From a Convicted Murderer to a Humble Servant of God

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Adventist Church president emphasizes the power of God’s salvation to restore and transform, highlighting the story of convicted murderer Don Johnson.

Seventh-day Adventists have been called to proclaim a message of God’s restoring salvation with everyone, Adventist Church president Ted Wilson said during his Sabbath message at the 2019 Annual Council in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States. Wilson’s annual address to the members and invitees of the General Conference Executive Committee on October 12 highlighted God’s power to restore and transform each one of us, and even the worst of sinners.

“Seventh-day Adventists have been asked to proclaim this amazing message, this restoring plan of salvation,” Wilson said.

A Message of Justification and Sanctification

Even though we were sinners, Jesus made us just—justified us—when He died on the cross for us, Wilson reminded his audience. But Christ’s righteousness does not stop with His justification, he added. It continues as we accept the power of the Holy Spirit to sanctify us, working in our lives to will and to do according to His good pleasure, not your own.

  • Delegates and invitees to the 2019 Annual Council from around the world follow the Sabbath morning program at the General Conference Auditorium in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, on October 12, 2019. [Photo: Adventist News Network]
  • Adventist Church president Ted Wilson at the start of his Annual Council message entitled “God’s Restoring Salvation—Our Last-day Message,” at the denomination headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, on October 12, 2019. [Photo: Adventist News Network]
  • Annual Council weekend praise and worship moments were led by Charles Haugabrooks from Orlando, Florida, United States. [Photo: Adventist News Network]
  • “You’re not saved by works. You’re saved by [God’s] justifying power, and His sanctifying power helps you to accomplish good works,” said Adventist Church president Ted Wilson in his 2019 Annual Council message on October 12, 2019. [Photo: Adventist News Network]

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