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6. The Missing Part

Adam Ramdin
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  • March 23, 2018
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Father in Heaven Lord I pray that as we study this evening as we open your word as we reflect on the past Lord we ask and pray that you would speak to our. Speak through me I pray and I ask this in Christ name Amen I remember before I got married. Back in two thousand and thirteen my wife and I had a conversation and one of the conversations she told me a little bit about her family background she told me that and I've said this story another sermons some of you may have heard she shared with me that her grandfather spent time in a American internment camp which is a polite way of saying an American concentration camp. In willed war to once Pearl Harbor had been bombed America rounded up everyone that had Japanese blood in them and even though both the grandparents were born in California. Even though they had American passports like most of the other American Japanese they were rounded up and sent to internment camps in the interior of America is one of the ironies of World War two that whilst the Americans were liberating concentration camps in Europe they had them in their own backyard and she was sharing with me some of this background some of the stories about her grandfather who who spend all their four years of the war the grandmother as well in the experience of that went through I don't remember she said something like this she said I want you to understand this history all these stories because this is the part of. I am. In that story that history that that shared experience forms a part of my identity and I resonate with today. Knowing kind of and if I didn't know that story or didn't know that background which I didn't know up until that point you could say that I only understood. Who my wife was and then it was my understanding that I would get a fuller picture those of you who are married understand that you never really get a full full picture of your husband or your wife it's a it's a journey in process but without that I would miss something pretty big. Now this week we've been looking into a journey showing some different aspects of Adventists history whether it's doctrinal whether it's experiential whether it's just some of the stories of the people we've been looking at some of these experiences that make who we are today a Seventh Day Adventist. Yesterday we looked at some of the just the stories and I just want to recap a few of the things that we have looked at this week we've that we try to say that some of the big questions we have in life are these three big questions where do we come from where do I come from question number two why am I here and question number three where am I growing. We're my going and if we don't have a clear understanding of all of these it's almost like we have a partial identity as a Christian or a partial identity as a Seventh Day Adventists it's important for us to understand around picture not just the illogically but also experience really and on the first Even we looked at Revelations description of God's people and we saw how Revelation ten the prophecy in Revelation ten describes the historical experience of God's people one of the questions in the queue when I was asking about the great disappointment and the great disappointment was prophesied at the end of Revelation Chapter ten where it said Take this book and eat it it will be sweet in your mouth but it will be what bitsa in your belly We then looked at Revelation twelve and saw the characteristics of God's people and we looked at Revelation fourteen which outlines the mission and message and it's almost like when you look at it prophetically revelation san it's where we come from Revelation twelve is Who are we now and Revelation fourteen is where are we going what mission or message do we have this year. And we identified what that little book in Daniel was what's the little book in Daniel that the angel gave to to John the Revelator it's Daniel in particular we saw a connection between Daniel twelve and Revelation and these two prophetic chapters that I keep what I meant is identity and the part of the of the book that needed to be eaten was the prophecy of Daniel Chapter eight The prophecy the seven to two thousand three hundred days then shall the saying to every be Clint and also bore out in the Q. and A time we saw that after our prophecy what happened to God's people something happened and it's a word I describe beginning with S. not fifteen or shaken is another word those those ones or correct. Careful now. Know though all of these things are kind of the word I'm looking for and it doesn't it doesn't negate the words you've mentioned is a word called scattering. Scattering. As all these different refining of the doctrine of the sanctuary came in it was like the scattering is almost up until October Tobar twenty two goats people have been this warning swell of believers waiting for Jesus' return and then after that there was all of these divides and splits and theological differences and different magazines saying this was all the magazine saying that and different pioneers saying this another one saying that it was like a scattering taking place. And then from about eight hundred forty eight then the gathering took place and what doctrine did God choose to gather His people around again. It was the doctrine