SDA Sabbath School Lesson 8

Sabbath Afternoon November 16, 1996

Firmly Planted On The Rock. A young man in Europe who did a great deal of mountain climbing in the Swiss and French Alps was given this advice: "You have two hands and two feet. That makes four. Always be sure that three out of the four are firmly on the rock. It is the only rule of safety." - Donald Grey Barnhouse, Let Me Illustrate (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Fleming H. Revell, 1967), p. 55; adapted.

This advice is also the only rule of spiritual safety. And a close connection with Christ the Rock is the foundation of all church life. The constant question of the member who is clinging to Him will be, "Lord, how shall I best serve Thee, and glorify Thy name in the earth? How shall I conduct my life to make Thy name a praise in the earth, and lead others to love, serve, and honor Thee? Let me only desire and choose Thy will. Let the words and example of my Redeemer be the light and strength of my heart." - Testimonies, vol. 2, p. 129.

For the next two weeks, we will study about church life - what it includes, how it promotes the mission of the church, and how you can be a part of it.