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EJC Starts Session with Call to Live Life of Grace
Published: Thursday, July 22, 2010 3:50:44 PM

A call was made for the members of the Adventist Church in East Jamaica to live a life of Grace. It came as delegates and members of the East Jamaica Conference (EJC) of Seventh-day Adventists began the Third Quadrennial Session at the Kencot Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kingston, Jamaica.

 

Referencing Titus 2:11 - 12, Pastor Balvin Braham, Field Secretary of the Inter-American Division (IAD), during his keynote address also cautioned the congregation to live the grace of God and not of Nimrod.



Pastor Balvin Braham

He said if we live a life of grace “we cannot be in the Church of God and clutch the things of the world. We must deny the dirt of worldliness. God’s Grace should give us self control.”

 

Braham further submitted that the Church in the 21st century needs to address three global challenges by Grace; namely, Spiritual emptiness in Church and the society; dysfunctional relationships; and community needs. “We can achieve all of these by the Grace of God. Grace is about redemption, picking up and starting all over!” 

 

The Session started with a colourful and energetic Pathfinders’ parade and inspection, which was followed by the planting of the flags.

Special guest at the opening was His Worship, the Mayor of Kingston, Senator Desmond McKenzie who lauded the work of Adventists in the city, which he declared, will celebrate 318 years as a city today (Thursday, July 22, 2010).



Senator Desmond McKenzie

“Of significance of our achievement in celebrating 318 years is the role played by the Christian community,” said Mayor McKenzie.  “I have always maintained and I say it without fear of contradiction that the role of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica in creating a path of righteousness and creating a path for our young people, has done more to the benefit of Jamaica than any other Christian denomination in Jamaica.” This was met with a loud applause from the congregation.

 

Pastor Leon Wellington, Vice President of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD) brought greetings on behalf of the Administration and staff of the Division.



Pastor Leon Wellington

The congregation was refreshed with inspirational singing from the Kencot Male Chorale, Carey Sales, One Voice, among others. 

 

The highlight of the first business Session was the President’s Report, which gave a synopsis of the achievements of the current administration over the past four years. This was well received by all delegates, workers and leaders in attendance.

 

The Session ends on Friday, July 23, 2010, with a Service of Installation set for Sabbath, July 24, 2010, at the Kencot Church commencing at 3:00 pm.


Article and photos by Nigel Coke\ WIU
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