Bulletin Number One - GC Delegation Session 2019
On the 4th of September 2019, the 23rd General Conference Session of the Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement started with morning worship led by Brother Dragan Ivanov of Serbia. Brother Dragan presented a message entitled "Health to Body and Soul". He emphasized the importance of our spiritual connection with God. He drew a connection between the modern wifi technology and our spiritual connection with God and stressed that it is up to us whether we are connected to God’s network of communication or not. He also made an appeal that throughout the 23rd General Conference Session all delegates should switch their “spiritual wifi on” and let God lead in our decisions and plans.
At 8:50 am, after a delicious breakfast, the session started with a short message given by the outgoing General Conference President, Brother Davi P. Silva. We sang a beautiful song together entitled "Chief of Sinners". Brother Silva's short message of appeal concluded that we are all sinners and, if we realize this and ask God for help, He is able and willing to save. He also invited God’s presence to the meetings ahead and asked all the brethren to strive for the unity Jesus prayed for: “that they may be one”.
After the roll call and acceptance of all credential certificates of the delegates the business of the 23rd GC Session could begin.
The delegates then elected a temporary Chairman, Brother Peter Lausevic, the temporary Assistant Chairman, Brother Rolly Dumaguit, and the temporary Secretary, Brother Eli Tenorio.
The temporary Chairman thanked the Lord and all the members of the previous administration for their support and efforts they afforded in the past four years.
Several Bible verses were given as verses of gratitude for the Lord’s help over the past four years.
A special appreciation was given to Brother Sureshkumar who served the General Conference in various capacities over many years but, because of health reasons, was not able to attend this session. Brother Sureshkumar also retired on the 1st of January 2019. Prayers were offered for his recovery. Special mention was made of all those brethren who passed away in the last four years.
The nominating committee was then elected, which consists of 23 delegates from all over the world. This committee will be in charge of selecting candidates for the GC offices. These names will be presented to the delegation session for voting. After this, the temporary doctrinal committee was elected. This committee will discuss doctrinal points and prepare recommendations, which will be presented to the delegates for voting.
Closing the day of business, Brother Daniel Lee presented a message on "Knowing God". All of us have knowledge about God but do we really know Him? How do we know that our connection reaches God and God can reach us? If you believe God and get to know Him, this knowledge gives us eternal life. Satan’s studied plan has been, from the beginning, to lead men to cherish a false conception of God. The true knowledge of God is obtained by the fervent study of His Word. In conclusion, Brother Lee made the following appeal: God wants to prepare a people. May He help us to not only perform activities and baptize souls but to help purify a church for Him.