WHEREAS, The life and ministry of Billy Graham is a testament of God’s promise to His church to raise up evangelists for the sake of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every tribe, people, and language (Ephesians 4:11; Revelation 7:9); and
WHEREAS, In his lifetime, Billy Graham traveled to 185 countries proclaiming the Gospel to an estimated 215 million people; and
WHEREAS, Billy Graham’s relationship to the Kentucky Baptist Convention was looked upon with affection by churches of the Kentucky Baptist Convention; and
WHEREAS, Billy Graham, often called “America’s Pastor,” exuded a Christlike witness in American culture that spanned seven decades and ministered to countless governmental and world leaders; and
WHEREAS, Billy Graham has had and continues to have a tremendous Gospel impact in Kentucky through his crusades and through his willingness to lend his name to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry; and
WHEREAS, Billy Graham’s life modeled integrity, modesty, lifelong fidelity to one’s spouse, and humility despite worldwide acclaim; now
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Kentucky Baptist Convention, meeting in Pikeville on November 13, 2018, grieve the passing of Billy Graham on February 21, 2018, while also celebrating, honoring, and commemorating his life and ministry as a beloved Southern Baptist who traveled the world sharing the good news of Jesus Christ; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we desire to celebrate Billy Graham’s legacy by committing ourselves to sharing the Gospel, living lives of personal holiness, and finding joy through an eternal peace with God accomplished by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.