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Windsor SDA newsletter 20 January 2021

Welcome to the Windsor Seventh-day Adventist Church e-News

windsor.adventist.org.au

Welcome to the bulletin for this week. In this bulletin:

  • Ellen White's First Vision
  • The Relationship Workshop
  • The last of Cami Oetman's programs - The Battle between Good and Evil
  • Introduction to this week's lesson The Hard Way
  • Church program for 23 January 2021 including links to the lesson, livestream and Zoom. This week's lesson is "The Hard Way"
  • We welcome Nelson who is leading our panel and Wal taking our service
  • Offering this week: Adventist Youth

Ellen White's First Vision

Ellen G. White lived most of her life as a Seventh-day Adventist. She lived from 1827 to 1915 and wrote 5,000 articles and 40 books. She is the most translated women writer in the history of literature and the most translated American author of either gender. From the time she was 17 until she died 70 years later, God gave her approximately 2,000 visions and dreams. In this video we will listen to her first vision.

Below are the links spoken about at the end of the video:

Website dedicated to the truth about Ellen White https://www.ellengwhitetruth.com/her-ministry/prophets-after-jesus

Official website for Ellen White- https://whiteestate.org/

Answers to common criticisms of Ellen White - https://www.ellenwhite.info/criticisms.htm

The Relationship Workshop

Tim and Camilla Christian, Ph: 0431 926 632, email: little_words@bigpond.com, Website: www.littlewords.com.au

Unlocking Bible Prophecies

Join us from 8.30am on Saturday to hear Cami reveal the last study in this series.

Is there anything you can really trust? Where can you find real, authentic answers to life’s greatest questions? “The Great Controversy” outlines a great cosmic battle, between good and evil, and it is centered around you. How can you survive? What is the answer?

In the final episode, we will explore the history of the great battle between good and evil. It will show the fall of Lucifer and demonstrate that God has a plan that will overwhelm the devil’s attack.

This is the fourteenth and final episode in the AWR Masterclass series called Unlocking Bible Prophecies. You can follow the series and interact LIVE at:

https://bible.awr.org/the-blueprint/

CAMI OETMAN

Ten years ago, Cami Oetman had a real encounter with God that would change her life forever. She was a successful entrepreneur at the time, and the transition wasn’t easy. However, the truth Cami will share in this series was so compelling that she knew every human being in the world should experience the love of Jesus as she had.

Within three years, she had preached 350 Bible presentations. Today, as a vice president for Adventist World Radio, Cami travels the world documenting the miracles that take place when people give their hearts to Jesus.

It may seem difficult to imagine yourself understanding Bible prophecy.

Cami couldn’t either. She had spent two decades in the modeling world — in front of and behind the camera. She had also used her master’s degree in social work to care for hospice patients. She then started a successful retail business. But no one can predict how they will react when they have a real experience with God!

THE BLUEPRINT

Have you ever been lost without directions or a map? Did you know that God gave us a roadmap to navigate our lives? In order to read God’s map, we must first understand the great controversy, a cosmic war between God and Satan.

The great controversy began with Lucifer, a heavenly angel, proclaiming in Isaiah 14:14 that he wanted to be “like the Most High.” The problem was that Lucifer wanted to be Holy without following the law of God, which reflects His character of love. God needed a jury to judge Lucifer (who became Satan) fairly and justly (Deuteronomy 19:15), so He created humans, partially to serve as jurors and demonstrate His true character (1 Corinthians 6:2-3). Adam and Eve chose to sin against God, disqualifying them from jury selection, because they were no longer law-abiding citizens. The Gospel was given to restore humanity to be sound jurors, who can distinguish from right and wrong. God knew that we would need a map in order to make our way back to heaven. What is this blueprint?

The Sanctuary is a unique structure that represents God’s house among His people (Exodus 25:8). It is also the blueprint to God’s plan of salvation, with each piece of furniture symbolizing a part of the Gospel message. God shows His plan to deliver His people through this blueprint.

God also gives prophecies, which are like landmarks through time. Our first landmark is in the book of Daniel, the 70-week prophecy that foretells the first coming of the Messiah (Daniel 9:24-27). Israel is not prepared for Jesus’ coming and rejects Him. When Jesus died on the cross, the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two, signifying the end of the earthly blueprint (Matthew 27:51).

The second landmark, the prophecy of 1260 years, states that the little horn would rise in power (Daniel 7:19, 25). Many Seventh-day Adventists believe that the little horn represents papal Rome and have interpreted this prophecy to symbolize an attempted change in the Christian day of worship from Saturday to Sunday.

The third landmark, the prophecy of 2300 years, tells us that the sanctuary will be cleansed (Daniel 8:14). We believe that this period of time ended in 1844. Over a period of 500 years, God used the Reformation movement to restore His truth to the world using everyday Christians like you and me.

