The Bridge to Life can help you give a brief but complete explanation of the Good News. Available for download and in booklet form. The Prayer Hand is an easy way to remember five essential aspects of prayer: confession, petition, intercession, thanksgiving and praise.
On campus, on base, across the USA and overseas The Navigators ministries reach out with the gospel and train disciples. Donate Now Give Monthly. Bible Reading Plans Reading through the Bible in a year? Prayer Resources The Prayer Hand The Prayer Hand is an easy way to remember five essential aspects of prayer: confession, petition, intercession, thanksgiving and praise. That may be true in part, but God is much more than a glorified scorekeeper. The plan of salvation is designed not merely to-settle scores, but to restore the image of God in humans. Not only is Jesus Lord, but He must be Lord of all that we have and are—Lord in every area of our lives.
He is to be a complete Saviour. What we lost through sin in the beginning is to be restored as much as possible in this life through Jesus. Sometimes we forget that we are part of the most thrilling and exciting happening that the world has yet seen—the finishing of God's work on earth through human beings who love Him enough to completely submit their lives to Him.
In its narrowest sense, the gospel message can be limited to the good news that Christ died the death that was ours in order that we might live the life that is His. Yet, Adventists recognize that in its fullness it becomes the good news that God, through Christ, has restored, and is continuing to restore, all that was lost through sin. We attach special significance to the "everlasting gospel" in the setting of the three angels' messages of Revelation Here we discover that God plans to demonstrate the practical outworking of the gospel through the lives of His "saints.
This restoration takes place physically, as well as spiritually. Speaking of this, Ellen White states: "The Saviour ministered to both the soul and the body.
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The gospel which He taught was a message of spiritual life and of physical restoration. Deliverance from sin and the healing of disease were linked together. Should we teach any other gospel than that which Christ taught? The servant of the Lord strongly urges us to link health reform, which she calls "the gospel of health," to the rest of the gospel message. The gospel of health is to be firmly linked with the ministry of the word. It is the Lord's design that the restoring influence of health reform shall be a part of the last great effort to proclaim the gospel message.
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The gospel commission itself, then, includes health and healing, as stated in The Ministry of Healing, page "Physical healing is bound up with the gospel commission. In the work of the gospel, teaching and healing are never to be separated" italics supplied. Not only is the health message "bound up with the gospel commission" but it ranks among the major doctrines that this church teaches. It can even be included as a definite part of the three angels' messages.
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Counsels on Health , page 49, states unequivocally that "health reform is an important part of the third angel's message. Yet, the health message is not to become our one all-absorbing theme. It is not the three angels' messages.
The presentation of health principles must be united with this message, but must not, in any case be independent of it, or in any way take the place of it. Testimonies , vol.
The one great object of the gospel of health, as well as the main reason for our strong emphasis on it, is its place in the development of Christian character. Since body and soul cannot be separated, health is essential for wholeness, and wholeness is the key to Christian growth. Rather than being a relatively unimportant side issue that one can take or leave alone, our health message is a basic ingredient in the healing, restoring, transforming process that is at the root of the preaching of the three angels' messages.
We do not recognize our bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit merely from a sense of duty or responsibility. The pleasure and excitement of belonging completely to God and being a part of His work in this world so fills our hearts that we want more than anything else to be completely His. We live for the joy of knowing the fullness of His presence as He dwells within us through the Holy Spirit. Jesus introduced the figure of the body's being a temple at the time the Jews were challenging His right to cleanse the Temple of its money changers and profiteers.
See John Paul expanded the body-temple figure in a startling way as he told the believers at Corinth that the body has a significant part to play in God's plan of sanctification. Greek philosophy tended to depreciate man's physical side, holding that the soul must escape from the defilement of the material body.
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Paul refused to accept this concept, but portrayed the body as a sacred temple: "What? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" 1 Cor. Paul's burden in this passage was not primarily the health needs of those to whom he was writing, but spiritual responsibilities, which are closely linked to the passions and appetites.
His emphasis in this text was "Ye are not your own. God is to be glorified in every use of the physical powers. Ellen White expresses this same concern: "Many seem to think they have a right to treat their own bodies as they please; but they forget that their bodies are not their own. Their Creator, who formed them, has claims upon them that they cannot rightly throw off. Every needless transgression of the laws which God has established in our being, is virtually a violation of the law of God, and is as great a sin in the sight of Heaven as to break the Ten Commandments.
That our health, happiness, and holiness depend largely on conformity to God's laws of life and health is evident in the basic law that underlies every other law—the law of cause and effect.
Paul spells it out in unmistakable terms in Galatians 6: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" verse 7. As it has been said, "Sooner or later we must all sit down to a banquet of consequences. Obviously then, we need the power and grace of God to bring our total life style into conformity with the laws of life and health.