We Have A Mission
By Steve Dickman, ASI President
ASI is committed to engaging and equipping lay missionaries to advance the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist church to share the Three Angels’ Messages of God’s love and grace with the world.
“We are living in the time of the end. The fast-fulfilling signs of the times declare that the coming of Christ is near at hand. The days in which we live are solemn and important. . . . Great changes are soon to take place in our world, and the final movements will be rapid ones (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, p. 11).
There is no time for delay; every church member needs to be actively engaged in sharing the everlasting good news with the world around them. As the world and the neighborhoods we live in are in turmoil, wondering what to do and where to turn, seeking peace and hope but finding none, we as a people have good news. There is peace and hope in Jesus. The hard and hopeless human heart is God’s specialty. He alone has power to transform hearts and lives, but He uses people like us as avenues for living and sharing this good news with those in need. We are His hands and feet.
“It is as true now as when Christ was upon the earth that every inroad made by the gospel upon the enemy’s dominion is met by fierce opposition from his vast armies. The conflict that is right upon us will be the most terrible ever witnessed. But though Satan is represented as being as strong as a strong man armed, his overthrow will be complete” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, p. 407).
God is calling us to use every resource at our disposal to advance His kingdom. “Paul declares that it is ‘good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved and to come into a knowledge of the truth’ and that ‘supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men’ (1 Timothy 2:3,4,1). And James says, ‘Let him know that he which converteth a sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins’ (James 5:20). Every believer is pledged to unite with his brethren in giving the invitation, ‘Come for all things are now ready’ (Luke 14:17). Each is to encourage the others in doing whole-hearted work. Earnest invitations will be given by a living church. Thirsty souls will be led to the water of life” (Manuscript 127-1901, November 26, 1901).
“Let the gospel message ring through our churches, summoning them to universal action. Let the members of the church have increased faith, gaining zeal from their unseen, heavenly allies, from a knowledge of their exhaustless resources, from the greatness of the enterprise in which they are engaged, and from the power of their Leader. Those who place themselves under God’s control, to be led and guided by Him, will catch the steady tread of the events ordained by Him to take place. Inspired with the Spirit of Him who gave His life for the life of the world, they will no longer stand still in impotency, pointing to what they cannot do. Putting on the armor of heaven, they will go forth to the warfare, willing to do and dare for God, knowing that His omnipotence will supply their need” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 7, p. 14).
“As agents for Jesus Christ men are to be laborers together with God. Why then are so many acting as did Meroz, doing nothing, while those sitting in darkness receive no light, no help from those who claim to be the children of God? How much do such idlers resemble the angel who is represented as flying in the midst of heaven, proclaiming the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus? Christ is saying to these idlers in the market place, ‘Go work today in my vineyard’” (The Southern Worker, October 10, 1899).
ASI is lay people speaking to lay people. Let us go to work today in the Master’s vineyard. Let us give of our best to the Master. Let us sacrifice. Let us work unitedly with the ministers and church officers. Let us give earnest effort. Let us employ every talent in the work of God. Let us encourage each other.
“The church on earth, united with the church in heaven, can accomplish all things” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 7, p.31).