Revelation Today was the title given to a comprehensive study series that focused on the prophecies of the Bible—especially the book of Revelation. This series was hosted by It Is Written in the city of Boston from October 7 to 29, 2016, as part of the Compassion Boston initiative.
Now that the series is over, we’ve collected some quotes from our church and It Is Written leadership, looking back on the series and looking forward to what else God may have in store for our city.
John Bradshaw, IT IS Written Speaker/Director
“Revelation Today Boston was truly blessed by God. We saw what happens when God’s people come together, reach out to their communities and share Jesus with people who have become their friends. We saw miracles of divine grace as lives were truly transformed. I’m so grateful for the vision of the church leaders who made this possible. I’m excited to see that this project was not an end in itself, but part of a great, continuing work God is doing in the Boston area.”
Tom Murray, Southern New England Conference Project Manager for Compassion Boston
“The Revelation Today evangelistic meetings was a vital component of our decision to more intentionally reach out to the Greater Boston area. As part of the Compassion Boston program, our people have set out to care like Jesus cares and love like Jesus loves. This involves community engagement, meeting felt needs, and sharing the liberating Gospel. Our Bible workers, literature evangelists, ministry teams, members, pastors, and leadership have lit up this city! The Lord has united two great conferences in ministry, we have been blessed. Our family has grown larger and closer and more determined to share our joy and serve from the heart. We are looking forward to the next major Compassion Boston initiative—Your Best Pathway to Health in the fall of 2017 at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center.”
John Amoah, Southern New England Conference Ministerial/Evangelism Director
“The Revelation Today series provided the opportunity for individuals as well as churches to see the Spirit of the Lord moving and working in the lives of many wonderful people who attended the meetings. One individual shared with me after her baptism, “I believe the Lord caused these meetings to take place at this time for me.” I could see the exhilaration in her face as she spoke with me. Not only did it provide opportunity for many to come to the knowledge of and into a loving relationship with the Lord, it was a revival for the members of the churches that participated in the series. To the church members, I pray that we would create fertile atmosphere in our churches for the new members to grow and flourish. Further, this is only the beginning. We have hundreds of people who were contacted and/or visited by the hardworking, God-loving Bible Workers, and it is our opportunity, now, to follow up on those individuals. I firmly believe that with effective follow-up strategies by church members and pastors, many would be brought into the kingdom.”
Daniel Honore, Northeastern Conference President
“What a delight it was to see our members from both the Southern New England and Northeastern Conferences working together to build up God’s kingdom in the city of Boston. God used Pastor Bradshaw through the Revelation Today series to grant us the bountiful harvest of souls that we witnessed at the Reggie Lewis Center. It is my prayer that ‘Compassion Boston’ will not be mere buzzwords that slip into oblivion, but rather that we, as Seventh-day Adventists, working in unity, will exemplify the love and compassion of Jesus Christ as we lead more souls to Him. We don’t see this as the end. We see it as the beginning of something great for years to come.”
Keith LaRoy, It Is Written Representative
“The Revelation Today campaign here in Boston, under the Compassion Boston umbrella, has been phenomenal! It’s been amazing to see over 50 churches—significantly diverse churches—join together in evangelism, in an area that is viewed as very secular. But there has been no better place, and no better time to preach the gospel than here, right now. Lives have truly been changed. And I really believe that if area churches continue to build on what was done here, the impact will only increase in the months and years to come. It has been a joy to be a small part of this journey!”
Yves Monnier, It Is Written Evangelism Director
“When an evangelistic series is completed, the first question people will ask is, ‘How many baptisms did you have?” It’s a good question, but there’s a better question: “How has the evangelistic series transformed the churches involved?’ Well, from everything I’ve observed and heard, IIW’s participation in Boston has had a profound positive impact on the churches. There’s a belief that evangelism can work even in Boston. There’s a desire to build on the momentum and reach more people for Jesus. It Is Written’s role in Boston may have ended, but the work is far from done and it’s good to see that churches are more than ever energized to do something great.”
Jack Phillips, It Is Written Bible Work Program Director for Compassion Boston
“The Bible work along with Revelation Today have reached many hearts and lives. These persons need to be cared for, they have begun to hear God’s desire for their life, but need someone who will give themselves to helping them grown in the Bible and a relationship with Jesus. Your friends and family who came out need you. God has chosen you for this time.
“You may have persons coming to check out your church. Be there with a smile and loving heart, ready to receive those who have been responding to the Spirit of God. Make sure you have a class to help them grow in the Bible, as many are longing for a deeper understanding of the things some of us take for granted. A new believer’s class will be so important at this time, to provide an atmosphere of growth and acceptance, as well as reaffirming the faith they have!
“The Revelation Today Series was a great beginning here in Boston. It has truly impacted the city for the Kingdom of God. Many persons have been reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I hope that as we move forward, this will inspire each of us in the great things God can do through a willing heart.
“Go to your neighbors and friends be apart of their lives, love them, seek to share the good news with them. This is the time to share. God will bless you and your efforts.”
Kevin Sears, NETS Evangelism School Director
“As the director of the NETS Evangelism School, it was a dream come true to see so many churches in the Boston area involved in evangelism, in direct soul-winning working together with one goal in mind—that is, to lead people to Christ and prepare them for His soon second coming! For our NETS students this was just what the doctor ordered as they were able to witness the fruits of their labor. One of the most wonderful things to see is church members involved, and we sure saw that; whether it was working in health expos, acts of kindness, or at the prophecy seminar itself. As a result, many church members recommitted their lives to Christ and many new people were baptized! My hope now is that we will continue with this excitement in direct soul-winning. I think this is the beginning of an explosion of evangelism in Boston and beyond in the Northeast. I believe we haven’t seen yet the real fruit of what took place as a result of Revelation Today. I just want to thank the church members, Pastors, Bible Workers, It Is Written team and everyone else who played a role in leading many people to the kingdom of heaven as we will continue to see the results right up until the Second Coming.
“Desire of Ages says, ‘The very life of the church depends on her faithfulness in fulfilling the Lord’s commission.’ I think we have experienced this first hand! May God continue to bless us as we move forward.”
Many of these quotations also appear in an article that will come out in the December issue of the Atlantic Union Gleaner. Look for the full story there.
All photos taken by Joel Stapleton.
Abbreviations: Southern New England Conference (SNEC), Northeastern Conference (NEC), It Is Written (IIW).