The mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is the proclamation of the everlasting gospel, salvation provided by Jesus Christ. This mission includes a desire to share all that God has been pleased to reveal about Himself in the Bible.

God’s call includes healing the sick, caring for widows and the fatherless, and binding the wounds of the brokenhearted. Caring for the physical needs of humanity is closely connected to the proclamation of God’s Word. It is the right arm of the gospel, for it has the potential of opening recipients to the message of the gospel.

But it is all too easy to retreat into a social gospel, where caring for physical needs becomes an end in itself, a mission without a message. In this view, mission is complete when the physical needs of individuals are cared for.

This view may come from a fear of intruding into the lives and ... »
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