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Faith of our Fathers    (Back to the Pioneers)

 

And he said to me, “For two thousand three hundred days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed.”(Daniel 8:14)

 

Introduction:

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church, though officially founded in 1863, the church has its root some 19 years earlier. In 1844 the Millerite movement anticipated the Second Coming of Christ on October 22 of that year.  A young Methodist (dis- fellowshipped by now) called Ellen White (as she would later be known) was part of this movement. Unfortunately, Christ did not return and thus the Great Disappointment was born. But the strange and yet, magnificent part of it was that out of this disappointment Adventism, namely the Seventh-Day Adventist Church was formed.  The obvious question is what happened in the interval?

What happened after 1844 and before 1863? Through effective and prayerful Bible study, the early Adventist were able to understand why Jesus did not

return.

 

Notice what Ellen White says: Jesus did not come to the earth as the waiting, joyful company expected, to cleanse the sanctuary by purifying the earth by fire. I saw that they were correct in their reckoning of the prophetic periods; prophetic time closed in 1844, and Jesus entered the most holy place to cleanse the sanctuary at the ending of the days. Their mistake consisted in not understanding what the sanctuary was and the nature of its cleansing.”(Early Messages, p.243)

 

This is what Ellen White stated some time after the disappointment. But there was also a man called Hiram Edson, whom the Lord showed by vision what mistake they made. Only later to be confirmed scriptural by O.R.L. Crozier (see the Day-Star Extra; Saturday, February 7, 1846. The Sanctuary). After these findings in the Bible, many more teachings were added. Such as the state of the dead, the Sabbath, the Law of God, baptism, investigative judgment and many more (and even counsels on diet and food!).

 

The bottom-line is, our church was formed because our early pioneers ‘received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so’ (Acts 17:11).

The personnel of the Personal Ministries department believe that, if we (the church) go back to our pioneers and rediscover what they discovered, we might experience what they experienced, enlarge our faith, understand the identity of a Seventh-Day Adventist and most importantly work towards our salvation.

 

In conclusion, we hope that after one year, all the church members will join mother White in the following: “I was hungering and thirsting for full salvation, an entire conformity to the will of God. Day and night I was struggling to obtain this priceless treasure, that all the riches of the earth could not purchases”(Selected Messages, page 11).

 

Mission:

The mission of the 2016 Personal Ministries Department is to provide resources and to train the church members to unite their efforts with the ministers and church officers in the proclamation of the gospel of salvation in Christ.

 

Goal:

The goal of the department is to enlist each member in active service for the winning of souls for God.

 

Aim:

Our aim for this year is that the church creates a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. We intend to do this by first understanding why we are Seventh-Day Adventist. What makes us different from the other denominations? This question will be answered by studying what the pioneers discovered in the Bible. At the end of the year, every church member (who participates) should be able to do the following:

·         How to defend yourself as an individual

·         How to defend your faith

·         How to defend your Bible

 

Objectives

We exists to teach and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in response to the command of Jesus in the context of the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14:6-12.  Seeking to fulfill this mission the Personal Ministries Department continues to communicate the good news of salvation with the objective of winning, maintaining and preparing men, women, young people, boys and girls, in our territory to meet Jesus, and to design programs and resources to help the church in the fulfillment of the its mission.

 

Methods and activities

·         House to house evangelism

·         Distribution of literature

·         Bible studies

·         Organization and development of programs for the community service of the church, including the Dorcas Society

·         Organization and development of the annual in-gathering campaign

·         Operating the correspondence Bible school

·         Cooperating with the Sabbath School Department in the organization and running of the Sabbath school classes

·         Cooperating with the local church pastor in the organization, administration and promotion of the small group ministries.

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