Mission to the Cities and Centers of Influence: Global Knowledge of and Participation in the General Conference Initiatives

Did you know that the General Conference organizes and promotes a number of global initiatives? These are designed to encourage and grow the faith of members, as well as reach others with the good news of the hope that can be found in Jesus. In the 2017–2018 Global Church Member Survey (2017–18 GCMS), survey respondents…

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Adventist TV: Church Members’ Viewing Habits

Have you ever heard of Hope Channel? How often do you watch it? What about other Adventist television programming? Hope Channel launched in 2003 and today is a global network with 70 channels and growing, each creating content in its own local language. According to their website (n.d.), “Hope Channel offers programs on wholistic Christian…

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Church Locations of the Global Survey Participants: What do These Data Mean? Part 2

Does a church’s location impact its outreach into the community—specifically to non-Adventists? Could it affect how Adventist church members interact with people outside the church walls, how they form friendships, and how much they serve in the community? Jesus mingled with people seen by the Pharisees and society as unclean. How does your local congregation…

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Church Locations of the Global Survey Participants: What do These Data Mean? Part 1

When you consider the “ideal” setting for a church, what do you picture? Do you envision a large church downtown in a big city? Do you picture a small, rural church? While you may have a clear idea of what the perfect church looks like, many Seventh-day Adventist Church members don’t have a choice when…

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Are Adventists Happy and Grateful People?

The apostle Paul told us to rejoice always, in good times and difficult circumstances. Are we taking these words to heart? If so, does that make us happier and more grateful people? The Global Church Member Survey 2017–18 (2017–18 GCMS) asked multiple questions that assessed not only members’ emotional state (i.e., happiness) - but also…

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My Church and its Reputation in Community, Part 2

The apostle John depicted a scene about heaven in the book of Revelation that made one thing very clear: the people group in heaven will be as diverse as the world’s population. God asked us to partake in the creation of this beautiful picture. Being involved in the community through outreach activities is an important…

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My Church and its Reputation in Community: Part 1

In the book of Revelation, a beautiful picture is painted of Heaven. People of every nation, tribe, people, and language are standing before Jesus, shouting praises to Him. Does this picture give you goosebumps? The apostle John’s depiction of this scene in heaven makes one thing very clear: the people group in heaven will be…

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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

How well do you understand the principles of the Scriptures that are fundamental to our Church? Do you hear sermons on various topics that are applicable to your daily life and help you to better understand such principles? Today we like to take a closer look at some specific findings that were revealed through the…

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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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