I recently had the privilege of preaching a series of evangelistic meetings primarily based out of the gospels. I took the series entitled The Radical Teachings of Jesus written by Derek Morris and modified and expanded the topics to 11. What I liked about this series is the fact that it is strongly grounded in Christ. Every topic I prepared and preached was a challenge, but well worth the effort. Through this series we had 27 non-Adventist attend, 2 re-baptisms, 1 profession of faith, and 9 recommitments. We are also now looking at 3 more baptisms to come in the next few weeks.
One of the re-baptisms had been a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for over 50 years. She told me she had never seen the doctrines presented in the context of Jesus and what He actually taught. She said that this is the first time in her life that she realized she didn’t have to be scared of the judgment. And her non-Adventist friend that accompanied her to the meetings each night told me that the presentation on the Holy Spirit was what she had believed for many years, even though she was of the Pentecostal tradition. Anbther non-Adventist that attended befriended these two lovely ladies and shared a similar testimony with me even though she was at the time still attending an Assembly of God church that was also of the Pentecostal tradition. She has attended every Sabbath since the meetings and has stopped attending the other church at this point.
The attendance at church has nearly doubled from this series. This is not to my credit, but to God’s goodness and the willingness and desire of every member to love and embrace anyone that walks into our church. I strongly feel if we simply present Christ in all His glory then He will truly draw people to Him. A Christ-centered evangelistic church is our ambition and passion. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in this valley.