I first heard Keith Green in 2005 after watching an interview of Leonard Ravenhill. Leonard was a British chap who had moved to America to share the Gospel – Leonard was passionate about Jesus, prayer and obedience.
The interview is nearly 2 hours long, but well worth watching. I have watched I don’t know how many times. Jesus used Len’s intervew to guide my education for years.
This is how I ‘met’ other preachers, like Norman Grubb through whom the Lord chose to reveal His Son in me, and Col 1:27 and Gal 2:20 became alive to me.
Below Keith Shares excerpt from the book: Oswald J Smith The Revival We Need
“It is reported that there were 7,000 churches that did not win a single soul for Jesus Christ in an entire year. That means that 7,000 ministers preached the Gospel for a whole year without reaching even one lost soul. Supposing that they preached, putting it at a low average, on 40 Sundays, not including extra meetings, that would mean that these 7,000 ministers preached 560,000 sermons in a single year. Think of the work, the labor, the money expended in salaries, etc., to make this possible. And yet 560,000 sermons preached by 7,000 ministers in 7,000 churches to tens of thousands of hearers during a period of twelve months, failed to bring a single soul to Christ.
Now, my brethren, there is something radically wrong somewhere. There is either something the matter with these 7,000 ministers or else with their 560,000 sermons, or with both.
In reading over the Twelve Rules of the Early Methodist church I was struck with the fact that they aimed at and looked upon soul-winning as their supreme task. Let me quote from one of them: “You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. It is not your business to preach so many times; but to save as many souls as you can; to bring as many sinners as you possibly can to repentance, and with all your power to build them up in that holiness, without which they cannot see the Lord.”–From “The Twelve Rules.”–John Wesley.”