Clifton Brandt Talks About Evangelism Methods
Sabbath services on May 16, 2015 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano. There followed a song service led by Michelle Gustafson and Caleb (senior), accompanied on the piano by Becky (senior). The opening song was “Seeking the Lost”. Clifton Brandt welcomed everyone, had prayer, and read the scripture reading.
Lorealle (junior) read a mission story from Japan about the funeral practices there. Many there believe that the spirit of the dead reside in the home for up to seven days after death. Christians have faith that they will see their loved ones again; other people have no such hope. The writer had had a few near-death experiences but felt a deep sense of peace. He then visited an Adventist pastor where he learned about the love of God for him. He accepted this love.
She then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Alexus and Laiken (9th graders); this offering goes to help students and staff members go on mission trips. Caleb (senior) played the piano while the offering was being collected.
Caleb then reported on the senior trip to Florida where the girls did some painting in one of the rooms of a church and the boys did some painting around the windows. The senior class had the Sabbath School program. Luke (senior) told about Laurelbrook’s mission work. Both the church and the students were blessed.
Clifton Brandt had the superintendent’s remarks on taking the gospel to the world, Ray Sutton told about his experiences in spreading God’s Word in Belize, and Clifton Brandt had closing prayer. The congregation then became three Sabbath School classes, one taught by Clayton Brandt in the church sanctuary, one taught by Ron Oxentenko “behind the glass” in the church, and one taught by Rick Carr in the boys dorm lobby nearby.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Clifton Brandt:
Personnel Other Than Students:
- Luke 14 talks about Jesus’ invitation to dinner by a Pharisee, taking advantage of the occasion to be sociable and to witness.
- Luke 14:15-24 “15 ¶ And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed [is] he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. 16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: 17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 18 And they all with one [consent] began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. 19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. 20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. 21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. 22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. 23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel [them] to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.”
- The first ones invited were the Israelites. This is partly due the fact that Jews would have been unreachable if the apostles had gone to the Gentiles first.
- Secondly, the apostles were to go to those who have actively been administrating the affairs of the world – the higher classes.
- Ellen White tells us to seek out ministers of other churches when first entering a new area, thereby giving them an opportunity to accept the message.
- Ellen White, Christ’s Object Lessons says that we should urgently press the gospel message on people, not compel them to accept it.
- Ray Sutton told about a trip by the Belize school’s mechanics trip to the south of the country. By fixing their equipment, the group were welcomed by the people of the area who were attracted by the difference of this student group. Evangelism is a life style that witnesses in and of itself by adapting itself to the needs of the people to be reached.
- Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” The word “power” comes from a root word that means “dynamite”.
- There is a new method of evangelism – a group of doctors, nurses, and dentists go to a certain location where they relieve the medical needs of the people for free in conjunction with an evangelistic series of meetings.
- If you can sing with feeling and clearness, you have a powerful means of witnessing to people. Sometimes this is used in a restaurant.
- Musical instruments can also be used for God’s glory and evangelism.
Clayton Brandt – deals with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment / local church elder
Clifton Brandt – local church elder / works with Laurelbrook’s sewer, water, and boiler systems
Ray Sutton – son of Rich Sutton / works with an Adventist school in Belize, Central America
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Rick Carr – Laurelbrook fire chief / works with the Laurelbrook purchasing department