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  1. It needs a very planned plan for evangelism work in town and cities today.

    We have to come up with a well organised planned which attract people to spair sometimes to listen our Lords gospel.

    We may use well organised meeting like having dinner with friends to your home,Invitation of your neibhours to your home as a getting together and get a little time without bouring them to talk about our God.

  2. Indeed we need to have activities that would attract the people to spare time for the good news. With prayer Christ will help for us to ensure we balance by not going to the extreme of disgracing His name.

  3. Thanks kindly for sharing William!
    May God help us let the Spirit guide us and learn lessons from how Christ Himself reached out. In His day he did reach out in unconventional ways didnt He? I pray God does give us balance and we prayerfully make plans to do more for Him.
    I personally request prayer for efforts I am trying to make including the ministry shown on this website: www.consolationproject.com
    where we are trying to reach particularly youth (though not restricted to them of course) with short pointed messages on practical christianity.
    I will greatly appreciate your prayer support as we pray on for one another.

  4. I can't remember who presented our college commencement at Pacific Union College, but I haven't forgotten the message. In involved three case studies: 1) Voice of prophecy. When H.M.S. Richards started on radio he accumulated a file folder about a foot thick of mail urging him to abandon his foolish and wicked idea of using the devils medium of radio. We smile now, but those dear saints were dead earnest. 2) About 30 years later William Fagal started a TV program--and used the medium of dramatic television. Similar story. He too collected a large file of hate mail from saints who were sure Television was owned by the devil and that Ellen White would never approve of drama. (later having worked for FFT, I actually have met some like minded souls). 3) In the early 60s the first student missionaries were sent out by our colleges. Surprisingly the director of missions sent an impassioned letter about how this was destroying the very fabric of Adventist missions. So sad.

    I shouldn't have to remind anyone that all three are respected outreach methods in our church today, each having yielded much fruit for the kingdom. Yet many of us persist in looking for the devil in any place that doesn't fit tradition or our perceived way of doing things. I'm so glad God gave Ellen White the forward looking advice quoted above. Sadly, I agree with Sakae Kubo "conservatism is antithetical to the gospel". As he points out, not only was Christ a radical in the culture he came to, so was just about any reformer we have record of before or after. "Because that's the way we've always done it" isn't going to sound any more plausible at the second coming than "I buried your talent" or "when did we see you ____ and didn't minister to you".

  5. Every Christian is an evangelist. with our words, actions, life, we bring people to Jesus or we repel them from Jesus. We are open bibles at home, at work, at school, at our neighborhoods. People are watching us daily. The book of Acts continues with our lives.
    Evangelism starts in our homes.
    Evangelism starts in our neighborhood. we do not have to go so far to present Jesus. We have 29 houses in our neighborhood. I practice prayer driving. When I enter my neighborhood, I raised my two hands and pray for the houses. i have prayed already with four neighbors. One neighbor told me on Sabbath, Frank, have a happy Sabbath.

  6. I agree with the need to try various approaches to reach people where they are but the only way that old-fashioned tent meetings resembled circuses was that they were held in a tent. Nothing inside would resemble what happened at the circus. Nobody would confuse the two--just as you described in your story. The idea that tent meetings were arranged in order to draw the crowds that were attracted to the circus isn't completely accurate--if at all. They just needed a large place to meet and tents were the most viable option. It was not about mimicking the circus.

    • Agreed Joseph (Full name please), but even today people will complain that something may mimic the world,even though that is not the purpose. Like you say, just because something may in a way resemble the world at first glance does not make it all together wrong.


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