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Clapping In Seventh-Day Adventist Worship

Clapping In Seventh-Day Adventist Worship

2. The reason of rejection. The first reason of rejection is related to the acknowledment of man. Worship is the time to focus our mind to God, the moment to give honor and glory to God, and not to man, and all worship and praises should be addressed to God. Clapping is only for the glory and acknowledgement of man, and not to God. 3 Hand clapping, whistling, and yelling are done at plays, ball games, the theater, and at other forms of entertainment to show our approval and satisfaction of the entertainment. This influence of the world has crept over into the church where people today want to clap during the worship or at a baptism, to show their approval of the "entertainment" they are receiving. We are not in the worship service to be entertained, but to give our worship to God. 4 Jennings assures that it is nowhere in the Bible referred to as an act of praise, adoration or worship. Old Testament passages generally have reference to accounts of joyful celebrations as in war victories. In no place is it mentioned in connection with worship of any kind. The word “clap” does not appear at all in the New Testament, either as an act of worship or in any other connection or setting. 5 Listiati said that in worship service the audience tends to applaud during or after musical presentation. To them clapping is one of appreciation forms. However, every time when worshipers applaud in worship service the essence of liturgy is totally lost and replaced by religious performance. 6 Further
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Perceptions of the Mission of the Church Outlined by Teachers in North American Seventh-day Adventist Schools

Perceptions of the Mission of the Church Outlined by Teachers in North American Seventh-day Adventist Schools

5e. Share the message and teaching of Jesus with the world 89.0 0.2 5f. Lead people to accept Jesus as their personal Saviour 88.2 0.1 5h. Prepare people for the soon return of Jesus 67.6 0.7 5a. Provide meaningful worship services 26.3 1.1 5c. Reduce poverty, disease and ignorance 24.4 1.3 5d. Teach an ethical viewpoint 15.6 2.6 5b. Increase the numbers who attend church on a regular basis 8.2 10.4 5i. Persuade people to join the Church through baptism 7.7 17.7 5g. Convince people of the teachings of the Church 4.9 22.1

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Contextualization of the Gospel to American Muslims: A Proposal for a Seventh-day Adventist Evangelization Model

Contextualization of the Gospel to American Muslims: A Proposal for a Seventh-day Adventist Evangelization Model

others are my own original thoughts based on principles derived from previous chapters, and still others are derived from specific authors which are clearly noted. It is also important to note that the gradual nature of the model suggested in this chapter necessitates that Muslims retain Islamic beliefs and practices for a time while they are transitioning towards an Adventist theology and identity. 3 This transitional period is a natural part of the process of conversion. Biblically acceptable Islamic forms and practices described in Appendix A, such as the use of Allah in reference to God, modified forms of Islamic group prayers, the use of a modified Shahada, as well as a culturally sensitive style and form of worship in a
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A Leadership Model for Initiating Change in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Zambia

A Leadership Model for Initiating Change in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Zambia

White (1958) further states God allowed them to have a king like other nations, and he gave them Saul. He permitted the children of Israel to follow their own choice when they rejected His authority. After the leadership of Joshua, sin perverted the children of Israel. They completely forgot their God who brought them out of the land of bondage in Egypt to the Promised Land where they could worship Him freely. Though there were judges appointed to lead them in day-to-day affairs, they still wanted to do things in their own ways. They went into intermarriages with surrounding nations. They also “adopted many of the customs of their heathen neighbors and thus sacrificed to a great degree their own peculiar, holy character” (p. 603).
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The priesthood of believers : a critical analysis and evaluation of developments in the Ecclesiology of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church

