Published on January 18, 2008
Building Babel or Serving the Body: Building Babel or Serving the Body Thoughts on Principles behind Building Adventist Online Community Jonathan Brauer Archives and Statistics, Web/Database Application Developer Community: Community God: A God of Community “That they may be one, even as We are one, I in them, and You in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; that the world may know that You have sent Me.” John 17:22,23 Community: Community Christ entrusted the representation of Himself to a Community Community: Community People hunger for Community! Community: Community “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:35 True Community is a testimony to Christ’s love. Community: Community How does this kind of community work? How is it developed? What role can information technologists play in supporting and enabling its development? Community: Community What would Online Community look like? Slide8: What If? Purposes of Online Community: Purposes of Online Community Connect the members of the body Build unity within the body Plug people into the activities of the body Help the body see itself as a whole Utilize and share the common knowledge and resources of the body. Archives and Statistics Tools: Archives and Statistics Tools A look at the Adventist Organizational Directory and other tools developed by Archives & Statistics. Archives and Statistics Online Tools: Archives and Statistics Online Tools Jonathan Brauer Archives and Statistics Web/Database Application Developer Adventist Organizational Directorywww.AdventistDirectory.org: Adventist Organizational Directory www.AdventistDirectory.org Purpose To provide a standard location for up to date contact information for entities around the world. To make this information publicly available via a recognized official online website. To create, provide, and maintain standard identification codes for administrative fields and local entities worldwide. To provide a reference database implementation that can accommodate the complexities of the Adventist organizational structure. Online Adventist Yearbook www.AdventistYearbook.org: Online Adventist Yearbook www.AdventistYearbook.org Online Document Archiveswww.AdventistArchives.org: Online Document Archives www.AdventistArchives.org Statistics: Annual Statistical Reports Statistical Documents Minutes: Foreign Mission Board Minutes General Conference Committee Minutes General Conference Session Bulletins General Conference Session Minutes North American Division Committee Minutes Resources: Archives and Statistics Research Papers Division Maps Ethnic Adventism Life of Christ Research Project Report of 1919 Bible Conference Magazines and Periodicals: Ministry Magazine from 1928 to 2003 Review and Herald from 1904 to 1969 Advent Survey - Northern European Division, The Adventist Review Anniversary Issues Church Officers Gazette, The Home Missionary, The Message Magazine, The Missionary Magazine, The Quarterly Report - European Division Signs of the Times Signs of the Times - Millerite The Present Truth, The Advent Review Watchman Magazine, The Historical Statistics Databasewww.AdventistStatistics.org: Historical Statistics Database www.AdventistStatistics.org Historical Statistics from the start of the Adventist Church until now. Custom charts and tables Principles of Community: Principles of Community What are the principles of Christian community? Two Kingdoms—Two Communities: Two Kingdoms—Two Communities Man’s Kingdom Christ’s Kingdom New Jerusalem Body of Christ Tower of Babel The Tower of Babel: The Tower of Babel The Tower of Babel: The Tower of Babel “Come, let us build us a city and a tower, and its top in the heavens. And let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered upon the face of the whole earth.” -- Builders of the Tower of Babel The Tower of Babel: The Tower of Babel A monument to mankind’s Knowledge Abilities “Unity” Technology The Tower of Babel: The Tower of Babel It was about mankind’s “unity” based on man’s desires and goals independent of God. created based on knowledge, technology, and/or doctrine. based on uniformity, coercion and compromise. The Tower of Babel: The Tower of Babel It was about reaching into the heavens, exalting ourselves, our ideas, our efforts, and our power, “above all that is called God … showing [ourselves] that [we are] God.” (2 Thes. 2:4). Technology a Tower of Babel?: Technology a Tower of Babel? Rebuilding Babel?: Rebuilding Babel? How can we avoid rebuilding Babel? God’s response: God’s response “Behold! The people are one and they all have one language. And this they begin to do. And now nothing which they have imagined to do will be restrained from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they cannot understand one