some really simple strategies for simple evangelism without the religious 'TAG'
Bro Dale EMPOWERS PEOPLE VERY QUICKLY to DISCIPLE EACH OTHER
(as apposed to 99% of the 2017 Churches that disempower people through never-ending 'courses' leading 'no where')
and his church is powering on with 502 first time decision in 2016.
Bro Dale has got his 'ACT, together(excuse the pun) and operates the exact opposite of most Churches .
in fact he simply applies the
book of ACTS LITERALLY .
here is his simple personal
EVANGELISM SALES SCRIPT :
"Hi I'm looking for somebody to read the bible with ?
I don't know if you would be interested?"
(pause and just wait till you get an answer).
they will answer yes/no and no drawn out painful theological ineffective scripting.
the Gospel should be relational and simple friend to friend evangelism
people who you meet day by day 'listen to the holy spirit' pray for that person and ask them the above question easy!
RELIGION BLOCKS & CONTROLS the HOLY SPIRIT RELEASES
With this simple sales script Bro Dale increased his church by 502 new souls in 2016 !
and most of the people saved are mentored by other new Christians (friends helping friends in the Lord)
BY JUST READING THE BIBLE TOGETHER
and discussing how that applies to your life etc .
EMPOWERING THE ORDINARY PERSON !
(now isn't that the direct opposite to the religious control in mosty churches today, many Christians have been in their churches for 20 years and never led a person to Jesus nor have ever done a bible study with a friend )
because the religious system operating today is based on 'control and fear' mainly of the leadership focused on
'crunching numbers' and 'entertainment ajenders' while the 'back door' people are pouring out as fast as they come in.
Of course Bro Dale has the standard 'courses to help establish people etc, but that is not the main trust of the Church
SIMPLE EVANGELISM WITH ORDINARY PEOPLE THROUGH FRIENDSHIP
AND READING THE BIBLE TOGETHER IS THE FOCUS OF THE CHURCH
(how simple is that ?)
also Bro Dale uses strategic prayer Mapping to Evangilize a district.
(they take out a map draw red circles around various suburbs , prayer walk etc and conduct spiritual warfare etc according to a PLANNED STRATEGY and then 'ACT' it out and 'FOLLOW THE PROMPTING OF THE HOLY GHOST'
Some other interesting relevent facts:
from Bro Gary Cobb
Billy Graham Evangelism program co-ordinator and Disciple Program back up etc:
Take care of the DEPTH of your MINISTRY and GOD will take care of the WIDTH
(Today 2017 the personal relationship depth is almost ZERO and churches are consumed with the FAILED MODEL of
'Number Crunching' and 'corporate business modeling as opposed to
'Biblical modeling' which is
PEOPLE BEFORE PROGRAMS
DO more with fewer people
Teach Basics and MEASURE RESULTS ask the question
"Where are we going with this ?"
Billy Graham developed follow up program to Every Crusade
(8 week prior Billy Graham Team trains and implements the system to local church pastors
AND THEN FOLLOWS UP ON EVERY SOUL
EXPANDS then CONSOLIDATES
(for example Kenneth Copeland Ministries has all employees and ministers to sign a contract that states
NO DRINKING OF ALCOHOL
as a KCM integrity-accountability agreement process that 'springs to mind'
Likewise Billy Graham Evangelism has a whole system of accountability pre & post a Crusade
to ensure every person is followed up and every soul is nurtured and consolidated.
8 weeks prior Bill Graham Evangelism moves into the Town and trains local Pastors in what they expect .
and these Local pastors come into a contractual AGREEMENT to CONSOLIDATE.
in Business and this is
GODS KINGDOM BUSINESS
there is a standard procedure
SALES > CONSOLIDATION = RETENTION
(the 'GLUE' is personal Service)
and as Christians we are called to SERVE OTHERS
DISCIPLESHIP is REALATIONAL
(so many people go to a Church and never make true Friends because the Church is too focused on entertainment, course and conference agendas to ever FOCUS ON PEOPLE
and how many times when you leave a Church NOBODY EVER CONTACTS YOU AGAIN ?
this is problematic across the board
IMPERSONAL, SHALLOW,SUPERFICIAL & UNFRIENDLY
THIS IS NOT THE JESUS METHOD NOR A GOOD BUSINESS MODEL
DISCIPLESHIP IS NOT CHURCH GROWTH
(quote a church of 300,000 retained only 3,000 members after 12 months)
a 1% retension rate 1 soul in 100 people
They had no real discipleship plan at all, as most churches today have no back up plan.
If your off the 'entertainment-program bus trip to La La land' , they forget about you immediately,if not sooner then later.
is this CHRISTIANITY TODAY ? shallow and impersonal all about 'numbers crunching'
(yep I'm afraid it is and its about to be TURNED UP SIDE DOWN BY THE HOLY GHOST 2017)
TODAYS CHURCH IS GOOD AT ENTERTAINING NOT GOOD AT DISCIPLING
ASSIGN YOUR BEST LEADERS TO DISCIPLESHIP
(ADD PEOPLE TO YOUR SHEDULE NOT THINGS)
LET PEOPLE DISCIPLE EACH OTHER
(do not have this over emphases on 'courses' leading nowhere')
PREPARE THE 'SEED' on the 25 year Plan
(long range Generational planning friends for a lifetime)
75% of Children Give their Life to the Lord by 18years of Age
LEAD BY EXAMPLE BY LIVING A LIFE LIKE JESUS
(Disciple to Conversion (like Jesus did) rather then Convert to some kind of Religious Discipleship)
Theses are the Main Points and reflect the many subjects brought up by Fit for Christ Ministries recently and
continuously over the last few years so this is conformation of
GODS AGENDA for 2017 and thereafter
BACK TO THE SIMPLE BASICS !