The priesthood of believers : a critical analysis and evaluation of developments in the Ecclesiology of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church

liturgy, doctrine – are employed. What distinguishes all political theology from other types of theology or political discourse is the explicit attempt to relate discourse about God to the organization of bodies in space and time.” Stewart (1988:193) is among the many voices that call for a political emphasis of the priesthood of believers. She poses a question and immediately gives the solution. “How is the priesthood of all believers recognized today? Timeless ministries of learning, service, support, worship and witness recognize the priesthood. Integrity and justice, humility, empowerment, and self- development are words which describe the attributes of this priesthood.” Having defined her terms of reference, she goes further and states: “Black brothers and sisters are equally part of God’s created people… Each human being relates to others as priest, and as a consequence carries the church wherever he/she is. The historical black church triggers in us the memories of pain, of struggle, of sacrifice, of survival against the odds, of love and acceptance when self-worth and self-esteem could not be found in society.” Eastwood (1963:241), 21 on the priesthood of believers and the gospel is convinced that Stewart himself was not fully aware of what he was saying. Stewart further contends that “African Americans today must go back to the gospel in its universal context of the priesthood of believers in order to erase the mark left on our spirit by chattel slavery and slavery’s unholy progeny: white racism” (Stewart, 1988:185). A striking observation may be made at this point that the theme of the priesthood of believers finds its way into many documents on political theology.
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The influence of changes on historical standards in selected urban Seventh-Day Adventist churches in Kenya

The influence of changes on historical standards in selected urban Seventh-Day Adventist churches in Kenya

Often the affluent do not attend the local worship center of their domicile, but choose a ‘selective’ congregation that corresponds to their own educational and professional level. Such churches are found on prime sites in the city and are a focus for social events that are widely reported in the media. Church-going offers affluent Christians scope for achieving social, as well as religious goals, and provides them with opportunities for deploying their managerial and professional skills. Above all, it provides a justification for continuing to enjoy and acquire wealth. Clearly this is a situation of some ambiguity, which presents them with the danger of being further sucked into the value-system of secular economism.
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Making Space for the Spirit: Cultivating Missional Identity in the Hollywood Seventh-day Adventist Church

Making Space for the Spirit: Cultivating Missional Identity in the Hollywood Seventh-day Adventist Church

report that the congregation never sat together to discuss the relative merits of this decision, saying that it was more or less an executive decision made by a few people. Others report that, for the first time in their lives, they experienced church leadership taking a stand for what was needed to move the congregation into the twenty-first century. Without a church like this, they said they might not be going to church anywhere. However, the result was a net loss of membership and income. Some new members did come to the church as a result of the change, but they never equaled the numbers who left and certainly did not have the financial ability to pay the rising costs of maintaining an aging facility while moving the church’s mission forward. On the other hand, those that were, in some people’s view, controlling the church with their finances also left and with them the problem of powerful, wealthy people dominating the system. Because of the change in the worship service, the church is now reaching and connecting with a population in Hollywood that probably would not have attended a church with organ music and traditional hymns.
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Teachers in Adventist Schools in North America and the 28 Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Teachers in Adventist Schools in North America and the 28 Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

By His death on the cross Jesus triumphed over the forces of evil. He who subjugated the demonic spirits during His earthly ministry has broken their power and made certain their ultimate doom. Jesus’ victory gives us victory over the evil forces that still seek to control us, as we walk with Him in peace, joy, and assurance of His love. Now the Holy Spirit dwells within us and empowers us. Continually committed to Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, we are set free from the burden of our past deeds. No longer do we live in the darkness, fear of evil powers, ignorance, and meaninglessness of our former way of life. In this new freedom in Jesus, we are called to grow into the likeness of His character, communing with Him daily in prayer, feeding on His Word, meditating on it and on His providence, singing His praises, gathering together for worship, and participating in the mission of the Church. We are also called to follow Christ’s example by compassionately ministering to the physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of humanity. As we give ourselves in loving service to those around us and in witnessing to His salvation, His constant presence with us through the Spirit transforms every moment and every task into a spiritual experience. (1 Chron. 29:11; Ps. 1:1, 2; 23:4; 77:11, 12; Matt. 20:25–28; 25:31–46; Luke 10:17–20; John 20:21; Rom. 8:38, 39; 2 Cor. 3:17, 18; Gal. 5:22–25; Eph. 5:19, 20; 6:12–18; Phil. 3:7- –4; Col./ 1:13, 14; 2:6, 14, 15; 1 Thess. 5:16-18, 23; Heb. 10:25; James 1:27; 2 Peter 2:9; 3:18; 1 John 4:4.) (28 Fundamental Beliefs, 2015)
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Causes and implications of apostasy in the West Zimbabwe conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1998-2008

