1 p a s t o r MANUAL Helping YOUR CONGREGATION SHARE THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD S LOVE
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4 p a s t o r MANUAL Helping YOUR CONGREGATION SHARE THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD S LOVE
6 TABLE OF CONTENTS What is My Hope America with Billy Graham?... Page 5 What is the pastor s role in My Hope America with Billy Graham?...Page 12 APPENDIX Matthew and Friends Sermon Outline...Page 17
8 WHAT IS MY HOPE AMERICA WITH BILLY GRAHAM? My Hope America with Billy Graham is a massive effort to reach people across the United States and Canada with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Following a simple biblical model, My Hope America with Billy Graham combines the reach and excitement of a nationwide media event with the power of personal relationships. Under the guidance of their local pastors, Christians across these two countries will share the Gospel message with friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors using different media programs featuring Billy Graham and testimonies. Like the Apostle Matthew, some will invite guests into their homes, while others will gather at a coffee shop or their favorite hangout. Whether they use a television, tablet, or smartphone, participants will choose a program format and time that suits them, show the programs, and share their personal testimony. Key Elements 1. Local churches are the focus of My Hope America with Billy Graham. This outreach exists to strengthen the local church by preparing pastors across the country to train their members to pray for and share Christ with lost people around them. Thousands of trained Christians then use the media programs to share the Gospel with people in their local communities and build the local church. 2. My Hope America with Billy Graham video programs are developed to clearly and concisely share the Gospel through interviews and a message from Billy Graham. 3. Relationships are one of the foundations of My Hope America with Billy Graham. In the months leading up to the event, Christians will be active in strengthening their relationships with people they know who don t follow Christ. As close friends, family members, co-workers, fellow students, or neighbors, they will earn the right through relationships and loving service to share their story. 5
9 4. Everyone can participate. Young people can invite their friends to watch the programs. Grandparents can invite grandchildren or younger people to come over for a meal and watch the program. Men's and women s ministries can use this as an evangelistic tool. Singles and couples can host meals in their homes. If you re a Christian, you can do this! 5. The media will be used intensely during the outreach to saturate the country with video programs. Together with Matthews across the country praying and building relationships, the project will open the door to an evangelistic movement that can sweep across the nation. Various media platforms will be used, including TV, DVDs, downloads, webstreaming, and mobile devices. Participants can choose the format and time that is most convenient for them for the outreach. Information on specific program times will be available on the My Hope America with Billy Graham website as we approach the culmination of the outreach. 6. The personal testimony of each Christian is vital to the success of this outreach. After watching the My Hope America program with their guests, Matthews will briefly share how they found hope in Jesus and then lead their guests in a prayer to receive Christ. As Christians live out the love of Jesus and then share their own story with lost friends, family, and neighbors, God will transform lives. 7. The follow-up of new Christians through the local churches is essential to ensure that each person has the opportunity to become an active member of a local Christian fellowship. Matthew A Biblical Model Matthew and Friends is the heart of this nationwide outreach. After accepting Jesus call to follow Him (Matthew 9:9 13 and Luke 5:27 31), Matthew invited friends into his house to meet the Person who changed his life. Similarly, My Hope America with Billy Graham seeks to train Christians to be Matthews. During the culmination of My Hope America, Christians across the United States and Canada will invite their friends, family members, neighbors, colleagues, or fellow students to their homes, or another familiar location, to watch television or video programs that clearly share the Gospel. They will then share their own story of how they met Jesus and invite their friends to pray to receive the Lord Jesus Christ. Each host will follow up with new believers and encourage them to become part of a local church. 6
