WHAT IS THE GREAT CONTROVERSY PROJECT AND ITS GOALS?
The Great Controversy Project is an exciting opportunity for every Seventh-day Adventist believer to widely spread the good news of God’s plan of redemption. The goal is to bring a “book into every home!” It will happen by every member, pastor, church worker, president, and leader throughout the worldwide Adventist family taking the initiative to distribute multiple copies of The Great Controversy, that inspired book by Ellen White, where she challenges us to disseminate it more than any of her other books. I believe that the Holy Spirit will do some wonderful, life-changing miracles when people begin reading and giving this book.
HOW WILL THIS HAPPEN?
The plan is really simple. Every member purchases copies of The Great Controversy at specially reduced prices and distributes them like the leaves of autumn. That’s really all there is to it. During 2011 we are challenging every member to read or reread The Great Controversy. Then during 2012 and 2013 we challenge every Seventh-day Adventist to join with the global Adventist family and give this precious book to friends, family members, work colleagues, and strangers. They can give it out publically, personally, as general material available for the taking, or by any other way possible. It’s just exciting to think what will happen when God’s message goes out. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we will see souls influenced for good and join God’s last-day movement. I believe it and so I challenge every member to test God’s promise as we spread His truth-filled literature.
WHAT CAN CHURCH LEADERSHIP DO TO SUPPORT THE GREAT CONTROVERSY PROJECT?
Every church leader and church worker can do three things: 1) they can promote and support this project with their personal and public influence and resources; 2) they can creatively use every avenue at their disposal to distribute and actually get out into the highways and hedges hundreds and thousands of copies of The Great Controversy in their territories, institutions, and churches; 3) they can pray for revival and reformation, pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to do something special with this project and in our personal lives. We are living in the end times and I know God wants to do something special with our efforts.
IS THERE ANY SPECIAL COUNSEL YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE TO OUR READERS AS THEY PROCEED WITH THIS PROJECT?
The counsel I would give is in light of the Great Commission in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. I say be Spirit-filled, bold, and expectant. First, let’s be Spiritled. We want to distribute as many copies as possible, but it’s about the Spirit’s goals not ours. So be led by the Spirit. Then be bold; don’t be timid and afraid about what people might think and say if we give them a copy of The Great Controversy. Step out and trust God. Then finally, be expectant. Trust, have faith, and pray; expect that God will cause the recipient to read the truth-filled material and be transformed. Let’s move out in faith! Maranatha!
Pastor Ted Wilson is president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church.