Causes and implications of apostasy in the West Zimbabwe conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1998-2008

By His death on the cross Jesus triumphed over the forces of evil. He who subjugated the demonic spirits during His earthly ministry has broken their power and made certain their ultimate doom. Jesus’ victory gives us victory over the evil forces that still seek to control us, as we walk with Him in peace, joy, and assurance of His love. Now the Holy Spirit dwells within us and empowers us. Continually committed to Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, we are set free from the burden of our past deeds. No longer do we live in the darkness, fear of evil powers, ignorance, and meaninglessness of our former way of life. In this new freedom in Jesus, we are called to grow into the likeness of His character, communing with Him daily in prayer, feeding on His Word, meditating on it and on His providence, singing His praises, gathering together for worship, and participating in the mission of the church. As we give ourselves in loving service to those around us and in witnessing to His salvation, His constant presence with us through the Spirit transforms every moment and every task into a spiritual experience. (Ps. 1:1, 2; 23:4; 77:11, 12; Col. 1:13, 14; 2:6, 14, 15; Luke 10:17-20; Eph. 5:19, 20; 6:12-18; 1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Peter 2:9; 3:18; 2 Cor. 3:17, 18; Phil. 3:7-14; 1 Thess. 5:16-18; Matt. 20:25-28; John 20:21; Gal. 5:22-25; Rom. 8:38, 39; 1 John 4:4; Heb. 10:25).
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A Strategy for Discipleship of New Members at the Mount of Olives Seventh-day Adventist Church

A Strategy for Discipleship of New Members at the Mount of Olives Seventh-day Adventist Church

members and all church officers to implement a strategy to officially to facilitate spiritual growth and care for our new members. During the worship service on this particular Sabbath, I preached a sermon on what it means to be a disciple of Christ and on how to grow spiritually. Immediately after the worship service, I met with new members who had been in the church under 19 months. The meeting also included department leaders and church officers. Eight new members were present at the meeting. Approximately 15 new members technically qualified to participate in the discipleship strategy; however, some of them felt that they were already assimilated into the church and therefore, they did not consider themselves to be new members. Furthermore, three of them were children whose parents were members of the church. In addition, these children were already enrolled in standard church programs that are designed for their development, such as Adventurers and Pathfinders. In addition, three new members went back to their native homeland after being with the church for several months.
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Practices of Seventh-day Adventist Spirituality (Including Tithing) among Teachers in Adventist Schools in North America

Practices of Seventh-day Adventist Spirituality (Including Tithing) among Teachers in Adventist Schools in North America

Spiritual Practices Advocated by Ellen White Pioneer, visionary and prime mover in the establishment of many SDA schools and hospitals during the early years of the SDA Church, Ellen G. White had a very intense personal spiritual life. Her autobiographical writings such as Life Sketches of James White and Ellen G. White 1880 (White, 1880) and “Experience and Views” in Early Writings (White, 1882) include frequent accounts of meaningful worship services, intense sessions of prayer, and of her own visionary experiences. She recounts, for example, that after returning home after hearing the ideas of William Miller, “ … I spent most of the long hours of darkness in prayer and tears” (White, 1880, p. 10 [139]). She describes her state of mind as she began to understand the forgiveness of God: “My mind constantly dwelt upon the subject of holiness of heart. I longed above all things to obtain this great blessing, and feel that I was entirely accepted of God” (White, 1880, p. 18 [150]). She often experienced visions during times of prayer, often in times of communal prayer (e.g. White, 1882, p. 39 [23], 48 [32]).
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By its very nature, Nursing Schools. Are Adventist. Really Different? What is the advantage in attending a Seventh-day Adventist nursing school?

By its very nature, Nursing Schools. Are Adventist. Really Different? What is the advantage in attending a Seventh-day Adventist nursing school?

