Dr. Billy Wilson explores the power of one person to reach everyone on earth with the gospel
TULSA, Okla. – In his newly released book, The Power of One: Reaching Every Person on Earth, Dr. Billy Wilson, President of Oral Roberts University and Global Chair of Empowered21, provides a clear path forward to a new era of evangelism. In order to fulfill the Great Commission, Dr. Wilson asks:
How can eight billion people have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ?
How can every person on Earth be reached with the good news of the Gospel?
How can today’s church be mobilized for collaborative results and unprecedented achievements?
By re-personalizing the Great Commission and renewing our focus on the potential of everyone, Dr. Wilson answers these questions in a way that can transform the world. In The Power of One, he points to Jesus’ ministry as a blueprint for the future of evangelism, highlighting the global impact that can occur with just one person:
In Mark’s version of the Great Commission, Jesus says to preach the good news to every single creature, to everyone, every person on Earth. When Jesus gave this command, approximately 300 million people inhabited our planet. Now, the global population is more than eight billion. I was overwhelmed by the magnitude of this task and asked myself and God, “How are we possibly going to reach every person on this planet and help give them a legitimate opportunity to encounter Jesus?” As I asked this question, the Holy Spirit spoke to me clearly. His response was a simple yet profound one. He said this will happen “One person at a time.”
When we are the one who has been saved, we are the one appointed to find one more. The Power of One highlights Jesus’ method of reaching one person and unlocking their capacity to touch the masses. The most significant days of Great Commission effort in human history are before us, and The Power of One encourages believers and today’s church to personalize the Great Commission afresh and refocus on the significance of reaching every individual. With a renewed focus on The Power of One, every generation can realize their individual potential to reach everyone.
One life and one action can set in motion more than we realize. This is the butterfly effect. The Apostle Paul reminded the church in Ephesus that our God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us . . . ” (Ephesians 3:20). We must never underestimate the latent potential in one person. … Anyone, anywhere, can now have a platform and reach the world in a split second, as proven by a host of “influencers.” This flattened world, in which every person holds the power to reach into any culture and connect with any person, makes fulfilling the Great Commission completely possible, unlike during any other era in history.
The Power of One is launching a movement, inspiring global collaboration, unlocking the kingdom potential within each believer, and transforming the world one person at a time.
For more information on The Power of One, please go to www.drbillywilsonbooks.com.
ABOUT DR. WILLIAM (BILLY) WILSON
Dr. William M. Wilson serves as the fourth president of Oral Roberts University. Since taking office in 2013, Wilson has piloted the largest campus expansion in the University’s history. Most recently, President Wilson has led the University to begin “The Whole Leaders for the Whole World” campaign, establishing ORU for future generations.
During Wilson’s tenure, ORU’s enrollment has grown year over year, growing to over 6,000 students in 2023, and is represented with students from 150 nations, earning the ranking as one of the top 25 most diverse universities in America.
With over four decades of executive leadership experience, Wilson also serves as Global Chair of Empowered21, Chair of the Pentecostal World Fellowship and as an at-large member of the board of the National Association of Evangelicals. He also holds leadership positions with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities, The Summit League President’s Council, and the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Wilson has authored several books including his latest work, The Power of One. A sought-after Bible communicator, his weekly television program, “World Impact with Dr. Billy Wilson,” can be seen in over 150 nations in multiple languages. Dr. Wilson and his wife Lisa have two children and seven grandchildren.
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