Anonymous asked: I'm 21 and is their any groups or clubs for us young adults? Since I'm to old to join the pathfinders lol
Hi, Anon! For the purpose of simplicity, I’m gonna assume you’re talking about Adventist groups/clubs :P.
In direct answer to your question, I don’t think there really is much outside of Adventist Youth, which is sorta the official Adventist thing after Pathfinders. I think. Though I’m sure there’s other non-official stuff floating around. You might find that some public schools in your area have an Adventist club or some such, but if you feel you’ve outgrown Pathfinders, you might feel a little outta place there. Unless you find something at a community college or nearby state college or university. A number of them have an Adventist Campus Ministries organization, though it’s not centralized and I’m half-certain it’s unofficial. You might find one in your area. :)
On that note though, many churches around colleges (Adventist or not) will have, in Yvonne’s words, “unofficially official” young adult groups. Even if you’re not in college, you can generally find one around.
On the other hand, there really is no real age limit for Pathfinders. Sure, there’s a minimum age bar for each badge level, but the higher ranks don’t have a prerequisite rank. In my home church growing up, the pathfinder group was run by two people who themselves were working from the ground up. Alternatively, you could even look around to nearby Adventist churches and see if there’s an opening to lead a Pathfinders group.
Anyways, I hope this helps. God bless, Anon. :)
notahairdresser asked: I'm trying to seek out fellowship on tumblr in order for my dash to be more "God-concious." So I stumbled upon ya'll's blog here. But I find myself here not knowing...What is a seventh day adventist? I am asking out of genuine curiosity. Thanks.
Don’t worry, we’re taking you seriously :).
Believe it or not, this isn’t actually an uncommon question. We’ve had it three times before. To boot, we seem to fly under the radar. Dunno why, really. I guess we try not to call attention to ourselves?
Anyways, the general basis of SDA-ness is that we do our best to take the Bible for its word, while applying context. We kinda hold it as the be-all/end-all of stuff, and nothing outside the Bible itself is allowed to alter it to fit anything else.
Of course, context always helps. But that’s not modification: that’s clarification.
The part where I’m guessing people are a little turned-off is that most of us believe one of our founders named Ellen G. White, who lived in the 1800’s, was a prophet. She outlined the idea of the Great Controversy (the struggle between Satan and God over people offered salvation) and our health message (which was super ahead of her time and scientifically sound). In any case, she never added anything or overturned anything biblical. She kinda meant to be supplimentary to the Bible, adding clarification.
Anyways, that’s the long and short of it. Thanks for the ask, and I hope my answer here is helpful :). God bless.
kpatata asked: I have a friend that's interested in learning about God... I want to give her studies myself... How should I go about doing that without coming on too strong or scaring her away?
Hi you two!
Since your questions are somewhat similar, I thought that answering these together would be helpful. Also, I’m super excited that you are willing to help your friends in seeking God.
I actually don’t have much to say, except be willing to be open. Offer to have Bible studies with them if they want, and try to answer questions as clearly as possible (but concise when it calls for it). If something comes up in conversation, don’t be afraid to get into it. Yet, do so “with salt”, rather than hitting someone over the head with a Bible. Be ready to experience a little friction, because your friends didn’t grow up in the church and some things may not make sense the first time it’s seen. Especially if they are from a different culture, there may be things that local Christian culture does that seems strange. Despite all that, rely on the Bible first. If there’s something you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to do research. Also, you will probably have to get personal, because God is a personal God. It’s nerve-wracking, I completely understand that, but your testimony could help them understand some things. And, most importantly, keep praying and asking God to lead you in what to say or do. He is with you on this and will prepare you with what is necessary.
Some verses that you could look up (for encouragement) are:
- Acts 1:8
- 1 Peter 3:15-16
- Romans 10:14-15, 17
- 2 Corinthians 4:13-15 (and beyond, if you’d like)
Blessings! And I hope this helps!,