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Our Beliefs


Salvation:  Like Jesus, we believe that the major message of the Bible is God’s plan of salvation.  God sent His one and only Son to earth to live a perfect life and die on the cross for sinners.  As we accept His gift and believe in who He is and what He has done, we receive the gift of salvation.  (Luke 19:10, Romans 10:9-10)

Second Coming:  Jesus said that He would come a second time and that His followers could know when His coming is near.  On average, one out of every eight verses in the New Testament points to this great event.  His first coming was called His first advent (appearing).  His second coming will be His second advent (appearing).  People who believe that He will come a second time are often called “Adventists”.  We long to be ready, by His grace, for His second advent.  (Matthew 24, John 14:1-3)

Sanctuary:  We believe that Jesus is now ministering in the sanctuary in heaven where He “ever lives to make intercession for us”.  We believe, on the basis of Bible prophecy, that He will soon complete all aspects of His High Priestly ministry and return to earth.  (Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 8:1-4, Daniel 8:14, Revelation 14:6-7)

Sabbath:  We have chosen to follow Christ’s example of worshiping on the seventh day of the week, Saturday, the Bible Sabbath.  On the Sabbath, Christ rested from His work as Creator and Redeemer.  We worship on the Sabbath because Jesus asks His followers to express their love by keeping the commandments. (Luke 4:16, John 14:15, 1 John 2:3)

State of the Dead:  When Jesus’ friend Lazarus died, Jesus described death as a sleep.  Lazarus “slept” in death, until Jesus said with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”  When Jesus comes the second time, His voice will awaken everyone from the grave.  His friends will be resurrected to everlasting life, and His enemies to condemnation.  (John 11:11-14, John 5:28-29)

Spiritual Gifts:  Before Jesus returned to heaven after His death, He promised that He would send the Holy Spirit to His followers in a more marked manner.  We believe in the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit in the church (the body of Christ) until the end of time.  God desires that believers demonstrate the fruits of the Spirit and that all of the gifts of the Spirit will be present among God’s people as He directs.  (John 16:7, Galatians 5, Ephesians 4, Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12)

Standards:  A Christian follows Christ in all things.  Christians must not simply believe the right teachings.  They also, by God’s grace, live the Christian lifestyle.  Christians will honor God by what they eat or drink or whatever they do.  (1 John 2:6, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 1 Corinthians 10:31)

Our General Conference website displays an extensive view of what our beliefs are as Seventh-day Adventists.

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