Sabbath focus of community conference

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Naracoorte, South Australia

A one-day conference about the Sabbath was held at the South Naracoorte Primary School hall in South Australia on October 15.

Members from surrounding non-Adventist churches who wanted to refresh their knowledge of what the Bible has to say about the seventh-day Sabbath also attended.

It was conducted by Pastor Andrew Kingston, president of the South Australian Conference.

It came about following a plea for help from an Adventist family, the Thompsons, who moved to the Naracoorte area two years ago. They received a request from the Adventist Discovery Centre in Sydney to deliver Bible study materials to some of the townspeople who had asked for them. Ruth Thompson discovered that these people had been watching HopeChannel and 3ABN and were very interested in knowing more about the Bible Sabbath.

Participants had the chance to study the Sabbath in depth.

There is a very small company of Adventist members who meet in Naracoorte, so Pastor Kingston and Mrs Thompson organised a one-day seminar for these people and others interested in learning more about the Sabbath. Topics included: “The Sabbath in the Old Testament” (and in the New), “A study of texts mentioning the first day in the New Testament”, “The Sabbath in the context of law and grace”, “What was nailed to the cross?”, “How did the Sabbath happen to be changed to Sunday?” and “How to keep the Sabbath—scriptural principles”. 

Members from surrounding non-Adventist churches who wanted to refresh their knowledge of what the Bible has to say about the seventh-day Sabbath also attended. An Adventist member from the Philippines, who had recently arrived to work in Naracoorte, saw an ad for the seminar and joyfully came to find his brothers and sisters. 

Many of those who were learning about the Sabbath were very thankful for the confirmation of what they had already discovered and enjoyed the added materials they received. Young Adventist members were also enlightened and encouraged.  

Attendees said it was a wonderful way to conduct a regional meeting of churches.­

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