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  1. My travel program has made it difficult to comment this week and consequently I have had to be very economical with my words.

    I think the lessons this quarter have emphasised the practical side of the Gospel. I know that this has made some folk uncomfortable and there have been rumblings of “salvation by works” and “social gospel” in the background. The gospels however, are more about Jesus interacting with the poor and needy than doctrinal dissertation. In simple terms, Jesus went about doing good.

    It is worth reading again the judgement scene that was the inspiration for this set of lessons.

    “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

    “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

    “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

    “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

    “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

    “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

    “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.

    “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Matthew 25: 31-46 NIV

    How we care for one another is important.

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  2. We must always remember that we are wittiness’ for Christ. That we are showing His character, so we must present Him truly. “We are to be continually laboring together with Christ, seeking to turn the darkness of benighted (pitiful or contemptible) souls into day. By our words, by our actions, we are to let heaven’s light shine upon them, and do nothing that will cut off one ray of the light of Christ, who is the light of every man who comes into the world.” (Sabbath School Lesson Comments by Ellen White, 3rd Q 2019, Friday, 9/27). As Christians, we are all responsibility to work together with Jesus for all people, this is our duty to glorify God’s name.

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  3. A Community of Servants - 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. What a community it would be?
    Agents of Change - When we join Christ, we join a radical movement which is contradictory to the world. Our citizenship is in heaven; therefore, we are ambassadors of the heavenly kingdom.
    A Servant Remnant - Remnant is one who reflect original character of Christ because the stalk is from the original.
    Reaching Souls - Jesus fed the five thousand. When they were fed, He told them I am the bread of life. Many left him. Do not be discouraged. Matthew 7:14
    Grace Within the Church - "If we can’t treat those among us with fairness and dignity, how are we going to do that with others, as well?" Lesson Author
    Encourage Each Other to Good Works - It takes intentional mental work to encourage each other because it is contradictory to our nature.

    Jesus called us to make disciples not members of denomination. However, church organization is an integral part in adding strength to discipleship.

    "Byungeun Oh, a taxi driver in rural South Korea, had never led anyone to Christ after years in church, and he decided to change that."
    “Reduce your work so you can do God’s work”, he said. “Simplify your life, and then fill it with the joy of meeting souls”.
    https://ssnet.org/blog/friday-inside-story-korea/

    I once had a prayer request, there are many people who visit our church, I am not sure who they are and what they're background is my prayer is they would come to have a relationship with Christ.

    May God bless us as we create a community that is out of this world. Amen

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  4. The power of the Holy Spirit to bright even human who is willing under his control.
    The writings of EGW though rejected by some still stand and make sense if understood in its context. I am so pleased the author this quarter quoted many of her writings. But what does it mean to me if I read them but do not understand what she is saying ??
    Friday lesson- Every Christian is to be a missionary. Does missionaries means leaving one’s country to work in another? We are told the greatest missionary work is in the home, then church, then community. Many times people neglect/forget their homes as a mission field. The Bible says a man who does not take care of him family is worst than an infidel( not only with money but in totally).
    The fourth para- Slavery, the cast system, unjust racial prejudice......etc should be condemned more readily and openly by the SDA Church. Was just reading EG writings entitled Scandinavia, to Australian (Sanitarium Announcement) To the people in the USA south “ The Southern Mission” when the church started a lot of areas were neglected. Do we still see lg areas still neglected even today. Are there still great disparities between churches in our countries? Unions? missions?
    Christ says the poor will always be with us until he returns.

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