Media & Adventist Benefits- Keeping Your Brain Fit

“In a study of more than 2,800 people ages 65 or older, Harvard researchers found that those with at least five social ties-church groups, social groups, regular visits, or phone calls with family and friends-were less likely to suffer cognitive decline than those with no social ties.” in the article “Keeping Your Brain Fit” U.S. News & World Report, February 11, 2008, pp. 41-49

This doesn’t surprise those who have already recognized the importance of small group Bible study and outreach as part of their lifestyle. Consider this counsel written in the 1800s collected on page 72 of the book Christian Service

  • “The formation of small companies as a basis of Christian effort has been presented to me by One who cannot err.–Testimonies, vol. 7, pp. 21, 22. {ChS 72.2}
  • Let there be in every church, well-organized companies of workers to labor in the vicinity of that church.–Review and Herald, Sept. 29, 1891. {ChS 72.3}
  • In every city there should be a corps of organized, well-disciplined workers; not merely one or two, but scores should be set to work.–General Conference Bulletin, 1893, p. 37. {ChS 72.4}
  • In our churches let companies be formed for service. Let different ones unite in labor as fishers of men. Let them seek to gather souls from the corruption of the world into the saving purity of Christ’s love.–Testimonies, vol. 7, p. 21. {ChS 72.5}
  • The church of Christ on earth was organized for missionary purposes, and the Lord desires to see the entire church devising ways and means whereby high and low, rich and poor, may hear the message of truth.–Testimonies, vol. 6, p. 29. {ChS 72.6}
  • If there is a large number in the church, let the members be formed into small companies, to work not only for the church members, but for unbelievers. If in one place there are only two or three who know the truth, let them form themselves into a band of workers.–Testimonies, vol. 7, p. 22. {ChS 72.7}
  • If discipline and order are necessary for successful action on the battlefield, the same are as much more needful in the warfare in which we are engaged as the object to be gained is of greater value and more elevated in character, than those for which opposing forces contend upon the field of battle. In the conflict in which we are engaged, eternal interests are at stake.–Testimonies, vol. 1, p. 649. {ChS 72.8}

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