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Friday: Further Thought – Unity in Worship — 2 Comments

  1. I just watched a TED talk about a healthy and extended life based on research of nine communities. Seventh-day Adventists featured as expected. The researchers found several contributing factors. Of particular interest to our study this week are:

    1) belonging to a faith-based community

    2) connecting actively with their community.

    I know that spiritual life is more than longevity and quality of life, but it does provide affirmation of some of the principles that have been our focus this week in our lesson study. Time spent interacting with one another, helping one another, discussing and even arguing together, creates bonds that strengthen our faith.

    I would add that even in the somewhat indistinct world of Internet forums such as Sabbath School Net we also forge a community. We are a community in our own right and while sometimes we argue, friendships are forged and faith tested and strengthened by our interaction together. (We need to remember that we are arguing with friends when posting an argument {wry grin})

    I quoted Heb 10:24,25 on Wednesday but I think it bears repeating:

    And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

  2. 1. Satan has led the world to disregard the Sabbath command of the Lord, and on this point the whole world will be brought to a decision that will reveal faith or unbelief in every soul. Many who have acknowledged the Sabbath will be found wanting, and many who have not yet understood or accepted it will follow the Lamb of God where He leads them, and embrace His commandment of Rest. Thus the whole world will make their final choice for eternity to either keep the commandments or to defy the One who created all things.

    2. “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness”. Worship is seen in the life that is righteous by faith in Christ as the Surety for the soul. The most appropriate “act” of worship in a worship service is only a lie in anyone who regards iniquity in their heart(Ps 66:18).

    3. See John 12:32. Simply making “worship” more interesting or fun will not create a worshiper of the Living God. Faith in Christ alone will turn the sinner into one who worships God “in spirit and in Truth”(John 4:23), by observing "all things whatsoever [He] has commanded [us]"(Matt 28:20).


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