EVANGELISM! EVERYONE! EVERYWHERE! IT'S PERSONAL
21st December 2015
Do you know what the designation EEE means? No! Well it is the evangelistic mantra of the South England Conference of Seventh–day Adventists: Evangelism, Everyone, Everywhere! This is not just a flowery phrase, it is a call for every Seventh-day Adventist man, women, boy or girl living in the SEC territory to take up arms and become actively involved in the work of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ: Evangelism, Everyone, Everywhere just got personal!
Acts 1:8 says, 'But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.' The highest concentration of the disciple's kith and kin lived in Jerusalem and Judaea they were to reach them first, while Samaria (actually closer in distance to Jerusalem than Judaea) represents the area where the Gentiles lived along with the uttermost parts of the earth.
Evangelism begins at home with the people who are nearest, dearest and closest to us. They fall within the sphere of our personal influence and if we can win those who know all about us to Christ then we can win anyone to Christ!
Evangelism Everyone Everywhere. It's personal. It begins with your story. It began with her story and ended up in the greatest evangelistic campaign in Samaria's history 'Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?' John 4:29
Evangelism Everyone Everywhere is first personal, next local and then global! Having reached out to family and friends our next evangelistic destination is that of our local communities… Are we known for making God known in the locations where are churches are situated? If our church were to close down tomorrow would anybody miss us? Are we more of a nuisance in our communities or are we providing a life changing presence? Is my church closed more than it is open? Is my church inward facing rather than outward facing?
Evangelism Everyone Everywhere is first personal, next local and then global. Matthew 24:14
For the end to come it is going to take a worldwide movement of like-minded people doing Evangelism, Everyday in Everyway, telling their story for God's glory. The General Conference calls it Total Member Involvement!
What does Evangelism Everyone Everywhere mean to you and how can you make it personal?
1.Pray that God will equip you and then send you at least one family member and or a close friend who you can intentionally lead to Jesus Christ.
2. Covenant to spend at least one hour everyday in Bible study and prayer
3. Commit to spend at least three hours a week in giving out Christian literature
4. Promise to attend weekly prayer meetings and Sabbath School.
5. Pledge to begin a house group in your home with the intention of leading people to Christ.
6. Promise to return a faithful tithe and freewill offering.
7. Endeavour to volunteer your services to a local community initiative such as the food bank, a youth club or other projects.
Evangelism! Everyone! Everywhere! (EEE)
It begins with you!
It begins with me!
[Dr Richard de Lisser. President, South England Conference]