Tonight I begin a new series in Orange County from the Gospel of Matthew.
It’s called “Follow Me!”
It’s all about following Jesus Christ in the modern world.
Frankly, I think Jesus Christ has a lot more admirers then He does genuine followers.
Jesus has always been popular.
Throughout history it is evident that Jesus has always been an admired figure.
Even today, many people regard Him as a great moral teacher.
And there are still multitudes that claim to be followers of Jesus.
Many of them are filling churches on Sunday mornings.
In a poll taken in 2001, JESUS CHRIST was the most widely admired hero.
But Jesus did not say, “Admire Me.” He said, “Follow Me!”
But what does that mean specifically?
Come out tonight and find out.
Make sure to check out the Chicago Harvest website for highlights from the weekend. You’ll find blog stories about Chicagoans who participated at the event, killer photos from our photographer Trever, and archives of the webcasts from all three nights.
You can find it all at chicago.harvest.org.
“Blessed be the LORD, For He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city!”
The great American city of Chicago has truly seen God’s blessing this weekend.
Sunday night at Allstate Arena, 16,700 people gathered for the final evening of the Chicago Harvest.
The theme for Sunday’s message and music was “An Evening of Hope.” Steven Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, and I —each well acquainted with the grief and pain that comes from losing someone close—shared the message of hope that transcends death . . . the hope of Jesus Christ.
At the end of the evening, 1,202 accepted the invitation to follow Christ and made their way to the arena floor to pray and receive a New Believer’s Bible. In addition, 568 online viewers indicated that they prayed with me to accept Christ.
In all, 47,600 people attended the Chicago Harvest, and 4,546 made decisions to follow Christ or recommit their lives to Him this weekend at the event and via the live webcast. To God be the glory!
We had 1000 people come to faith watching on the web this year!
The Chicago Harvest is over, but there is still a need for prayer:
* For those who surrendered their lives to Christ this weekend. That they will develop the habits of reading their Bibles, connecting with other believers, praying, and sharing their new-found faith.
* For the churches involved in follow up—that they would faithfully reach out to these new believers, making them feel welcome and at home.
* For the next event on the calendar—the Seattle Harvest, November 5–7!
If you missed any of the Chicago Harvest, or would like to share them with a friend, you can watch the archived webcasts at chicago.harvest.org.
Saturday night saw 16,400 stream into Allstate Arena. Among them were many young people as the music and message were geared toward Chicago’s youth. I delivered a message called, “What is the Meaning of Life?” and the Arena rocked with Skillet, Kirk Franklin, and The Katinas.
The Lord touched many hearts,and when the invitation was given to follow Jesus Christ 1,554 came forward in response.
Please pray for the new believers—that our follow-up team would get them plugged into a Bible-teaching church, and they would be grounded in their new faith.
The Chicago Harvest is not over! Tonight includes an amazing musician lineup: Steven Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, and the Katinas, so it’s sure to be an evening of fantastic worship.
We are calling this “An Evening of Hope” and we will offer that hope from God’s Word.
If you know anyone who is hurting or in pain, this is the night for them, or perhaps for you as well.
We will deal with the topic of tragedy and why God allows it, even in the life of the Christian.
So, either come in person if you are in the area or watch it live at harvest.org.
Last night kicked off the 2010 Chicago Harvest at Allstate Arena, and what a night it was!
Amazing music from the David Crowder Band, Heather Headley, The Katinas, and the Local Gospel Choir was followed by a message that I gave , titled, “What Do You Live For?”
In attendance were 14,500 people, and when the invitation was given to receive Christ or make a recommitment, 944 responded.
Please pray for these individuals—that each of them would “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
Tonight, there will be music from Skillet, Kirk Franklin, and The Katinas. If you are in the area, be sure not to miss it. Gates open at 4:30 P.M. (CDT).
If you can’t be here in person, you can watch the webcast live at chicago.harvest.org. The event starts at 6:00 P.M. (CDT). Also, it’s not too late to share this event on Facebook or Twitter, or to send an e-vite to a friend.
Please continue to pray for myself, our team, the performing artists, and all the Harvest staff and volunteers, as they prepare for the remaining two nights of the Chicago Harvest.
What comes to mind when you think of this great American city? For some it might be the Cubs or the famous Wrigley Field. For others it might be the gangster era with such names as Al Capone. For even others it the mouth-watering deep-dish pizza Chicago is so well-known for. But what comes to my mind when I think of America’s third-largest city is evangelism.
For it was from Chicago that the great American evangelist D.L. Moody came. Moody went on to touch his world with the gospel and still inspires other evangelists like myself today. Chicago has been home to some amazing evangelistic events from preachers like Billy Sunday to Billy Graham, but did you know they have not had a coordinated city-wide outreach for some 14 years?
That’s about to change.
Well, thanks to the vision and commitment of over 200 evangelical churches in Chicagoland, that is about to change. From September 24–26, I will have the privilege to speak at our Harvest event at the Allstate Arena. I am honored to have been asked, and I have to say, I am very excited about this wonderful opportunity. I will be joined from some of the best christian artists out there, from The David Crowder Band, Jeremy Camp, and Kirk Franklin to Steven Curtis Chapman and Skillet.
I would really appreciate your prayers for it.
This entire event will be webcast live online. For more info, go to chicago.harvest.org.
Let me say something controversial:
Did you know it is possible to pray, believe in miracles, live a good life, be baptized, keep the ten commandments, and go to church and not necessarily be a Christian?
Now, if you are a Christian you should do all those things, but doing them in and of themselves does not necessarily mean you are a believer.
This Sunday at Harvest we will look at the searching words of Jesus as he concludes the Sermon on the Mount with:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.(Matthew 7:21-23)
“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
This message is for you!
Have you ever met someone who attempts to come off like they are someone else?
That’s what a lot of people in the church are doing today. We call them Posers.
We are inclined to think we know who the posers or fakes are out there, but the real question needs to be, “Am I a poser?”
I hope you will either join us in person or watch online at Harvest.org.
Remember to pray for the Harvest in Chicago.
Also, please remember the Harvest Crusade in Chicago is next week.
The final touches are being put on, so let’s remember this great American city in prayer as the gospel goes out there.
For more info on that, go to chicago.harvest.org