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Speaker: Melody Mason
1. Above & Beyond Living and Praying
Daring to ask for more in life and prayer, and the call to become a spiritual giant! Jer. 33:3
2. Above & Beyond Humility at the Foot of the Cross
Righteousness by faith, and grasping hold of a gospel that will change your life!
3. Growing an Above and Beyond Devotional Life
How to have a fulfilling and vibrant devotional life, walking daily with God, learning to pray God’s Word in faith, and how to experience personal victory.
4. Above and Beyond Adventures in Prayer
Following the example of Christ in intercession, recognizing the power of the Word, and the power of personal and corporate prayer
5. Developing an Above and Beyond Faith, Even When God is Silent!
How to grow a faith that will last through the storms, and endure to the end. How to hold on even when your dreams die, and your heart is broken. (For those who haven’t yet experienced the romantic love relationship they’ve hoped for, this seminar will encourage you to hold on and trust God!)
6. Called to Above and Beyond Surrender
How to prepare for the Latter Rain, and be faithful even in the daily details of life, for God’s honor and glory!
Speakers: Sebastien and Candis Braxton
1. Advising Love’s Beginning: Attraction & Dating
This first session is about dealing with struggles of attraction, interest, and liking someone. How do we manage attraction? What if I like someone who’s not good for me emotionally or spiritually? How do we lay a good foundation?
2. Advising Love’s Growth: A Holy vs. An Unholy Courtship
This session we explore love’s journey in courtship. We will discover in complete transparency the signs of an unholy courtship and how to build and maintain a holy courtship. We will answer questions like: where did the concept of courtship come from? How do we set up physical boundaries and what if we violate them? How do we know when to end the courtship? Who should we include in our relationship for advice and counsel? And much more!
3. Advising Love’s Commitment: Engagement and Wedding
One of the most dangerous parts of love’s journey is the engagement and wedding. It may seem as if all is downhill from the proposal and acceptance, but in fact it is all uphill from here. We will answer questions like: Should we go forward no matter what? What happens if we are physically intimate during this time? How do we find godly pre-marital counseling? And much more!
4. Advising Love’s Experience: Married Life
Social media can be deceiving in how married life is presented. Love’s experience is not just romance, date nights, missions and vacations, but also awkwardness, conflicts, misunderstandings , and moments of loneliness. We will answer questions like: How do we continue our courtship well into our marriage? How do we engage in physical intimacy biblically and openly? What are some tactics for managing conflict? What if he/she breaks my trust through infidelity or inappropriate relationships? How do we build spiritual intimacy?
5. Advising Love’s Giving: Parenting and Family Life
There is a joy in loving each other, but an entirely different, unique joy in loving others together, especially our children. This session we will explore family life and parenting. How do we build a Christ-centered and biblical home? What guidelines should we use in the discipline of our children? How can our family engage the world outside? How do we divide the responsibilities between us? How and when should we reach out for help?
6. Advising Love Today: Trends and Practical Considerations (Q&A)
This session we will discover some modern trends in relationships due to changes in science, technology, and social media. We will also explore some practical considerations for the future. We will end with a 30- minute Q&A session.
Speaker: Ganoune Diop
1. Biblical Christian Covenant
4. Traditional Religions and Beliefs
5. Contemporary Secular and Post-Secular Worldviews
6. God’s Revealed Insights into our World of Religions and Beliefs
Speaker: Chad Kreuzer
Session 1 – Thinking Skeptics and Ignorant Christians
Often this is the perspective of the world. Is this reality? Are we to shut our eyes to science and focus on faith? In this seminar, we will lay the foundations for a reasonable faith.
Session 2 – Did Darwin Murder God?
Darwin claimed he had murdered God. In this message, we will look at compelling evidence that counteracts Darwin’s assertion. We also discover that the theory of evolution is a faith-based initiative.
Session 3 – What About Ape-Men?
Haven’t we already proven that man evolved from an ape-like creature? Can we harmonize this with Scripture? In this session, we look at some of the great errors, misconceptions, and fraud in the origins of humanity.
Session 4 – Age of The Earth
How solid are the dating methods? Doesn’t the Grand Canyon prove that the earth is at least millions of years old? Find out answers to these important questions.
Session 5 – Textbook Deceptions
Here we look at some of the greatest proofs in favor of evolution. We then look at how secular scientists reveal the errors of these icons of evolution. This session helps in finding answers to what you hear in school.
Session 6 – Is Evolution a Detriment to Health and Science?
There are two great stories of origins. Those who have held to the biblical view have enhanced longevity, health, and happiness. Should we get back to a biblical foundation?
women face today: our identity, our definitions of beauty, our purity in an age where soft porn is a cultural norm, the challenges and joys of singleness, and our call to live lives of loving significance.
