Andreas Dura (1954- ) is the main minister of our worldwide church. He currently lives and works in Germany. His place in our church is analogous to what Martin Luther or John Wesley were to their respective churches: a leader who gives guidance and messages to the church as a whole.
Around 1989, when Fred Wright, the founder of our church, started getting too weak to continue his public ministry, Andreas gradually took over that responsibility and was officially ordained to the task in August 1994.
I had the opportunity to visit our church center in Germany a few times, and spend altogether over 2 years there, working on various projects. During the last visit I had the privilege to attend a Missionary Seminar (an experimental series of classes to educate missionaries), in which Andreas led out in two of the classes: the study of the two books: The Desire of Ages (on the life of Christ), and The Great Controversy (history and prophecy). I have listed some of the PowerPoint Presentations from these studies in the Media section of this website.
Andreas is so busy he has never had the leisure to sit down and write books, so much of what he has taught is via camp-meetings and seminars. Some of these have been transcribed, and I am in the process of reformatting these, and will upload them here as they become available.
Leaving Our Own World
The theme of our International Camp Meeting in 2003 was “Leaving Our Own World”. You can download a PDF transcript of those studies by clicking the image to the right. The slideshow can be viewed here: Leaving Our Own World.
There was also a song written to go with this theme, which you can view here: I’ll Leave My Own World Behind.
The studies started with a consideration of the ten virgins from the parable of Matthew 25:1-13. Five of these virgins were not ready to meet their Lord, even though they associated with those who were looking for that event, and professed to be preparing for it. What was it that prevented them from being ready? What did they do with their time when they should have been getting ready?
In the parable, the readiness is manifested by having “oil in their vessels”. Oil represents the Holy Spirit, and the vessel is the human soul. How is one filled with this oil? By “asking, seeking, and knocking” (Matthew 7:7,8). This filling of the oil represents the character work within the human, bringing him into likeness with Christ, and oneness with Him in His Father’s work to bless the world. It means centering in His work, and making that the first aim.
But the foolish virgins fail to do this, and the reason is that they have distracted themselves with “their own world.” They are actually centered in their own pursuits, ideas, and pleasures, but try to carry these on within the household of God. They try to marry God’s work with their own, so as to have the benefit of both.
But while they are able to keep up a good appearance in normal times, when the crisis comes, and God’s work requires a sudden sacrifice, they are found without the necessary character strength and faith that can handle this kind of pressure. The fig-leaves of their own righteousness are torn away, and they do not have the fitness to endure the test and carry on the work.
The rich young ruler (Mark 10:17-23) is an excellent example of this type of problem. He wanted to follow Christ, but Jesus discerned that he was building on his own earthly treasures and attainments. Jesus told him to “sell all” but this was too great a sacrifice. He could not let go of “his own world.” He had another god before the true God, and this robbed him of the joy and freedom he could have had in following the Saviour. His real potential was never realized. 254p
Practical Missionary Work in the Last Days
The missionary work by which the gospel will go to all the world in the final warning (of Revelation 14 and 18) is to be practical in nature: combining healing and teaching, just as the Saviour did when He was personally on the earth.
The work must be selfless, thorough, pure, tireless, and full of sympathy, patience, and love. These thoughts are explored in the studies. 122p
- The Loud Cry
- Practical Work Gives Power
- Personal Responsibility
- The Still, Small Voice
- Presenting Something Better
- Basic Principles in Public Work
- Striving for Excellence
- Proclaiming the Lord’s Death
Building an Institution
Daniel and Ezra are considered as examples of people who took an active interest in the work of God.
The principles of Christ’s work when the Saviour ministered during his earthly sojourn are covered. These same principles are to be the foundation of the work done by the church in these last days.
We must “follow the Lamb, wherever he goes.” (Revelation 14:4). 92p
- Daniel and Ezra
- Jesus is the Pattern
- The Way of Jesus
- Out of the Common Order
- Following Jesus
Joshua and Caleb
Joshua and Caleb were the two faithful men among the twelve originally sent to spy out the land of Canaan. Because the other ten spies brought back a discouraging report, the people lost faith and had to wander forty more years in the wilderness, until they all passed away and left the heritage to their children.
But Joshua and Caleb, because of their faith, were promised entry into the land. They are, therefore, shining examples of those people of faith who will triumph in these last days, and “hasten the coming” of Christ by their cooperation with Him.
