Just before Pentecost, the 11 apostles of Jesus decided that they needed to replace the position that Judas left with another apostle. They chose Matthias by casting lots (similar to rolling dice). Should they have done that? Is it possible that they moved ahead of the Holy Spirit on that one? How does a person discover God’s will?
In the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles and 3,000 people were added to their number in a single day. What happened next? Did they return to life as usual? Nope. They devoted their lives to four things.
God’s mission for his church is vital not only for those who hear the gospel but also for those who bear it. Hear Ivan and Yvgenie’s story of starting a new church in Krasnokamensk, Russia.
Revelation is a book that can be understood, but not easily. It requires deep study not only of Revelation itself but of the entire Bible. That means that most of the time we are concentrating our efforts on specific passages. But there is also value in taking a bird’s-eye view to understand the overall plot of the book.
The first thing most people think of when they think of Revelation is strange beasts, symbolic numbers, and visions like nightmares. But the first verse of the book says that Revelation is about Jesus. Understanding some basics about what Jesus accomplished during his time on earth will help us when it comes to interpreting Revelation.
Most Christians correctly believe that Matt 28:19-20 is our mission statement, to carry the gospel to the world. But Adventists also believe that there is a further mission statement in Revelation 10 specific to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
If there was a job description for a disciple of Jesus that was formatted like job descriptions you see at an interview, what would it look like? What kinds of duties, objectives, and compensation packages would be included?