The difference is not the teaching techniques or the high standards. And it’s not just the required religious courses and extensive opportunities to worship with others. It is something much more subtle. Though it’s hard to describe, people know it when they experience it—and once they have it, they know when it is missing. This elusive quality includes the essence of the Christian environment and the special ambiance that results when a group of people bound together by common spiritual practices and a com- mon belief system strive toward shared goals: “treating students nicely, living cleanly, and caring that students suc- ceed.”
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On the Unique Headship of Christ in the Church: A Statement of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

On the Unique Headship of Christ in the Church: A Statement of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

received the rite of ordination were thereby married to their Church and thus took on “headship” roles in the Church in place of Christ the Head (“in persona Christi Capitis”; cf. Vicarius Filii Dei, “in the place of the Son of God”). This system of government has been implemented in various forms, amounting to the usurpation of Christ’s headship in the Church by mere humans. Indeed, this very system is that of the sea beast of Revelation 13-­­14 that was granted power and authority by the dragon (13:2, 4), counterfeits the resurrection of Christ (13:3), accepts the world’s worship along with the dragon (13:4, 8), blasphemes against God and His sanctuary, and exercises worldwide authority to persecute God’s people (13:5-­­7). This antichrist power which usurps the role of Christ on earth in keeping with the ancient attempt by Satan to replace Christ in heaven, seeks to destroy the everlasting gospel and ultimately commands
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A Case Study of the Culturally Diverse Worship at the Florida Hospital Seventh-Day Adventist Church

A Case Study of the Culturally Diverse Worship at the Florida Hospital Seventh-Day Adventist Church

"Worship Music as Spiritual Identity: An Examination Of Music In The Liturgy Among Black And White Adventists In The United States From 1840 To 1944" is a massive new dissertation from the chief worship professor at the Adventist Theological Seminary, David Williams. The writing comes in just under 1,000 pages. This study examines liturgical practice among black and white Seventh-day Adventists (1840-1944) and the effects upon spiritual identity. This study investigated both shared and distinct spiritual identities of both groups. Four churches (two black, two white) were examined using archives of bulletins, oral histories, and other secondary sources. Early Adventists were fierce abolitionists, but racism eventually led to the separation of many worshiping bodies. The differences in worship liturgy through those years are carefully studied. Williams notes “if worship music practices are existential, being based upon experience and cultural background, then Black and White worship may appear different due to varying experiences within distinctive cultures, while also leaving room for similarities in worship where cultures overlap.” 40
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Meanings of the Sabbath for Worship in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Meanings of the Sabbath for Worship in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church

This study investigates the meanings and significance of the seventh-day Sabbath for worship in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In recent years, both the day and concept of Sabbath have attracted ecumenical attention, but the focus of scholarship has been placed on Sunday as the Lord’s Day or Sabbath with little consideration given to the seventh-day Sabbath. In contrast, this project examines the seventh-day Sabbath and worship on that day from theological, liturgical, biblical and historical perspectives. Although not intended as an apology for Seventh-day Adventist practices, the work does strive to promote a critical and creative conversation with other theological and liturgical traditions in order to promote mutual, ecumenical understanding.
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Biblical Perspective of Music and Worship: Implications for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Biblical Perspective of Music and Worship: Implications for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church

NT Church relied considerably on liturgy and singing with no consideration to the use of musical instruments in worship. It seems that the NT church used many of the Jewish Psalms and songs of worship taken from the synagogue (James 5:13). They also wrote their own hymns and songs of worship under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The practice of hymnology was the NT style as seen in Mary‟s Song though “not conscious evidently, on this occasion, of any special presence of the Holy Spirit, committed her beautiful thoughts into the hymn bearing her name (Luke 1:46-56). 23 From the text, Mary was praising God from her heart without any musical accompaniment. In addition to these two factors is the fact that the NT music had elements of music from Hebrew, Hellenism, and cultures of the various parts of the Roman Empire. 24 The NT writers addressed their writings to the Gentile world. These gentiles inhabited different regions and provinces of the Roman Empire. Some of these new converts were maybe familiar with the synagogue way of worshipping (Acts 17:17), whilst others were may be extreme pagans (Acts 14:12). Therefore, the NT writers did not show any interest in the liturgical or ritual worship of the Jews, especially the rituals of temple worship. 25 In other words, they believed that music is composed in different ways by different people in different cultures for varied purpose and not solely for the praise of God. 26
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Purpose and Mission of Seventh-day Adventist Schools in Australia and the Solomon Islands - Past and Present