of the Sabbath and names that were instrumental in that doctrine was Rachel Preston Oaks Frederick. The first Sabbath keeping minister the first Sabbath keeper T.M. pre-build Joseph Bates these men were instrumental in women in this doctrine in writing tracks that were then read by a long white in J. and Andrews and other people and the Sabbath started to spread like wildfire. And that's what gathered God's people back together again we looked in Revelation twelve and we saw how one of the characteristics of God's people was that the good remnant church would our raw ease in the United States of America. That's the landlord would choose for his church to rise up in and one of the reasons why is because we know prophetically the. Separation of Church and State and so on and then we went to Revelation fourteen as I mentioned which outlines the message we've also seen it is not just it's important not just the one the stand the prophetic identity but it's also important to understand the history behind some of these stories as well our church was founded in one thousand nine hundred sixty three and we asked this week the question What is the uniqueness of Adventism What is the uniqueness about what makes you unique What makes you a. Second Coming stay at the dead Sabbath not really yes or no the heavenly sanctuary Yes. But come back to it. Tithing. Health message no but yes. Spare a prophecy if you define it as I want yes but the spirit prophecy technically should not be defined as white should be defined as a gift of prophecy we're not the only ones that believe in it you might argue with the only ones that have a true manifestation of it but we're not the only ones who believe in it I mean what is the uniqueness of adamant ism as we look at it different points I think it was on Tuesday night I would submit to you that you said Adventism if you were there that night then you've heard this already the uniqueness of Adventism is these two doctrines in twined together not separate but together what makes our understanding of the Sabbath unique is because we understand the Sabbath in the context of the heavenly sanctuary we understand the Sabbath or rephrase it another way we understand the Sabbath in light of how we understand end time events to play out. Through the context of the century your understanding of the Sabbath is very different to a Jewish understand other side but they just believe it's the Sabbath day thats it. If they keep it that is. Some of the Baptist Sabbath but it's not. We understand the Sabbath with an importance that not only does it need to be kept now but one day your faith will be tested. And that may be the litmus test we understand it and time significance through the lens of Revelation fourteen the market a beast so has much much more significance and last night we looked at a few stories we looked at a few stories last night to bring the human side of the message out who's this lady on the screen here. Andy Smith turned down a job offer one thousand dollars a year as a twenty two year old. To go and take a job and we use it in almost inverted comments at the review and herald the reviewer and Harold was located on one seventy five Park something Street in Rochester which was the house that James an Alawite rented that they shared with ten other young people and the printing press was in the living room one thousand dollars a year living in a house with ten young people and you know again paid anything. She took that job and worked at the review and Herald and was essentially the first editor because James White was traveling so much preaching even though his name was editor of the magazine she was the one that kept the consistency. To enable the magazine to go out and because the past is a day early church almost. Fortunately she died at the age of twenty seven after she kept tuberculosis along with Nathaniel white James White's brother who also caught tuberculosis and he was the first editor of the youth instructor which would become the magazine that we have today nothing is in sight today and a white also died from tuberculosis living in this house serving God for nothink eating what they could eat and the Smith's grave today is just a small piece of stone on the ground. In a tiny little village called West Wilton in new. But the legacy of the life is much more impactful than that Jane Andrews we look to his story as well how he went as a missionary and just before he went as a missionary Unfortunately his wife and Julian died and he went as a missionary with his daughter who was twelve his son who was fifteen and they went to Basel Switzerland and there they started the science of the times and he started to work in Europe. But his daughter for whatever reasons partly due to the poor diet they add after. Sacrificing so much of their own salary she caught tuberculosis. He took a back to John Harvey Hello Dr Kellogg and Battle Creek best doctor in America hoping he could fix up but it was too far gone and he told John he told Jay and Andrew your daughter is going to die don't spend any time with her. You'll catch it too. But he couldn't leave his daughter aside because she had been his rock while his after his wife had passed away in Europe she translated the magazines she had been his support he stayed by her bedside until she breathed her last breath but it would be the cause of his own death as well. He would die in Basil Switzerland about a year later from tuberculosis as well. That young people. Their