The Franklin Graham Festival came to my city in the fall. It was great seeing all of God’s people working side by side in this event, serving and worshiping God together. God was there, and the Holy Spirit was at work.
As a counsellor, I went to 5 weeks of classes. There were protestants and Catholics involved in these classes. They dealt with all the important basic beliefs we all cherish. We were trained to share with people that come forward at the event how they can have peace with God, going through a booklet like this: billygraham.org/SH_StepsToPeace.asp They also provided other reading materials, and small group study material to work with people that make decisions to follow Christ.
We had an an amazing time singing praises to our Lord, together as 14000 Christians each of the 3 nights, from over 200 participating church communities. Too bad our city didn’t have a bigger arena as people were turned away. I don’t know the official numbers, but there were hundreds of commitments each night. I had the privilege of sharing and praying with two 12 year old boys who made 1st time commitments to Jeus, and with a mid-40’s man who made a re-commitment to renew his faith.
One of my best memories of the event was being in the areana, and everyone singing “All God’s People singing Glory Glory Glory, glory, hallelujah He reigns” - knowing that members from all God’s churches were singing this together.
Our differences seem small when we realize that we can agree on the steps needed to find peace with God. Some of the details that divide don’t seem so big in comparison. If we can agree on how to have peace with God, why don’t we just stop there and work together to reach the world with this message?