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Application.God and worship

"God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:24


Past Future Present God Self Others World

Pioneer SDA Beliefs

Law of God

3 Angels Messages

7th day Sabbath


Non-immortal soul

Christ our righteousness


house-church emphasis on spiritual growth church to the people no temple building, by design Body of believers all are brothers fellowship via small groups all things in common
Church House emphasis on tradition top-down structure worship service centered House of God led by a prof. "holy man" large congregations contribute to "God's store house"

Christian worship

Sabbath (worship "day" vs. "hour") Singing a capella (no instruments) Testimony (Scripture and real life)

Revelation (practical, relevant)

Reverential Christian community; transcultural Simple and unadulterated
Pagan worship Pagan sabbaths Drums and dance Levity (jokes, "stories") Idols (mystical, subjective) Charismatic (hand-clapping, feet-stomping) Separate (ethnic, age, and gender) Pompous (cathedrals, candles, bells, vestments, liturgy)


  • The Purpose and Meaning of the Third Commandment. "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain..." References Ezekiel 36:16-27, Colossians 3:17, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Romans 2:21-24, etc. God's Name represents His character, His purposes, His holiness, His power, His will.
  • Are you sure You really know the Third Commandment? A literal translation might read, "Do not carry the name of the LORD your God in vain; for God will not hold him to be clean that carries His name in vain." Also notice that it's a chiasm. "In like manner to the Levites lifting up and carrying the Ark of God in proper manner, as God commanded, so we are to lift up and carry God’s name honourably by the example of our lives , as part of God’s Family."