Speaker: Janice Watson
1. Significantly His
2. Significantly Beautiful
3. Startlingly Clean in a Grimy World
4. Leading Significantly
5. Single and Significant?
6. Significance that Lasts
Speaker: Amanda Anguish
1. Steps to Christ-like Thinking
Ever wonder why you feel and act the way you do? Wish you could feel and act better so you can focus on your God-given purpose in life? This will show you how!
2. Cognitive Conflict of the Ages
Did you know there are lies we often tell ourselves that actually pull us further from God and our God-given purpose? Together, we’ll put those lies against the truth.
3. The Ministry of Healing the Mind
Do you wish you could just stop yourself from the negativity that fights for space in your head? In this session, we’ll pull out all the stops to stop the insanity.
4. Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing
Our last session in the series will specifically help us think from a higher place…a place with a holy perspective.
5. The Gift of Guilt and Shame
There’s a difference between guilt and shame. And how we see ourselves shows a lot about how we see God. Let’s put guilt and shame in their right place!
6. Christ-ians: Persecution and Pain
As Christians, we are promised pain and persecution. Does that freak you out? If you’re scared, no need to be, and I’ll show you why!
Speaker: Vicki Griffin
1. How Urgent is This Message?
Just how urgent is the message of biblical living, and how can we gain power in our lives and traction in the areas that bog us down? A look at the big picture, the big plan, and the even bigger promises.
2. God’s Peace Plan
God wants us to have abiding peace in the physical, mental, and spiritual realm. How can we secure it and maintain it in the midst of trouble, turmoil, and temptation? Learn how to adopt and incorporate God’s principles of peace into your life—for good!
3. Mindset Matters
Mindset has more to do with achieving and maintaining long-term success in personal goals and staying committed to important priorities. Learn the difference between the “fixed” versus “learning” mindset, and how you can develop the mental mettle to gain strength and strategies for success in the face of your greatest challenges.
4. Making Health Practical
This seminar on practical living will help you add pizzazz to your programming, fun to your outreach, and engage your team, church, and community, using methods that add value, vision, and motivation to learning new habits.
5. Leaders Lighting The Way
This seminar takes a biblical look at lessons in leadership, including the cost of leadership, the five laws of leadership, snapshots of leadership, and the results of leadership. Your church may be trained in many areas, but it takes insightful leadership to get things going.
6. Principles of Health – A Call to Balance
When people know that we are sound in our health teachings they will trust that we are sound in other biblical doctrines. In this session, we will explore the basic principles of sound health and theology of suffering. Learn the difference between health education and health communication, and why both are essential. Learn how to educate, motivate, and inspire your team and participants.
Speaker: Chantal Klingbeil
1. Personal Glimpses Into The Life and Times of Ellen G. White
What was Ellen White’s favorite color? What was her favorite dessert? What did she do for fun? Was she someone that you would have liked to be friends with? In this introductory seminar, we will read diary excerpts, personal letters and hear first-person accounts of those who knew Ellen White the person. Be prepared to be surprised!
2. Visions, Inspiration and The Bible
Why do I need Ellen White’s writings if I have the Bible? What does inspiration mean? Are Ellen’s White’s writings as inspired as the Bible? What was is like to have a vision? In this interactive seminar, we will tackle the big questions. Be ready to be involved!
3. For Here And Now
How relevant are Ellen White’s writings for me? What would I be missing out on if I never read Ellen White? Who should I date? How involved should I be in social and political issues? In this seminar, we will look at the specific areas in life that Ellen White’s writings can give us sound principles and timeless advice. Be ready to be challenged!
4. Reading Ellen White’s Writings in the 21st Century
What book should I begin with? Do I really need to learn to harness a buggy? So can I or can’t I eat eggs? After a brief introduction to the hermeneutics (process of reading), we break into small groups and practice reading and deciphering difficult Ellen White statements. Bring a Bible, your smartphone or another gadget and be prepared to practice active reading!
5. Reading Ellen White’s Writings in the 21st Century …continued
Is it wrong to buy a bicycle? Are taking selfies a sin? Can cosmetics really kill you? Continuing where we left off yesterday we practice finding the relevance of Ellen White statements for modern living. Remember your Bible and be prepared to think – hard!
6. Making the Introductions
How do I introduce Ellen White to someone who is not a Seventh-day Adventist? How do I share my new found love of Ellen White’s writings with older Adventists that are not as enthusiastic? What about kids – how do I get them interested in Ellen White’s books? In this final practical seminar, we look at some of the dos and don’ts of making a good first introduction to Ellen White’s writings. We also look at some of the books, games, and apps that can help. Bring along your experiences and questions!
1. Introduction into Literature Ministry – Kamil Metz
Come find out HOW our church’s publishing work started, WHAT we are doing now, and WHY it will continue to the very end. EGW R.E. Publishing Ministries: “From this small beginning it was shown to me to be like streams of light that went clear round the world.”
