Turning Visits Into Studies

A most important phase of our work is turning visits into Bible studies, as this lays the foundation for the making of good Adventists

By ELSIE GUNTRIP, Bible Worker, South England Conference

A most important phase of our work is turning visits into Bible studies, as this lays the foundation for the making of good Adventists. We need to work in the spirit of prayer, and to continue asking wisdom of the Lord to deal with those souls with whom He has brought us into contact.

During the early visits, it is well to find out whether the people are members of any par­ticular church. This will help you in addressing yourself to them, and also in the presentation of the truth. In some cases it may take time to introduce a series of Bible studies, but patience and perseverance will bring success. There are others who are just longing for truth, and are ready to study with you almost as soon as you meet them. Those who have not been in the habit of attending church would probably be hesitant if they were asked whether they would like to have a Bible study. It would be better at first to tell them of some of the wonderful passages found in God's word, trying to gain their confidence by reading from the Bible your­self.

The signs of Christ's second coming, such as found in Luke 21 :25, 26 and Joel 3:9, 10, create an interest, for these things are actually happen­ing today, and no one can deny them. Some will soon see that the Bible tells the truth, and you will be able to lead them onward step by step until you have the joy of seeing them searching the pages of their own Bibles and kneeling with you in prayer. The following are some ways which have proved helpful in turning visits into Bible studies :

1. Show Yourself to be a Friend. Jesus won the hearts of the people because He proved Himself to be their friend. We cannot do better than follow His example. Sympathize with them in their troubles. If any member of the family is sick, be sure to inquire after him, and pray for him in the home. Try to win the affec­tion of the children. Help them in every way possible.

2. Seel Out Irregular Attendants. Note those who are interested, but who through unavoidable circumstances cannot attend the meet­ings regularly. Many such persons will be glad of the opportunity to study with you in their own homes, if you make the suggestion.

3. Work for the Deaf. Help the deaf to enjoy God's word. Many who are afflicted in this way will gladly accept an invitation for Bible study.

4. Carry Your Bible. Always carry your Bible with you when visiting, and when ques­tions arise, answer them from God's word. This will probably create enough interest so that it will not be difficult to open studies.

5. Offer Help. Suggest that if your readers have any questions in their minds concerning any subject they have heasrd or read in the literature left with them, you will be glad to help them to understand them from the Bible. An invitation to your own home for study is often appreciated when it is not possible for /people to have you in their home.

6. Question Readers. It is wise to ask questions so as to find out whether they believe what is being taught in the booklets, and to inquire whether they would not like to learn more of these wonderful subjects from God's word.

7. Be Persevering. Do not give up your visits until you know you have done your utmost to deepen the interest of your reader. Remem­ber that we must render an account to God of our stewardship.

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By ELSIE GUNTRIP, Bible Worker, South England Conference

December 1942

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