“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that.” -Charles Spurgeon – Evangelism has always been one of the key elements of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Through evangelism, members increase church growth, spread the Good News of the Lord, and hasten the coming of Jesus Christ. Matthew 24:14 states, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Seventh-day Adventist evangelism has changed since the early days of the church. In the 1800’s, spreading the message restricted proselytes to letters, magazine publications, and door-to-door interaction. Though these methods are still effective, the South Atlantic Conference believes in utilizing current technologies as a form of evangelism. Our very own, Dr. Carlton P. Byrd states, “You can’t change an MP3 generation with an 8-track ministry.” We believe in modernizing our evangelical methods, without compromising our message, to reach a wider and more diverse audience. With evangelism that spreads from Bible work to TV ministries, Facebook, and other social networks, the South Atlantic Conference takes to heart the ardent message found in the Great Commission: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost…Matthew 28:19.
The lay evangelist dates to the time when Jesus sent out the seventy to minister in areas that
He and the disciples would be unable to reach during His brief ministry (Luke 10:1-17). Just as
these lay evangelists went out preaching the gospel of Jesus at His first coming, you are called
to go and preach the gospel of His second coming. In the modern setting the lay evangelist
reaches areas where the pastor or conference evangelist may never have the opportunity or
budget to set foot. As a volunteer you can establish a work there.
The church serves the Lord in praise, serves one another in love, and serves the world in
humility. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God
prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10).
Jesus, in His last words before ascending to Heaven, gave the commission to “Go ye
therefore, and teach all nations . . .” (Matt. 28:19): For the lay evangelist the target audience is
the world, beginning at the doorstep of his or her home.
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