We are the young adults of the McMinnville Seventh-day Adventist Church. We are a mission-driven Sabbath School class with a passion to follow God to the best of our abilities, a desire to reach out to those around us, and the command to share the truth of the gospel with the world.
We strive to follow God first and foremost by accepting the free gift of salvation made possible by Jesus' sacrifice. Without His death on the cross, all our striving and struggling would be for naught, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). But we live in peace and experience the joy of knowing that we have been saved by grace through faith, which is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8).
In order to honor His sacrifice, we strive to follow the command of Jesus given in John 14:15, "If you love Me, keep My commandments." The Bible is our fundamental source for understanding God's law, as we believe that, although it was recorded by man, it was given through divine inspiration or revelation (2 Timothy 3:16). Although some errors exists in that not all versions have been accurately translated into English, God's hand has protected the accuracy of the scriptures throughout history (as proven by the recovery of ancient texts like the Dead Sea Scrolls). A careful study of Scripture in its entirety, "precept upon precept, line upon line" (Isaiah 28:10), with a humble heart and the sincere desire to understand the will of God (Daniel 8:12), is the best way to prepare ourselves for every good work (2 Timothy 3:17).
The natural consequence of a personal relationship with Jesus is the desire to do as He did, to reach out into the community to help those in need. Although we are not saved by what we do (2 Timothy 1:9, Titus 3:5), we take the challenge given by James seriously, "show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works" (2:18) and "faith without works is dead" (2:26). It is our desire to one day hear the words of Jesus, "Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me" (Matthew 25:34-36).
Ultimately, the things of this world will pass away and are consequently of little importance. But our time here on earth is our only opportunity to learn of God, accept His freely offered gift of salvation, establish faith in Jesus Christ, and develop our character in preparation for His soon return. The words of Paul in Titus 2:11-14 express this beautifully, "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works."