“We're sharing the love of Jesus with them.”
The month-long series featured compact seminars and interactive round table discussions.
The Willow Brook church in Boonsboro, Md., is celebrating new baptism decisions following a month-long evangelistic effort. The series, which began on Sep. 24, was the first in-person proclamation event the church has held since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
In addition to a nightly seminar, each program featured round table discussions where participants asked table hosts questions while studying the topic further.
“We didn’t do any online option this time,” says Shawn Paris, pastor of the Willow Brook church. “We wanted people to be here to build relationships.”
The series has also produced positive benefits for members of the Willow Brook church. In addition to giving members an outlet for personal evangelism, the series also provided an opportunity to study the Adventist message again.
“There has been a revival for those who have participated,” reports Paris. “Studying the Bible strengthens people’s sense of commitment. Getting the three angels’ messages back before our people, especially that third angel’s message that brings in the Sabbath component in the call out of Babylon, helps Adventists to remember why we’re here.”
Paris believes now is the time for churches to concentrate on public evangelism because many people are looking for answers in light of current events.
“Absolutely, it’s time to preach these messages,” Paris says. “The danger is that time may be passing us by, and we might be missing our opportunity.”