10 For a good explanation of the Matthew strategy, watch the Matthew Demonstration video on the DVD included in your resource kit or at MyHopeWithBillyGraham.org. The Matthew and Friends strategy encourages the members of your church to take the following five steps: LOOK AROUND and identify friends, neighbors, co-workers, fellow students, and family who do not know Jesus Christ as their Savior. Write their names on your Matthew list. LOOK UP and pray every day for each person on your Matthew list. Ask God to open their hearts so they can see their need for Him. Pray that He will strengthen your relationship with them and that they will accept your invitation to watch the program. LOOK OUT for opportunities to build your relationships with these people. Spend time with them. Be transparent about your relationship with Christ, so that your friends can see the difference He is making in your life. God s Spirit will help you. LOOK FORWARD to the event: Prepare for the outreach, invite every person on your list, watch the My Hope America with Billy Graham programs together, share your story, and ask your guests if any of them would like the kind of hope that you have. Then you can help them receive Christ as their Lord and Savior. This is a crucial step during your church s preparation. Carefully teach the Matthews in your church each of the instructions below as you look forward to the culmination of My Hope America. 1. Prepare a. Prepare yourself spiritually: Each Matthew should study 7
11 the Matthew manual, especially the three lessons under the heading How do I prepare? For the last 60 years, these lessons were taught in preparation for every Billy Graham Crusade, and they are a crucial step in the preparation of a Matthew. b. Prepare accountability: Seek out other Matthews in your church or community and meet regularly with them to pray for each other s friends, family members, and neighbors. If you are not aware of anyone else participating, spread the news! My Hope America with Billy Graham is a great opportunity for all Christians to impact their communities. 2. Invite a. Invite the people on your Matthew list to your home or another comfortable place to watch the program. b. Remember that by this Psalm 126:5 6, NIV point you will have been praying intensely for this moment. God is faithful. Be honest. Tell your guests you re inviting them to your home for a meal or dessert and then you d like to share with them what gives you hope every day. It changed your life, and you want to share it with them. 3. Watch a. Gather your guests to watch the My Hope America with Billy Graham program. Before it begins, give a brief introduction, such as, What we ll see now is what changed my life, gives me hope, and makes me what I am today. Thank you for coming to watch it with me. b. Watch the program together. Pray that the Holy Spirit will speak to each person. 4. Share a. After the program, turn off the television and briefly (in three minutes) tell your personal story of how you 8 Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.
12 asked Jesus to come into your life, how He gave you hope, and what He is doing in your life today. A good way to start would be to say, This program showed different people sharing how they found hope in Jesus Christ. That is my story too b. Here s a three-minute plan for telling your story: 5. Ask 30 seconds: Tell what your life was like before you received Jesus. 30 seconds: Explain what caused you to turn to God. 60 seconds: Share the circumstances of how you received Him into your life. 30 seconds: Repeat the prayer you prayed to receive Jesus Christ. 30 seconds: Explain how your life has changed since Jesus became your Lord and Savior. Completing the lessons on pages in your Matthew manual will help you to feel more comfortable sharing your story and then transitioning to the next step asking if your guests want to make a decision to follow Christ. Once you share your story, ask if any of your guests would like to have the kind of hope you have. Invite your listeners to do what you did and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Tell them that they can ask Jesus to be the leader of their lives, simply by prayer. Prayer is just talking to God. Because He s God, He hears everything we think and say. Those who want to make a decision can repeat after you as you read the following prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from running my own life, and now I ask You to run it. I invite You to come into my heart and life. I trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Jesus Name, amen. 9
13 Remind your guests that God hears and answers prayer. LOOK AFTER those who give their lives to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. Immediately following the My Hope America outreach, some people will want to accept Christ, while others will remain curious and want to know more before making a decision. You can help both by arranging to meet with them again. Fix a date and time to meet again within two or three days to discuss the things they have heard. Some may not be willing to go to a church service right away. Continue to provide opportunities to meet together in a friendly small group setting. Use these meetings to introduce and discuss the Bible with those who come. Help organize Bible studies in small groups in neutral places to encourage those who are not yet ready to join in church fellowship. When