Missionary Literature

The phrase used by Seventh-day Adventists to describe all printed material such as tracts, magazines, or books dealing with the doctrines of the Bible, intended to disseminate the faith. This phrase is employed especially for printed matter that is distributed free as a method of lay evangelism. The earliest known piece of SDA missionary literature was a 48–page pamphlet entitled The Seventh-day Sabbath—A Perpetual Sign, written by Captain Joseph Bates, which came from the press in August 1846 and which became a “mighty instrument” in the propagation of the doctrine of the Sabbath. (T. M. Preble, whose 1845 tract had been instrumental in bringing the Sabbath message to many people, did not belong to the group who became the nucleus of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.) When in 1849...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.