heritage we have of the sacrifice and commitment of the pie in is I believe is the great heritage and then fortune for us to wonder Stan the stories in our family to wonder stand the legacy that we live in today to understand the shadows that cast themselves upon our path on the two pound coin England alongside of the superpower and calling it has the phrase on the shoulders of giants in many ways we stand as not been Sister Day on the shoulders of giants. Not rich man most of them up all men and women but the sacrifice and commitment they made cast a long shadow for us today. I want to share with you the sermon. This evening in titled another side of Adventism maybe you're no where but what we're everything we've shared tonight and everything we will share and if you do them praise the Lord but I'm going to share with you maybe another side of Adventism that's not so well spoken of I don't think. But also something that I believe is clear that we as a church should do today in Matthew chapter twenty five. There's a part there's a chapter there Jesus preaching and in Matthew chapter twenty five you turn there in your Bibles there's. The end part of the chapter. Has a parable not so much a parable that's not the right word. Jesus is speaking the first part of the chapter he talks about the ten why isn't the ten and the ten. Ten Why is the five wise in the five foolish virgins then the part the chapter goes and talks about the talents and then at the end of the chapter we're not going to read it in detail. At the end of the chapter it starts there inversed. Verse thirty one. We have the words of Jesus where he talks about the sheep and the goats he talks about those on his right and those on his left and he says to them Come you bless it of the father come inherit the kingdom that was prepared for you and the Bible says there in verse thirty four that's what he says coming here at the Kingdom and verse thirty five is that famous verse where Jesus this where I was a hungry and you gave me meat I was that you gave me drink I was a stranger and you took me in verse thirty six naked and you called me I was sick and you visited me I was in prison and you came to me and then the righteous verse thirty seven would say when did we see that. When did we see that and when did we do that. And that's when Jesus answered them in verse forty and says verily are saints you in as much as you have done it unto the what. I said the least of these my breath when you have done it what. To me. These people are serving Jesus and they have no idea that they're serving Jesus because he says hey you did this to me you did this to me you did this to me and they're like Well when did that happen and he says when you did it to the least of these my breath or in you did it and so what me you know Matthew chapter twenty five contrasts in many ways with Matthew chapter seven in Matthew seven you may be familiar with those verses where Jesus says many people say to me in that day Lord Lord have we not what. Prophesied have we in your name have we not cast out demons and have we not done many modeless works in your name then I will say to them never a lot I never knew you depart from me it's interesting in Matthew seven you've got a group of people that come to Jesus and asking in a sense for their good great report Jesus we did all these things please stamp our great card. You know I never knew you in Matthew twenty five you've got a group of people that just people will that like who when did we do that. It's interesting that Matthew seven the things that are mentioned the preaching the casting out demons and the many modernist things most of those things are what is very overtly publicly done by individuals reaching. Leaving out. A lot you see me. Don't you know the years of service I put in everyone else can testify I don't know you. Matthew twenty five though with the laundry what you would say is things that people don't take notice of. The stuff you do when no one's looking is Matthew twenty five how we as an Adventist how we as Christians individually you look at the church you. Do we only want to do something if we make sure we get recognition for it I remember once talking to someone and they joked with me I said hey Joe want to come help out with something and I'll tell you what it is you want to come help out with this project. And they jokingly said to me will you get my picture in The Messenger now it was a joke but you have heard the phrase many a true word is said in what he said in jest it was a yeah yeah I'll come help you but come on you've got to give me some credit now I've got to be on the front page no one no page three or four or five do we do programs of the church just so we can write healthy report to be you see news and Messenger do we do stuff for the recognition or do we do stuff because it's so natural we just do it you know we're blessed to have this we're probably in. Despair or probably reflects in some of our books like a divine commentary on the Bible patriarchs some profits prophets and kings designer of ages acts of the Apostles they tracked the Bible through from Genesis all the way pretty much through to Revelation. And so it's interesting when you're reading those books you can find chapters that match exactly the chapters you're reading in the Bible if you've never done that before I would encourage you to do that. When you're reading certain chapters in the Old Testament on David Kelley and then find a chapter that matches or Daniel