Steps to Christ

A Christian Classic on the Life of Christ

Thousands have become acquainted with Jesus through this little book, Steps to Christ. And it has helped many more, including those who have walked with Him for years, to know Him better. In just thirteen short chapters, you’ll discover the steps to finding a forever friendship with Jesus. You’ll read about His love for you, repentance, faith and acceptance, growing like Him, the privilege of prayer, what to do with doubt, and how to spend your days rejoicing in your best Friend, Jesus.

Steps to Christ is recognized to be Adventism’s most significant summary contribution to the great theme of ‘righteousness by faith’ that was the theological cornerstone of the Reformation,” said Denis Fortin, editor of the new annotated edition and former dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. “It’s so appropriate that in this anniversary year, we remind ourselves of the true essence of the Christian faith as presented in this profound little book.”

125 years old

http://www.adventistreview.org/church-news/story-ellen-whites-steps-to-christ-released-in-annotated-edition-for-125th-anniversary

https://news.adventist.org/en/all-news/news/go/2017-05-25/ellen-g-whites-steps-to-christ-celebrates-125-years-in-publication/

 

Useful links and resources for reading, and listening the book Steps to Christ.

 

STUDY

AUDIO (play/download)

TEXT (read/download)

AUDIO/TEXT (Contains all the files above)

https://youtu.be/bwteVcG27eM

Lord’s Supper – Q3/2017

We extend an open invitation to participate to the Lord’s Supper (Communion) on the Sabbath of 23rd of October, 2017.
 

“The Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread: and when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me. After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till He come.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
 

Just a few excerpts from the Church Manual:

  • The communion service customarily is celebrated once per quarter. The service includes the ordinance of foot-washing followed by the Lord’s Supper. It should be a most sacred and joyous occasion to the congregation, pastor, and elders. The service usually takes place during the worship service but may be scheduled at other times.

 

  • The communion service may appropriately be included as part of any Christian worship service. However, to give proper emphasis and make communion available to the greatest number of members, usually it is part of the worship service on the next to the last Sabbath of each quarter.

 

  • On the preceding Sabbath an announcement should be made of the service calling attention to the importance of the forthcoming communion, so that all members may prepare their hearts and put aright any unresolved differences they have with one another. When they come to the table of the Lord the following Sabbath, they then can receive the intended blessing. Those absent for the announcement also should be invited to attend.

 

  • The Church practices open communion. All who have committed their lives to the Savior may participate. Children learn the significance of the service by observing others participating. After receiving formal instruction in baptismal classes and making their commitment to Jesus in baptism, they are thereby prepared to partake in the service themselves.

 

  • Communion should always be a solemn, never somber, experience. Wrongs have been righted, sins have been forgiven, and faith has been reaffirmed. It is a time for celebration. Let the music be bright and joyous. The service should end on a high note, such as with a musical feature or congregational singing, followed by dismissal.

 

Christ was standing at the point of transition between two economies and their two great festivals. He, the spotless Lamb of God, was about to present Himself as a sin offering, that He would thus bring to an end the system of types and ceremonies that for four thousand years had pointed to His death. As He ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrifice. The national festival of the Jews was to pass away forever. The service which Christ established was to be observed by His followers in all lands and through all ages. (Ellen G. White, Desire of Ages, p. 652).



Dublin West Seventh-day Adventist Church official opening

Dublin West Seventh-day Adventist church celebrated its official opening on Sabbath 13 May with a special opening service attended by many Adventists from across Dublin, pastors from the Irish Mission and British Union Conference, and representatives from Fingal County Council, amongst others.

Each Sabbath one of the large halls belonging to Coolmine Community School in West Dublin hosts this congregation of around 100 Adventists, including children, but on this particular day numbers swelled far beyond the usual.

Pastor Christian Salcianu, local pastor since October 2016 led out in a panel discussion for the adult Sabbath School discussion, but the focus of the day was the main official opening which began at 12:00 pm.

Sharing some of the history of the church‘s formation over the last few years, Elder Ropo Dare’s face beamed with pleasure as he spoke to the gathered congregation about how God had led in the formation of this new church and his hopes for a future church building which they could call their own.

Pastor Paul Lockham, Associate Executive Secretary for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the UK & Ireland, spoke in his sermon of how God is building this congregation into living stones for His service and how each one of the living stones in this new church has a place in God’s Kingdom. He then led out, along with Pastor Dan Serb, President of the Adventist Church in Ireland, in the official Act of Consecration as the company officially became a church.

The Deputy Mayor of Fingal County Council, Cllr Eithne Loftus, addressed the congregation twice during the service, reflecting on the diversity of the congregation and the health work which the church currently does in the local school. Cllr Mary McCamley, also in attendance, shared her thanks for the invitation to the special opening service and both counsellors seemed to take joy in hearing the Children’s Choir, church teenagers, and Senior Youth Quartet.

