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What Seventh-day Adventists Believe
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What Seventh-day Adventists Believe
As Christians, Seventh-day Adventists are rooted in the beliefs described by the Holy Scriptures. Adventists describe these beliefs in the following ways:

God wants you to know Him

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

God most clearly reveals His character through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus, who is fully God - immortal, eternal, and all-knowing - put aside His divinity and came to earth to live as a human being (Romans 8:3.) Thus, the Creator became one with His creation. The Bible says that "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23.) The Bible also says that "all have sinned" (Romans 3:23.)  The Father did not want us to die, so He sent Jesus to pay the penalty we deserve for our choices against God and His ways. Jesus' death guarantees forgiveness to those who accept Him as their Savior and who, because of their love for Jesus, allow the Holy Spirit to change their hearts. 

The Bible helps us understand God's love, character, and grace. Experiencing that love begins a lifelong adventure in growth and service. This knowledge and experience powers our mission to tell the world about His love and His offer of salvation.

Scripture directs how we live

Scripture is a road map. The Bible is God's voice, speaking His love personally to you today.

The Bible is like a detailed road map that clearly shows the way to heaven. It is also much like an owner's manual for a life ready to be lived to the fullest.

Sometimes God's voice speaks through stories, such as those of David and Goliath, Ruth and Boaz, and Christ and His disciples. These stories teach us how to handle the troubles we face each day and fill us with hope and peace. Each of them is like a personal letter from God to you.

Portions of Scripture are direct instructions and laws from God such as the Ten Commandments, recorded in Exodus 20. These tell us more about God's character and help us to understand His love and care for us. When people asked Jesus to summarize these commands, He said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself," (Luke 10:27.)  We believe that keeping the Ten Commandments is not done in order to be saved, but is something that is done out of a heart filled with gratitude to our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, for Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments," John 14:15.

On other pages, the Bible gives God's practical advice and encouragement through parables, lists, promises, and warnings. 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. This book is always His voice talking personally to anyone who is willing to read and hear.

God loves us even when we choose to reject His love. In those times, He allows us to walk away into the life of our own choices. He gives us free will and only wants us to love him out of a free and willing heart.  When we choose Him, He is always there to help us.

Jesus never changes

Jesus is the One who never changes in a universe that always does. Jesus is Creator, Sustainer, Savior, Friend, God's Son, and God Himself!

Everything in this world is always changing, even our desires, interests, skills, and body shapes. But Jesus? He's consistent. He's always the same. Sure, He's always surprising us and touching our lives in thousands of new and different ways, but His character is unchanging.

Jesus has promised to be all of that, and more, for each of us. We can trust His promises because He is God. He keeps us held together when the enemy is trying to tear us apart.

The Bible describes Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit as each being committed to our growth as Christians. Allow Him into your life and  He will immediately begin "remodeling" who you are and how you live. Jesus, in fact, is busily transforming His followers into accurate representatives of God's character.

Look to Jesus, and you'll be looking into the understanding and loving face of God.

What God wants for you

God's vision for you is abundant life! God loves you, and wants to give you the highest quality of life imaginable.

This is why He provides church families where we can belong. This is why He gives each of us special gifts and talents, so we can live life fully. Amazingly, this is why He's concerned about what you're doing and how you relate to Him. God doesn't want anything to get in the way of His relationship with you. He especially doesn't want us to get involved in anything damaging or hurtful. He's like a loving father. He loves you so much and He's always looking out for you.

When God designed you, He included special talents and skills that make you a uniquely valuable individual. These may be your ability to teach, or your leadership skills. Whatever special gifts you have received, God has also provided all of the energy and wisdom necessary for you to use them well.

By the way, how God feels about death is part of the quality life He offers. For followers of Christ, death holds no fear. Remember, Jesus defeated death at His resurrection and has given His followers freedom from death. Cemeteries are filled with followers of God who are awaiting the resurrection. Yes, they are dead, but that death holds no power over their future. Jesus is coming to take them (and those of us who are still living) HOME!

The Seventh-day Adventist faith overflows with hope!

God loves you

In the heart of God is a place for you. God loves you, and wants to spend time with you personally, one on one, as two close friends.

Because you and God are friends, you will spend time together as friends do. Each morning you'll share a hello and a hug and discuss how you can face the day's events together. Throughout the day you'll talk with Him about how you feel. You'll laugh with Him at funny things and ache with Him over sadness and hurts. It's pleasant being God's friend, able to snuggle comfortably into the safety of His arms. You can always trust Him to treat you well, because He loves you.

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" which means "rest" 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! A day to spend together.

God has a plan for your life.

God made you and has a very special plan for your life. It's a plan that will fill you with hope, love, peace, and activity. In fact, when Christ paid the penalty for sin on the cross, that gave Him the right to claim you as His own. As a result, you can experience His love and priceless salvation freely and fully without limit.

God cleans away all our sins and replaces them with His goodness. We don't have to be "good" before He will accept us. We can come to Him just as we are. Nevertheless, we must accept His promise and allow Him to clean out every foothold the enemy has in our hearts. Then we begin to experience the transforming power of God's love. It's like a giant war: one side pulling us toward empty pleasure and destruction, and God urging us to accept His offer of peace and purpose.  It is a process that can be painful at times, but our loving heavenly Father is right there with us with all the strength we need to overcome the enemy.

Remember, Jesus has already won the war. He is victorious! We celebrate His victory in our lives when we participate in the Lord's Supper. This service includes three symbols:

  • Foot washing (which symbolizes our commitment to love and serve others as Jesus loves and serves us),
  • unleavened bread (Jesus said, "the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world" John 6:51), and
  • pure grape juice ("Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:54.)

To help us understand how God can transform us into His children, Jesus modeled the process of baptism for us. Baptism symbolizes 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 ". . .we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." (Romans 6:4.) Through baptism we are truly born again in Jesus.

Eternal life, peace, purpose, forgiveness, transforming grace, hope: Everything He promises is ours, because He's offering it and He's shown us that we can trust Him to do exactly as He promises. Accept Him, and you immediately become an active part of His family.