Graham embodied the Great Commission, Paynter says

February 21, 2018

DECATUR, Ga.— Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter released the following statement after the death of Billy Graham.

“When I think of the embodiment of the Great Commission, I see the faces of CBF field personnel, and I think of the Rev. Billy Graham. Like pastors and laity across the Fellowship, I am saddened to learn of his passing, a true champion of the Gospel and leader in the Christian faith. The world opened up to the words of Christ through his extensive ministry and work and is still compelled by his Spirit-led passion.

“My father and my grandfather both accompanied Billy Graham during the times of his great revivals of the 1960s. Their energy and hope ignited our family and our church. As local businessmen and dedicated Christian laymen, they were inspired by his preaching and they found a place of engagement for the Gospel of Christ in Billy Graham’s ministries in the city where they lived. Among the lasting legacy of Billy Graham’s commitment to Christ is not only world leaders he met with, but the thousands of laypeople whose lives were brought closer to Christ and who learned to serve as witnesses because of Billy Graham. This legion of new believers and faithful friends of the Gospel are surely the true jewel of his life-long ministry. These two men in my family are among them.”


CBF is a Christian network that helps people put their faith to practice through ministry eff­orts, global missions and a broad community of support. The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.

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