2. Introduction into Health Ministry – Shawn Craig
We are told that “we have come to a time where every member of the church should take hold of medical missionary work.” What does this mean practically? Is it that every member should stop what they are doing and become healthcare professionals? Or is it something more simple? In this session we will be taking a look what this every- member-ministry, i.e. health evangelism, looks like in the 21st Century.
3. Introduction into Outpost Ministry – Naomi Jackson
How can we possibly win souls for Christ while living in the middle of nowhere, distanced from the majority of civilization? Together we will discover God’s innovative plan for reaching out to the cities through thriving ministry centers in rural areas. Find out how God could turn your career path into full-time ministry.
4. Introduction into Global Mission/How to be a Missionary – John Baxter
Jesus gave the promise that the gospel will be shared in all the world and then He will return. We see signs all around us that scream that the apocalypse is near, yet there is the one sign that remains to be fulfilled: all have not yet heard. In these meetings you will learn how to prepare to be a missionary – spiritually, intellectually, and chronologically. You will have an opportunity to meet missionaries who have served for a few weeks, a year, and longer. God is calling for young people to go the uttermost parts of the world to hasten the coming of Jesus. Come and see – then go!
5. Introduction into Public Campus Ministry – Alanna Knapp
Four in five Adventist young people attend non-Adventist tertiary institutions but very few know what the Bible and Ellen White has to say about it. Come and get an overdue introduction to the age-old ministry to secular campuses.
6. Introduction into Wealthy, Worldly, and Well-educated Ministry – David Kim
The Wealthy, Worldly, and Well-Educated (“W3s”) are among the most difficult to reach with the Gospel. Yet, the Spirit of Prophecy tells us not only to reach them but to make them our first evangelistic priority. Sharing Christ with this group, however, can feel intimidating and even hopeless. Traditional methods tend not to work well with W3s. There is, however, a way! In this seminar, David, will describe an effective and easy approach to sharing your faith with even the most Wealthy, Worldly, and Well-Educated people in your sphere of influence.
Speaker: David Shin
1. The Shaking
Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it. A look at pivotal points in Adventist history – when challenges shook the bedrock of Adventism.
2. The Hijacking
An examination of the greatest coup in the history of Christian theology.
3. The Central Pillar
What is it? Is it solid? If you’re Adventist, you’d better know it – your belief system crumbles if you’re wrong.
4. Gospel Wars
Right wing or left wing? Extremist or fanatic? A rediscovery of the holy grail of balanced Christian living.
5. Last Generation Theology
It’s a term that 21st century Adventists are allergic to. How did we get here? A look at the most influential Adventist theologian that nobody has heard of.
6. The Omega Apostasy
Ellen White looked into the future and trembled. What did she see? An examination of the Alpha and Omega apostasy.
Speaker: Ingo Sorke
Session 1: The Moment of Truth: Investigating the Judgment
What Adventists mean by “Investigative Judgment” – and why it matters.
Session 2: 8:14 and 1844: Defending Daniel’s Details
A Bible study of Daniel’s (and Adventism’s) central prophecy.
Session 3: “Copy That”: The Prophet as End Time Example
While the prophecies are fascinating, Daniel’s personal life quickly emerges as an end time example of stellar integrity and courageous character.
Session 4: “The Hour of His Judgment”: A Study of Revelation 14:6-7
A Bible study of the heart of Revelation: the Three Angels’ Messages. What it means, why it matters.
Session 5: “I Know” – Jesus and Judgment
The Seven Churches of Revelation as case studies of reality.
Session 6: Laodicea: Last Church, Last Chance
An (urgent) Bible study of the last church of Revelation: a pointed appeal before it is too late.
Speaker: Mark Howard
1. When Evangelism Doesn’t Work
2. How to Get a Bible Study
3. Which Study Should I Use?
4. How to Give a REALLY GOOD Bible Study
5. How to Lead People to Accept the Truth
6. Keys to Success
Speaker: Jared Thurmon
1. Uber, Space X and Earth 2.0
What is driving so much innovation in the world today? Why has technology become so important in the last few years? Are we going to soon colonize other planets?
2. Kardashian Selfies
Social media is more influential than ever. Is it really all about getting more followers? We’re going to dive in and explore what makes the selfie generation so influential.
3. Pokemon, Great White Sharks and Virtual Reality
Whether it’s Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality, the entire landscape of entertainment is about to change. How do people of faith engage with VR content? Why are Facebook and others pouring billions into this new technology?
4. Mario, the Princess and Bowser
The most famous video game in history has fascinating similarities to the war in the Bible. A hero seeks to rescue a woman from the clutches of the dragon – sound familiar? Join us as we discuss the intrigue of gamification, it’s influence in pop culture and how technology is influencing it all.
