Into the Cities
Thank you so much for the extensive coverage of the new initiative “Into the Cities” (October 2011)!
Here is my question: Why do we speak only of how many (or how few) Seventh-day Adventists live in a given city (e.g., bottom of p. 17)? Don’t we count other Christians living in those cities? Should only Adventists preach the gospel in these cities?
The Working Policy of our church states: “We recognize every activity/organization that lifts up Christ before humanity as part of the divine plans to evangelize the world. We highly respect the Christian men and women in other denominations who seek to win people for Christ” (General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists: Working Policy, 1926, Section O 75).
If we believe that, why do we write as if other Christians play no role in the evangelization of the cities? Why don’t we encourage cooperation with them? This would not mean giving up our particular Adventist convictions!
While we share many doctrines with Christians of other denominations, the special messages given to the Seventh-day Adventist Church require us to take our message to those places where the gospel of Christ may have already been preached.—Editors
I’m writing about the article by Cheryl Doss entitled “God’s Mosaic” (October 2011).
The subject of cultural diversity is one on which the church needs education. There is that which is harmless and innocent and that which is harmful and unacceptable. All cultures contain these two groups. Not all diversity is from God, or accepted by Him. We have to know how to tell the difference.
The unity the church needs is on Jesus Christ and His truth. Only this will produce biblical, God-approved unity among His children, whatever their earthly culture. There are no successful shortcuts, detours, substitutions, or alternate methodologies that will accomplish this goal. Our choice is to go forward in harmony with all Jesus teaches, or spin blindly, making endless circles in our own imaginations and devisings.
Creston, British Columbia, Canada
I am responding to Frank Hasel’s article “Waiting” (October 2011). It is not my temperament to wait, especially with any patience. Hasel is right to state that we all wait at least one (or two) times in our daily lives—why not make them God moments?
To reduce my impatience I’ve taken “minivacations” in my head while sitting at long traffic lights; on the sofa waiting for others; and in those pesky produce lines at the market. I think I’ll make them God moments instead!
Escondido, California, United States
Rediscovering True Worship
I am completely cheered by editor Bill Knott’s interview with General Con ference president Ted Wilson, “Rediscovering True Worship” (August 2011). The commitment of the leadership to revival and reformation started in 2010 at the Autumn Council and continues still.
I have been blessed and strengthened through the messages and resources at www.revivalandreformation.org. The Holy Spirit wants to ignite our hearts individually and corporately. It is time.
Observing the Day of Delight
It really touched my heart as I read the article “Day of Delight” by Ted N. C. Wilson (July 2011). I learned how to fellowship with my Adventist friends and observe God’s holy day.
My sincere thanks to Adventist World for “The Place of Prayer.” I hope God will answer those prayers.
Falam, Chin State, Myanmar
Thanks for Adventist World every month. You always keep my spirit going!
I read every issue of Adventist World with great interest and enjoyment. I am very thankful that we also receive the German translation of the magazine here in Austria. Thanks so much to all who work on all the translations. This is truly a major piece of work. May God bless all the members of the translation team that they may continue their important contribution for the church.
Thanks also to the editors and all the authors for the fresh and spiritually challenging articles and stories. The church as a whole is being blessed!
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50 Words or Less
My Favorite…Bible Character
♦ My favorite Bible character is Peter. He’s often criticized for “speaking first and thinking later.” But I admire him because when he had the opportunity to walk on water, he got out of the boat to be closer to Jesus (see Matthew 14:27-31).
–Sergio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
♦ Although we don’t even know her name, my favorite Bible character is the little Israelite girl in 2 Kings 5 who told her master about God’s healing power through the prophet Elisha. We should all be as fearless when it comes to sharing our faith.
–Cora, San Francisco, California, United States
♦ I have many favorites, but how could I not list David? He lived life with passion. Not everything he did was admirable or worthy as our example. But because he was spiritually grounded, God called him a man “after his own heart” (1 Sam. 13:14).
–Hee Mun, Jeju-do, Korea
Next time, tell us in 50 words or less about your favorite book of the Bible. Send it to letters@AdventistWorld.org. Put “50 Words or Less” in the subject line.
ANSWER: In Gaspar Alto, in southern Brazil, this is a photo of one of the very first Seventh-day Adventist churches in Brazil . The photo was recently given to Sérgio Lessa by a church elder in Blumenau, Santa Catarina.