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Built Changed Lives

Billy Graham PortraitThat so many do came to a very real faith through television and crusade evangelism cannot be denied. A questionnaire in the Liverpool area some years ago showed beyond a shadow of a doubt that among all the pastors questioned, more than half had been either converted or deeply influenced as a result of a Billy Graham crusade. Local church evangelism was however in the long run better than crusade evangelism. It concentrated on building relationships in a worshipping group and influencing a community for Christ by using the gifts and skills of the local church body. Local evangelism was essentially faith gossiped and was truly for the people, of the people and by the people.✞

Builds Free Lives

Local church evangelism was the non-addictive, freedom bringing, joy expressing opium for the masses. It built changed lives, strong families and a healthy prosperous nation. It was easy to bubble over about the possible effects of local church evangelism on the community and even upon the nation, but let us consider why it has not been all that successful in the past. Let us look at some of the things which obstructed growth. In the process you might consider your own congregation.

"Local Church Evangelism"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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