IN A NUTSHELL, the Paul Project is a vision that was given to Graham Ries whilst in a small home church service one Sunday up in Zimbabwe many, many years ago.
In this vision Graham saw a huge wall and in this wall he saw a gate. In the gate was a portcullis, [those HUGE BIG black gates that are common to medieval castles] and the portcullis was slowly descending towards the ground.
Hundreds of thousands of people were rushing across a bridge into the safety of the castle like structure. The part that impacted Graham as he stood in a lounge watching all of this play out in front of him was that the people themselves had no colour. There were no black people and white people and brown people and yellow people - there were just people - and where the colours came from were the garments they were wearing!
The colours! Oh LORD the colours were so incredible! They were iridescent, almost ALIVE they were so beautiful!
It was very clear to Graham that the portcullis represented TIME, and the fact that this huge gate was descending to the ground showed him that time was RUNNING OUT - as indeed it is!
In an amazing move of the LORD, Graham received a DVD from JOY! Magazine called ‘Messianic Jews…why should I care?’ And in it was the scene on the right. This image is a s till grabbed from that DVD. It is about as close as he can get to illustrate what he saw…
Many years later, now down in Port Elizabeth in South Africa, Graham was seated at his desk in his study when all of a sudden he was very aware of the LORD standing behind him, and he was aware of the words, “This is what I want you to do”. Without even giving it any thought, he immediately began working on a PowerPoint Presentation showing a city where the divorce rate was almost at zero, the crime rate the same. A city where women could walk in absolute safety and children the same. A city completely at peace with itself. And he knew that the ONLY way to achieve this is through Jesus Christ.
There is NO WAY that man could develop to that level of love for his fellow man by himself. Mankind has gone too far - we are too near our own destruction. The ONLY hope for us now is in Jesus Christ - and a united church working side by side with the same mandate in mind - to reach out to the lost before it is too late - before that portcullis has fallen and locked itself into the ground - before TIME HAS RUN OUT COMPLETELY.
Graham is so certain that this is a vision from PRECIOUS FATHER GOD ALMIGHTY that he has dedicated the rest of his life to making THE PAUL PROJECT a reality for the people of Port Elizabeth and prayerfully, in time, the rest of South Africa.
Live for JESUS hour by hour in the Power of the Holy Spirit!
THE PRINCIPLE is a simple one. It is found in many places in the Bible.
It is the principle of reciprocity.
You’d like people to love you, right? Well, love them first…
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. 2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.- Ephesians 4:1-3 (New Living Translation)
Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. - Ephesians 4:12-14 (New Living Translation)
“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. 24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began! - John 17:22-24 (New Living Translation)
THE PAUL PROJECT absolutely loves the way Mother Theresa put it:
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
IF you are a genuine believer, what else is there to say?
There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all argument, and which cannot fail to keep men in everlasting ignorance.
That principle is condemnation before investigation.
To answer before listening-- that is folly and shame.
If people can see the Spirit taking part in Matthew Lunches, brick building exercises, church building exercises, school building exercises - they will want to know Him. So Now we need an army of pastors…all with the same vision…
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