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                    Sabbath School

Sabbath School time provides the opportunity for Church members to meet and study God's Word and provides a sense of fellowship and community. It promotes: personal spiritual growth... the sharing of thoughts and feelings... aspirations and hopes... gathering of strength... light and encouragement from one another... reclamation... evangelistic and social outreach... this is what Sabbath School is all about!

Sabbath School has four specific objectives:

Study of the Word - Sabbath School helps members develop a devotional life and teaches them how to interpret and apply the principles of the Scriptures to their lives.

Fellowship - Sabbath School fosters fellowship among members in the weekly Sabbath School Class. It encourages its members to recruit new members and it also fosters ways to restore inactive members.

Community Outreach - Sabbath School helps members catch a vision of the church's mission in the community, train members for service, and inspires them to witness.

World Mission - Sabbath School presents a clear vision of the global mission of the church. They promote a personal, systematic, and self-denying commitment to the support of world missions and foster in members a desire to help fulfill the gospel commission.

 

Sabbath School Director - Pr Aisake Tiko Kabu

email tkabu@adventist.org.fj

 

“And Worship Him . . .”

     Some of the most well-known verses among Seventh-day Adventists are these: “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Rev. 14:6, 7). And though we view them in the context of last-day events, they also help form the foundation for our topic this quarter: worship.
     First, John sees an angel having the “everlasting gospel,” the gospel of the everlasting covenant, the good news that Jesus Christ would come, take upon Himself humanity, and in that humanity die as a Substitute for the sins of the world. Next, John tells us to “fear God.”   To fear God is to stand in awe, in reverence for who He is as Creator and Redeemer, in contrast to whom we are as the created and the redeemed.
     We are also told to “give glory to Him.” What is crucial here is that worship be about God and not about ourselves. We have to make sure that worship is not people-centered, culture-centered, or personal-needs-centered, but God-centered.
     We are told to fear God and give glory to Him. Why? Because “the hour of his judgment [has] come.” Christ is not only the Redeemer. He is also the Judge, a Judge who knows all our deepest and darkest secrets, a Judge who knows the innermost recesses of our hearts.
     Finally, we are told to worship the Creator. Creation is so foundational to all worship, because all that we believe, without exception, is based on the fact that God is Creator. We worship Him because He is Creator and because He is Redeemer and because He is Judge.
     This quarter, as we study worship, these motifs will appear again and again, for they are central to what true worship should be about.

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