in the Lions' and find a chapter that matches because her thoughts in law on the passage and she's written on Matthew twenty five there's a whole chapter is called the least of these my brethren and in the first paragraph of that chapter in the book is are they did I believe is Chapter seventy four page six it says when the nations are gathered before him they'll be two classes and their eternal destiny will be determined by what. They are eternal destiny will be determined by what they have done. Neglected to do in the Person of the. Suffering and that's pretty profound for this paragraph does not mention a doctrine or a teaching. But it mentions a way of life. That should be manifest in God's Church what you do in the Person of the world or you know so often with a western mindset Protestant self-help and all that kind of stuff that we have Protestant work ethic so often we we reason our helping people because God helps those who help themself. So often we reason in our mind well that was once upon a time that I helped someone who was less fortunate I saw them on the street I helped them I gave them a bit of money but but then after I gave the money I saw them going by. And I read an article in The Daily Mail how the heart of the people on the street asking for money how these big homes in eastern Europe so are not given. And we have all these rational ideas. See part of the problem we have is we want to be the silver bullet the soul someone's problems. So I see someone on the street I help them out all when they came to church I go back to them praise the Lord and my picture got in the messenger. Like we struggle with the mindset that I help someone and their life just carried on the same for the next two years. Like we really want our help to be the missing link. Not just another nameless face that comes by and and does something maybe we're not always called to help the poor and the suffering and the less fortunate. Because we're going to remarkably change their life with one act of kindness Maybe God wants to do something in our heart as well. Because none of us like the feeling. Of being rejected or a help kind of going to waste. But that's what Jesus felt when he was on earth for thirty three years and maybe God wants us to enter into his experience and know what it was like for him to feel that. I'll be lacking this today you know praise the Lord that the General Conference Department in two thousand and thirteen made and. The reason why I used the rector of time made this initiative. And remember when he brought the idea and we were discussing it as youth leaders or on directors around the table and there was all these pros and cons and criticism and this and this and this and this and this he said look I just want young people to get a taste for community outreach. Then hopefully if they enjoy it on that one day it becomes more than a one day event and becomes part of their lifestyle that's all we're trying to do that's it. We recognize are not going to solve the world's problems in one day but maybe that one day will inspire them to do something more what's our heritage in this area. Like what's our heritage as a church we look historically but our doctrines came from where the sample came from where the second coming came from where the central message came from we look historically some of the experiences but what's our historic identity in this area do we even have one as a church I would say we do we have a strong identity here but I would my thought is my thinking is we've kind of forgotten this area it's not at the forefront of us as the church we're not really known for it anymore. We're not. We see that as small stuff we have bigger more lofty things to do in the eighty's and forty's. Slavery was an. Issue in America or in reality in the southern states you go the. Cotton field off the cotton field. In the eighteenth forty's and fifty's that was harvested by hand my slave. Some slaves would escape make their way to freedom. Get past the Ohio River that was kind of the line between the South and the north and if you made it past that river kind of say. But not always Some of you see in the movie read the book twelve Years a Slave. Was a free man living in a northern state who got captured and sent back down to the south to work for twelve years as a slave. It wasn't a good time. To be on the docket complection in the United States of America no matter where you were born and the law was passed in eight hundred fifty. A law was passed by Congress in one thousand and fifty called the Fugitive Slave Act. When Senator Henry Clay persuaded Congress to pass this in eight hundred fifty it required how many people all citizens to help catch runaway slave so anyone who aided a slave could be fined or imprisoned and the fine was a thousand dollars in today's currency that's at least thirty thousand dollars or twenty thousand pounds that would be fine for helping a runaway slave it also the runaway slave sort of the Fugitive Slave Act of eight hundred fifty denied fugitive slaves a right to a trial by jury so here's a situation you're a free you're free black man born in the northern states but someone comes up in just as say you are a slave I'm going to capture you they capture you and then what. You can have trial by jury it was the night of a trial by jury so then you just get caught and just taken and you have to go and live as a slave in the Never worse life terrible terrible law eight hundred fifty. Is the post of warning