Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church


 
 

The Officers and members of Berean would like to extend a hearty "welcome" to
our  Visitors and Friends. We are privileged to have you in our midst today.
Please come again and worship with us in the home of the Lord. "Surely the
righteous shall give thanks unto thy name; the upright shall dwell
in thy presence." (Psalm 140:13)


Pastor Homer Hart
Senior Pastor
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Spirit of Prophecy

Cornelius there upon related his experience,
and the words of the angel that had
appeared to him in vision. In conclusion he
said, “Immediately therefore I sent to
thee; and thou hast well done that thou art
come. Now therefore are we all here present
before God, to hear all things that are
commanded thee of God. Then Peter
opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I
perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
but in every nation he that feareth him,
and worketh righteousness, is accepted
with him.” Although God had favored the
Jews above all other nations, yet if they
rejected light and did not live up to their
profession, they were no more exalted in
His esteem than other nations. Those
among the Gentiles who, like Cornelius,
feared God, and worked righteousness,
living up to what light they had, were kindly
regarded by God, and their sincere service
was accepted. But the faith and
righteousness of Cornelius could not be
perfect without a knowledge of Christ;
therefore God sent that light and knowledge
to him for the further development of his
righteous character. Many refuse to receive
the light which the providence of God
sends them, and, as an excuse for so doing,
quote the words of Peter to Cornelius and
his friends: “But in every nation he that
feareth him, and worketh righteousness,
is accepted with him.” They maintain
that it is of no consequence what men
believe, so long as their works are good.
Such ones are wrong; faith must unite
with their works. They should advance
with the light that is given them. If God
brings them in connection with His
servants who have received new truth,
substantiated by the Word of God, they
should accept it with joy. Truth is onward.
Truth is upward. On the other hand, those
who claim that their faith alone will save
them are trusting to a rope of sand, for
faith is strengthened and made perfect by
works only.
(The Story of Redemption,
The Visit to Cornelius, pg. 288)

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