See Article History Adventist, member of any one of a group of Protestant Christian churches that trace their origin to the United States in the midth century and that are distinguished by their emphasis on the belief that the personal, visible return of Christ in glory i. While most Adventist groups remain relatively small, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has become a significant global body, with congregations in more than countries and a membership of more than 14 million. Adventism is rooted in the millennial expectations recorded in the Bible.
April 20, John The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice.
So there will be one flock, one shepherd. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.
When we read this passage, we do so in light of other shepherding images as well—most especially the words of Psalm 23 the Psalm for the day: Since Jesus is seen in Christian tradition as the Son of David, the one who takes up the Messianic throne, the shepherding image has taken an important place in Christian life.
Indeed, the title pastor that many of us in ordained Christian ministry make use of is rooted in this context. That is, the pastor is the shepherd, with the church being the flock. As Lillian Daniel reminded us in her message at the Festival of Faith a gathering of Michigan Disciples and United Church of Christ folkGod is the shepherd, and we are all sheep.
We get in trouble when we begin to think of ourselves as shepherds whether clergy or lay leadersthereby ending up as the hired hand. Thus, we might want to be careful with our use of this image! This reading from John 10 falls within the Easter cycle, and the reason it was chosen for this day may have to do with the statement in verse 17, that Jesus lays down his life in order to take it up again.
He is the good shepherd who is willing to lay down his life for the flock Good Fridaybut takes it up again Easter. Laying down his life is not forced upon him, but is a decision that he has made of his own accord, again with the intention of taking it up again.
This reference will lend itself to a reflection on the relationship of the cross and resurrection that is fitting for the season, but there is more here than that message. It is the message of verse 16 that stands out to me, where Jesus speaks of that other flock that he intends to bring into the sheepfold.
There is, he says one flock and one shepherd. Perhaps the reason why this verse grabs my interest is that it seems to resonate with my interests and involvement in interfaith and ecumenical ventures.
Who are the sheep in the fold, and who are those on the outside? What is interesting here is that those outside the fold seem to be able to hear the voice of Jesus, and are willing to follow.
Contextually it seems appropriate to conclude that Jesus is talking here about bringing the Gentiles into the church.
Therefore, those inside the sheepfold would be the Jewish Christians. At the time that John writes this Gospel, the transition from a Jewish dominated church to a Gentile one is well underway. The tensions are present in this dialogue, but the message is that there is but one flock and one shepherd.
But, we continue to struggle with the question of who is in and who is out. The Christian world is rather diverse, with thousands of different versions. But who gets to decide? If we say Jesus, which works for me, on what basis he decide?The document outlines a process for addressing matters of non-compliance within the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
In summary, the process begins with perceived non-compliance being reported to the administrative level of the Church closest to the matter. One of the most beloved of Christian images is that of Jesus the Good Shepherd, a metaphor that we see developed by Jesus in John When we read this passage, we do so in light of other shepherding images as well—most especially the words of Psalm 23 (the Psalm for the day): “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”.
The problem with this Chris is that the principles that may be identified as those upon which Adventism is founded are, if nothing else, that the Bible is where the truth is introduced and found; and that Jesus is the embodiment of truth and of the Word of God.
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“Could the [church leading body] continue to call itself by the name Seventh Day Adventist when it has clearly taken an action that contradicts the foundational teachings of the parent body?”. The General Conference Administrative Committee (ADCOM) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church recently took action to further support and embrace the unity of the global church, and to complement church policies already in place.