caution colored people of Boston basically watch out for the police because they're also working as kidnappers and slave catchers this is the eight hundred fifty S. in the United States of America but going on at this time there was something ever you heard of the Underground Railroad. What was the Underground Railroad Well it was neither underground nor was it a railroad I don't know why they called it the Underground Railroad Anyway that's what they called it. It was a network of how was it isn't Fons and people that would assist someone who had escaped from slavery to go from the southern states all the way to the northern states or particularly after this law eight hundred fifty to get to Canada and there's all this code if you look at some of the Underground Railroad tongue. Weighed in the water it was an escape so swing the law in the waters that dogs countries. Swing Low Sweet Chariot was Harriet Tubman's favorite song chariot was the railroad Swing Low coming down to the south but it's going to take you home to the north it was always coded messages in some of the songs that I and it's quite ironic that English rugby fans sing that I took and whenever they play rugby. Having no idea the deeper meaning steal away. It was another underground railroad song. You can go today to Battle Creek Michigan and they have the largest underground railroad monument in the United States of America and there it stands. On that side there that lady there is. Anyone who that is. Harriet Tubman. Who was described as the Moses of her people for leading them from the south hundred thousand she led to freedom. And why am I sharing this with you an interesting fact is this the first General Conference president we had was called John buying. He used his farm in New York state as one of the stop signs or allowed his from to be used as one of the stops on the Underground Railroad for people that wanted to get to Canada. I mean our first General Conference president was a part participant in the underground railroad. How did Ellen White and the early Adventists relate to this. Were they silent was the prophetic gift not use and to me when I read some of these quotes it was great encouragement to realize that the prophetic gift God gave to L A wife wasn't just about prefacing or testimony for the church it was about real social issues that people were going through in America at the time she said when the laws of man conflict with the law of God we are to obey the law whatever the consequences may be the law of our land requiring us to deliver a slave to his master we are not to what. That one and then she goes and we must abide by the consequences of violating this law the slave is not the property of any man God is right for master a man has no right to take God's workmanship into his hands and claim him as he is. To me I was encouraged when I read that. The prophetic gift dealt with real issues I know early Adventist pioneers were very active in this area. Very active and it makes me wonder rest of the church today how we lost that edge that we had back then that's what Jay and laughter said. The fugitive slave bill he described as a monster of human iniquity printed in the Advent review and Sabbath Herald. Eighteen fifty. You're right a Smith said the free and the enslaved people of color of suffered and of suffering grievous wrongs at the hands of white inhabitants of the church and those who minister at the altar Jay and Andrew said the same government that is the sentiment talking about the Declaration of Independence in the face of the declaration will hold an abject servitude three point two million human robbed them of their rights with which they acknowledge that all men are endowed by their Creator are early pioneers that Advent review and Sabbath are all writing in our church's paper very strongly on us on a real functional issue of the day advocating for change and reform he went on to say J.N. and the institution of slavery is far more stories and more especially manifest thus far the dragon spirit that dwells in the heart of this critical nation our early pioneers didn't just form the twenty eight fundamental It wasn't twenty. Then just for the doctrines we have. They were advocates in other areas as well. J. in life but deride he did the Declaration of Independence by suggesting it should have a clause which states all men are created free and equal except three point five million you know the Declaration of Independence says all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness when that was framed by the early framers of the Constitution. And the reason why in their mind they could say well that's OK because in their mind they had different views on what constituted a created being. Wrote strongly in what magazine. And when reviewing what. About Harold James White I don't I didn't have time to put the whole thing in he wrote this poem. And you Ryan Smith wrote this a powerful poem on this subject as well James White wrote this one and it has about I don't know about ten or fifteen verses like that many things are esteemed sacred in America the most sacred of slavery the Constitution is held sacred but not so sacred of slavery when the two come in contact in contact it is the Constitution that has to give way when the Constitution is found to be against slavery it's the constitution that needs to be amended and he went on and talked about when liberty comes in contact with slavery when national right come in contact with slavery he