Friday, December 7, 2018
The image of jolly St. Nick has become entwined with the celebration of Christmas. St. Nick, often called Santa Claus, is usually portrayed as a chubby man with a white beard dressed in a red coat trimmed with white fur carrying a big bag of presents for good little children. In the modern telling of the story, he lives at the North Pole and drives a sleigh pulled by magical flying reindeer. But, the original Santa was far more than a jolly fat man.
The real name of St. Nick is Nicholas. He lived from A.D. 270-343 and he was the bishop of the city of Myra (located in modern Turkey) during the time of the Roman Empire. In his city there were many poor families, and he became known for bringing gifts to poor children, especially in the middle of winter when they did not have enough food to eat. There was a family with three young girls who did not have the money to pay for a dowry in order to be married. Nicholas dropped three bags of gold down their chimney so they would be rescued from a life of prostitution.
In A.D. 325, the Roman Emperor Constantine called three hundred Christian bishops, including Bishop Nicholas, together to the city of Nicaea. The question which brought these church leaders together was, “Who is Jesus Christ?”
At that meeting, there was a man name Arius who preached that Jesus is just a man, not God in human flesh. He led a group of bishops who said Jesus was the best man who ever lived and was a man sent on a special mission from God. They even believed that Jesus was the “son of God” because God had adopted him. But, they refused to teach that Jesus was the same substance as God. In the Greek language, they insisted that Jesus is homoi ousia, or “another substance” from God.
But another group of bishops insisted that Jesus is God in human flesh, fully God and fully man. They quoted John 1:1-3,14, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” They pointed to Matthew 9:2 where Jesus forgives the sins of the paralyzed man which proves that Jesus is God. In Greek, they said Jesus is homo ousia the “same substance” as God the Father.
The reason this matters is because if Jesus is the same substance as the Father, He is worthy of worship and He is capable of forgiving the sins of the whole world. But, if Jesus is just a man, then He can be neither Lord nor Savior.
The only difference between the words homoi ousia and the words homo ousia is one Greek letter, the iota, which is the smallest letter in the Greek alphabet. Yet, this one letter made a huge difference in who the church thinks Jesus is. Remember that the next time you hear the phrase, “It matters not one iota.”
That’s where St. Nicholas enters the story. One day during the conference, Arius was insisting that Jesus is not God and Nicholas became so bothered by his blasphemy that he walked over to Arius and slapped him across the face. The bishops were stunned at his behavior because it was unthinkable for a respected bishop to slap another bishop. They almost kicked Nicholas out of the conference, but the emperor Constantine allowed him to apologize and stay.
After more debate, the entire conference realized that Nicholas was right. Jesus really is the Son of God, incarnated as a human being. Jesus is fully God and fully man. Jesus is “Emmanuel,” which means “God with us.” Because of their new understanding of the deity of Jesus, the bishops wrote the Nicene Creed: “We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven; He became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and was made human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried. The third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will never end.”
So, the real St. Nick preached the Gospel, gave food to poor children, rescued girls from sex trafficking, and stood up against false teaching in the church. The next time you think about Santa Claus, instead of imagining him patting his belly and laughing, “Ho, ho, ho” try thinking about him as a bishop slapping a man for preaching heresy about Jesus. Nicholas realized that Jesus is God. He believed that Jesus can save people from their sins. He preached about an incarnate God who came to take away the sins of the world by dying on the cross. Nicholas really is a Christmas hero, because today we celebrate the same truths.
Christmas is the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus. We celebrate the fact that Jesus came to set us free from the power of sin. As an evangelist, I want to say thank you for sending our family to nations around the world to tell people about the Living God who became a man in order to make a way for all of humanity to get to heaven.
Preaching About the Reason for the Season,
P.S. This Christmas, would you give a Christmas gift for the sake of the Gospel? Your financial help is crucial during this holiday season as we prepare to do Gospel Crusades in 2019. Thank you for your faithful giving! To give, click here: http://kingministries.com/give.html
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Over the centuries, there have arisen many different religious philosophies and teachings that have been proposed by people who are looking for meaning in life. Yet Jesus transcends every other religion and philosophy in one powerful verse.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). This amazing statement is what makes Christianity unique and different from every other religion on earth. Let’s take a look at what Jesus was claiming and what His words mean to other religious traditions.
