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What Seventh-day Adventists Believe

As a Christian Church, Seventh-day Adventists are a faith community rooted in the beliefs described by the Holy Scriptures.  Adventists believe:

God wants you to know Him.

God’s greatest desire is for you to see a clear picture of His character.  When you see Him clearly, you will find His love irresistible.  As we begin to experience His love, our own lives will begin to make more sense.

God loves you, and wants to spend time with you personally, one on one, as two close friends throughout each day you will talk with Him about how you feel.  You will laugh with Him at times and you will at other times cry with Him.  It’s pleasant being God’s friend.

This is why the Seventh-day (Saturday) is an extra-special part of the relationship.  The Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, describes the seventh-day as the one day God has set aside for focused fellowship with His people.  God has named that day “Sabbath” and asked us to spend it with Him. “Remember the Sabbath day”, He says, “to keep it holy.”  The Sabbath is a whole day to deepen our friendship with the Creator of the universe.

Scripture directs how we live.

The pages of the Bible give us a road map.  The Bible speaks the Creator’s directions to us.  It’s much like an owner’s manual for a life ready to be lived in the liberty of His love.

Sometime’s His voice speaks through stories, such as those of David & Goliath, Ruth & Boaz, Naaman’s little servant girl.  Some of the stories in the Bible teach use how to handle the troubles we face each day.  Others fill us with hope and peace.

Portions of scripture are direct instructions and laws from God such as the Ten Commandments, recorded in Exodus 20.  When people asked Jesus to summarize these commands, He focused on the way God’s love affects the way we live.  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

On other pages the Bible gives God’s practical advice and encouragement through parables and promises.  Amazingly, though many different writers throughout thousands of years wrote the Bible, each page describes the same God in ways we can understand and apply in our lives today.

Jesus never changes.

Jesus is the one who never changes in a universe that always does.  Jesus is Creator, Sustainer, Savior, Friend, and God Himself.  Jesus has promised to be all of that, and more, for each of us.

Seventh-day Adventists believe that Jesus is one of the three persons, called the Godhead.  The Bible describes Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit as three separate persons yet each equally committed to our growth as Christians and to our salvation.  They made this salvation possible when Jesus came to Bethlehem as a human baby.  He lived a life perfectly in accord with God’s will and then died innocently for all of our sins.  The tomb where they laid Him is empty, for He came back to life three days later.  Now He is in heaven working hand in hand with the Father and the spirit for our redemption.  Look to Jesus, and you will be looking into the understanding and loving face of God the Father.

God has a plan for your life.

God’s vision is to give you the highest quality of life imaginable.  That is why He provides church families where we can belong.  That is why He wants us to take care of our bodies in such a way that glorifies Him.  He designed each one of us with special talents and skills that will help you become a uniquely valuable individual.

By the way, how God feels about death is part of the quality of life He offers.  For followers of Christ, death holds no fear.  Remember, Jesus defeated death on Calvary.  Cemeteries are filled with followers who are in the peaceful sleep before the resurrection.  Yes, they are dead, which means they are unconscious and completely unaware, but that death holds no power over their future.  Jesus is coming to take them and those who are still living, Home!!!

To help us understand how God can transform us into His friends, Jesus modeled the process of baptism for us.  Baptism symbolized dying to self and coming alive in Jesus.  Seventh-day Adventists practice full immersion baptism because by being fully buried beneath the water we symbolize that God’s grace fully fills us with His new life for the future.  Through baptism we are truly born again in Jesus.

Eternal life, peach, purpose, forgiveness, transforming grace, hope: Everything He promises is ours, because God’s offering it and He’s shown we can trust Him to do exactly as He promises.  Accept His gifts, and you immediately become an active part of His family, and He joyfully becomes part of yours.