The joy of evangelism was experienced by members and the evangelist alike at a recent two phase evangelistic series entitled “Following Jesus” at the Grants Pass Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Inspired to finish the work that God has given the Church to do, the congregation pressed forward in faith by uniting their efforts. Ellen G. White wrote, “The work of God in this earth can never be finished until the men and women comprising our church membership rally to the work, and unite heir efforts with those of ministers and church officers.” (Gospel Workers, page 352) The Grants Pass Seventh-day Adventist Church chose to put the principle into practice.
“Phase 1″ consisted of six powerful lessons led by trained members in home groups for two nights a week for three weeks. “Phase 2” consisted of nine additional presentations by Pastor Christian Martin with all the home groups converging for two weeks. Rather than having a traditional five week evangelistic series with most church members as mere attendees, the local church cooperated together!
God blessed the formation of small groups in homes, including one held at the office room of a medical clinic. As a result, friendships were made, faith was strengthened and hearts were convicted. The transition from one phase to the other included an inspirational concert by Vonda Berman which introduced all participants to the Advanced Series in “Phase 2” entitled, “The Radical Teachings of Jesus” with Pastor Martin.
The fundamental teachings of Scriptures were presented in the context of what Christ taught. An average of over 100 were present every evening with friends from personal contacts since handbills were not mass-mailed as a method of advertisement. The Holy Spirit moved in hearts as 10 men and women publicly made a commitment for baptism. Since the end of the series, eight baptisms have taken place with over half of them being participants of our “Following Jesus” series, others are preparing for another celebration in the near future.
May God be praised for His faithful work of convicting hearts and changing lives. One may claim to have never witnessed a miracle, but after an experience like this, we have seen many. As a church family, we rejoice together with the angelic host.