Evangelism, the very heart of Christianity, is the theme of primary importance to those called to herald God's last warning to a doomed world. We are in time's closing hours, and the Advent message, proclaimed to make ready a people prepared for our Lord's return, must swell to a loud cry reaching the uttermost parts of the earth. Since the early days of the work of Seventh-day Adventists, the Spirit of prophecy instruction placing special emphasis upon the principles and practice of soul winning has been given to guide in an expanding work. Some phases of evangelism have been delineated in nearly all the Ellen G.
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Seventh-day Adventists believe in inspiring those around us to experience a life of wholeness and hope for an eternal future with God. Who can measure it? On January 3, , before a distinguished congregation of Adventists in the United States, Ellen White was given a vision that proved in later years to be of tremendous interest to our people in Australia.
It was the vision of the lights. In this she beheld an ever-enlarging work of evangelism depicted by jets of light shining like stars in the darkness, ever increasing until the whole world was illumined with their glory.
Why was this vision of such importance to us? In it only one country was mentioned, namely, Australia. It must have been with fascinated interest that Ellen White studied the reports of the pioneer evangelists to this country, following their arrival in It would appear that she had a real urge to come and see God at work among those early ministers, for within six years of their arrival she was here.
We can imagine with what delight and anticipation she stepped onto the shores of this land that represented one of the outstanding lights of the vision of As Mrs. White traveled in Australia and New Zealand she repeatedly gave counsel to the ministry and of the work that needed to be done.
On evangelizing the cities she had this to say: "Repeatedly during the last five years it has been presented to me that a great work is to be done in the cities of Australasia, that the present is a favorable time to work, and that no time should be lost; and recently light has come to me, encouraging us to put forth greater efforts in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, and indicating that the time has come for us to enter New castle and its surrounding towns.
What do you find in these four cities today? Approximately churches and many thousands of church members. The work of evangelism continues there. The acceptance of early counsel led to the establishment of the public preaching platform and to evangelistic outreach to those who needed to be led to Christ. The challenge remains, and in these days the voice of the preacher continues to ring loud and clear.
Hear from one of the evangelists who heralds the gospel in these cities. Pastor Raymond Stanley, what have the Spirit of Prophecy writings done for you in your public work? During the thirty years of my ministry, in which I have conducted more than 80 public crusades of short or long duration, I have sought to follow Sister White's Heaven-sent counsel for evangelists and ministers.
The book Evangelism , a compilation of Spirit of Prophecy instruction, is to me the most important book outside the Bible. Also of great encouragement is the statement 'More people than we think are longing to find the way to Christ' ibid.
It always strengthens me for the encounter and thrills my own heart with the great centrality of truth, which must be the heart of every discourse. I commend this habit to every evangelist. While living in Australia Ellen White recorded many basic principles that are guidelines to the present-day Adventist preacher. Among them, note the following: "The messenger of God must present eternal truths plainly, and keep in distinct view before the people their peril in neglecting eternal interests.
While self is kept out of sight, Jesus Christ must be ever lifted up and exalted. Again, "A minister's discourse should be short. If a discourse is long, it loses half its force. Athol Tolhurst is a leading evangelist at present serving in New castle. He writes: "After preparing my evangelistic sermons there is nothing I like to read more as background reading than the relevant portions of the writings of Mrs.
Certainly there is nothing else, outside of the Bible, that in spires me so with the subject of my sermon. She says that 'the conversion of souls to God is the greatest, the noblest work in which human beings can have a part' Testimonies , vol. No doubt this is true. But then I read further, and discovered that her writings vibrate with an urgency to evangelize mankind while we still have freedom to do so.
She warns that soon such opportunities will be passed. And this impresses me. But as she brings love for our fellow man into the picture, and speaks of our responsibilities in these terms, the need to evangelize the world becomes a compelling commission. In these days public evangelists search for diversity by way of presentation of the gospel. What better source than the Spirit of Prophecy for guidelines and inspiration?
Let him speak for himself:. The doctor and I both shared with our audience practical pointers to good health. The fact that we both showed interest in the well-being of all who attended helped also to maintain a more consistent audience throughout the series of meetings. And at the same time I was able to present very easily a strong practical spiritual message each night. This time I did not start with prophecy, but with things of a more personal, practical nature.
And people responded well to the messages concerning: 'Who Am I? Through this practical-godliness approach we have been able to reach hearts with the good news of the gospel who would not have been reached by other approaches we have been using in public evangelism. Here she writes: "Nature and revelation alike testify of God's love.
Our Father in heaven is the source of life, of wisdom, and of joy. Look at the wonderful and beautiful things of nature. Think of their marvelous adaptation to the needs and happiness, not only of man, but of all living creatures. The sun shine and the rain, that gladden and refresh the earth, the hills and seas and plains, all speak to us of the Creator's love. In nature itself are messages of hope and comfort.