Jesus is the Way
This statement is in direct contrast with the religion of Hinduism that claims there are over three hundred million gods. Recently I was in India and I saw a family sitting in a temple giving an offering of rice and lighting candles in order to worship a local deity. By offering pūjā, they hoped the deity would not be angry with them but the problem is that in a land of so many gods, it is impossible to placate all of them. There are many roads that lead to deception, but Jesus is the only way that leads to lasting peace.
Jesus is the Truth
This claim puts Christianity in conflict with agnosticism that asserts no one can know the truth and with atheism that claims there is no truth beyond what can be proved with a scientific experiment. In March, I visited the national convention of the American Atheists and I heard many of the attendees express their hope to find rational truth. But sadly, they are looking in the wrong places and using the wrong tools to find real Truth.
Jesus is the Life
This statement puts Christianity in conflict with Buddhism that believes life is nothing but an illusion. Buddhism says all of life is suffering, that suffering is caused by desire, and the only way to escape suffering is to stop all desire. Yet, Jesus said, “I come to give you life and life more abundantly” (John 10:10). As a young man, Buddha saw the suffering of a leper and it caused him to forsake everything in his search for enlightenment. Jesus also saw a leper and in response Jesus stretched out his hand and healed the man. Jesus comes to give you life!
No one comes to the Father except through Jesus.
This statement puts Jesus in direct conflict with the Muslim religion. When Jesus called God “Father” He spoke words that Islam interprets as heresy. Muslims accept Jesus as a prophet, but they believe it is blasphemy to teach that God had a Son. Yet, Jesus was able to call God “Father” because He truly is the Son of God.
The truth is that all of humankind needs Jesus. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The Bible also says, “The price for sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sins but He did not stay dead. After three days, Jesus rose from the dead, and today Jesus is alive! The Bible proclaims, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord Jesus shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
Jesus did not claim to be a way, a truth, or a life. No, He claimed to be THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE.
I once heard someone say, “All religions ultimately lead to God.” But, think about this question logically. Imagine that I asked for directions to New York City and three people answered. The first one say, “Just stay on the road that you are on and you will eventually get there.” The second guide answers, “You are headed in the wrong direction, you need to turn around.” The third person replies, “Just let your feelings (your traditions, your conscience, or a guru) guide you to the right road.”
If three guides tell me to take three different roads to New York City, only one of them can be right. At least two of the guides must be wrong. The idea that all religions lead to God violates a basic test of logic. On the surface, different faith traditions share some similarities, but even a casual reading of the sacred books of different religions will make it clear that they are not communicating the same thing nor are they offering an equally legitimate way to God.
The truth is that some religions are wrong, even if they sincerely think they are right. If someone is wrong, they are still wrong, even if they genuinely think they are right. If you try to dial my number on your phone and one of the numbers is wrong, you will not be able to reach me, even if you sincerely think that you have dialed the right number. According to Christianity, Jesus is the only way to get to heaven. There is no other road that can take you there.
It is the mandate of our ministry to take the good message of Jesus Christ to Hindus, to agnostics, to atheists, to Buddhists, and to Muslims. It is through your help that we are able to share the truth of the Gospel with those who need it the most! Thank you for helping us to point people to Jesus.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Evangelism in Alexandria
Right after I landed in Cairo, our evangelism team of two evangelists, several pastors, and a fifteen-member music group drove four hours north to the city of Alexandria next to the Mediterranean Sea.
The city of Alexandria was founded in 332 B.C. by Alexander the Great. In 41 B.C. Mark Antony and Cleopatra met in Alexandria. It was the site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the wonders of the Ancient World, and the location of the world’s greatest library.
The first Christian evangelist to go to Alexandria was Mark, the Gospel writer. It is said that when Mark first entered the city of Alexandria, the strap on his sandal was loose. He visited a cobbler to get it fixed. As the cobbler, a man named Anianos, repaired the sandal, he accidentally pierced his hand with an awl. He cried out in pain, “O One God!” Mark heard his cry and told him about the one true Living God. Mark prayed for the man to be healed and his hand was miraculously made whole. Because of the miracle, Anianos got saved and his whole family was baptized. This was the beginning of the church in Alexandria.
Mark continued to preach in Alexandria for several years and was martyred there in A.D. 68 by a group of pagan priests who tied a rope around his neck and dragged his body through the streets until he died. To this day, there are Coptic Christian churches in Alexandria that trace their spiritual heritage back to Mark.
In A.D. 641 the Muslims conquered Egypt. Modern-day Egypt is 90% Muslim which means it is a huge harvest field.