had this whole poem going to all these things deriding. In a very strong way. The country of his book which is why the advent review and Sabbath Harold was. In all the Southern states. It was seen as being a magazine of abolition a magazine inciting the people and so I would ban you could buy or sell more have their view on Harold in the south. For that reason for that reason the sermon is talking about the other side of Adventism in some ways I think we've lost that other side today ya know slavery is not around today at least on the here but are there other things that fit into the category of Matthew twenty five that we're just not doing another issue that was around the time was this was a two posters that were around help me to keep your please vote against or against the sale of the lips that shall not touch I was that was. The law the temperance movement was very strong in the days of the early Adventism eventually by nineteen eighteen they banned the sale of liquor in America which led to the prohibition of the one nine hundred twenty S. which didn't go so well but early Adventist was strongly in favor of the temperance movement a White said in gospel work as the advocates of temperance fail to do the whole duty unless they exert their influence by precept and example by voice and pan and washy say vote. In favor of prohibition and total abstinence of all who claim to be numbered among the friends of temperance Seventh Day Adventists should stand in the front ranks she says you know Ellen White Have you ever read those quotations where says she spoke to like ten thousand people twenty thousand people you want to wait I want to speak to twenty thousand people. It was barely that many Adventists back then. Ellen White spoke to an audience in Grove Lynn Massachusetts without the aid of an electronic public address system and she spoke to a gathering of twenty thousand people. What was the gathering all of her biggest audience and she spoke to including this one were at Temperance rallies. Where she would speak. At Temperance rallies this was actually the not of interest campground but it would was out that she was speaking on the subject so the whole public came to hear our prophet speak on temperance they were strong advocates of the abolition strong advocates of all diet reform strong advocates of temperance. It was part of their identity it was part of who they were there's even a counselor one time Ellen White spoke and people could hear it distinctly one mile away. That was at another temperance gathering. She was preaching and people heard her a mile away. Little five foot three women woman she had cultivated that use and that's another subject altogether use of the diaphragm and lungs and etc etc etc. But she spoke at a large audience. We have this in our in in our past today we have attention at least in America and other parts of the Western world between the secular liberals on the left in the Christian Republicans on the right but there was a third group in the early eighteen hundreds the third group which is what the Adventists were part of which were the dissenting or free Protestants it was a different group to the above two today in America you just have these two and as a battle between the Democrats the Republicans between the secular liberals and the Christian Republicans these guys hearken back to Thomas Jefferson and these guys hearken back to an era when America was a Christian nation founded by Christians and should be reinstituted as a Christian nation today but there was another side of America and it's really this third group founded the United States of America. As a church we've almost forgotten that part of our identity the book the Reformation the remnant by Nick Miller is the state should stay out of spiritual morality but notions of public safety are directly affected by what was civil morality and what's the difference in civil morality and spiritual morality civil morality deals with things that take place in civil society spiritual morality is things that. And as Adventists we have a very clear understanding as to what civil morality and what spiritual morality civil morality is the last six commandments second table. Spiritual morality is the first table first book amendments. And so we can have something that very have helped us very clearly a way we can see the state intervening and where the state shouldn't. And it should not affect our views of the separation of church and state should not separate our views on it should not affect our views on this subject. As a church I think we have a strong background in this area a background that maybe we have forgotten where are we today Church. Today you can go to Loma Linda University. They've got a monument there outside there on the common where they have the graduation exercises and it's a monument of the Good Samaritan quite impressive. Man on the ground the men walking by. But this should be more than a monument it should be more than a story it should infuse who we as Christians in John thirteen verse thirty five it says by this show all men know they you are my disciples if you have what love was to what another not just those we like. But those we don't like to you know when I would travel as an evangelist in America I get to churches and invariably without fail every church I get to a tell me you know we're just not the biggest church here in Kansas Nebraska. We're a friendly church always be wary of a self-proclaimed friendly church there's a