another's speech.” – God, after coming down to see the Tower of Babel Babel throughout Time: Babel throughout Time Cain Nebuchadnezzar Leaders of Israel Papal Rome Us? Our Hearts? Christ’s Kingdom: Christ’s Kingdom Christ’s Kingdom: Christ’s Kingdom We are His Sanctuary (The Bride of Christ): A Spiritual House A Holy Priesthood Living Stones Built on Christ To the glory of God Principles of Christ’s Kingdom: Principles of Christ’s Kingdom Christ showed us the principles of His Kingdom by: Laying down his life for those he sought to lead Washing the feet of his disciples “Being in very nature God… He became a servant.” Principles of Christ’s Unity: Principles of Christ’s Unity Christ showed us His version of Unity: Based on mutual submission to our Savior. A unity in diversity. A unity of heart in the search for truth and a desire to follow truth wherever it leads. Does not require agreement on all issues. Does not compel or require compromise. Information Technology and True Unity: Information Technology and True Unity Dangers and Advantages of the Internet for building True Unity Challenges of the Internet to building False Unity Christ’s Kingdom: Christ’s Kingdom Christ’s Kingdom is about what God is doing not us. God does not “need” US! : God does not “need” US! God does not “need”: Our Money Our Knowledge Our Skills or Our Technology! Slide47: What?! God doesn’t “need” us?! Doesn’t need our technology?! So what happens when we think God needs US?: So what happens when we think God needs US? Disciples Tried to help make Christ King. Tried to defend Christ’s honor through silencing another miracle worker. Missed the true nature of His Kingdom Peter Pulled his sword to defend Christ Paul Persecuted the Christian Church in the name of defending God’s honor. So what happens when we think God needs US?: So what happens when we think God needs US? Disciples Tried to help make Christ King. Tried to defend Christ’s honor. Missed the true nature of His Kingdom Peter Pulled his sword to defend Christ Jewish Leaders Paul Persecuted the Christian Church God does not “need” us(but God will use anyone): God does not “need” us (but God will use anyone) Gideon God used 300 people to glorify HIS name. Told the rest of the army “I’m sorry, I can’t use you!” Slide51: “For every beast [website] of the forest [Internet] is mine, and the cattle [interactive web applications] upon a thousand hills [servers].” Psalms 50:10 “modified” version God does not “need” (is not dependant on) us! : God does not “need” (is not dependant on) us! God is not dependent upon man for the support of his cause. He could have sent means direct from Heaven to supply his treasury, if his providence had seen that this was the best for man. He might have devised means whereby angels would have been sent to publish the truth to the world without the agency of men. He might have written the truth upon the heavens, and let that declare to the world his requirements in living characters. . . . God does not need us.We Need Him!: God does not need us. We Need Him! …Whatever necessity there is for our agency in the advancement of the cause of God, he has purposely arranged for our good. He has honored us by making us co-workers with him. He has ordained that there should be a necessity for the co-operation of men, that they may keep in exercise their benevolent affections. RH, August 25, 1874 par. 32 God is not dependant on us: God is not dependant on us The Lord could carry forward His work without our co-operation. He is not dependent on us for our money, our time, or our labor. But the church is very precious in His sight. It is the case which contains His jewels, the fold which encloses His flock, and He longs to see it without spot or blemish or any such thing. He yearns after it with unspeakable love. This is why He has given us opportunities to work for Him, and He accepts our labors as tokens of our love and loyalty. 6T 261.3 Service a Blessing: Service a Blessing “It is only as we fulfill the divine purpose in our creation that life can be a blessing to us. All the good gifts of God to man will prove only a curse, unless he employs them to bless his fellow men, and for the advancement of God’s cause in the earth.” RH, October 31, 1817 par. 12 Slide56: So why do anything if God doesn’t need us? Slide57: So the question is: How can we use the technologies God has given us to build up His kingdom? The answer is: We can’t! Two Paths to Knowledge: Two Paths to Knowledge Testing and Seeing the Power of God Experimental Knowledge Trusting in Man’s Reason Intellectual Knowledge Slide59: So how do we serve the body? In Summary: In Summary God works through community Mankind cannot build true unity God does not “need” us We cannot build God’s kingdom God is working How can we each join Him?