I am excited about the new Sabbath School quarterly that began this week. Pastor Mark Finley authored it, and it’s all about making friend for God! If you haven’t read this week’s lesson—be sure to do so soon, and keep studying it all quarter. I believe God will use this important book to remind us of our purpose and mission—to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). If you don’t have the quarterly yet, contact Berdj Yessayan or John Issa to request one, read it online (https://absg.adventist.org/), or download the free Sabbath School app on your device.
I don’t know about you, but when I read books I always read the introduction. If you skipped the introduction to the quarterly, you missed a key point Pastor Mark made:
There are times when grasping a single thought makes a profound difference in our lives. A number of years ago, I sat in a ministerial meeting with some of my colleagues. The discussion turned to sharing our faith, witnessing, and evangelism. One of my friends expressed this thought, ‘Mission is primarily the work of God. He is employing all of the resources of heaven to save our planet. Our work is to cooperate joyfully with Him in His work of saving lost people.’ It seemed as if a heavy burden was lifted off my shoulders. It was not my job to save a lost world. It was God’s. My responsibility was to cooperate with Him in what He was already doing.”
Jesus’ mission on earth 2000 years ago was to seek and save the lost. It’s still His mission today. Let’s join Him. Let’s work with Him. Let’s work for Him. After all, Paul tells us, “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children” (Ephesians 5:1). If we imitate Christ, our mission will also be to seek and to save that which was lost. As we study the quarterly these next three months, I’m sure God will impress upon us many ways to reach out to make friends for Him. One way that came across my computer screen a few weeks ago was AWR’s cell phone evangelism training: https://awr.org/training This simple training takes less than 1 hour—and afterwards you’ll know one very easy way to use your cell phone to make friends for God.
God wants to use our church family to make friends for God all throughout this Union, including right here in Lebanon, Sabtieh, and on this beautiful campus. So let’s cooperate joyfully with Him in His work of saving people in this Union, in Lebanon, in Sabtieh, and also right here on campus.