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  1. Hello Stephen,

    God bless your ministry and the sharing of this insightful article. Often in our zeal to "do" God's work we can tend to try to do the work of the Holy Spirit and with disasterous results. I appreciate your point about imposing a "conditional" approach to becoming a Seventh-day Adventist in order to come to Jesus. Praise the Lord for God's Saving Grace that it is unconditional but for us to accept and believe in Him, in order to be saved. Blessings

  2. Praise God! This was so insightful. As Christian Adventists we must focus on the main thing: to live out God's love and share the gospel of His salvation for us all. This article made even clear the role we play as Christians with our witness (being kind, encouraging, supportive, and Spirit-led) and our ministry (following the commissions set forth by God in His Word and led by the Holy Spirit).

    Many of us like to do things our way not yielding to the Spirit and knowing what Christ is really like and focusing on how we need to be like Him in our witness. We must never forget that it's not about the work alone. We need to cultivate and live out a loving faith relationship with the LORD. When we understand that and have it we can share it and then we are engaged in the true work of the LORD not just or own distorted agendas which cannot save souls.

    How inspiring! My prayer is that I can have a personal ministry like the one described in your article.

    • Thank you, Tahisha. My experience is that if you do what is close at hand, God will magnify and bless that ministry. May He do that for you in every way.

  3. Happy Day of Sabbaths, happy Scriptural Pentecost Sabbath to you who are still within that time zone of June 30, 2012!

    Yes, Stephen, trust is key to most everything! Even Satan knows that, and that is key to the survival of his kingdom. And it is only too easy for each and every one among us to be brainwashed into sustaining his messages, his messengers, and his kingdom... even by something as simple as never saying or doing a thing about stopping such habits, such traditions, and such messages, not even in our very own lives, much less in the lives of any other. In effect, by keeping our silence, we are co-conspirators, volunteering to teach error by our own influence and by our own inherited blindness... We may not be paid for our services, yet we may still be serving the same purposes by being influenced to serve as soldiers in his army while being fooled to believe that we are serving the one true God.

    That's where your words "prepare human hearts to trust the Word..." proves to be key. To do that, it is necessary first to make the study of the Word of God each our own reality. Trusting no one but the Holy Spirit to be our ultimate Guide and Teacher in that study is key. Seeking the counseling of others more experienced and better studied is always wise, but seeking the clearance and a final stamp of approval from anyone among men when the Holy Spirit has already made things clear is much the same as bowing down to Satan, much the same as the third temptation Yeshua experienced after his 40 days of fasting in the desert...

    Yes, trust is everything, but there is a choice of allegiance! There is a choice regarding whom we choose to trust! Regarding whom we chose to belong to... Cf. 1 Sam 8, most especially verse 18!

  4. Thank you for all your comments. It is my first time in this site and I am a new Adventist, not yet baptized. I come from a long life in Pentecotal church but I was led by the Holy Spirit to keep the Sabbath day holy. This was followed by reading Scripture and books like Desire of Ages and Great Controvesey. Your comments, everyone have encouraged me because before I moved into this church, I had already been given by my Lord, a project which is Christian. This is in Africa, very poor place where conditions are harsh for the inhabitants. We first of all built a church and it is functioning. The church worships on Sundays, being Pentecostal, but it is amazing that the Lord has prepared that we have all the community children coming to the Centre (where the project is}, every Saturday in the past 8 years. The majority of these children come from Moslem families. All these children go into church, learn the Bible, go out for recreation with all the other children living in the orphanage, and have lunch together. I do not know what the Lord is planning to do because we have a Pentecostal pastor there leading the church and there is a congregation which has been growing over the years. New people join every year in this remote part of Africa.

    My point here is, the way you have explained that we should approach people with love and let the Holy Spirit do the saving, is giving me hope that He will show us what to say and to lead this small church to keep the Sabbath Day. We are in England and the project is in Africa. We only go there once a year. Please pray for us that the Lord will guide us and for the future of this work. God bless you. Elvida

    ps. pray also for my husband Victor that He will come to Jesus.

    • Elvida, thanks for your prayer request. I have added it to my daily prayer time. I'm sure God will speak to your situation in powerful ways according to His grace and mercy.

  5. Blessings! This is awsome, i just bumped into this website for the first time this morning, trying to study my lesson on-line as my quarterly has not arrived yet this quarter, and praise the Lord, i have never had a better insight to the sabbath school lesson as I have this one. Brother Steve, praise the Lord for your ministry, may you grow from strength to strength in His knowledge as you help babies like me to grow with insights like this.The Lord is really using you, praise His name. Moyo, England

    • Thank you, Moyo. If anything I have written has been helpful to you, I give thanks to God who makes up for our imperfections and covers them with grace. My writing is only human. It is God that speaks to hearts through his Holy Spirit.

  6. This lesson is very vital in most of the churches especially for members involved in soul winning. I have experienced it too, that we often tend to push issues on to new convents instead of letting the the holy spirit do its work. As a result many don't grow to their full spiritual potential, many of our members are doing just like the pharisees by looking down on other churches instead of shadding light unto them. There is a need to encourage this lesson from the Unions to Fields and down to Church level just awaken the masses of the current trend in contrast to the right ways.


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