Lessons at the Red Sea: Cotterell Encourages St. James to ‘Stand Still’

  •   Adiese A. Jonas Murphy, Associate Communication Director
  •  Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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Pastor Cotterell speaking at the St. James Convention held at the Seventh-day Adventist Conference Centre, Montego Bay. | PHOTO CREDITS:  Michael Fletcher

Congregants from the Parish St. James gathered at the Seventh-day Adventist Conference Centre in Mount Salem, Montego Bay to be spiritually electrified and rejuvenated by the Word of God, at the recently concluded Convention Service held on Sabbath January 20, 2018.

As is the annual custom, many came with expectations of how Convention 2018 would unfold and to their delight were not at all disappointed. From the jam packed and eventually overflowing auditorium, to eyes distinctly glued on each presentation, Convention 2018 proved not only to be a blessing for those who attended, but also a life changing event eight Individuals who surrendered their lives to the Lord through baptism.

Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Director of the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Adrian Cotterell was the specially assigned Speaker for the day. Cotterell’s message spoke to the hearts of those in attendance as He referenced lessons learned from His life.

He pointed the congregation to the myriad of lessons that they are to learn from the Lord when He tests their faith through what He called ‘Red Sea’ experiences, citing examples from the book of Exodus, and the journey of the Children of Israel from Egypt to the Caanan, (the Promised Land).

“When God leads you to the Red Sea,” he said “don’t cry, don’t murmur, don’t blame God, don’t blame your leaders, don’t blame anybody, talk to God!” He continued, “God will tell you why you are facing the Red Sea. He has brought you to the Red Sea to show you something and He wants to teach you lessons. Learn the lessons when you are at the Red Sea,” he admonished the Congregation.

“It was quite relevant and well presented,” said Annette Thompson, Administrative Assistant to the Treasurer of the West Jamaica Conference. “I was really blessed.”

Jean- Marie Barrett from the Seventh-day Adventist Church at Harrison was also rejuvenated by the presentation of the Word of God. “The message re-energized me,” she said in a radiant tone. “I believe the sermon was timely and for me overall, the message was solid! The entire day’s proceeding was executed well,” she concluded.

In addition to those who expressed their delight with the day’s proceedings, eight individuals were baptized. This is the highest recorded number of souls to make this bold decision for the Lord, since the series of Conventions began on Sabbath January 13, 2018. We glorify the Lord!

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