Course Descriptions and Resources

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FOUNDATIONAL TEXT BOOK

Discipling Christians for Mission in Waves-The Bermuda Conference School of Evangelism – Dr. Sydney C. Gibbons, scheduled for publication, 2014

Book description: This book provides a philosophy of the school of evangelism, and introduces twelve foundational courses taught in the school. Each of the twelve chapters of the book discusses subject matter of one of the twelve courses, respectively.

PERSONAL EVANGELISM

  1. Witnessing Techniques – Course description: Learn how to lead a person to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. Also learn a variety of witnessing techniques, including the following: friendship evangelism, mark your Bible to give studies, witnessing through small groups, the community religious survey, and soul-winning methods of Jesus.
  2. The Bible Instructor – Course description: Students will develop the art of gaining decisions for Christ, through studying the Bible with individuals, or with people in small groups. The work of the Bible Instructor would be explored from the following six perspectives: 1) Personal preparation of the Bible Instructor; 2) Finding Bible study interests; 3) Preparing to give a Bible study; 4) Conducting the Bible study; 5) Learning techniques to meet objections, and to secure decisions, to follow Jesus; and 6) Understanding how to help converts to Christianity, remain faithful to Jesus Christ, after being baptized.
  3. Retention & Reclamation – Course description: Learn how to remain true to Christ and His church, after baptism. Also, learn how to reclaim members who have become distant in their relationship with Christ, and His church.

END-TIME EVANGELISM

1. Bible Doctrines & Biblical Hermeneutics – Course description: Trace the history of the development of fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Discover how to teach and defend doctrinal beliefs, using a system’s approach to Bible study. Learn how to apply principles of interpretation, to arrive at correct understandings of biblical truth. Discover the relationship between understanding the Adventist message and engaging in Adventist mission.

  • A Search for Identity, George Knight, 2000
  • “Dating the New Testament Canon” – Dr. Sydney C. Gibbons, 1999 (PDF)
  • Ordained pastor: Wife of one husband? – Dr. Sydney C. Gibbons, Advent Source, 2013

2. Adventist Church History – Course description: Discover the relationship between the 19th century Millerites and the Seventh-day Adventist Church (Adventists). Name key pioneers of the Adventist church and highlight their respective contributions to the church, its message, its structure and its mission. Trace significant developments within the Adventist Church, from its inception to our present time. Learn how a member’s knowledge of church history, can promote church unity, and inform church doctrines and structure, as the church engages in mission.

  • A Brief History of Seventh-day Adventists, 2nd ed., George Knight, 2004

3. Understanding Ellen G. White – Course description: Who is Ellen G. White? Why does the Seventh-day Adventist Church believe that Sister White is a true prophet? Discover the value of Ellen G. White and her writings for the Seventh-day Adventist church and its mission. Understand the writings of Sis. White, and learn how to apply them to advance church mission.

  • Reading Ellen White – How to understand and apply her writings, George Knight, 1997

4. End -Time Prophecies – Course description: Discover and use keys of apocalyptic interpretation to unlock meaning in the Bible books of, Daniel and Revelation. Understand the differences between, and examine the relative value of, major schools of thought, employed to interpret end-time prophecies. Consider the structure of the respective books, Daniel and Revelation, for insight aiding correct interpretation. Compare end-time prophecy with evidence of historical fulfillment, and contemporary relevance for God’s end-time people. Outline salient messages from Daniel and Revelation, as subjects for Adventist evangelism.

  • God Cares – Daniel, vol.1, C. Mervyn Maxwell, 1971
  • God Cares – Revelation, vol. 2, C. Mervyn Maxwell, 1973

5. Church Leadership for Mission – Course description: Trace historical mile stones in the development, and change, in organizational structure, of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Learn how church policies, procedures and structures are established, for mission. Know key documents that govern church life, such as, the Church Manual, church working policies, relevant handbooks, for church leaders, and church periodicals.  Discuss church authority, church leaders, church boards and committees, church worship, church programs and events, and how churches employee these factors, to accomplish its mission. Discuss how church organization is re-shaped, to meet challenges of growth, and challenges of contemporary times, to advance mission and preserve church unity.   

Organizing for Mission and Growth – The Development of Adventist Church Structure, George Knight, 2006

PUBLIC EVANGELISM

    1. Health Evangelism – Course description: Learn how to incorporate the health message as an evangelistic tool to reach the unsaved with the everlasting gospel. Understand the unique Adventist health message in contrast to the Devils counterfeit which includes spiritualistic practices in healing. Learn how to apply the principles of healthful living in a practical way to promote health and wellness. Learn how to link health for the body to health for the soul. Also, students would be encouraged to participate in a health related outreach program, post classroom instruction.
    2. Cross Culture Evangelism – Course description: What is culture? And how can Christians permit the knowledge of cultural similarities and differences, to pave paths, to evangelize across culture?  Discover principles for cross-cultural evangelism. Heighten awareness of, and respect for, differences among people and people groups. To what extent should the Seventh-day Adventist Church define itself, in terms of Adventist culture? And then, what would the definition of Adventist cultures, look like? Can Adventists be different, and, yet, remain united as Adventists? Learn how to combine the knowledge of the Adventist church message, with passion to reach all people, nations, and language groups, with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    3. Preaching Made simple– Course description: Students will learn how to prepare and preach evangelistic sermons. They will be taught four critical elements of preaching; with a focus to invite people to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord, of end-time Christians. Students will be given step by step instruction, over eleven steps, to prepare and preach evangelistic sermons. The course instructs students to identify eight elements in a sermon plan, before writing and delivering the sermon. The sermon plan is discussed as a tool to keep the focus and function of the sermon clear, and, to keep the sermon on track, to achieve its soul-winning objective.  
      • Preaching Made Simple – Dr. Sydney C. Gibbons, 2013, being designed for publishing
      • “Dramatic Preaching” – Dr. Sydney C. Gibbons, 1979 (PDF)
      • “Speech and Health” – Dr. Sydney C. Gibbons, 1978 (PDF)
    4. Public Evangelism – Course description: Learn what goes into planning for, and conducting a successful evangelistic meeting, for the public. Discuss the following two strategic approaches to public evangelism: I) The reaping meeting as culmination of multiple ministries, conducted in sequence; and II) Conducting public evangelism over four distinct, and, complimentary, phases; namely, 1) organizing before the meeting, 2) pre-meeting ministry/interest building events, 3) conducting the meeting, and, 4) follow-up after the meeting. The student would be exposed to varied evangelistic methods, including, employing electronic media for effect; to build an evangelistic audience, to convince listeners of biblical truth, and to help them choose life, as God’s loving gift to humanity. Students would be reminded that evangelistic preaching is preaching the fundamental beliefs of the Adventist church. They would be encouraged to permit love for God and love for people, to motivate, and to inform their actions, as members of an evangelistic team.
    • “The Evangelistic Crusade Philosophy” – Dr. Sydney C. Gibbons (PDF)

MISCELLANEOUS RESOURCES

  • Ellen White’s World – A fascinating look at the times in which she lived, George Knight, 1998
  • Meeting Ellen White – A fresh look at her life, writings, and major themes, George Knight, 1996
  • Walking with Ellen White – Her everyday life as a wife, mother, and friend, George Knight, 1999
  • Message Mission and Unity of the Church, Biblical Research Institute, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 2013

Contact Info

Bermuda Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists Headquarters
41 King Street
Hamilton, Bermuda HM 19
Tel   (441) 292-4110
Fax  (441) 295-4993

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