Amanda Casanova | Religion Today Contributing Writer | Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Billy Graham is set to release a new video message about heaven on Nov. 7.
The program is called “Heaven” and is part of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s “My Hope 2014.”
"Evangelism is clearly the hardest activity of the Church, but it's also the one most closely tied to the health of the local church," said Steve Rhoads, vice president for My Hope. "We want to come alongside pastors and help them as they motivate their congregations to reach out in love. The local church holds a unique position of influence in our communities."
The program will be available for free for churches to use. The message was filmed last year at his home. According to reports, the program will feature stories of faith as well.
A recent Barna Group study found that 73 percent of "born-again" Christians believe they are personally responsible to share their faith, only half (52 percent) have done so in the past year. Less than 31 percent of Evangelicals have shared their faith in the last year, according to the study.
"No matter how an individual or church uses these My Hope resources, it begins with prayer," said Rhoads. "It starts as individuals begin to pray specifically for people they know who need the hope found in a relationship with Jesus Christ."
Publication date: July 9, 2014