Study Earnestly – 2 Tim. 2:15

Posted on July 28, 2011


David Trim was recently elected to head up Archives, Statistics & Research at world church headquarters.  To help stay in touch with the laity, Trim is involved with a growing Twitter feed that highlights Adventist historical trivia (@GCArchives).

Here is a portion of an article that was written for ANN.

When Adventists lose sight of their history, that sense of identity and the ensuing confidence can erode, he says.

“If you know your history, you can say, ‘OK, we’ve had troubles in our local church or in this region in the past, but we emerged stronger from them and what we now think of as our ‘golden years’ came after what seemed like the end. And if it’s happened once, it can happen again,” Trim says.

An awareness of our past mistakes is equally important, Trim says. Knowing that the church’s founders were flawed, like us, can be “encouraging,” he says. “These people have got feet of clay. They’re not perfect. So we don’t have to think, ‘Oh, I could never aspire to be like that.'”

Even in the Bible, Trim says, God’s portrayal of people and events is candid.

“When God tells his people to remember their history, which he does repeatedly, he wants them to remember their failings as well as their triumphs,” Trim says. [READ MORE]

History needs to play a very important role in our lives.  We can learn a lot about how to live today by studying Biblical, Church, and world history. 

Many liberal progressives in our Church act like they want nothing to do with the past.  For example: Some progressives would rather focus more on the New Testament than the Old Testament, instead of using both with a healthy balance.  Many progressives despise Ellen G. White and would love to never hear her name again. 

For balance sake, we cannot forget the ultra conservatives who prefer to focus way too much on the past and forget to look to the present and future.  This group seems to forget about the words Ellen White wrote about trying new methods of ministry and the fact that she used new Bible translations as they were published.

We have so much we can learn from our past as we keep our eyes focused forward on Jesus.  

I want to encourage you to study our Adventist history, while looking for new and innovative ways to share Jesus.  

As for the work of Ellen White, please study her writings with an open and prayerful mind.  There is so much we can learn from her prophetic work.  One of the most important things to remember when studying EGW writings is that we must prayerfully discover the principle behind the message.  If EGW said its best we don’t do that or buy this or eat that… there is probably a principle behind the message that can be applied today. 

The Bible and EGW’s writings have literal messages and principle messages that need to be prayerfully considered and applied as the Holy Spirit leads.   

Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

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