we care for new believers, they will grow stronger and then they can help others grow in Christ. (See 2 Timothy 2:2.) As a Matthew, here are steps you can take to help new believers grow in their Christian faith: 1. Look after your guests right away. After praying together, be sure to explain the My Decision brochure to those who made decisions for Christ. Within two to three days after the event, call or meet with each one who prayed to receive Jesus and go over the My Decision brochure again. Help them memorize the Bible verses and pray with them. 2. Start a weekly Bible study. Give each person who makes a decision to follow Christ a copy of Living in Christ, a four-lesson Bible study for new believers. Then organize a weekly Bible study to go over each lesson together. Three copies of Living in Christ are included in your resource kit, but you can download more if you need them at MyHopeWithBillyGraham.org. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30, NKJV 10
14 3. Consult your Matthew manual. The manual in each Matthew Resource Kit contains more in-depth instructions for how to follow up with new believers. 4. Report what God did. a. After sharing your testimony and giving an invitation, fill out a My Decision Form (included in your resource kit) with each of your guests who makes a decision for Jesus Christ. Indicate their decision in the corresponding boxes. b. Report your results at MyHopeWithBillyGraham.org using the forms filled out with the new believers. c. Give the My Decision Forms to your pastor on Harvest Sunday, the Sunday immediately following the culmination of My Hope America, so these new believers can be brought into the life of the local church. What is the calendar for My Hope America? Training Through meetings with project coordinators or through the My Hope America website, pastors learn how to prepare their church to participate in My Hope America with Billy Graham. After this training, you will be prepared to mobilize and train Matthews in your congregations. Mobilization Pastors recruit Matthews in their congregations and train them in the My Hope America with Billy Graham materials or point them to MyHopeWithBillyGraham.org for more information about our online training. My Hope America Culmination ( ) Matthews invite their non-christian friends, family members, colleagues, fellow students, and neighbors to their home or another comfortable location to watch one of the My Hope America with Billy Graham media programs. Follow-Up Matthews invite the new believers to church on Harvest Sunday, the Sunday following the culmination of My Hope America, or help them grow in Christ in small groups until they are ready to come to a church. Matthews and pastors begin to disciple the new believers. 11
15 As a pastor, what must I do to participate in My Hope America with Billy Graham? Learn about My Hope America with Billy Graham and register your church: Attend a local My Hope America meeting or register to go through the online training on our website. Commit to be a Matthew yourself and set the example for your congregation. The sheep will follow their shepherd! Teach the principles of relationship evangelism by showing your congregation the importance of reaching out in friendship to the people around them. Mobilize prayer: Mobilize prayer for My Hope America with Billy Graham in the congregation and participate in special days of prayer as announced: a. Pray that many churches in your community and across the country will participate in My Hope America with Billy Graham. b. Pray that many Christians will be Matthews and invite guests to view the programs in their homes. c. Pray that many thousands will put their faith in Christ. d. Pray for revival and spiritual awakening in our nation. Participate in Matthew Sunday (as soon as possible after joining this outreach): Join other pastors across the U.S. and Canada in encouraging your congregation to be Matthews. Below are some suggestions for possible portions of that special service. a. Give a Matthew brochure to each person in the congregation. b. Explain My Hope America with Billy Graham to the congregation through a presentation and/or the DVD provided in the Matthew Resource Kit. c. Preach a sermon about Matthew. There s an outline with suggested points in this manual (see pages 17 19). 12
16 d. Very important: Take a moment in the service to ask congregation members to follow Matthew s example by writing down the names of two friends, family members, neighbors, colleagues, or fellow students they know who may not have a personal relationship with Christ. (This makes the project personal, showing the church that each of us knows someone who doesn t have a relationship with God.) i. Names can be written on spaces provided on the Matthew brochure. ii. Take a moment to pray for the names on the lists as a church; then pray publicly for Matthews and the people on their lists each Sunday until November. e. Keep a record of those who commit to be Matthews. f. We recommend you appoint a member who loves reaching out to others to lead My Hope America in your