SDA Sabbath School Lessons
Sabbath Afternoon November 10, 1996

Christ is the author of organization in the universe and in His church. He established and organized His church for sharing the gospel with the world. Through the church He reveals the fullness of His love. In His church, which is the embassy of His heavenly kingdom, we are sheltered from Satan's power and restored to the image of God. The church is God's visible family, whose fellowship and activities are to reflect the heavenly society of which it is a part.

Organization under God gives peace, stability, harmony, balance, consistency, and purpose to every aspect of our lives. The opposite of organization is anarchy. And the fruit of anarchy is chaos. Sound organization is not opposed to personal uniqueness or individual rights. Instead, it preserves the value and dignity of the individual in proper connection with the social order of the universe (Rom. 14:7, 19). The binding principle of divine organization is love (Eph. 1:9, 10). And the object of the church is to demonstrate the operations of God's love among a united family of believers whose own love, originating with Him, extends to all the world in a ministry of reconciliation (Eph. 4:15, 16; 2 Cor. 5:17-21).