Purpose and Mission of Seventh-day Adventist Schools in Australia and the Solomon Islands - Past and Present

Separate attention is given to Adventist schools in Australia and in the Solomon Islands. John Skrzypaszek, in his chapter, “Education as the Heart of Missional Vision for the Seventh-day Adventist Schools: The Australian Context”, describes the vision that lay behind the earliest Adventist schools in Australia. He introduces readers to the mature thinking about education by the Seventh-day Adventist pioneer and prophet, Ellen White, and provides a contextual background for the understanding of the philosophy of Adventist schools in Australia. By the time Ellen White arrived in Australia, she had been closely involved in church-sponsored education for more than quarter of a century and was able to draw on her experiences as she formulated her vision for Seventh-day Adventists schools across Australia. This vision she was able to bring to fruition in her close involvement in the establishment of Avondale School for Christian Workers in 1897, and through the earliest years of its subsequent development.
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Messages or Conditions of the 7 churches which apply to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and People

Messages or Conditions of the 7 churches which apply to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and People

– Ephesus and Laodicea applied to God’s professed SDA people and church – Review and Herald, December 23, 1890.. – Ephesus and Laodicea applied to position of SDA people – Review and Her[r]

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Seventh-Day Adventist Church Mission in the Ahafo Territory, Goaso, Ghana: A Historical Study

Seventh-Day Adventist Church Mission in the Ahafo Territory, Goaso, Ghana: A Historical Study

Thus, the Seventh-day Adventist Church developed a network of primary, secondary, college of education and nursing, tertiary educational institute one after the other. The schools focus on the educational philosophy and policy of the Seventh-day Adventist mission. The Seventh-day Adventist education gives sound moral values to the students. The schools were initially meant only to provide trained personnel for Seventh-day Adventist missionaries to attain the Adventist aim of evangelization. Additional responsibilities were placed on the schools over time, other than the provision of staff only. Radically enough, the Seventh-day Adventist primary and junior schools at Ahafo area were established to train the Adventist children to understand the philosophy and mission of the Church. In the course of time, the Adventist Church established an Adventist University to provide tertiary education to Seventh-day Adventist ministers. The graduates were given a broad-based American-form of bachelor's degree in liberal arts. The early plan into tertiary education went against the grain of colonial educational policy but at the same time met the nationalist demands.
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Reactions to the Seventh-day Adventist Evangelical Conferences and Questions on Doctrine 1955-1971

Reactions to the Seventh-day Adventist Evangelical Conferences and Questions on Doctrine 1955-1971

Thus Adventism, in Gates’s mind, was a “legalist, grace-denying group” with whom evangelicals should “never fellowship in any way.”1 The rest of the negative responses were short letters with non-theological content. One was written by Thomas MaGowan, manager of the campus bookstore on the campus o f the Bible Institute o f Los Angeles. The entire printed text o f M aGowan’s letter was: “We have returned Our Hope for November. We can have no part in this deception.”2 This response— which Eternity also received— shows the degree o f intensity with which many responded negatively to M artin’s article. The second letter, written anonymously from Cleveland, Ohio, made a personal attack on Schuyler English for printing Martin’s article. It was a sign that English was “an unfit leader among the Lord’s people.”3 The third letter, by Frances Bogard o f Los Angeles, chastised English for “turning to Seventh- day Adventism.”4 To this, English responded that “the report o f the Editor’s defection to Seventh-day Adventism is completely false.” Then he narrated briefly the reason why he found Adventism to be Christian— with “many errors”— but not a cult.5 The fourth, by W. E. Sturdivant o f La Habra, California, expressed his disappointment with Our Hope, particularly its position on Adventism, and requested the cancellation o f his subscription.6
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