By Greg Laurie

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 

Romans 1:16

Sometimes people ask me why we do Harvest Crusades. They’re a lot of work. They involve months of prayer, planning, more prayer, more work, money, and more prayer. Our team works tirelessly, putting in hours and hours on these events.

So why do we do them? It’s a very simple answer: So people can be saved from their sin. When it’s all said and done, there is nothing more important than people coming into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and having their eternal address changed from a place called Hell to a place called Heaven.

I love the word saved, because that’s exactly what happens. It’s a biblical word that is used many times in the Scriptures. For example, Romans 10 says, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved’” (verses 9, 13 NKJV).

When Peter was preaching on the Day of Pentecost, he said to the people who had gathered, “Be saved from this perverse generation” (Acts 2:40 NKJV). Later in verse 47 we read, “And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Hebrews 7:25 says, “He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him” (NKJV).

It’s a perfect description. We are being saved. It’s a term that we would use if a lifeguard rescued a drowning person or if a firefighter ran into a burning building and brought someone out.

When we share our faith and someone believes in Jesus, if they put their trust in Him, they are being saved in the truest sense of what that word means.


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