The heavenly promised land will be entered because of the victories gained by future “Joshua’s” and “Caleb’s”. To be like them, we must learn from them. That is the purpose of these studies. 54p
- Joshua: Trust in God’s Power
- Faith and the Casting of Lots
- Caleb: Faith in the Word
- Other Examples of Faith
- Keeping the Mind on Christ
Winning the Edomites
When the Israelites were coming into the Promised Land, they had a chance to go through the land of Edom, the descendants of Jacob’s brother, Esau. The miraculous supply of water stopped, because a new door of opportunity had opened: to trade with the Edomites, and thus give these ancient relatives a chance to see God’s glory.
They failed to see the opportunity God had presented to them to selflessly serve their neighbor and give the revelation of God’s character that He wanted them to give. And consequently, because of the delay caused by their murmuring at the drying up of the water supply, the Edomites refused the entrance, and they had to go around that land.
These lessons are applied to us today. Do we see the opportunity God is giving us to serve our neighbor with true unselfish love? In the last chapter, Jesus is upheld as the supreme example, One who never thought about His own advantage, but always on the needs of others, and how to help them. 71p
- A Part of the Whole Body
- A Change of Supply
- Who Are the Edomites?
- Trading with Heaven’s Goods
- A Fitness for the Work
- Understanding the Needs of Another
The Gospel of Healing
These five studies are from the 2015 International Seminar in Germany.
These studies explore the way in which Jesus combined teaching and healing in his ministry, as an example for us. The Sabbath is also considered, as a day on which Jesus did many of his recorded healings, and why it was so, and why it must be so again. 53p
13 If you turn away your foot from the sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shall honour him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words:
14 Then shall you delight yourself in the Lord; and I will cause you to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.
- The Gospel of Healing
- Freedom in Health Work
- Teaching and Healing
- The Sabbath and Healing
- Self-Examination and Healing
Arabian Spring, Fukushima, and What Comes next?
The self-confidence, and dependence of man on his technology and science, has led to the rise of Atheism. But growing and unsolvable world problems will set the stage for the rise of another power. This power will be religious in character, but will be driven by a false understanding of God’s character.
Those who understand God’s character rightly, will know what these unfolding events mean. 25p
Is God’s Church Organized?
Organization: is it a humanly-devised curse to spirituality, or is it a divinely-ordained vehicle for unifying the body of Christ?
This book is composed of nine articles that were originally published between April 1996 and May 1998. They cover the topic of church organization in a concise, yet comprehensive way. All the tough questions are asked, and answered from the Bible and history.
What are the phases that a reformation movement goes through in organizing? Is formal organization an Old Testament institution? Is each church or believer an independent atom? What role do church centers play? What is the difference between a center and “centralism”? What about a church name? 140p
- Historical Development of a Reformation Movement
- God Gathers His People
- The Nature of God’s Church
- The Organization of God’s People in the Old Testament
- The Organization of God’s People in the New Testament
- God Gives His People a Name
- The Question of a Center – Part 1
- The Question of a Center – Part 2
- A Church Chronicle
The School of Life
Whenever humans get themselves into trouble, God can use the very consequences of these actions, to work the purification of our characters. This depends on us handing the problems over to him, and accepting the circumstances (in His hand) as a means through which He will build the right character in us.
The great danger is that we will interpret these circumstances as something against us, and begin to be filled with self-pity, and then try to find ways of escaping the bitter trials. So this booklet attempts to deal with this problem, and show us how to maintain a right attitude to the trials and troubles of life.
Jesus, Joseph, John the Baptist, and Ellen White are held out as examples of people who reacted in a way that God could bless. 44p
- Accepting the School of Life
- John the Baptist
- The School of Life Rejected
- Jesus in the School of Life
- Deliverance from Self-Pity
Reformation and Reformation: How They Work Together
Revival is a start, or beginning, of new life. Reformation is the steady growth of the new life. But smaller revivals are needed during the work of reformation.
This booklet is a short study on these two works, concentrating especially on how they work hand-in-hand. It looks at the three phases of spiritual growth: the normal day-to-day experience, the time of the end (just prior to Christ’s return), and the heavenly experience. 31p
- Creation is Revival
- What is Reformation?
- Is There a Work of Reformation after Creation?
- Is There Also a Work of Reformation after Resurrection?
- Is there a Work of Reformation after Rebirth?
- A Singular and Perfect Revival
- Not a Perfect Human Nature
- Two Parallel Tasks
- Revival and Reformation Belong Together
- The Goal of Reformation
- A Closer Look at Spiritual Reformation
- The Experience of the Disciples
- What Needs to be Done First?
- The Experience of John the Baptist
There is a larger book with the same title, written by Fred Wright, which explains the difference between the Revival and the Reformation in greater detail. It’s available here: Revival and Reformation.