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The Church in Today's World

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Beginning in 1996, the Seventh-day Adventist Church embarked on a worldwide program of emphasis on the "Message and Mission" of the church. The idea is to focus each year, through the year 2000, on a particular theme or topic that is vital to the life of the world church. As the title of the program indicates, the themes chosen revolve around the message of the church and how that message relates to its mission.

One of the message-and-mission annual emphases is on Christian community, the reason for the existence of the remnant church and its role in today's world.

The two fundamental beliefs 11 and 12 are the focus of the lessons presented in this Bible Study Guide. (See Seventh-day Adventists Believe... , pp. 134-169.)

This quarter we will seek answers to the following questions:

1. How is God's church not only a mere congregation but a loving fellowship with a purpose to reach the world?

2. What does it mean to be a new person in Christ?

3. How can we build a united church whose members maintain a solid spiritual life?

4. How can the church cultivate Christian love?

5. What should our attitude be toward people who are not yet members of God's family?

6. How can God's diverse family maintain unity as a worldwide church?

7. How is it possible for Christians to live in the world without being of the world?

8. How is it possible for the church to be a group of holy people?

9. What does it mean for the church to be salt and light? How do we become such agents?

10. How does a Christian home benefit both society and the church?

11. How can each church and each member reach a higher level of spirituality and avoid being absorbed by the worldly current of life?

12. What is the final crisis? How does it involve God's church? And how can we come through it victoriously?

13. How does the church prepare for Christ's second coming? What will we as individuals do? How will the Second Coming motivate our decisions and the way we live, both as a church and as individuals?

While we stay in the world, we will continue to endure temptations and Satan's destructive intents (Rev. 12:12). But we do not need to fear (Ps. 46:1, 2). "Nothing else in this world is so dear to God as His church. Nothing is guarded by Him with such jealous care."—Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, p. 42.

Contents:  (no frames)

No. Study


Oct 2 We Are a Family


Oct 9 New Persons in Christ


Oct 16 A People With the Same Faith and Hope


Oct 23 United in Love and in Action


Oct 30 An Open Community


Nov6 United in Diversity


Nov 13 In the World but Not of the World


Nov 20 "Zealous for Good Works"


Nov 27 Salt of the Earth, Light of the World


Dec 4 Christ, the Center of Our Homes


Dec 11 How Are We Today?


Dec 18 Strong and Active for the Final Crisis


Dec 25 The Heavenly Family

Meet the Principal Contributor to This Quarter's Lessons

Enrique Chaij was born and reared in a Seventh-day Adventist home in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. While growing up, he had the opportunity to become acquainted with the secular mind and nonreligious people. In later years, this experience would become the inspiration for influencing his choice of higher studies and his ministry, which is oriented to evangelizing the secular world.

As a preacher, Elder Chaij founded and directed, for 33 years, the radio program Una Luz en el Camino ("A Light on the Way"), which, after many years, was instrumental in leading thousands to Jesus Christ and into the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He also pioneered and directed the TV program Encuentro con la Vida ("Encounter With Life"), which is being broadcast via a thousand cable channels today.

Enrique Chaij served as a departmental secretary in the Austral Union. He was also an editor for a publishing house in South America. As a writer, he created scripts for a radio and TV program with an audience of 9,000. He also authored 16 books, 3 Bible courses by correspondence, and many other editorial works.

He participated in many evangelistic campaigns and taught courses on radio and TV production, human relations, and family counseling. He has a B.A. degree in theology, a M.A. in Communication-Broadcasting, and a Ph.D. in Communication. His doctoral dissertation was on a mass-communication methodology, targeted to reach the secular society.

Dr. Chaij is now retired, but he is very busy writing new books. He and his wife, Nelda, have two children, with whom they enjoy an active and happy Christian family.

Giardina Sabbath School Study Helps

Jerry Giardina of Houston, Texas, prepares a series of helps to accompany the Sabbath School lesson. He includes all related scripture and most EGW quotations. These are provided in three wordprocessing versions Wordperfect; Microsoft Word;  RFT for our MAC friends; and HTML (Web Pages).

Last updated on August 21, 1999

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Principal Contributor: Enrique Chaij.
Editor: Philip G. Samaan.
Associate Editor: Lyndelle Brower Chiomenti.
Editorial Assistant: Soraya Homayouni Parish.
Art and Design: Lars Justinen.
Pacific Press Coordinator: Paul A> Hey.

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