Sermon: Because of a Unique Message by Randy Roberts
Part 8: Why I’m an Adventist...
Pastoral Welcome: Jacqueline Lynch
Child Dedication: Anthony Lucian Isaia - Jackie Bishop
Sophia Yan-Sing Chan, Naomi Wai-Sing Chan, Ninah Shu-Sing Chan - Marvin Ponder and Shirley Ponder
Lana Salarda Weerasinghe - Randy Roberts
Children’s Feature: Calvin Thomsen
Scripture Reading: Revelation 14:6–7, 12–13, TNIV Kristen and Kaitlin Darnell
INTRODUCTION TO THE SERMON In today’s sermon, our interest is to answer the question, “What is the most important distinctive of Adventism’s message?” If somebody asked you what that is, I wonder how you would answer. There are many beliefs we share in common with many if not most other Christians. These include the Bible being the Word of God; Jesus being the Savior of the world; eternal life being offered through Jesus; salvation being a gift of grace; the Trinity; the coming kingdom of God; and the list could go on. There are many. On the other hand, Adventism has a number of distinctives in its message. That is not to say that for every single one of these distinctives there is no one else who believes them. Sometimes there are other groups who share a belief in some of these doctrines. The point is, Christians do not typically share them as a whole. So what would you suggest is the most important part of the distinctive message of Adventism? There are quite a number of options. The sacredness of the seventh-day Sabbath is one of the more obvious answers. Is that the most important distinctive of Adventism? What about the emphasis on our bodies being the temple of the Holy Spirit? Or understanding the life and work of Ellen White in a prophetic way? Or a belief that when we die we rest in the grave until the day of the final resurrection? Or … well, we could continue to list a number of others. Which do you believe is the most important distinctive of Adventism? I will suggest to you that it is all of the above and yet none of the above. Sound confusing? Then you will have to join us in today’s worship service! God bless you.
MEDITATION At this time a message from God is to be proclaimed, a message illuminating in its influence and saving in its power. His character is to be made known. Into the darkness of the world is to be shed the light of His glory, the light of His goodness, mercy, and truth. – Ellen G. White