Introduction: “Billy Graham was the Greatest Evangelist of All Time”
William Franklin “Billy” Graham Jr. (born November 7, 1918) is an American evangelical Christian evangelist, ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to international fame in the 1950s. He held large, stadium revival meetings, evangelizing to audiences worldwide. He has preached the gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history, estimated at millions of individuals in more than 185 countries and territories. In addition, “by the end of his life he had preached live to more people than anyone else in history, estimated at 2.2 billion during his lifetime, and over 215 million viewing his television ministry.”
According to a Harris poll, Graham was ranked second among the “Ten Most Admired Men in the World”, behind only Billy Joel and ahead of Pope John Paul II. He is still cited as one of Gallup’s top ten most admired men and women of the 20th century. The Harris poll from April 2005 through March 2006 showed that American Christians considered him “the most influential evangelical leader”. Graham was a counselor to U.S. presidents, having preached in American presidencies from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.
The Ten Most Important Billy Graham Quotes to be Remembered by Christians Today
Billy Graham is known for his devotion to the cause of Jesus Christ. He was also a friend to world leaders and an effective use of his influence to bring about positive change. Billy Graham has touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Some of his most famous quotes are listed below:
“God loves the young, He loves the old, He loves everybody.”
“My father is dying and I’m afraid he’s right.” (on a failing health)
“Remember what Paul said to Timothy: ‘Hold fast and continue in the faith. Do not neglect your work for the Lord, and do not lose heart’ (II Timothy 1:12). Paul was encouraging him to hold fast in his faith, not to worry about how long it would be until he could go to heaven. We’re to hold fast, because heaven is a sure thing.”
“I am convinced that today the church in America must be involved in politics. In this way we will protect our religious liberties and promote other values.”
Chapter 1 – Why Did Billy Graham Become a Christian?
Billy Graham was the oldest of two children. His father was a traveling salesman and his mother a housewife. Both parents were devout Christians and encouraged their children to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. Billy was saved at a revival meeting when he was only eight years old. He always credited this experience as the reason for his life and his desire to spread the gospel.
Graham’s parents wanted him to attend college. However, he was so interested in evangelism that his father told him that he should devote all his time to being a preacher, rather than an academic. In this way, Billy’s family did not discourage him from pursuing his life-long goal of spreading the gospel through his work as a full-time missionary.
Billy Graham graduated from high school and received a scholarship to attend Wheaton College, an Evangelical Liberal Arts College in Illinois. While there, he became the president of the school’s evangelical student group. He graduated from Wheaton in 1943 with a degree in anthropology.
After graduating from Wheaton, Graham entered the masters program at Northwestern University. In 1948, he received a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Wheaton College Graduate School. He also received honorary Doctorate Degrees from Wheaton College and Northwestern University.
Billy Graham has been married to Ruth Bell since 1943. Ruth is from China. She had never heard of Billy Graham until she was invited to attend one of his revival meetings. She came with her roommate, who eventually became her good friend and the wife of Billy’s good friend, Norman Grubb.
Chapter 2 – What Makes Billy Graham an Evangelist?
Billy Graham’s purpose in life is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has traveled all over the world trying to encourage people to accept Jesus into their hearts and lives. Billy Graham’s main message is that we, as human beings, are powerless to save ourselves from sin and hell, but the good news is that by accepting Christ into our lives, we can be free of sin and live in heaven with Him forever. The question that we’ll be tackling in this paper is, “What makes Billy Graham an evangelist?”
The Gospel According to Billy Graham:
There are three main components to the gospel message that Billy Graham preaches: The Problem of Sin, The Solution of Grace, and the Destiny of the Lost. (For a more detailed explanation, please see http://www.billygraham.org/the-gospel). The Problem of Sin: Sin exists in everyone because they’re sinners who disobey God’s commandments. The Solution of Grace: Christ paid for our sin by taking the punishment that we deserve. The Destiny of the Lost: God offers us salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, so that we may live eternally with Him in heaven.
What Makes Billy Graham an Evangelist?
Chapter 3 – The Importance of God’s Word in My Life and Why It Matters to Me Now More Than Ever in 2019
In my opinion, the Bible is the single most important book ever written. From its pages we learn about our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is considered by some to be the greatest gift given to mankind. The Bible is an incredible book that has changed countless lives, and it can change yours too. In fact, it is a book that I would like to encourage each of us to read at least once a year. As of 2019, there are an estimated 3 books in the Bible with over 1 billion copies sold. It’s easy to understand why it is the #1 bestseller of all time. The book of Bible is a collection of 66 books written by more than 40 authors from approximately 1500 BC to AD 100. The Bible has been translated into 3,182 languages and dialects, and it is being read by about 2 billion people each day.