church. g. Matthew Sunday: I plan to have Matthew Sunday on. Train your Matthews by using the Matthew manual and the DVD enclosed in the Matthew Resource Kit or by encouraging Matthews to register and be trained online by experienced Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) trainers. It s very important that each Matthew in your church receives training either from the church leadership or online. Previous experience in countries around the world shows that simply asking Matthews to read the material themselves is not enough to prepare them. Consider supporting My Hope America with Billy Graham financially My Hope America with Billy Graham exists to encourage the evangelistic ministries of local churches. BGEA has embarked by faith on this outreach, yet it will not be possible without the financial support of local churches like yours. We ask that each church participate in supporting the My Hope America project by collecting two offerings on key Sundays during the project: a. Matthew Sunday 13
17 b. Matthew Action Sunday: Each church congregation turns its focus to prayer for the lost as Matthews head into the final weeks before the culmination of My Hope America. I plan to have Matthew Action Sunday on. The church can take up an offering to support the costs for the distribution of the television programs. These offerings will go entirely toward the cost of My Hope America, and we are grateful to local churches for their generous offering for nationwide evangelism. Encourage Matthews: Through prayer, personal visits, and reassuring sermons, encourage your Matthews to follow through on their commitment to reach out with Christ s love and hope to those around them this is especially critical during the culmination of My Hope America. Hold a Harvest Sunday: Organize a special service on the Sunday after the culmination of My Hope America to celebrate what God has done, welcome new believers into your church, and collect reports from your Matthews. Pastors who have previously held Harvest Sunday services offered the following suggestions for the service: a. Make sure there is room for new Christians to attend the service. b. Encourage the church to warmly welcome those who attend for the first time. c. Have Bibles available for new people in the service. d. Preach a sermon that clearly explains the Gospel and how to receive salvation. There may be visitors in the service who have not yet made a decision to give their lives to Christ. Giving an invitation to pray to receive Christ would encourage these people to respond. e. Announce the next opportunity for discipleship activities and be sure to encourage the visitors to attend. Report what God did: It is important for every Matthew to report the results of their meeting to you, so that you can encourage the discipleship of each new believer. a. We also request that each church reports what God did in their church to the My Hope America team. This allows BGEA to track 14
18 the effectiveness of the project. My Hope America reports will be a great stimulus to ongoing evangelism across the country. b. The Matthew manual instructs each Matthew to place completed My Decision Forms into their Matthew envelope and then bring it to church on Harvest Sunday. c. The My Decision Forms have a pressure-sensitive copy. The top copy of each form should be given to the pastor to aid in followup, and the bottom copy can then be grouped with the others and mailed to My Hope America. d. Pastors can also report results online via our website. e. BGEA will tabulate the results across the nation and send an update to all participating churches of what God did in our country. God alone will receive the glory for His grace shown throughout the whole nation! Follow up with new believers: You will lead your Matthews in helping the new believers grow in their faith and become fruitful members of your congregation. The following are important suggestions that can be implemented in your church: a. Organize a weekly Bible study for new believers. This can occur in the home of each Matthew in the church, or in another place where new believers can easily attend. b. Review and teach the discipleship materials provided in each Matthew Resource Kit: i. My Decision brochure ii. Living in Christ booklet iii. Matthew manual, pages 7 38 c. Encourage the new believers to visit GoingFarther.Jesus.net, where they can learn more about living the Christian life. d. Teach them to pray, and keep praying for them. e. Encourage them to share their new faith with others. Repeat the My Hope America strategy: Your church can continue to use the Matthew strategy along with the program DVDs or downloads to share God s love with your community. 15
