In a garden a seed germinates and brings forth a plant that yields fruit. In our hearts, the word of God births new life that gives rise to the fruit of the Spirit. It’s happened to you. It’s happened to me. It can happen to your friend, family member or co-worker as well – because there is life in Christ, the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
That is why we have called this initiative Harvest Victoria – because we all want to experience God ‘s germinating power change us and our communities.
Harvest Victoria is a growing discipleship-movement of Adventist churches coming together to share the gospel in a unified endeavour across the state. Church members are preparing to sow and cultivate the garden of people’s hearts with the gospel seed.
Part of that preparation is to personally renew our connection with Christ, because before commanding us to go with Him, He first invites us to come to Him. To that end, Harvest Victoria is providing a free copy of Steps to Personal Revival for each Adventist family in the state. This precious treasure of a book is leading hundreds of thousands of Adventists families around the world to seek the Holy Spirit in a fresh way. Go to www.steps-to-personal-revival.info for stories and resources of God’s blessing and stay tuned as the books arrive in your church over the next couple of weeks.
2018 is also about training for the harvest. You can see our Seasons of Harvest Calendar at vic.adventist.org.au and follow our harvest journey as we prepare, sow, cultivate and harvest lost and confused people into a lasting relationship with Jesus Christ.
Training sessions are locked in our church calendars, designed to help YOU sharpen your evangelistic potential in the Master’s hands so you can better discern God’s voice, who He wants you to labour for and how to best reach and win their heart for Christ.
We encourage each one of you to genuinely connect with people, so you can provide spiritual invites for them to consider and encourage their growth through Bible studies. There are many opportunities.
•Just launched: a pilot Bible Study request card distribution in the south-eastern corridor – 45,000 cards offering a newly acquired It Is Written Bible studies series.
• Conference Evangelist, Pr. Vadim Butov will be championing four meetings in 2018 to assist active churches in sowing the gospel through public meetings.
• Technologically skilled members are coming together to develop social media platforms, Facebooks sites and possibly even our very own App to encourage people toward Christ.
• Conference Departmental Leaders are seeking ways to disciple their respective demographic spheres .
• Health Ministry is bursting with more churches holding health talks, recipe clubs, Health Expo, FOODcents, Depression Recovery and CHIP Programs. Sibilla Johnson returns with her foundational CHEP training this year newly registered through Avondale.
• Literature Evangelists provide gospel laden material to homes, while Pastors, Interns, Bible Workers and Youth Pastoral Workers are sharing the Scriptures with families.
• ADRA opens doors by meeting practical community needs.
• Our schools influence over two thousand students and their families every day towards Jesus.
• Aged Care is uniquely poised to bless the aging in our midst.
We have so many chances to touch lives.
May, 2019 will see a state-wide evangelistic series presented by John Bradshaw and Eric Flickinger, reaching across Victoria.
It’s all happening. So where are you? Join the growing chorus of workers in the Lord’s Victorian harvest and meet the Master’s words with action – “Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already ripe for harvest!” .
Connect to Christ, get trained for Christ, and move into the harvest with Christ. It will transform your life and change the world!
“Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into His harvest.”
(John 4:35; Matthew 9:38)