We did a two-night evangelistic meeting in Alexandria. Attendance the first night was 130 people and the second night was 171 people. The same Jesus who healed Anianos in the first century proved He is alive today by healing lots of people who came to our meeting. A total of 68 people prayed with us for salvation in Alexandria! It was an honor to preach in the same place that Mark once preached.
Soul Winning Conference near Cairo
We gathered together 75 pastors and evangelists and did a three-day soul winning conference. The conference was held at a beautiful campground. Your giving helped us house and feed these precious men and women during the conference. We taught these frontline leaders how to share their faith with people who need Jesus. On the final day of the conference, we prayed for them to be filled with the Holy Spirit and they began to speak in other tongues. Hallelujah!
Preaching in Cairo
I ministered in several churches in one day in Cairo. One was an Episcopal church, one was Presbyterian, one was Baptist, and one was a Coptic church. At these churches, a total of 115 people came forward for the altar call and 43 people testified they were healed by the power of God. It was wonderful to see that God works the same no matter what denominational label is on the building.
Thank you for sending me to preach the Gospel in Egypt! Because of your prayers and your giving, we saw a harvest of souls and miracles in a hard-to-reach country.
Friday, September 14, 2018
Are you a pastor that needs a speaker for a special event or a Bible school looking for someone to teach?
Recently a Bible School asked me to provide a list of ten classes that I could teach. Here is the list that I provided to them. If you ever need me to teach on any of these subjects, just let me know and I will do what I can to help you.
Recently a Bible School asked me to provide a list of ten classes that I could teach. Here is the list that I provided to them. If you ever need me to teach on any of these subjects, just let me know and I will do what I can to help you.
Evangelism: In the past fifteen years, we have led over 2 million people in a salvation prayer. I can teach on mass evangelism or one-on-one evangelism. I am currently finishing my Doctorate of Ministry research project on the subject of "Mass Evangelism" Here are some books I have written on the topic: http://kingministries.com/shop.evangelism.html
Missions: I grew up as a missionary in Mexico and have traveled to over sixty nations preaching the Gospel. I love inspiring people to fulfill the Great Commission. Check out what we have accomplished in nations around the world: http://kingministries.com/crusade.htm
Apologetics: My latest focus is studying apologetics and I am currently writing my next book on the subject. In a world where there are many voices who challenge our faith, it is vital for the believer to know how to defend what he or she believes.
Healing: We have seen God heal people all over the world. Here are some of the teachings I have done on the subject: God's Healing Power
Serving in the Local Church: I wrote a book about an obscure Bible character named Obed-Edom that will encourage people to get involved in serving God with their time and talents. https://amzn.to/2MqORVf
Practical Ministry Training: I have written extensively on subjects designed to help people launch out in ministry. Topics include: How to Raise Money for your Ministry, How to Write a Book, How to Grow your Church, etc. http://kingministries.com/shop.toolbox.html
Grace: After two years of intense study on the grace of God, I wrote a book on the topic that was published with Harrison House. https://amzn.to/2NLuZ3L
Prayer and Fasting: I have done some good teaching on these subjects too. http://kingministries.com/prayer.html
How to Discover God's Will: I wrote this book to encourage young people to passionately pursue God's will for their lives. https://amzn.to/2MzkAUp
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Today I had lunch with one of our ministry partners and talking to him made me so thankful for you. Let me tell you his story…
A Faithful Homeschool Student
His name is Tate Gomez. He first heard about our ministry when he was a homeschool student in ninth grade. I was invited to speak at a homeschool group here in Tulsa and he heard me tell stories about being raised as a missionary in Mexico. Tate was only fourteen years old but he decided to give a gift to help Jessica and I go preach the Gospel in India.
That first month, he sent a $20 bill in the mail to us. We used his gift to purchase books to give to new believers in India. When we returned home, we sent Tate a report about all the people who were saved at our crusade in Andhra Pradesh, India. After Tate heard about the salvations in India, he decided to support King Ministries every single month.
Tate was homeschooled. He did not have much money, but every month he faithfully sent a gift to help us preach the Gospel. One month he sent us a one-dollar bill scrunched up in the bottom of the envelope. Even though his gift was small, we were extremely grateful because in our ministry every dollar represents a soul. Over the years we have been able to lead at least one person to Jesus for every dollar that has gone through our hands. In some countries, our Gospel Festivals cost more than a dollar per person and in some countries it costs less, but when all our expenses are averaged and compared with our results, we have seen a harvest of at least one soul for every dollar that has been given to our ministry.
