I attended the first session of Missions Fest 2010 tonight at Broadway Church. Will Graham was the plenary speaker and he brought a message on “Lessons I Learned from My Grandfather.” His text was 1 Timothy 4:12 and he explained that the five things Paul advises in that verse: “set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity” are the things that Billy Graham committed to in Modesto, California back in 1949. His message was quite simple and focused on Billy’s life and how he lived out these points and we should too.
It was interesting that Will said that during his lengthy ministry Billy Graham personally converted about 3.5 million people in his crusades. In the last seven years the dubbing of his sermon videos into dozens of languages has resulted in the conversion of ten million people!! The power of technology has greatly increased his ministry even as he is no longer able to personally host crusades. I wonder what the stats would say about Nicky Gumbel and the Alpha video series.