Thursday, May 14, 2009

Should We Be Christian First?

The median age of the Adventist church in North America is 52. The median age of the population is 35. The median age at New Hope is 26. "People are attracted by our non-judgmental approach" said senior pastor J. David Newman on day 2 of Reveal. "Because we do not enforce or even require the traditional Adventist teaching on jewelry and do not tell people what they can do or not do on Sabbath and because some of our members will bring Starbucks coffee cups into church with them, some Adventists call us the “lite” church. But these critics miss the whole point of what we are trying to do. We are trying to follow the counsel of Jesus in John 13:35 when He told his disciples 'By this everyone will know that you are my disciples by how you love one another.'"

Which became the desire of the co-founder of the Adventist Church. Click the pic to see what I mean.

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