Giving Bible Studies
Pastor and Author
About Will Smith
Pastor Smith received his ministerial and theological training at Oakwood College (now Oakwood University) in Huntsville, AL. He has been a minister for 35 years. He began his ministry in October of 1986 when Elder Meade Van Putten, president of the Allegheny East Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, gave him a call to that field at the Sharon Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church in the city of Wilmington, DE where Pastor Bill Hall was the senior pastor and an excellent mentor. The late Elder William C. Scales Jr. (former Ministerial Director for the North American Division) was very instrumental in helping him get into the ministry. Pastor Smith worked with Elder Scales as a Bible instructor in several city-wide evangelistic meetings.
It‘s a joy unlike any you can ever experience
I attended Pastor Smith’s soul winning class back in early 1990s when I was a member of the Breath of Life SDA Church in Fort Washington, MD and he was one of the ministers. It was a very meaningful and spiritual experience for me as well as to the others that attended his class. That was the first time I begin to understand the meaning of having a passion for souls because he stressed the need to visualize the soul taking their stand and being baptized into the remnant church. I have always had a desire to share my faith with others since becoming a member of the Adventist church in 1983, but what I came to realize after taking Pastor Smith’s class was there must be a systematic approach to witnessing in order to be effective. Yes, you must have a love for sharing the message but there must also be order in ministry as well. As you study with the student there must be a call for decision making after every Bible study lesson, a decision to accept the truth the student learned today. The joy that one receives when the student decides to be baptized is only exceeded by joy one feels the day the student is actually baptized, a feeling that I wish every Christian would be able to experience. It‘s a joy unlike any you can ever experience, and the friendships that are formed as you open God’s Word week after week with the students will last for eternity.
Intimate Bible Study Dynamic
I recently read, Lifting As We Climb, by Pastor Will Smith, where in the straightforward style of the Master, he shares the intimate Bible study dynamic. The book says to the novice, “Yes you can give Bible studies,” and helps to build a firm foundation for their labors. To the seasoned veteran, it is a gentle reminder to labor, “in simplicity and good sincerity not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God.”
His Book Was Enjoyable To Read
Pastor Smith’s book, Lifting As We Climb, is an excellent resource for anyone truly interested in becoming an effective soul winner for Christ. Thanks so much for taking the time to share you experience and journey with us. Your book was a joy to read, your explanations biblical and easy to follow. Praise the Lord for you and your ministry. I hope to share your book with many. Thanks again!
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