The Legacy of Jerry Falwell
Organization: This speech uses topical organization.
Audience analysis: The average age of the audience is between 19 and 23 years of
age. There are a greater number of males than females, and all are Caucasian. All
are from conservative religious backgrounds and abide by Liberty University’s
Central Idea: To reflect and admire the life of Jerry Falwell, who lived to win
souls for Christ.
A. After 73 years of serving the Lord one of the most influential Christian
passed away. "A giant has defiantly fallen", Dr. Hindson.
B. Jerry's life can be remembered by this one quote, " You are never really fulfilled
in life until you recognize your vision and fulfill it." II.
Thesis statement: My audience will come to a greater understanding of the life
and ministry of Jerry Falwell and will ultimately grow in respect and admiration of this great man of God. IV.
A. We should admire Jerry Falwell .
Transition Statement: First we’ll look at Jerry's willingness to follow the vision. I.
We should admire Jerry Falwell for his vision.
A. According to Dr. Falwells' autobiography he states, "It always costs you
something to do a work for the Lord. If it does not cost you anything it is
not worth doing." (Falwell, Jerry Falwell: An Autobiography, 206)
B. Upon starting his little church on Thomas Road Dr. Falwell was determined to
reach Lynchburg, Va with the gospel. He stated, " Lord, there are hundreds
of people near this little building who do not know Yo. Help me find them.
Help me reach them. Help me get them inside this place."(Falwell, Jerry
Falwell: An Autobiography, 207)
C. As the congregation grew, and when bible reading and prayer had been banned
in public schools, Dr. Falwell saw a need for a Christian school for his
children to attend. "In 1967 we began the Lynchburg...
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