It is strong meat and should be dealt out judiciously. Opposers Must Sometimes Be Met —There are occasions where their glaring misrepresentations will have to be met. As I consider the conditions in the cities that are so manifestly under the power of Satan, I ask myself the question, What will be the end of these things? Your heart needs to be filled with the converting grace of Christ. Reveal the way of peace to the troubled and the despondent, and show forth the grace and completeness of the Saviour.
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Instead of imitating Christ in His manner of labor, many are severe, critical, and dictatorial. They repulse instead of winning souls. Such will never know how many weak ones their harsh words have wounded and discouraged.
And while some will be provoked by the warning, and led to resist light and evidence, we are to see from this that we are giving the testing message for this time.
We must also have, in our cities, consecrated evangelists through whom a message is to be borne so decidedly as to startle the hearers. But the ministers and workers who proclaim the truth must show certainty and decision.
They are to go forth in faith, and present the Word as though they believed it. Preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The Word of the Living God. The conviction will come to them that it is the word of the living God, and you will accomplish the will of God in power. Big Ideas of Scripture Truth. Preach so that the people can catch hold of big ideas and dig out the precious ore hid in the Scriptures. Meetings to Witness Deep Movings of Spirit.
There must be a special seeking after God, that the work of the meeting may be carried on under the deep movings of the Holy Spirit. There must be no mingling of the wrong with the right. More Activity and Zeal. We are doing a work in the world, but we are not showing enough activity and zeal. If we were more in earnest, men would be convinced of the truth of our message. The tameness and monotony of our service for God repels many who are looking to see in us a deep, earnest, sanctified zeal.
Legal religion will not answer for this age. We may perform all the outward acts of service, and yet be as destitute of the quickening influence of the Holy Spirit as the hills of Gilboa were destitute of dew and rain. We need spiritual moisture; and we need also the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness to soften and subdue our hearts. Calm, Earnest Reasoning. We hunger not for excitement, for the sensational; the less we have of this, the better.
The calm, earnest reasoning from the Scriptures is precious and fruitful. Here is the secret of success, in preaching a living personal Saviour in so simple and earnest a manner that the people may be able to lay hold by faith of the power of the Word of life. Present the Evidences of Truth. The best way to expose the fallacy of error is to present the evidences of truth. This is the greatest rebuke that can be given to error. Dispel the cloud of darkness resting on minds by reflecting the bright light of the Sun of Righteousness.
Win Confidence of the People. Their discourses and conduct and conversation should be of a nature that will lead men to the conclusion that these ministers are men of thought, of solidity of character, men who fear and love their heavenly Father. They should win the confidence of the people, so that those who listen to the preaching may know that the ministers have not come with some cunningly devised fable, but that their words are words of worth, a testimony that demands thought and attention.
Let the people see you exalting Jesus, and hiding self. No Long, Far-fetched, Complicated Reasoning. He illustrated truth in all its bearings, and then left His hearers free to accept or reject it, as they might choose. He did not force anyone to believe. In the sermon on the mount He instructed the people in practical godliness, distinctly outlining their duty. He spoke in such a manner as to commend truth to the conscience. The power manifested by the disciples was revealed in the clearness and earnestness with which they expressed the truth.
He comes right to the point. In His ministry He read every heart as an open book, and from the inexhaustible store of His treasure house He drew things both new and old to illustrate and enforce His teachings. He touched the heart, and awakened the sympathies. Simple, Forcible Doctrinal Teaching. There should be interspersed with the prophecies practical lessons of the teachings of Christ. God Will Give Fit Words.
Our calling is high. To fit us to do this work, He will strengthen our mental faculties as verily as He did the mind of Daniel. As we teach those in darkness to understand the truths that have enlightened us, God will teach us to understand these truths still better ourselves.
He will give us apt words to speak, communicating to us through the angel standing by our side. Less Controversy-More of Christ. Our Redeemer is the center of all our faith and hope. Those who can present His matchless love, and inspire hearts to give Him their best and holiest affections, are doing work that is great and holy. Do Not Rail. It does not need the human mixing in.
Be careful that you do not rail once. We want the Holy Spirit of God to be life and voice for us. Our tongue should be as the pen of a ready writer, because the Spirit of God is speaking through the human agent. When you use that twit and fling, you have stirred in some of yourself, and we do not want anything of that mixture.
The fewer attacks we make on authorities and powers, the more work will we do for God. While the truth must be defended, this work is to be done in the spirit of Jesus. Souls are driven from Christ even after they have been connected with His work. We are not to pass judgment on those who have not had the opportunities and privileges we have had. Some of these will go into heaven before those who have had great light but have not lived up to the light.
If we wish to convince unbelievers that we have the truth that sanctifies the soul and transforms the character, we must not vehemently charge them with their errors.
Thus we force them to the conclusion that the truth does not make us kind and courteous, but coarse and rough. Some, easily excited, are always ready to take up the weapons of warfare. In times of trial they will show that they have not founded their faith on the solid rock.
Let Seventh-day Adventists do nothing that will mark them as lawless and disobedient. Let them keep all inconsistency out of their lives. Our work is to proclaim the truth, leaving the issues with the Lord. Do all in your power to reflect the light, but do not speak words that will irritate or provoke.
Presenting Truth in Fierce Way. This has not glorified the Lord. You have not taught the truth in the way that Christ taught it. You present it in a way that mars its influence. Your heart needs to be filled with the converting grace of Christ. Present the Truth Tenderly. He who is shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace will walk as Christ walked.
He will be able to speak right words, and to speak them in love. He will deal tenderly with every heart, realizing that the Spirit will impress the truth on those who are susceptible to divine impressions. Never will he be vehement in his manner.
Every word spoken will have a softening, subduing influence. In speaking words of reproof, let us put all the Christlike tenderness and love possible into the voice. Reclaim Rather Than Condemn. Christ dwelling in the soul is a spring that never runs dry. Where He abides, there will be an overflowing of beneficence. Many need to learn this art. In order for you to be successful in your work, the meshes of your net--the application of the Scriptures--must be close, and the meaning easily discerned.
Then make the most of drawing in the net. Come right to the point. Make your illustrations self-evident. Let the pathos of your voice, its deep feeling, make its impression on hearts.
Urge your students to surrender themselves to God. Make your explanations clear; for I know that there are many who do not understand many of the things said to them. Let the Holy Spirit mold and fashion your speech, cleansing it from all dross. Speak as to little children, remembering that there are many well advanced in years who are but little children in understanding. By earnest prayer and diligent effort we are to obtain a fitness for speaking.
This fitness includes uttering every syllable clearly, placing the force and emphasis where it belongs.
Evangelism and Witnessing – Ellen White and Bible References
Some phases of evangelism have been delineated in nearly all the Ellen G. White books. Individual evangelists were also, from time to time, favored in receiving instruction and warning regarding methods that should characterize their labor. Occasionally groups of evangelists and denominational administrators were addressed by Mrs. White, and these addresses often embodied much helpful counsel. It is to make this full body of timely instruction accessible to our present greatly enlarged Seventh-day Adventist evangelistic force that there is now issued this comprehensive, topically arranged compilation. Devoted exclusively to the all-important subject of evangelism.
EGW EVANGELISM PDF
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. At such a time as this every hand is to be employed. The Lord is coming; the end is near, yea, it hasteth greatly!