5. Are you a Belieber?
Music is one of the most powerful elements in the world. Why are men so audibly driven? Why do women so often sing about love and heartbreak? Join us as we discuss the power of music and why it’s driving so much technology today.
6. Lucifer: Marvel Universe
For 6000 years, Lucifer has been planning for his arrival on the world stage. Though none of us have seen the movie, we do have early access to the trailer. What did Ellen White see coming on the earth? We hear Jesus is coming soon but what about the fallen angel Lucifer? Is Lucifer using technology to prepare us for his arrival?
Can these ancient Eastern practices truly be separated from their spiritual roots? And from whom did the founders of these arts receive their inspiration? Does the study of these mystical art forms really lead to a more disciplined way of life, as is being promoted by the media today? Are our children being made better men and women of God, and prepared for eternity through the study and practice of these Eastern philosophies and forms?
Why are we now seeing such a growing influence of Eastern thought and ancient mystical religious exercises within the Christian church today? And are these Eastern philosophies being subtly introduced through the practices of Spiritual Formation and the Emergent Church?
In this powerful new series, we take a closer look at Martial arts, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Tai-chi and Yoga, examining their practice and teachings in the light of God’s Holy Word. Are these art forms based on mere physical skill and ability, as is so often cited by their proponents? Or is there something darker and more deceptive working behind the scenes?
In a world growing ever closer to our final destiny, and the second coming (return) of the Son of Almighty God, we have been foretold of the coming of a last great deception, and the role which spiritualism will play in this final generation; to stand or fall in the battle of that great day . . . !
Speaker: Eric Wilson
1. The Serpent’s Whisper – Spiritualism in Our Modern World!
2. Not Against Flesh and Blood…
3. Possession – and the Throne of the Heart?
4. Yoga, Tai-chi and Eastern Mysticism – the Roots of the Tree?
5. Spiritual Formation – the Omega of a Most Startling Nature?
6. Stones of Fire – the Mystery of God Unveiled!
Speaker: Chester Clark
1. Power in the Word
The Word of God has incredible power to change lives. Tap into that power by learning how to properly understand and study the Bible!
2. The Nature of Revelation and Inspiration
How you understand this topic will dramatically influence how you study and understand God’s Word – and the authority it will hold in your life!
3. A Brief History of Biblical Interpretation
Learning from the past often brings the present into clearer focus! In this seminar, we explore how Christian thought has often swung between pendulums of biblical interpretation – and we will be better equipped to recognize the extremes.
4. Letting the Word Speak
Don’t get lost in the theory! Learn practical pointers for interpreting scripture and applying it to your life.
5. Understanding Prophecy
We can’t, in one seminar, cover all of Daniel and Revelation and other end-time prophecies. But we can learn several clear, simple principles and guidelines that will protect you from 95% of the deceptive and often sensational misinterpretations!
6. Power in Personal Bible Study
Helpful hints to help you get the most out of your devotional life – or start one!
Speaker: Kameron DeVasher, Ted Wilson
1. Total Member Involvement
In 2015 the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists launched a bold outreach initiative called “Total Member Involvement.” This seminar session, presented by Elder Ted Wilson, will explore the roots and objectives of TMI and share exciting stories of how God is using the efforts of consecrated lay members to finish His work in this generation.
2. Ask the President! (Q & A with Elder Ted Wilson)
This session, moderated by Pastor Kameron DeVasher, will be an opportunity to hear the president of the General Conference answer questions submitted by GYC attendees.
3. It’s Time To Eat Grandpa
In its early years, the Seventh-day Adventist Church grew exceedingly fast and in many areas of the world such growth continues today. This session will explore one of the main reasons why church growth has slowed in some places and demonstrate the need for every member to be a missionary for Jesus Christ.
4. The Ministry That Died And Nobody Noticed
There was a time in the Seventh-day Adventist Church when every member was expected to be actively engaged in missionary activity, personally winning souls to Christ. This session will examine what happened to Personal Ministries and how you can help revive this vital aspect of local church life.
5. Mining The Manual
One of the most member-empowering documents in the Seventh-day Adventist Church today is the church manual. This session will explore some of the hidden gems in the SDA Church Manual and encourage attendees not to re-invent the wheel, but to simply learn to drive the car we already have!
6. Moving The Ship
In Christian Service, p. 59 we are counseled that, “Many would be willing to work if they were taught how to begin.” This final session will highlight some of the fundamental ways individual members can influence their church family to focus on the privilege and responsibility of sharing the Three Angels’ Messages with the world.
1. ¡Orden en la Sala!: Los Juzgadores del Juicio
2. ¿Yo tengo esperanza en el Juicio?
3. Descubriendo Esperanza en el Santuario
4. Investigando al Juicio Investigador
5. El Dios Juzgado
6. ¡No Culpable!: El Movimiento Apocalíptico Vindicado