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. . . rising up a great while before day . . .

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Elder Tim Jones

December 10,
Happy Sunday Everyone,
The scripture for today is Acts 6:4"But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word."The apostles in the early church saw clearly what their mission and ministry was to be, “pray and minister the word of God.”  We, unfortunately have strayed from this Godly approach to ministry.“Though some would argue that it isn't so, I believe that we are to an important degree having an identity crisis in our church, particularly in North America, Western Europe, and in Australia. This has resulted in a kind of disorientation and loss of sense of purpose among many. There are also signs of demoralization in certain sectors of the ministry. In many places people even seem to somehow have gotten bored with preaching the doctrines the way we used to do. In surveys that have been conducted, people are giving doctrinal preaching very low marks.In many places we are now playing down "doctrines" and playing up "relationships." We used to speak of our doctrines as the "truth"... and as "the truth for this time," but we had a shock when we learned from the pollsters that people in the 21st century really don't care about the truth. They are looking for a church that meets their "needs." So exit "truth" as our outreach and enter "meeting needs" as our forte. So we have ripped down as it were the banners that declared, "Truth for This Time," and replaced them with banners that say, "We Will Meet Your Needs."I would like to say something here about doctrines. It is not unusual to hear people saying that we ought not to be preaching doctrines. We ought to preach the gospel. To try to play off the gospel against doctrine is like arguing which is more important, being born or staying alive! In the first place, the word gospel means "good news." In the second place, the word doctrine means "teaching." The point is that doctrine then is the explanation of what the gospel is all about. The significance of the cross is a doctrine; the grace and forgiveness of God are doctrines as well.So what is the point in saying that we should not preach doctrines, but the gospel? I am afraid I know what the point is, and it is that those who are telling us to preach the gospel and not the doctrines mean that we should stop preaching the doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and be content with preaching a generic evangelical gospel.” Richard O’FfillMay we return to the God given mandate to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15  May we, like the apostles, "give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word."God bless you as you continue in His service.
Tim