20 APPENDIX You can use this sermon, or your own adaptation of a similar message, on Matthew Sunday. Matthew and Friends Sermon Outline Read Matthew 9:9 13. This story is the very heart of My Hope America with Billy Graham. Matthew invited family, friends, and neighbors to his house for a meal and to learn about Jesus. We can do the same thing today to introduce people to Jesus. 1. Barriers to telling people about Jesus that Matthew overcame. Sometimes Christians fearfully think: Some people are too sinful for God to forgive. People are not interested in the Gospel of Christ and will not respond. I am not trained to tell people about Jesus. It is too hard for me. I will be criticized by others or embarrassed if people do not respond. 2. The story of Matthew answers your questions about these barriers: Some people are too sinful for God to forgive. (Matthew was a traitor, a tax collector for Rome!) Matthew betrayed his people by becoming a tax collector. He cheated people by collecting too much tax. He led a sinful lifestyle. Jesus loved Matthew in spite of his sinful lifestyle. God loves this world and does not want them to perish in their sins (John 3:16). Jesus came to save sinners (Matthew 9:13). People are not interested in the Gospel of Christ and will not respond. Read Matthew 9:9: Jesus looked deeply into Matthew s lonely life and spoke to him. Matthew followed Jesus immediately and invited others: the poor, the tax collectors, and sinners. People try to hide their needs so others do not see them. But 17
21 Jesus sees, and He knows how to help those who are hurting. I am not trained to tell people about Jesus. It is too hard for me. Read Matthew 9:10: Matthew used what he had to introduce others to Jesus Christ: his home, his food, and his relationships. He did not forget his old associates (tax collectors, sinners, family, friends, neighbors). He shared what he found in Jesus, and it was a powerful witness for Jesus Christ. I will be criticized by others or embarrassed if people do not respond. Read Matthew 9:11: Matthew was so happy about being a follower of Jesus that he had a party and invited everyone, especially those who needed Jesus. Matthew was criticized, but there were great results: a. Jesus was the focus of the meeting. b. Sinners confessed their sins and received forgiveness from Jesus. c. New believers met other followers of Jesus and were established in their new faith. d. Matthew grew spiritually. e. The critics were silenced. You can do this! You do not have to be a great pastor or teacher. Use the Matthew and Friends plan to get them to come. Invite people to your home or meeting place. Give them refreshments. Watch the program together. Tell your testimony in three minutes. Invite them to accept Jesus. 18
22 Briefly Review the Matthew Strategy LOOK AROUND and identify your friends, neighbors, co-workers, fellow students, and family who do not know Jesus Christ as their Savior. Write their names on the Matthew brochure. LOOK UP and pray every day for each person you have listed. LOOK OUT for opportunities to build your relationship with these people. LOOK FORWARD to the event: Invite every person on your list, prepare your three-minute story, and pray for God s help as you ask your friends if they want the kind of hope that you have then lead them to Jesus. LOOK AFTER those who gave their lives to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. Distribute the Matthew brochure to everyone in the church meeting. Point out the steps in the brochure. Ask them to write the names of at least two people who need Jesus Christ. Encourage them to pray every day for each person on their list. Challenge the people in your church to open their homes and become a Matthew host. Keep a record of those who commit to be Matthews. Announce opportunities for Matthew Training. 19
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Unit 11 Session 2 Use Week of: 2 Wisdom for God s People BIBLE PASSAGE: Proverbs 1:1-7; 3:1-12; 4:10-19 MAIN POINT: Wisdom is fearing the Lord and obeying His Word. KEY PASSAGE: Proverbs 2:6-7 BIG PICTURE
Lesson 12 *September 10 16 Urban Ministry in the End Time Sabbath Afternoon Read for This Week s Study: Acts 18:1 28; Exod. 2:23 25; Matt. 13:3 9, 18 23; John 15:12, 13; 2 Pet. 3:9. Memory Text: Seek the
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STRATEGIC PLAN 2008-2013 Our Purpose Statement: Our purpose, as a fellowship united in our Lord Jesus Christ, is to worship God through evangelism and discipleship by the power of the Holy Spirit. INTRODUCTION
Lesson 9: The Powerful Potential of Small Groups Introduction Welcome to lesson 9 of module 3 which will be the beginning of a series on small group evangelism. With lessons 1-8 we have set the stage for
Assimilation Assimilate or Deteriorate Christianity is about both believing and belonging. How well we make new comers and members feel welcome and a part of our church is a significant issue if we want
1 How to Make Disciples (2 Timothy 3:14-17; Acts 1:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 and Galatians 5:13-26) 14 th February 2016 Please have your Bibles in front of you as always (preferably open); and you can take
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2018 Prayer Guide January 7-27, 2018 How to use this guide We don t have to follow a specific formula to talk with God, but practicing diﬀerent ways to pray can help us find deeper purpose and connection
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