of the Seventh-day Adventist world church
And yet there is still more to do. As the world continues to reel from uncertainty, tragedy, and catastrophe, what a message of hope we have to proclaim, as illustrated in our session’s theme: “Arise! Shine! Jesus is Coming!” and in our timeless theme song, “We Have This Hope.” Truly, the only hope for this world is Christ’s soon coming, and the witness of His people to help others prepare for that great event. This special work must involve everyone—women, men, children, youth, adults—all are needed to reach individuals for Christ through the Holy Spirit’s power.
During a General Conference Session, not only do we have the joy of worshipping together as a worldwide family; we have the opportunity to clearly focus on the mission of the church, and how best to accomplish that mission. Elements of our overall mission theme of “Tell the World” will continue until the Lord comes as we reach up to God, reach out to others, and reach across to nurture, retain, and involve everyone in the work of the church.
Let’s continue moving forward together as we focus on God’s Holy Word, on the Holy Spirit’s wonderful work of personal and corporate revival and reformation, on health and community outreach, on integrated evangelism using personal outreach, integrated media approaches, and public evangelism, and on our mission to the cities where millions are longing for the hope that we have to share. Moving forward, let us reaffirm the marvelous foundational truths of the Bible that make us who we are as Seventh-day Adventists—including our understanding of the sanctuary service as God’s work for His people at this time, and the wonderful guiding blessing that God has given the church through the gift of the Spirit of Prophecy.
As we meet together in San Antonio, let us lift up God’s work as central in all that we do. Let Christ’s righteousness be the theme of our personal and public expression of who we are as Seventh-day Adventist Christians. Let’s pray together for God’s leading in a marvelous way during our 60th General Conference Session as we plead with the Lord for the outpouring of the latter rain of the Holy Spirit and the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Ted N. C. Wilson, President
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists