Billy Graham Sermon: Who Is My Neighbor? (Transcript)

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Billy Graham – Evangelist

This is a service in which we praise God, glorify Him and thank Him. But primarily it’s a place where the Gospel is proclaimed and where commitments are made — lifetime commitments are made to Christ.

And there are hundreds of people here tonight that stand at the crossroads of your life. You’re not here by accident. You might have come out of curiosity. Some of you came out of curiosity because of what you’ve read in the press or you’ve seen on television, or because of this new dome stadium.

Whatever your reason, maybe someone brought you, invited you to come. But you are here. And this may be the greatest and most important moment of your life. And for some of you, it will become the most important moment, as you listen to God’s voice.

You’ll hear my voice through your physical ears, but you’ll hear the Spirit of God through spiritual ears that God has given you.

Our Father and our God, we thank Thee for these that Thou hast sent here tonight. And we pray that all of those whose hearts You have already prepared may respond, and say yes to the claims of Jesus Christ, for we ask it in His name. Amen.

I want you to turn with me to Luke’s Gospel, the 10th chapter. The 10th chapter of Luke’s Gospel. If you have a Bible with you, beginning with the 25th verse, I want to ask how many here tonight you’re under 30 years of age? Stand up. You’re under 30.

There’s nobody left to applaud for you. You may sit down.

It’s interesting as we go back through the years and see the vast change that has taken place in these crusades, because it used to be that the vast majority of people were middle-aged. That was when we first came to this area for crusade. We were here six weeks in the stadium, and the average audience at that time would have been middle aged.

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Today, night after night, it’s young people and it’s the youth all over the country that are searching, searching for something to believe in.

I was talking to the president of Harvard University a few months ago and I asked him what the greatest need at Harvard was and among students today that he found. And Dr. Bach said, the greatest need is commitment, and the greatest need in your life is commitment. And tonight I’m going to ask you to make that commitment and make it to Christ.

So let’s turn to the simple little story that most of you have heard since you were children, perhaps this story, beginning with the 25th verse of the 10th chapter of Luke’s Gospel.

Luke 10:25-37: “And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tempted Him, saying, ‘Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’

He said unto him, “What is written in the law? How readest thou?”

And he answered, said, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.’

And He said unto him, ‘Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.’

But he, (the lawyer), willingly to justify himself, said unto Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?'” Who is your neighbor?

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