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Camp-Meetings Their Object, and How to Conduct Them, Page 24

heart, the lack of Christ-like sympathy and love. PH130 23.2

How to Present the Truth

The various points of truth are not all equally appropriate to be presented to a congregation at any one time. Even Jesus said to His disciples, who had been with Him for three years, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” We must endeavour to present the truth as the people are prepared to hear it and to appreciate its value. The Spirit of God is working upon the minds and hearts of men, and we are to work in harmony with it. PH130 24.1

Of some truths the people already have a knowledge. There are some in which they are interested, of which they are ready to learn more. PH130 24.2

Show them the deep significance of these truths, and their relation to others which they do not understand. Thus you will arouse a desire for greater light. This was Paul's manner of labour. It is “rightly dividing the Word of truth.” PH130 24.3

Let the truth be presented, not in long, laboured discourses, but in short talks, right to the point. Do not think, when you have gone over a subject once, that you can pass right on to other points, and the hearers will retain all that has been presented. There is danger of passing too rapidly from point to point. Give short lessons, in plain and simple language, and let them be often repeated. PH130 24.4

One night, previous to an important meeting, I seemed in my sleeping hours to be meeting with my brethren, listening to One who spoke as having authority. He said: “Many souls will attend this meeting who are honestly ignorant of the truth that will be presented. They will listen and become interested, because Christ is PH130 24.5

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