As Tate grew older, he got a job and earned more money and his giving increased. Some months he sent $20, other months he sent $40; the biggest gift he gave was $100.
Now Tate is in his junior year at Oral Roberts University. He is trusting God for provision to pay for college and God has been providing.
This past summer, Tate had the opportunity to go on a mission trip with Oral Roberts University. Guess where he was sent? He went to Andhra Pradesh, India, the very place he had sowed into seven years before. He spent a whole month in Andhra Pradesh ministering at a camp for young people. Tate had to raise $3,500 to go on his mission trip and God provided every dollar. I think his first seed into our ministry became a harvest that allowed him to go on his first mission trip.
I’m Thankful for You!
The reason Tate’s story made me think about you is because our ministry is fully supported by individuals just like you and Tate. The truth is that our entire ministry is supported by people who give sacrificially. Each individual gift might be small, but when they are all added up together, they allow us to do amazing things for God.
Over the years, we have witnessed over two million people give their lives to Jesus at our meetings. It never would have happened without your help and the help of dozens of others just like you.
Every gift is important. Every dollar represents a soul. Without you, we would not be able to preach the Gospel. Thank you for your faithful giving. It is your generosity that makes a difference and Jessica and I are so grateful for you. You are part of an important team of people (The MillionHeirs Club) who are helping us to reach the world for Jesus. Thank you.
Expect a Miracle in Your Life
When you give to God, you can expect God to open up doors in your life. God will provide for you. God will give you wisdom. God will keep you healthy. You can expect miracles from God.
I am asking God for two harvests for every seed you sow into our ministry. The first harvest is a harvest of souls on the mission field and the second harvest is a supernatural outpouring of God’s blessing upon your life. You may not know it, but your giving benefits the kingdom of God and it benefits your life too.
Going for more souls,
P.S. This month your gift will help me go to a country in the Middle East to preach the Gospel. God is opening up doors for us in the Middle East to reach people that have never heard about Jesus. But, we can’t go without your help. Can you give a generous financial gift to help us this month?
Friday, August 3, 2018
I am currently working on my Doctorate of Ministry degree at Oral Roberts University. I used our recent Brazil crusade as my research project and I did a survey of a random cross section of people at the crusade. The project was designed to give a snapshot picture of an evangelistic crusade. The goal was to discover who came to the crusade, why they came, and what impact the crusade had on the city.-->
Here are some of the stats from the crusade. Caicó, Brazil has a population of 66,246 people. The nine evangelical churches in the city have 1,357 believers which equals about 2% of the population.
How Many People Were Saved? 82.6% of the crowd repeated the prayer of salvation with me. 641 people filled out decision cards. This represents a 43% increase in the number of Christians in the city.
Did Miracles Really Occur? 48.7% of the crowd reported that they arrived with pain in their bodies. 78.5% of those who came with pain in their bodies felt better after the healing prayer. Of the 182 people on Saturday night who answered “yes” to the question of whether they arrived with pain in the their bodies and said that they felt better, 176 (96.7%) “strongly agreed” or “agreed” that they had received a miracle.
Was the Crusade Worthwhile? 100% of the pastors agreed that the crusade was worth the time, money, and preparation.
How Many People Did We Impact? Our team ministered to a total of about 7,792 people at the crusade. Our three-day soul winning conference was used to train local believers in how to pray for the sick, cast out demons, and lead people to Jesus. By the third night of the soul winning conference, 485 believers were in attendance. The church where the meeting was held was completely full and we filled the street in front of the church with chairs for the overflow crowd. 792 young people attended the youth concert. 504 children were in attendance at the children’s festival.
Who Came to the Crusade? 39% of the crowd was male and 61% was female. The average age was 38.
How Did People Hear About the Crusade? Of the people who responded to my survey, 163 heard about the meeting from a friend. 79 were invited by a family member. 123 saw a poster. 132 received a flyer. 84 saw an advertisement on Facebook. 41 learned about the meeting on Instagram. 63 responded to a message on WhatsApp. 127 heard about the meeting on the radio. 39.74% of those personally invited to the crusade came which shows how important it is to have local church involvement in the crusade.
