The sixteenth-century Reformation became one of the greatest crises of the Christian church. Decisive issues were at stake, and some of the noblest examples of living the "newly revealed" doctrine of righteousness by faith were women associated with the leaders of the movement. Woman's candle shone the brighter in the gloom of those Reformation times!
In the year 1931 the Congregational and
the Christian churches discovered that while they had been separated
for many years, they were identical in their ideals and principles. A
merger of the two bodies was then brought about, with a forward look
toward soon merging with the Evangelical and Reformed Church. We can
well understand why the Congregationalists have given strong
leadership for the union of churches in both the National and World
Council of Churches.
In spite of the fact that the ministry is such a high calling, there are times when the preacher has the experience of pouring his heart out in a great sermon and then finding that he had aroused only a minimum of response in his listeners. Why is this?
If the pastor were to depend entirely upon his own efforts to win souls, the task at times would seem almost hopeless. However, this is not the case in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Sabbath school is especially conducive to winning souls.
Any youth old enough to be baptized is old enough to win souls." This new slogan, adopted by the Missionary Volunteer department of the Southwestern Union, is proving that our youth are able to assume responsibilities of church membership.
When someone speaks of a unique efficient method for evangelization in a specified area the expression does not seem convincing. The ways and means to reach people with the gospel are manifold, just as varied as are the human personalities it is destined to reach. On the other hand, it can be proved that the combination of several methods is highly productive in a campaign, when the men who lead are willing to work in humility and simplicity.
One of the fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, held in common with other conservative Christian faiths, is that of baptism by immersion. Its institution as a Christian ordinance gave to baptism a far greater significance than it had ever possessed before. This article seeks to consider some of the more significant points of which baptism is a fitting symbol.