Elder Ted Wilson calls for Unity in Adventist Mission

Ted N.C. Wilson, speaking in his first sermon after his re-election as General Conference president, urged Adventists to press ahead in unity in proclaiming Jesus’ soon return. Wilson drew from hallmark initiatives of his first five-year term — Revival and Reformation, Mission to the Cities, comprehensive health ministry, and a daily online Bible study plan — to call on every church member to share Jesus in their communities. He emphasized that regular study of the Bible and the writings of Ellen G. White were key to developing a closer relationship with Jesus. The sermon ended with a thundering rendition of the Adventist anthem “We Have This Hope” combined with “Jesus Is Coming Again” by a 1,100-member choir, a record size for a choir at a General Conference session. “We thank the Lord for the ways He has led this General Conference session during the last 10 days, and we give Him all the glory for the unity and singleness of purpose in accomplishing His mission for this dying Earth,” Wilson said, speaking in the Alamodome stadium packed with more than 60,000 people in San Antonio, Texas. “As I stated five years ago, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is God’s remnant movement made up of those who according to Revelation 12:17 keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ, and we are on a heaven-directed journey,” Wilson said, referring to the first sermon he gave upon his election at the General Conference session in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2010. “We must go forward, not backward because we are almost home. I am more convinced than ever that Jesus’ return is near, even at the door.” Wilson then declared “Jesus is coming soon!” in 11 of the languages represented at the General Conference session: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Russian, Korean, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, and Tagalog. The use of multiple languages echoed the opening of Sabbath School, when presenters greeted attendees with “Happy Sabbath!” in many languages. The Scripture reading for the divine worship service — Joshua 1:1-9 — was also read in several languages.

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