Why did People Come to the Crusade? 460 people responded to the question “Why did you come to this meeting?” 107 said, “My friend invited me.” 77 said they were curious about what was happening. 44 wanted to hear the music. 116 said they needed a miracle. 106 said they wanted to see miracles. 61 came because their pastor told them they should come. 112 came because they are curious about God. 6 did not know why they came and the rest gave some other reason why they came. These “other” answers include: Jesus called me, to seek the presence of God, because I am an evangelical, because I wanted to, because my wife invited me, I came to seek God, because I had a need, and because someone asked me.
How did people come to the crusade? 182 respondents came by car (38.6%). 42 came by public transportation (8.9%). 52 came by church bus (11%). 129 came by motorcycle (27.4%). 4 came by bicycle (0.8%). 59 walked (12.5%). 3 came by other means of transportation (0.6%).
Were the crusade attendees people who regularly go to church? 457 people responded to the question, “How often do you attend your church?” 23 said they never attend (5%). 57 said they attend 1-2 times per year (12.5%). 18 said they attend 6-12 times per year (3.9%). 44 said they attend 1-2 times each month (9.6%). 78 said they attend every Sunday (17.1%). 237 said they attend 2 or more times each week (51.9%).
Are those who got saved willing to go to a church for follow up? 80 people “strongly agreed” they would be willing to visit a church (37.2%). 111 “agreed” they would visit a church (51.6%). 14 were not sure if they would visit (6.5%). 9 “disagreed” that they would visit a church (4.2%). 1 “strongly disagreed” that he would be willing to visit a church (0.5%).
I’m sorry if I overwhelmed you with numbers in this post but the truth is that numbers are important. God even named a whole book in the Bible, “Numbers.” The reality is that every number represents a story. Every statistic stands for a person. At the crusade in Caicó, Brazil many people were touched by God, saved, and healed. You played an important part in making that happen! Thank you for your prayers and your giving.
Monday, July 23, 2018
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Jesus is the Light of the World and if Jesus lives in you, then you are a shining light in the midst of great darkness. Are you shining bright for Jesus? In what areas do you think you could shine brighter? In this inspiring message, Evangelist Daniel King will challenge you to let your light shine.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Caicó, Brazil is located in Northeast Brazil in the state of Rio Grande do Norte. According to a census in 2013 a total of 66,246 people live in the city. The city has the highest rate of suicide in the state and the third highest rate of suicide in the country of Brazil. Caicó is known as a stronghold of idolatry and the people fight mental depression and spiritual oppression. The city is considered to be a stronghold of Catholicism. The patron saint of Caicó is St. Anne and every year a festival is held by the Roman Catholic Church to honor her memory. Caicó is also known for hosting the largest carnival in the state of Rio Grande do Norte.
The planning for the crusade began six months in advance. A crusade director visited the city of Caicó and met with the local pastors. They indicated their eagerness to participate in the crusade. All nine of the evangelical churches in the city participated in our crusade. The total membership of these nine churches equals 1,357 which is about 2% of the population of the city of Caicó.
Three months prior to the crusade, prayer cards were given to all the church members. Each believer was encouraged to write down the names of ten unsaved people on their prayer card and to begin to pray for them to be saved. When the event drew closer, the church members reached out to the ten people and invited each of them to attend the crusade. Permission was secured from local authorities to hold the event. One month prior to the crusade, one thousand posters were distributed throughout the city. The local churches distributed seventy thousand crusade pamphlets and fifty thousand youth crusade invitations. In the eight days prior to the crusade, seven sound cars were used to announce the crusade for six hours each day for a total of two hundred and fifty-six hours of sound car announcements. Seven hundred and fifty radio spots were run on three different radio stations over a fifteen-day period. WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook were also used to advertise the event.
Our international team of ministers included six Americans, one Canadian, one Paraguayan, one German, and at least five Brazilians. When the team arrived in the city, we immediately began ministering in local schools and neighborhoods. We also gave away food to hungry families.
We held a three-day training event for local believers. Then we did a youth event and used music and a strength team to attract the young people. When the crusade began, the city was ready. On Friday night, three deaf people were healed and began to speak. This miracle caused attendance on Saturday night to greatly increase. We also did a children’s festival and a pastoral leadership seminar.
A total of 641 people filled out decision cards at the crusade indicating they decided to follow Jesus. This harvest of souls represents an increase of 43% in the number of Christians in Caicó, On the Sunday after the crusade, all nine churches in the city reported that new people attended their churches.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
I need your prayers. Today, I am headed to Brazil for a Gospel Festival in the city of Caicó.
