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If you want to know more about the Bible read on:
Seventh-day Adventists are Christians who accept the Bible as the Word of God. Not that He actually wrote the words Himself, but He "inspired" certain people to write His message in their words. You might believe this as well. If it's true then it is very important that we study the Bible carefully so as to find out about God and about His plans for our lives.
But just how do you go about studying the Bible? Well, here are a few ideas:
To start with, if you haven't got a Bible already you will need to get one. Bibles come in a number of different translations - the original manuscripts were in Hebrew and Greek. The best translations are ones which are easy to read and which stick closely to the original. Personally I like the New International Version, but you could try the Good News, the New English, or the Revised Standard Version. Of course if you like the flow of words and poetry of the King James that's fine as well.
Once you have a Bible you can just start reading, though I can say from personal experience that it's tough going if you start at the beginning and try to read straight through. Better to start somewhere in the New Testament, say the book of Mark, or John. Try to read a whole book and then go on to another. Don't worry about reading the books out of order as they weren't written in the order they appear in the Bible anyway!
If you want to study the Bible a bit more seriously you can get some really helpful study tools. A Concordance is great for finding particular words in the Bible, for example all the places where the word "angel" appears. A Bible Dictionary tells you more about a particular person, place or thing in the Bible. Look up "Bethlehem" and you'll find out about the history of the town, and even what it's like now. A Bible Commentary gives you an explanation of a particular text, but remember that the explanation will depend to some extent on who wrote the commentary!
There are some Bible study tools on this web site. You can choose from a selection of correspondence courses, interactive studies, or simply download a text based study to your own computer. Just visit our studies page for more information.
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If you don't know which Church to join read on:
OK, I'm a Seventh-day Adventist, and I'm bound to tell you that the best church to join is a Seventh-day Adventist church! But you have to make up your own mind. Here are some questions that you need to ask and find answers to before you finally decide:
If you are already a Christian you will probably want to make sure that the people in the church to plan to attend believe the same as you. Key differences can arise over the nature of God and His relationship to Jesus. Trinitarians believe that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are three equal Persons in one Being. Unitarians believe that God is far greater than Jesus. Most Christians are Trinitarian. Another problem can arise over how you see the Bible. Conservative Christians accept it as the Word of God, while Liberal Christians see it as a collection of history books, which may or may not be the
Word of God. Seventh-day Adventists are Trinitarian and fairly Conservative.
If the church you are looking at seems OK in what it teaches, what about the way they worship? Charismatic churches tend to have very lively worship services, with plenty of music and prayer, and often "speaking in tongues" and healing. Traditional churches are more likely to follow a strict order of service, with prayers being read in unison from a prayer book and very little outward sign of emotion. Seventh-day Adventists are somewhere in between - we like good music and prayer but are concerned that too much emotional involvement in worship can take away from the message that God wants to give us. For this reason we don't practice "speaking in tongues", though in some churches we have contemporary style music. We are also aware that not all traditions are good!
There are practical considerations as well. Does the church you are interested in have a programme for your children? Is it easy to get to? Are there people like you in it already?
Whatever you decide I would recommend that you join a church of some sort. It's very hard to be a Christian in isolation so try to find a good community of like-minded Christians who you can share your experience with. Find your nearest Adventist church here.
To find out about the main Christian denominations in the United Kingdom you can visit the Church Net UK site.
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If you want to make Christian friends read on:
The best way to meet other Christians and make friends with them is to find a good church and get involved in their activities. However there
may be reasons why you might want to start corresponding with people rather than meeting
them face to face. You might like to check out the Adventist Singles site or the Christian Singles Network.
Another excellent resource is the organisation "Christian Friendship Fellowship International". CFFI is the International Division of CFF, a UK registered charity, which was set up over twenty years ago by Pastor David Lowe, who had a special burden for the needs of single Christians, many of whom were isolated and lonely. CFF helps to fulfil that need by enriching the lives of single Christians spiritually, emotionally and socially, mainly through correspondence and friendship with other like-minded individuals. It is NOT a 'marriage bureau'. CFFI was set up due to the large number of enquiries overseas, and is a wonderful opportunity to share your Christian faith, and increase the circle of Christian friends
world-wide. There have already been members from 80 countries, most of whom speak/write English as well as their own native tongue.
CFFI do not as yet have a web-site but you can get more information by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: CFF International, PO Box 80, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD17 6YH. You can also phone them on 01274 599122.
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If you are trying to deal with an addiction read on:
Even Christians can suffer from addictions. If you are struggling with what you believe could be an addiction, or if you want to find out how to help someone who is, you can visit the Christians in Recovery site. This is an excellent site dealing with depression, family dysfunction, abuse, as well as various addictions.
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If you want to find out about cults read on:
If you are looking around at different Churches, perhaps trying to decide which one to join, you may be worried about getting involved with a cult. Or, you may have a family member or friend who has already been recruited by a cult follower. Whatever your perspective, if you are concerned about the use of deceptive and manipulative methods used by cults to recruit and indoctrinate unsuspecting members of society you need to visit the Cult Information Centre. As well as providing a lot of information themselves they have links to other independent sites so that you can check different sources of information.
Whatever you think of cults or New Religious Movements I would suggest that you be wary of people who try to get you involved in their religion or denomination in too much of a hurry. If you are going to follow a certain path for life you have to think about it a great deal first of all.
Also, be wary of people who are friendlier than they ought to be. The people in my Church are generally a friendly bunch but they probably won't be hugging you and telling you that they love you the first time you meet! Relationships take time to build and inappropriate friendliness can sometimes be a sign of a hidden agenda.
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If you just want someone to talk to read on:
On our Churches pages you will find a list of all our churches and ministers. You are welcome to phone or email any of them if you would like to talk with someone about the Seventh-day Adventist Church or about spiritual matters.
The SEC Telephone Helpline 'Cornerstone Counselling Service' is there for anyone who would like to talk in confidence to a trained Adventist counsellor. Feel free to call on your own behalf, or to give the following number to someone else who could use the service. 0845 741 3602. The service operates on Monday evenings from 6.30 to 9.00 pm, at other times someone will return your call. All calls are dealt with professionally and in the strictest confidence, no names are necessary.
Of course in some cases you might not want to speak with a minister. In this case you can always contact The Samaritans. They always have trained counsellors available, a great wealth of experience of a vast range of problems similar to those you may have had, and can guarantee confidentiality.