Becoming an Active Agent of Transformation

| September 13, 2015

My-Hope-Pray“The relationships Christians have with the people around them are key to reaching the world for Christ,” says Mark Greene, respected speaker and pioneer in workplace ministry for two decades. “Mission research reveals that the key element in most people’s conversion to Christianity is a relationship with a person.”

Greene serves as the executive director of The London Institute of Contemporary Christianity (LICC), an organization founded by Rev. John Stott to equip Christians and their churches for whole-life missionary discipleship in the world.

When it comes to sharing your faith, according to Greene, each of us has to understand the specific ministry opportunity we have and our relationships with those around us.

There are few people, perhaps only our immediate families, with whom we spend more time than our coworkers. For 40 hours (or more) each week, we have the opportunity to build relationships with our colleagues and shine the light of Jesus.

My Hope, an initiative of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is a nationwide effort to encourage and equip the local Church – the people, not the building – to simply share Jesus with people around them. This begins as a ministry of prayer.

“We are encouraging individuals to get involved and begin by praying for people they know – by name – who are hurting and need to hear a message of hope,” said Steve Rhoads, Vice President of the My Hope initiative. “Everyone knows someone who needs the hope of Christ, and many of us interact with them every day.”

Each year since 2013, My Hope has released a new evangelistic film available for free to local churches, organizations and individuals to use creatively to share Jesus in their community.

The 2015 film, “Value of a Soul,” will release this fall and will be available for free online and via DVD. Churches are encouraged to join with others across the nation in planning events using the film on a national “Day of Proclamation” on November 7, to coincide with Billy Graham’s 97th birthday.

“Value of a Soul” takes a closer look at the question asked by Jesus and recorded in Mark 8:36-37: “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?”

In addition to an inspirational Gospel message from Franklin Graham, “Value of a Soul” features compelling and powerful stories of hope and faith from Purple Heart recipient and retired Army Maj. Scotty Smiley, who lost his vision from shrapnel in a car bomb explosion while serving in Iraq; Mark Outing, better known as a member of the hard-core underground rap group P.K.O.; and Laura Klock, who owns her own motorcycle shop and has had to cope with difficult issues in her life like having an abortion.

“All three stories, and Franklin’s message in the film, address the underlying truth that each person – each soul – has value,” added Rhoads. “We hope people will begin praying and planning now for how God can use this film to reach out with a message of hope this November and beyond.

“We are called not just to be salt and light, which are essentially passive, but to be yeast—active agents of transformation,” said Greene. “And Christians are in the right places to reach this nation—and, indeed, the world.”

My Hope films could be just the catalyst for sparking a conversation with a colleague, friend or family member. For more information on My Hope, including tips on how these free resources can be used in your own church or ministry, visit www.MyHopewithBillyGraham.org. You can participate by preordering your free copy of “Value of a Soul” and beginning to pray and prepare for an event in your community.

 


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