As our team is getting on the plane, we received word about a strike that is paralyzing the country of Brazil.
The truck drivers of Brazil are worried about rising gasoline costs and they have gone on strike. They are blocking many of the roads with their trucks and because of there actions food is not getting to the stores and gasoline is not getting to the gas stations. Empty grocery stores are causing lots of unrest as people worry about what they will eat.
The president ordered to police to clear the roads, but the police disobeyed because they say they are on the side of the truck drivers in the dispute. So, now the President has ordered the military to clear the roads. In the midst of this chaos, many roads are blocked and many airplane flights are being canceled because of a lack of fuel. For more information, click here.
So I need your prayers for our Gospel Festival that is happening this week.
1. Pray that our entire team makes it to the city where the Gospel Festival will take place.
2. Our sound system is on a truck coming to the Festival from one thousand kilometers away. Pray it will be able to pass through all the roadblocks.
3. Pray many people will come to the Gospel Festival despite the unrest.
4.Pray the chaos will make people turn toward God and many people will be saved.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
We are only a few days away from going to Caicó, Brazil for a Great Gospel Festival.
Our team will be visiting schools to invite students to the festival. For the young people, we have a strength team who will be breaking stacks of bricks, tearing phone books in half, and blowing up hot water bottles in order to attract teenagers to the festival. One member of our team is a children’s minister who will be doing a big kid’s festival. We are purchasing lots of toys and candy to give away to the children. We will be doing a leadership conference for the pastors and three nights of crusade meetings.
Caicó, Brazil has a population of 80,000 people and it has one of the highest rates of suicide in the nation of Brazil. It is known as a stronghold of idolatry. Our goal is to reach every person in the city with the Gospel. We expect 10,000-15,000 people to attend the crusade meetings.
This Caicó crusade will be my sixth time preaching the Gospel in Brazil, but this will be one of the most significant of all my crusades.
This is because in addition to preaching the Gospel to the crowd in Brazil, I will also be conducting research at the same time.
For the past three years, I have been working on earning my Doctorate of Ministry degree at Oral Roberts University. This consisted of taking on-line classes and doing intensive one-week seminars on campus. All of my class work has been finished and now all that remains is writing my dissertation.
The Doctorate of Ministry degree is designed to be a practical degree and so the dissertation for my doctorate is called an “Applied Research Project.” It consists of writing several chapters of theological and historical research and then conducting a research project.
You probably will not be surprised to find that the focus of my study is mass evangelism. This year, I have been reading dozens of books on the history of mass evangelism and reflecting theologically on the importance of evangelism.
Now at our upcoming crusade in Brazil I will complete the research part of my project. The goal is to provide an academic snapshot of a large evangelistic event in a developing nation. I have been doing crusades like this for years, but now I will be able to demonstrate academically what God is doing.
The main part of the research will consist of taking a survey of all the people who attend the crusade. Here are some of the questions I will be trying to answer: Who attends a large evangelistic event? What percentage of the crowd are unbelievers? Are the attendees religious or secular in their background? If they are religious, what church do they identify with? Why did people decide to attend? How did people hear about the event? Which part of the advertising is successful? What attracted people to come to the event? Do they come for the music, or the preaching, or the spectacle? Or do they arrive because they are bored and there is nothing else to do? Do they attend out of curiosity or because they want to receive a miracle or because a friend invited them? What beliefs do people bring to the event? What are the demographics, economic level, and educational level of the people who attend? Are they children, youth, or adults? Do the unbelievers who attend understand the message about Jesus that is presented? Do people remember the information that is imparted through the sermon? Do people respond to the message? How many people are getting saved at the event?
In addition, we will be giving pre-crusade surveys and post-crusade surveys to all the participating pastors in order to capture their viewpoint and interviewing the volunteers who choose to participate as ushers and councilors at the crusade.
This project will provide information that will help evangelists be more effective in how they promote and conduct evangelistic events. This research will also provide information that can be used to defend and promote the use of mass evangelism campaigns. And when I finish the research project, I will be Dr. Daniel King.
Thank you! This month your financial gift to our ministry will be maximized because it will have an impact on the nation of Brazil, and it will have an academic impact on evangelism that will endure for many years to come.
P.S. We still need your help in order to complete the budget for the Brazil crusade. Please pray for many people to be saved and please rush your financial gift to us. We need it in just a few days. Every dollar you give will help us reach more people for Jesus in Caicó, Brazil. Thank You and God Bless You!