With broad reach across departments, entities, and lay member organizations of the Adventist World Church, the Three Angels Messages Project Committee presented an exciting report at Wednesday’s annual council session on the projects being implemented. implemented in the last 12 months.
Bringing together personal and corporate evangelism, digital communications and ministry, child and family ministries, youth ministries and even publishing, the committee aims to encourage the worldwide Church to carry its message. unique end-time found in Revelation 14.
Committee Chairman Mike Ryan and General Conference (GC) Vice President Artur Stele co-presented the report, saying they were incredibly proud of the enthusiastic adoption of the committee’s vision by the world church.
“It has not been a little over a year since the Committee of the Messages of the Three Angels got organized and started its work”, explained Stele. “We celebrated [those] who have partnered with us to put a new and strong emphasis on the messages that truly define us as Seventh-day Adventists.
“I think it’s an exciting time we’ve come to in this report,” Ryan continued, “to be able to share with our partners what’s going on, not just their plans, but the implementation of those plans. We have moved on to the implementation phase!
Beginning with a report from the New York Church, Angel Smith, a seminarian at Andrews University, shared her experience with their “sidewalk evangelism” initiative, and how giving a series of Bible studies on the three angels’ messages via Zoom converted even his close family.
“It was not easy to share the messages of the three angels with my family,” said Angel, “[But] every night we did the show, my mom was there and she even stayed after to ask questions. The studies are presented in a simple manner and they come directly from the Bible.
Angel is just one of hundreds of ministry or theological students the Church aims to use in its goal of reaching 100 cities with the Three Angels Message.
Communications, digital and print evangelism:
Senior evangelist Mark Finley explained how he shared the three angels message through digital and print media. His new series “Three Cosmic Messages”, created in partnership with the Hart Research Center, Three Angels Broadcasting, Hope Channel, the Review and Herald and the GC, includes 13 distinct TV presentations, as well as beautiful graphics and sermons that pastors can present throughout the world. The team also produced a book called Three Cosmic Messages, which is circulating in the tens of thousands.
Another book titled Hope’s End Time Secrets is also distributed worldwide by GC Publishing Ministries. Director Almir Marroni explained how successful it has been, with dozens of churches around the world distributing books and thus finding unity.
“We gave away 1,408 books today, all at once,” said Pastor Jerry Duval of the Nixa Adventist Church in Missouri. “It brought the church together in unity, it’s something we can all support and it’s energized us.”
In an innovative approach to encourage church members to engage and share videos and digital resources developed by both church departments and local members, Williams Costa and Sam Neves of the Communications Department of GC explained how their new “Adventist Teams” initiative has already enabled 2,650 missionaries participating in the beta version of the app to do so.
“Adventist Teams is a digital game where each digital missionary builds a team of dedicated Adventists who are ready to share their best digital content in our church,” explained Neves. “We believe we will find incredible leaders among our lay members. After all, our dream is that everyone can be fully involved in the proclamation of the three angels’ messages!
Hope Channel has partnered with more than 500 young presenters in a new series called “Three Angels Message Global Proclamation Project”. Jajuan Sanders, a 3AM youth presenter for the series, explained that this project is shared in a format that is relevant and relevant to young people.
“I find it hard to think that the messages of the three angels really matter, especially for young people to be honest,” he admits. “But I think they can matter, when you really think about it. If you are wondering when racism or sexism or classism will end, the three angels messages are actually the answer. God solves everything. Who doesn’t want that? This is the end point, it tells you what’s going to happen.
The project has been translated into 30 languages so far, and the target is 70 languages by 2026.
“Sometimes we wonder if there will be another generation that will proclaim this message, that will be delighted with it, but I think we can be assured that it is happening,” Ryan encouraged.
Ministries of Children, Families and Women:
In the Children’s Ministries space, Linda Koh of the Children’s Ministries GC Department shared two creative initiatives to help teach children the message of Revelation 14: a “Creation Detectives” comic and an animated series on the messages of the three angels.
In addition to this, elementary schools, high schools and homeschool communities implemented a new “Three Angel Messages for Children” curriculum, with 23 conferences across North America, 5 unions , as well as institutions in Germany and Austria requesting and implementing the program. Evidence of students undertaking creative and research projects was highlighted by the program and Creative Director Sandra Doran, who also showed how students made personal decisions to follow Jesus as a result.
The GC Women’s Ministries department has created a series of 12 Bible study lessons that women can take in person or online, with a focus on how the three angels’ messages can help them understand God’s expectations. towards them – as wives, mothers, sisters, workers or housewives.
Finally, Willie Oliver from the GC Family Ministries Department presented a unique perspective on sharing the three angels’ messages, through the lens of Malachi 4: 5-6, “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before. this great and terrible day of the Lord is coming. He will turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the hearts of children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.
A primary resource supporting this goal is the recently published book Where are the Elias? By John B Youngberg, with copies distributed to all Division Directors and Family Ministries in the field.
“Essentially, it’s about encouraging families around the ‘6R’s’ words of Elijah’s message,” Oliver explained. These include building stronger relationships, redemption through salvation in Jesus, repentance from sins and turning away from idols, rebuilding broken family relationships, praying for the last rain of revival and asking for its restoration. In our lifes.
In order to ensure that the materials and resources created by churches and church departments as part of the Three Angels Messages Committee initiative are theologically accurate, Frank M Hasel, associate director of the Biblical Research Institute (BIS), explained how a new book Biblical Hermeneutics: An Adventist Approach Can Help.
“Twelve respected Adventist scholars have written 14 interesting chapters in which they discuss many important aspects of biblical hermeneutics from an Adventist perspective,” he explained. “We encourage you to use the resources to educate yourself, your elders, and the members of the church. “
In addition to the book, BRI has also produced 14 videos with how-to illustrations that are available on the BRI website and YouTube channel, in multiple languages. Philippe Buch, a young theology student living in France, said he enjoyed the presentations and decided to share them with his family and friends on Facebook.
“I really liked the Adventist hermeneutics videos because even though I was brought up in an Adventist family, they allowed me to understand more deeply and more clearly the fundamental reasons for my faith, and that my faith. is biblical and based on the Bible. These are not just beliefs, but they also make sense from a logical and theological point of view, ”he said.
Questions and comments:
Following the presentation, Ted Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, invited church members to ask questions or comment on the draft Three Angels Messages, highlighting some developments and perspectives. exciting:
“I just wanted to say that the White Estate board last month approved the new compilation of Ellen White’s three angel messages,” said Dr. Merlin Burt, director of the Center for Adventist Research. “There has been very painstaking work in this translation and it is our prayer that it will have a very positive impact on the church.”
Robert Folkenberg, president of the Chinese Union Mission, also explained how the messages of the three angels are relevant to our church and the society at large: “I believe that the proclamation of the messages of the three angels in a clear and precise is an antidote to two challenges we face. Externally, there is a prevalence in the world of relativism: “You believe what you want to believe, I will believe what I want to believe, that’s good”. But the three angels’ message is clear that it is the truth. But there’s also the tendency within our denomination to go towards generic demonization, generic faith. The three angels’ messages remind us that we are distinctly called at this time in earth’s history for a distinct mission. With that in mind, I encourage us to be bold with the details of this message, ”he encouraged.