The lovely birds making the air vocal with their happy songs, the delicately tinted flowers in their perfection perfuming the air, the lofty trees of the forest with their rich foliage of living green all testify to the tender, fatherly care of our God and to His desire to make His children happy.
This gave him an idea for a new approach. Being a nature photographer, I have an extensive collection of color transparencies of many of the marvels and beauties of the world around us.
These are put together with musical background in such a way as to present the story of God's love and the plan of salvation in a program entitled 'Wonderful World of Nature. Many have been turned to Christ as they have seen on the screen the handiwork of a loving Creator who cares for the children of men.
White upon my work as a public evangelist has been to give me a tremendous confidence in the message that I love and preach. Above all else, Mrs. White points to Christ, the Saviour of mankind, the Redeemer of he world. Ellen White by her preaching and her inspired writing has influenced the Adventist preacher since the day she set foot on Australian soil.
The pioneers and the present worker force accepted the injunction found in 2 Chronicles , "Believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. The fulfillment of all that was promised to us in Australia has spurred us on to attempt greater things for God and to expect greater things of Him.
We repeat again, we cannot fully measure the influence of the Spirit of Prophecy on evangelism in Australia. God gave us a mission, we believed it, and, praise His name, we have prospered. Hers was a busy, itinerant ministry during that near-decade of her life full of preaching appointments, council sessions with the brethren, and endless writing assignments.
White, eternity alone will reveal. When the Lord's messenger arrived in Australia in , a small but sturdy beginning had already been made by such forth right leaders as S. Haskell, J. Corliss, M. Israel, A. Daniells, and others. But -the coming of Sister White and her small group of associates meant much to that growing field.
It was raised up under the direct guidance of Ellen G. White, and from the first reflected very largely the ideals of Christian education that are today acknowledged as the norm of the church's educational philosophy.
White are the product of a genuine manifestation of the gift of prophecy in contemporary times? This concept better explains the localized phenomenon referred to in the last article in the area of the refinery engine that produces gasoline, where the conditions have been contrived to make gasoline most probable, and the second law holds, allowing gasoline to form. IT IS Sunday afternoon. Outside, the summer sun is gently toasting the landscape a golden brown.
It is not an oppressive day, but rather cooler than you could reasonably expect for this time of the year. WHEN Ellen White began her work as the Lord's special messenger to the remnant she under stood that her divine commission included "much more than the word 'prophet' signifies" Selected Messages , book 1, p.
It was at a public address, in a powerful message, on the first Sunday afternoon of the Victorian camp meeting that Ellen White called the attention of God's people to the necessity for reform and to the great need of warning the world of the intemperance that would prevail to an alarming extent. Last month we began a review of significant works published during and We continue with books dealing with specific geographical areas.
Actually there can be two kinds of questioning in relationship to religious issues. There is the kind we ordinarily think of, those questions associated with skepticism and doubt.
But there also has to be room for the questions that must be asked if faith is to grow. It seems to me that Habakkuk's questions fall in this latter category. This is the supreme lesson which John learned and which he would share with us.
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Evangelism/Ellen G. White’s Experience and Methods as a Personal Worker
An Early Experience —The reality of true conversion seemed so plain to me that I felt like helping my young friends into the light, and at every opportunity exerted my influence toward this end. I arranged meetings with my young friends, some of whom were considerably older than myself, and a few were married persons. A number of them were vain and thoughtless; my experience sounded to them like an idle tale, and they did not heed my entreaties. But I determined that my efforts should never cease till these dear souls, for whom I had so great an interest, yielded to God.
Ellen G. White Estate: City Evangelism
When I think of the cities in which so little has been done, in which there are so many thousands to be warned of the soon coming of the Saviour, I feel an intensity of desire to see men and women going forth to the work in the power of the Spirit, filled with Christ's love for perishing souls. We all need to be wide awake, that, as the way opens, we may advance the work in the large cities. We are far behind in following the light given to enter these cities and erect memorials for God. Step by step we are to lead souls into the full light of truth. And we are to continue the work until a church is organized and a humble house of worship built. Oh, that we might see the needs of these cities as God sees them! At such a time as this every hand is to be employed.
Seventh-day Adventists believe in inspiring those around us to experience a life of wholeness and hope for an eternal future with God. Who can measure it? On January 3, , before a distinguished congregation of Adventists in the United States, Ellen White was given a vision that proved in later years to be of tremendous interest to our people in Australia. It was the vision of the lights. In this she beheld an ever-enlarging work of evangelism depicted by jets of light shining like stars in the darkness, ever increasing until the whole world was illumined with their glory. Why was this vision of such importance to us? In it only one country was mentioned, namely, Australia.
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