difference between being friendly to your friends and being friendly to people. Big difference always so friendly. By this show men know you're my disciples if you have love what one to another I was I one verse seventeen the verse that comes right before eighteen which is Come now let us reason together we quote all the time verse seventeen says learn to do well seek judgment relieve the oppressed judge the fatherless plead for the way to go there's so many verses on this in the Bible it should really form a part of who we are as a church it should not just be a science it should not just be something I don't people go out and do and give bottles of water to the homeless once a year on global youth day but it should really be a part of what we are known as a church. Not so we get more members but because it's who we are because it's who we are. Unfortunately though I think in some ways that's a part of our identity. That's missing Could it be that God is not waiting for doctrinal understanding amongst us but rather the practical application of the Gospel to the world in seven hundred ninety seven there was a woman who was born whose name was Isabel Baum free in New York State in eighteen twenty six she escaped with her young daughter. From her slave master and for the rest of her life she advocated strongly for abolition strongly for the rights of women etc etc and she changed her name. From Isabel the name she chose was so Journal last name truth so journey truth. There's a statue of in Battle Creek Michigan. Just down the road from the Adventist historic village she lived in Battle Creek Michigan for twenty seven years while she was there she came in contact with all the prominent Adventist that you know. Love white. Kellog she came in contact with all of these she knew them because they were advocating the same thing she was advocating. When she died she had her funeral in the Battle Creek dying tabernacle. Same place I want to have her funeral. Three thousand people attended her funeral. Today she's buried in the same graveyard Ella white is buried in about twenty to thirty yards away and it's something I didn't know I don't know if you know. Before she died she looked at the cause of her life that she had been fighting for she met these Adventist that she had met and she saw our church she saw what we stood for she saw our values our principles our theology. And Sojourner Truth died as a Seventh Day Adventist because when she looked at our church I believe she saw as the epitome of the Gospel not so much I don't think for the theological stand that our pioneers had though I'm sure that was crucial because she was an honest woman but I think it was also that as a church she saw as a Pitts I'm izing the gospel as well they say she was baptized I believe it's by Ryan Smith she lies buried there probably one of the most famous Adventist most the world doesn't know what and I'm just friends what type of Adventists are you. Is there something missing from your identity maybe it's something you need to learn and study maybe it is you've heard of the sanctuary or the Sabbath but you really can't defend it or give a coherent explanation of it either. If someone to ask you why you go to church on Sabbath you would just say well it's the right day but why well it is. But why because it's in the Bible where. It's there and at the same time you're in high school doing your G.C.S.E. isn't predicted to get a math English and history. It should trouble your mind if that's the explanation you give. For your faith. And I believe you should do something about it have Bible studies read books do something become intelligent about your faith and if you're missing something then find it claim it then maybe you're clear on that but maybe I'm missing something in your own experience as a Christian maybe you're a master you seven Christian and you're not really a Matthew twenty five Christian. And you need to really take on board what's in Matthew twenty five be less concerned about the outward and more concerned about what's private and what people see you doing when you're out and about and if you're missing that. Then ask God to provide opportunities. For you to develop their as well. Sometime you don't have to go far you could be in school it could be the kid who is getting bullied in class it could be the kid that no one wants to be friends with. And the Lord says Go talk go sit next to go be a friend there and make a difference in the world. One life and one contact at a time may God help us in whatever area of Adventism that we might be missing that we can claim it to wonder stand a full picture and the pits of mine is a full picture of our identity. Let's borrow hands as we close with the word of prayer. Father in Heaven Lord we poor Thank you. For the rich heritage that we have as a church. Heritage built on the Bible and heritage I believe the pits. In a reflection of the life of Jesus we thank you Lord for early pioneers who have gone before us in the examples that they have laid down for us Lord I pray that in whatever area of our Christian experience we may be in the lack. Convict us Lord and show us where that may be. And lead and guide us. As we seek to have an identity that's fully rounded in Jesus Christ. Bless us Lord individually and bless this church that. We pray in Christ's name in. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more servant leader Visit W W W audio verse or.

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