Following the opening, a church fellowship lunch was enjoyed by everyone, with an abundance of vegetarian food and plenty of laughter. We thank God for this new church. Pictures of the day can be viewed on the church’s Facebook page, Dublin West Seventh-day Adventist Church.

[Adam Keough, Assistant Communication Sponsor, Irish Mission]

Our history on the 13th of May, 2017

History of Dublin West Seventh-Day Adventist Church

(this material was read by elder Ropo Dare during the organizing event of the church, 13 May, 2017)

 

First steps

The journey of our church started back in 2005. When the number of immigrants increased in Ireland – most of them living here, in Dublin 15 Area – Pastor Stephen Wilson worked tremendously to organise an Adventist group fellowship in the area. To us it seemed we all wanted an easy way out from Ranelagh, which was the mother church of all. However, some years later Ranelagh Church gave way and the child was born on March 2010. The first worship together was held on the 10th of April 2010, as a Dublin combined service and subsequently the group gathered together henceforth.

Pastor Gavin Anthony, the Dublin District Head Pastor, motivated the plan for a 2nd Dublin group. This was to be organised in Castleknock area. The responsibility fell on the leaders from Dublin Ranelagh to lead the group and come for the flock that were willing to join the group. Four Elders were chosen, three of them accepted the call and went along.

 

Serving Leaders and Faithful Members

By the grace of God this church has been blessed today with the service of the following Pastors: Gavin, Daniel, Ben, Christi to date. Elders that have shepherded the flock also included Brothers and Sisters: Ropo, Daniel, Clive, Samuel, Sade, Punch, Tom, Ajit and Vasile. Those of past will share few thoughts from them.

Not to mention the members that stood with the group through thick and thin, such as sis. Jacinta Chege, sis. Theda Rall, sis. Annie Mucheke, the Orlina family, the Batoon family, sis. Eva and family, the Tricolici Family, the Manoli family, Ogie,  Sis Nicole, Sis Melissa, Sis Omina, Sacaremento family, Rao Family, Sis Jullet Family,  Recto Family, Samuel Rao, Samuel Olajuigba, Desire Gay, Gwasira, Julliet & Coxwell, Sharon & Daniel, Sherryl Davis, Bath Acob, Rachel & Agnes, Jethro Dayo & Geraldine, Oge & Marites, Battalos.

 

Church alive!

We have had our struggles as a church, but we give thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ, the solid Rock we stand on. We had seen the movement of people going out and coming in. We had our times of supporting one another during seasons of pain, suffering and death of loved ones, but we have also been blessed with baptisms, marriages and baby dedications. The study continues as we grow a movement.

We would pause to mention 3 special individuals who walked into the church by their own freewill, most decidedly being led by the Holy Spirit:

  • Frans, the atheist who found God and the true church
  • Esther, who brought a visitor and ended up staying,
  • Christopher, who was searching for the truth.

 

A glimpse of the “great multitude”

Our unity is based on diversity and the love of Christ above all. You will ask yourself the questions like “Where can you see or gather together a people of different cultures?” If anybody has not had a glimpse of Heaven, or wants to see the world-wide SDA Church in miniature, one only needs to visit Dublin West Seventh-day Adventist Church and be surprised.

Here is a real case-study for any church, group or organization – up to 20 nationalities or ethnic groups, from four continents, from far East to far West.

  • Africa: Zimbabwe, Kenya, South-Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Swaziland;
  • Asia: Philippines and India;
  • Europe: Ireland, England, Romania (and Gipsy), Moldova Republic, Slovakia, Croatia;
  • Eurasia: Russia;
  • Central and South America: Jamaica, Panama, Brazil.

To God be the Glory!

 

Full-Fledged Church

As of today, we are proud to have a full-fledged church: serving leaders in the church, running departments, a complete functional Sabbath School on all age groups, and different classes in different languages, Pathfinders club. We are proud of our children, teenagers, and senior youth – and we will mention here that our children’s choir was really a blessing to many houses, hospitals and nursing homes. On a regular Sabbath, we are around 100 souls (children included).

 

A Need!

A great need we have is a place of worship!

The Trans-European Division has agreed for Dublin to be a project beneficiary of the 13th Sabbath Overflow offering, in 2017 with the specified target – a second church building in Dublin. As the time is due now, we are looking forward for a fulfilment of such a dream.

 

A Word of Thanks

We want to specially thank our mother church, Dublin Ranelagh who gave birth to this group and for the tremendous support all these years. How could we have survived without you and the grace of God? Also, to the Irish Mission President of old, who had roles to play in the early life of this group.

To all church members who had worked behind the scene, those present and those not here, your contribution can’t be over emphasised – if there was just enough time so that every name would be mentioned to have a complete story. We might have not mentioned your name but will not forget your labour of love in serving in God’s vineyard. To our children and teenagers, we are sure they have a story to tell as well – it was a journey which we all carried each other and supported one another.

Above all we promise to make God known in this community where the Lord had placed us His representatives, to proclaim the three angels’ message, the everlasting Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, His love, grace and mercy.