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Jesus, the Heart of Our Message
As Seventh-day Adventist Christians, we have heard repeatedly that Jesus Christ is the center of our message. Yes, we believe in the Ten Commandments and have a special emphasis on the Sabbath, healthful living, stewardship, prophecy and many other important truths from the Bible. However, the very heart of our message is "Jesus Christ and Him crucified" (1 Corinthians 2:2 NKJV).
Consider these powerful statements:
Lift up Jesus, you that teach the people, lift Him up in sermon, in song, in prayer. Let all your powers be directed to pointing souls, confused, bewildered, lost, to "the Lamb of God." Lift Him up, the risen Saviour, and say to all who hear, Come to Him who "hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us." Let the science of salvation be the burden of every sermon, the theme of every song. – Evangelism, page 185
The end is near! We have not a moment to lose! Light is to shine forth from God's people in clear, distinct rays, bringing Jesus before the churches and before the world.... One interest will prevail, one subject will swallow up every other – Christ our righteousness. – Sons and Daughters of God, page 259
The world needs today what it needed nineteen hundred years ago--a revelation of Christ. A great work of reform is demanded, and it is only through the grace of Christ that the work of restoration, physical, mental, and spiritual, can be accomplished.
Christ's method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, "Follow Me." – The Ministry of Healing, page 143
When Jesus spoke about the very essence of eternal life, He shared this amazingly simple, yet powerful, message in John 17:3: "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." Christianity is about knowing Jesus and our Father in Heaven, in a very deep and personal way! If that is true, this needs to be the very core of our approach in reaching the people in our communities who do not know Him as their Savior, Lord and dearest Friend.
Next month I will share some thoughts and plans regarding the formation of “ministry teams” in our churches, to reach people in our own community using Christ’s method – the only one that will give true success in reaching the people.
- Pastor Steve