Kindness is a lost commodity in our culture. The drive for survival leaves compassion floundering by the wayside. Talk radio engenders combative dialogue that leaks into our churches. Members get inflamed at one another in “hot talk” over politics, pop culture, and church issues. As a result, the message of the gospel is neutralized. Defending truth without showing love weakens our mission. The Narrow Gate reveals a countercultural path in a world of selfishness. This book shows the power of a courteous life. It guides Adventists to authentically demonstrate compassion within the church and community.
If ever there was a time when we needed to soften the edges of our conversations and interactions with others, it is now.
The Narrow Gate is not a magic formula for getting more baptisms. Nor is it a checklist of disciplines to master so we can be better Christians. It’s simply a tool to remind us of what it takes to be more caring and loving in a broken age. This study guide aims to promote positive interaction among people in general and Seventh-day Adventist church members in particular. The content, which focuses on the meaning and importance of the Golden Rule, can be used over 12 weeks (in mid-week services, small-group, or Sabbath school settings) or in shorter, more concentrated venues.
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