WHEN THE preacher-to-be is confronted by God's call to the ministry he must decide whether or not he is willing to accept that office on God's terms. He must be aware of the fact that, from that point on, his entire life does not belong to him, but to God. . .
Justification by grace through faith has been the author's spiritual "bread and butter" for more than thirty years, both as a Lutheran and as a Seventh-day Adventist. Those, he says, who suggest that our message lacks theological validity because we have managed to produce some legalists among us, are fighting the wrong battle.
Millions of city dwellers are safely ensconced in high-rise apartment buildings. Evangelizing these "vertical villages" may call for some
rather unorthodox methods. You may not agree with the author's proposal, but it will undoubtedly stimulate your thinking.
Great theological debates have occupied the Christian church through the years on the question of how Christ is present at the communion service. Various Bible writers have been pressed into service to support this side or that. Perhaps, says C. Raymond Holmes, the major concern of the Scriptures in this matter has another focus.
Whether or not we realize it we are engaged in liturgy every time we meet in God's house for worship and follow an established order of service. The author expresses his concern that we develop a distinctive form of Adventist liturgy that will facilitate the preaching of the Word.
The forms of Seventh-day Adventist worship must take their cue from descriptions given in the Word of how worship is carried on in heaven. Our greatest liturgical task is to provide an earthly counterpart of the worship of heaven in light of the three great unifying doctrines of Adventism the Sabbath, the high-priestly ministry of Christ, and the Second Coming.
Perhaps it is providential the Seventh-day Adventist Church does not have many liturgical roots. We have the opportunity to start with a clean slate and create forms of worship that are distinctively ours and that reflect our unique beliefs.