The Key to Evangelism
By: Steven Springer
A Dream Visitation: Billy Graham, John Wesley, Charles Finney, and Philip the Evangelist
I received a very vivid and detailed dream, which I believe is timely for the Body of Christ as we enter into a great season of harvest.
In the dream I was in this old beautiful Victorian home. At one point I was led into the parlor, a large sitting room where there was a large fireplace on the wall opposite the door. There was a fire burning brightly, warming the atmosphere. As I looked across the room, there was Billy Graham sitting at a desk in a tall backed leather chair, writing the memories of his journey in ministry.
I noticed that behind him were three painted portraits of three men: one was John Wesley, one was Charles Finney, and the one in the middle was Philip the evangelist of the Bible. Above Philip was a crown of thrones. Billy looked up and saw me. With a smile on his face he set down his pen, got up out of the chair and said, “come here son, I have something I want to share with you.” He began to share and relive his years of saving souls; at one point he reached over to a coat rack to grab an old tweed sport coat. He put on the coat and said, “Come with me.”
Five Barns and The Key
We proceeded to go outside behind the old Victorian home where there were five large barns. As we stood outside the first barn, Billy continued to tell the stories. At one point he reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out a key. Holding the key out in front of him he said, “I have the KEY to evangelism.”
Then at this point the three men from the portraits on the wall of the parlor joined us, Wesley, Finney and Philip. As he held the key out, the other three reached into their pockets and took out their keys. Billy said as he held out the key “The Father gave this to me.” Billy then proceeded to take the key and opened up the large wooden doors of the first barn. It was filled with grain from the harvest. Each one of the men picked a handful of grain and they were all smiling as they looked at the grain sifting through their fingers. So I proceeded to grab a handful. As I looked at the grain, I was amazed to see that each kernel had a name written on it. I was blown away!
We continued to each of the five barns and Billy opened them with the key. Billy then said holding out the key along with the others, “ Do you want the KEY?” I said ”of course!” Billy said, “The KEY is not what is in my hands, it is what is in MY heart-- a friendship with the KING and a love the Father has lavished on me and in me!” Moved by what he just said, I thought he is right—it’s about our relationship with God first.
1 John 3:1 1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Mark 12:30-31 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
The Radiant Man
Then another Man appeared out nowhere. He had radiant face. I was hardly able to make out His facial features, He gathered us together into a circle (all five of us with HIM), and as we joined hands we began to be lifted up off the ground. The man with the Radiant face said, “Oh by the way those five barns were full of people Billy’s life and ministry affected!” I thought wow that is just one man’s labor, what if the fields were full of loving passionate laborers, think of the harvest of souls that would enter eternal love. As we got up higher and higher I could see many plots of land below with barns on them. Some barns were big, magnificent and modern, and some small and desolate!
As we flew and looked at the land below, the Radiant one said, “It is harvest time; it is time to fill the barns.” Then He said, “Remember the key isn’t what is in your hands; it is what is in your heart.” Then He went on to say, “Remember the GOSPEL; it is Good news full of loving kindness, grace, mercy and the demonstration of power that leads people to me.
Therefore GO and Harvest
Therefore GO and harvest. It isn’t your programs that will save; it is the message of my Kingdom. The Radiant one left me in the middle of this wheat field. I could feel the wind blowing in my face and tears of joy streaming down my cheeks and a big smile on my face!
The voice of the Radiant one spoke again and said, “GO! For the fields are ripe with the harvest! Reap the reward!” I began to harvest the grain with great joy and vigor. Then it was like an aerial view shot zooming out and pulling away. I then noticed that the field went as far as my eyes could see! Then I noticed that the fields were full of thousands of others harvesting with me!
Luke 10:2 2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
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