We’ve been doing some new things with social media as of late. Among our initiatives to better engage with our community of readers is to ask them questions. We hope you find some inspiration from the selection of responses we’ve highlighted from our Adventist Review Facebook page. —Editors.
Lacking so much. This world can bring you down so fast. Jesus keeps balance and peace in the midst of every storm I face.
Growing selfish and boastful. It was such a turning point knowing Him in my young age.
Krisha Mae Wakit Bugaling
Weak to battle the circumstances I face every day. He is my strength.
Nothing in this world. So let’s praise and do good for others.
Dead. Hopeless. In a mess.
Angelo Paculaba Layosa
Without hope of entering heaven.
Nothing. He is my everything.
Albert Oiredaf Arutlucse
Empty. Useless. Hopeless. Nothing.
Darkus Shantella Scipio
Lost spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.
In the great unknown.
Christopher Baluyut Figueroa
Nothing. Thank You, Lord, for being with me all the days of my life.
Hopelessly in bondage to sin. Completely lost.
Zapped of life.
Controlled by sin.
Nothing, for He alone is my strength and hope.
Esor Rodatsab Antawe
All alone in a room full of darkness and feeling hopeless.
Dead among the living.
Add young people, middle-aged people, and older people who are on fire for Jesus Christ, ones who are not looking to be entertained but who want to step up and do the work needed to finish. I would gladly turn over the running of my church to any young person who fits the above and is willing to take on a challenge.
Jutta Karin Schultz
Change nothing, but instead pray that the Lord would change me and strengthen me. Everything will be put in its rightful place by the leading of God’s Spirit.
Have them be more involved in the community. Doug Bachelor put it this way: “If your church closed today, what kind of an impact would that have in the community where your church is?” Almost all Adventist churches are in what I call the Adventist bubble. It’s a closed community. They accept all who come to the church, but do very little to be part of the community. So there would be no impact on the community if the church I attended closed, and that’s very sad. How can we reach souls for Christ? Is no one willing to step outside the bubble?
Figure out a way to get more 18- to 35-year-olds to attend regularly. This doesn’t apply just to my church, but to Adventist churches in general.
Change the energy level.
Hazel D. Riley
Make it more about Jesus.
Hope it would truly become a church centered on Christ through prayer, study of the Word, and community service; not just services inside a building.
Pray that it would be more Christ-, other-, and mission-centered, and less about group thinking in decision-making; less territorial in leadership positions, and more open to dialogue without fear of repercussions.
Diane R. Wallace