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As the World Turns
Teacher Guide ~ Day C1

Jesus is right for whatever is wrong in your life.

Spiritual Focus:

Billy Graham has lived evangelistic dreams of bringing many people to Jesus Christ.

Memory Verse: 
  Psalm 37:4, 5

Hymn:   #469 Leaning on the Everlasting Arms and #545 Savior, Like a Shepherd

Student Activities:

 

Class Explorations and Discussions:  Billy Graham

   Introduce Memory Verse:  Psalm 37:4, 5.

Billy Graham was 16 years old when a traveling evangelist came through his town and held revival meetings.  Billy went to those revival meetings and gave his heart to Christ. Billy felt called to be a preacher.  He took this verse to heart:

Read Mark 16:15.

Billy's personal mission statement was this:  "My one purpose in life is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ."

Billy went to Bible college, married a gal named Ruth, and became a preacher.  He pastored a little Baptist church in Illinois, but felt the itch to be an evangelist.  He joined Youth for Christ, which was an organization formed during World War II to reach young people and soldiers.

Billy loved evangelistic preaching.  He felt his job in life was to bring people to Jesus.  At an evangelistic crusade in Los Angeles, hundreds of people flocked to the front of the arena and gave their hearts to Christ.  This became big news in the newspapers and over the radio.  Since then, Billy has preached to thousands of large groups around the world.

Mr. Graham has preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history—over 210 million people in more than 185 countries. Hundreds of millions more have been reached through television, video, film, and webcasts.

Mr. Graham’s counsel has been sought by presidents, and his appeal in both the secular and religious arenas is evidenced by the wide range of groups that have honored him, including numerous honorary doctorates from many institutions in the U. S. and abroad.

Question:  Billy Graham only invites people to give their hearts and lives to Jesus.  He preaches no Bible doctrine other than being converted.  Do you think Seventh-day Adventists should follow this style of evangelism?

Discuss how these people go home from Billy's crusades and join a church of their choice.  Or they don't join any church because they feel they have been "saved."  And they believe that once they are "saved" they have to do nothing else.  Does this go along with Bible principles?  (No.)  What about keeping the 10 commandments?

Read Galatians 5:16-26.  We grow one way or the other.  We need to be connected to God's Spirit to grow more like God.

Play the 20 Questions Game that will help students develop interviewing skills.  The question is:  What Famous Preacher Am I? 

  • Students take turns asking closed ended questions (questions that can be answered with yes or no).
     
  • Students ask the teacher the questions.  The teacher should tally each question on the board as it is asked.  The goal is for the students to ask smart enough questions to come to the answer in twenty questions or less.
     
  • If a student asks a question that is answered with a Yes, the student may make a guess as to who the famous preacher is.  If the student is wrong, he or she may not ask any more questions.
      
  • List of famous preachers:  Paul, Peter, Martin Luther, Jesus, Timothy, Doug Batchelor, Shawn Boonstra (from It is Written), Billy Graham, Don Schneider (NAD president), Jan Paulson (General Conference president), a preacher who your students know well, etc.

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