As a pastor I tried to go on a foreign mission trip at least every three years, usually taking some church members with me. Here were some of my reasons–
- Jesus said to go everywhere.
- It stretched me out of my comfort zone so I could become a more faith-filled believer.
- It taught me new ways to win souls.
- My churches back home saw that they could carry on God’s work even if I was gone.
- I came back super-charged for God’s work when I returned home.
What about you? Isn’t it time for you to go on a mission trip (again?)? Why not be one of the thirty speakers we need to share Jesus and the Adventist message with San Pedro de Marcoris, Dominican Republic March 2009. All the info is at the NPUC Missions website. There is a shorter, spring break option for high school/academy and college/university students, too.
Before you read this I recommend you read “Why Not Try This? …Explore the Bible Evidence for Balanced Environmentalism”
Twelve Practical Steps for Adventists
Here are twelve practical steps an Adventist can take to be more earth friendly that are in harmony with our Fundamental Beliefs and counsel we’ve been given as a church. Sure, they don’t show up on most of the lists of things you can do to be earth friendly. But they will have a greater impact because they are based in inspired counsel.
1) Do an intensive Bible study on God and His creation
a. How is this earth friendly? The foundation for all decisions in life for a Christ-follower is “What would please Jesus?” and “What does the Bible say?” Studying God’s word in a humble and teachable way on any subject allows the Holy Spirit to reprogram our thinking so it reflects the thoughts, ideas and attitudes of heaven. The Creator, Owner, Sustainer and Provider has placed in His word all that is needed to understand how to live a balanced, earth friendly lifestyle.
- b. Related Adventist Fundamental Belief- #1 Holy Scriptures
- c. What is a simple first step I can take today?
- i. Read Genesis 1:1-2:3 and imagine your were there at creation. Continue reading
I was sitting at the breakfast table reflecting on the day ahead when the back of the cereal box grabbed my attention. “Save the World” the big headlines shouted.
“That’s my mission” I almost said out loud. Between spoonfuls I began reflecting. “That’s why Jesus came to this earth. As His followers our mission is to cooperate with Him in saving the world. This cereal box has reminded me of what is really important for me to do today.”
Then I noticed the next sentence. “Save the World…One tree at a time.” What? Shouldn’t it say “Save the World…One person at a time”?
Is our mission as Adventists to save people or to save trees? Or are both included in our mission? Continue reading