Finally, we come to our last landmark, the third angel’s message. Revelation 15 and 16 tell us that the seven last plagues are inflicted on those who ignore and reject God’s message. However, those who choose to receive God’s seal are safe (Psalms 91:1-2). The seal of the living God marks the end of our journey (Revelation 7:1-4).

In Revelation 12:10, Satan accuses humanity of falling away from God. However, when God opens the books, heaven’s records show that all our sins have been blotted out. Yes, our merciful God is willing to wipe all our sins away! No matter what you have done, Jesus has enough mercy to cover you.

23 January 2021 at Windsor Church

Wearing of face masks is mandatory while inside the church complex, and registration of attendance is through the Service NSW app. Please stay at home if you are not well and get tested.

This week at Windsor Church:
  1. Prayer time between 8am and 8.30am via Zoom
  2. The pre-program starts at 8.30am: The Battle Between Good and Evil Revealed! It's all about you by Cami Oetman
  3. Bible Study Discussion: We are following the study program found at ssnet.org concluded by a mission video and music.
  4. Main program: starting around 11am which includes announcements, songs, a special kids program and church service.

Livestream and Zoom Links

You can join us in two ways: Livestream and Zoom. Livestream through YouTube can be joined by following the link to the Church's YouTube page or through our internet page. Please make sure you subscribe to our Windsor YouTube channel and like the videos that speak to you. The quick link to get to our YouTube channel is by entering the following address into your browser: YouTube.com/windsorsdachurch

Connecting through Zoom allows you to participate in our panel discussion. Please remember any contributions are recorded and live streamed. Keep yourself muted and just press the space bar when you are talking to the wider group. This minimises interferences from background noise.

Meeting ID: 719 626 778, Password: 005908

Bible Study Program

  • 8.00am Prayer to start the day
  • 8.30am - Pre-Program commences
  • Cami Oetman: The Battle Between Good and Evil Revealed! It's all about you (last program)
  • Song: Wonderful Words, Fountainview Academy
  • 9.30am - Program commences
  • Welcome to Windsor Church: Nelson
  • Song: Give Thanks
  • Prayer: Stephen
  • Video: Every Word: Appeared to All
  • Bible Study: Nelson, Wal, Ken, Jomo
  • Mission News
  • Song: Amazing Grace

Service Program

  • 11:00am - Program Commences
  • Welcome: Ken
  • Song: Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
  • Prayer: Nelson
  • Children's Story - The Lost Sheep
  • Song: I Wanna Go to Heaven (Sabbath Song)
  • Service: Wal Cram
  • Song: Your Great Name
  • Benediction: Wal
  • Song: Blessings

It was the beginning of his end.

“But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep … and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.”

- 1 Samuel 15:9 NKJV

Offering: Adventist Youth

The youth and young adults across the South Pacific wish to thank the corporate church for the amazing support that has been offered in providing funding for the World Changer Bibles and reading guides that have had an incredible positive impact in the churches. To date we have distributed more than 505,000 World Changer Bible kits and provided training to pastors and lay people across the 35 territories of our South pacific Division. 70,000 of these WC Bible kits were dedicated to every student in every Adventist school across the pacific including Australia and new Zealand. We have seen unprecedented growth in many of our Island territories and this is partially due to the valuable ministry tools. The Pacific Nations are Christian, and as the younger population are growing with higher birth rates than Australia and NZ, there is a continual need for Bibles and other resources to keep up with the next wave of students and young people joining the church. Due to the lack of finances and high unemployment, many of our members cannot afford to buy a bible. Most people are part of the informal economy selling produce from their land only – living at subsistence level.

There is an HUGE ongoing need for more Bibles to be given into the hands of new believers and our young people as they enter our Adventist schools. The Youth offering is a dedicated offering that will help to resource the needs of our youth and young adults across the South Pacific. There is a crucial need for more Bibles and other resources for young Adventists. Your donation will provide much needed support and will enable our young boys and girls to share their faith with their friends. Please give generously as the needs are urgent.

Our heavenly Father, help us to seek You and Your kingdom first. Please accept our worship this morning. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Australian Record

Adventist Record is the official news and lifestyle magazine for the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Providing roughly 24,000 copies to Seventh-day Adventist church members in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, Adventist Record was established in 1898. Of course you can find it online as well here.

Announcements

Prayer Ministry

Please forward any prayer requests to: PrayerWindsorSDAChurch@gmail.com or SMS any prayer requests to 0421905662

Ladies Prayer Meeting

Every monday night except school holidays at 7pm. Please contact Kellie if you need the log in details.

Time: 7pm on Zoom

Mid-week Bible study

Returns this coming Wednesday evening.

Time: 7.30pm on Zoom

All are welcome to attend Wednesday night for a 1 hour Bible study on Zoom. OR enter Zoom.us into your browser, click on join meeting and enter the following details:

Meeting ID: 814 1200 6312 Passcode: 651224