When I was 20 years old, I met Billy Graham. And for the next 40 years, he mentored me, encouraged me and shaped my life in profound ways.
Here are a few things he taught me:
- Make the Bible your authority for everything. Billy Graham said, "I accept Jesus Christ by faith, so I'm going to accept God's Word by faith—even though I don't understand it all."
- Stay true to your calling. Billy Graham was more focused on bringing people to Jesus than anything else. He was a friend of sinners. He showed that we don't have to agree with someone to love and respect them.
- Remain humble, encouraging and pure. Billy Graham encouraged people. He encouraged other ministries. He stood before millions of people, yet never forgot he was simply God's servant. He maintained personal purity throughout his ministry.
- Use the latest technology and multiple channels. Billy Graham preached the same gospel message in a world that was constantly changing. He proved that a pure heart transcends time, culture and generations.
I hope this encourages you to live the life you've been created to live!
For the original article, visit pastorrick.com.
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church, one of America's largest and most influential churches. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. Pastor Rick started The PEACE Plan to show the local church how God works through ordinary people to address the five global giants of spiritual emptiness, self-serving leadership, poverty, disease, and illiteracy. You can listen to Daily Hope, Pastor Rick's daily 25-minute audio teaching, or sign up for his free daily devotionals at PastorRick.com. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global online community created to encourage pastors.
Get Spirit-filled content delivered right to your inbox! Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.
Help Charisma stay strong for years to come as we report on life in the Spirit. Become an integral part of Charisma’s work by joining Charisma Media Partners. Click here to keep us strong!
Dr. Mark Rutland's
National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL)
The NICL is one of the top leadership training programs in the U.S. taught by Dr. Mark Rutland. If you're the type of leader that likes to have total control over every aspect of your ministry and your future success, the NICL is right for you!
FREE NICL MINI-COURSE - Enroll for 3-hours of training from Dr. Rutland's full leadership course. Experience the NICL and decide if this training is right for you and your team.Do you feel stuck? Do you feel like you’re not growing? Do you need help from an expert in leadership? There is no other leadership training like the NICL. Gain the leadership skills and confidence you need to lead your church, business or ministry. Get ready to accomplish all of your God-given dreams. CLICK HERE for NICL training dates and details.
The NICL Online is an option for any leader with time or schedule constraints. It's also for leaders who want to expedite their training to receive advanced standing for Master Level credit hours. Work through Dr. Rutland's full training from the comfort of your home or ministry at your pace. Learn more about NICL Online. Learn more about NICL Online.