Mark 8:34-38 Then Jesus called the crowd to him, along with his followers. He said, “If people want to follow me, they must give up the things they want. They must be willing even to give up their lives to follow me. Those who want to save their lives will give up true life. But those who give up their lives for me and for the Good News will have true life. It is worthless to have the whole world if they lose their souls. They could never pay enough to buy back their souls. The people who live now are living in a sinful and evil time. If people are ashamed of me and my teaching, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes with his Father’s glory and with the holy angels.”
God’s family has grown by thousands.
Franklin Graham hosted a Festival of Hope in Warsaw, Poland on Sunday where thousands came forward to give their lives to Christ. Over 30,000 people attended the event according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
“God loves you,” Graham preached to those in attendance, “And God wants to give you everlasting life, but that only comes through faith in Jesus Christ. Will you accept His love?”
Graham shared a message based on Mark 8:34-38, emphasizing that there is nothing in the world that is more valuable than a relationship with Christ.
“You could have all the iPhones in the world,” Graham said, “Control of all the armies of the earth. You could put all the euros and stack them in his arena. Your soul is still more valuable.”
The event with Franklin Graham capped off a weekend of celebrations that included the annual March for Jesus through Warsaw. Concerts took place throughout the weekend including CCM superstars Michael W. Smith and Newsboys.
“For all the new believers out there who gave their life to Christ,” Newsboys singer Michael Tait told the crowd, “I want you to live your life with abandon!”
The festival’s executive chairman told the Christian Post that many connected to the festival have been waiting for Sunday night for many years.