Are Adventists Happy and Grateful People?

Give thanks with a grateful heart Give thanks to the Holy One Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son. – Lyrics by Eustace Henry Jr. Smith This chorus was sung at my church every week as a call to worship while I was growing up. While the words are simple, they reflect the…

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My Church and its Reputation in Community, Part 2

In our last blog, we examined how members around the world perceived their church’s role and reputation in the local community and if they felt their local church had the ability to communicate effectively across cultures, clans, tribes, and religions. We discussed the importance of connecting with members of the community exactly where they are…

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My Church and its Reputation in Community: Part 1

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the…

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Helping Each Other to Grow Spiritually

“When a person becomes a Christian, he doesn’t just join a local church because it’s a good habit for growing in spiritual maturity. He joins a local church because it’s the expression of what Christ has made him—a member of the body of Christ.” – Mark Dever Being a member of the Body of Christ…

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Global Perspectives on Righteousness by Faith and the State of the Dead

Throughout the New Testament, we see multiple warnings against being deceived: Hebrews 13:9a: Stop being carried away by all kinds of unusual teachings . . . Ephesians 5:6: Don’t let anyone deceive you with meaningless words.  2 Thessalonians 2:3: Don’t let anyone deceive you about this in any way. Colossians 2:8: Be careful that no…

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“The Sabbath Was Made for Man:” Global Perspectives on Sabbath-keeping

The Sabbath is central to Seventh-day Adventists; in fact, it is so important that it is part of our name! From the very beginning of time, God set the Sabbath apart as a day of rest and restoration: physical, mental, and especially, spiritual. When Jesus spoke on this topic, He emphasized what a gift the…

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Global Prayer Meeting Attendance Trends and Belief in the Power of Jesus’s Name

Do you pray for others? Have you experienced the power of prayer in the name of Jesus? In Matthew 18:20, KJV, Jesus promises that "...where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Do you believe that? Do you pray for and with others during a…

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The Importance of Prayer

How important is prayer to you? Do you pray daily or once in a while? How do you meet your day-to-day challenges? Prayer is a vital part of spiritual growth. It connects us to our Heavenly Father and helps us grow in Christ. The apostle Paul called us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17…

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“The Type of Church I Attend:” Preferences in Church Size and Setting by Age

The 2017–2018 Global Church Member Survey (GCMS 2017–18) was conducted globally to understand different aspects of church life. One area studied was the impact of church size on different aspects of church life. A total of 63,756 surveys were collected. While the opinions of survey participants were subject to the participant him- or herself, these…

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Gender Statistics in the Adventist Church

Have you ever wondered what our worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church membership looks like in regards to gender and age? The Annual Statistical Report (ASR) presents all kinds of membership information collected from around the world. Statistics on baptisms, tithe returned and offerings given, and membership numbers are just a few of them. The recent 2021…

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