Where The Bible Has Led Us
As a Christian church, Seventh-day Adventists are a faith community rooted in the beliefs described by the Holy Scriptures. Adventists describe these beliefs in the following ways:
For many, "seeing God clearly" requires that they see God's face. However, how He looks is not the issue. Seeing and understanding His character is what's most important. 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 in three great events. The first is His creation of man and woman--and His giving them the freedom of choice. He created humans with the ability to choose to love Him or to hate Him! The death of Jesus Christ, God's only Son, on the cross as our substitute is the second great event. In that act He paid the penalty we deserve for our hateful choices toward God and His ways. Jesus' death guarantees forgiveness for those choices and allows us to spend eternity with Him. The third event confirms the first two and fills every heart with hope: Christ's tomb is empty! He is alive, living to fill us with His love!
Jesus' disciple John wrote that if everyone wrote all the stories they knew about Jesus, the whole world could not contain them. Our knowledge of God helps us understand His 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.
The Bible speaks the Creator's directions to us, like a detailed road map that clearly shows the exit ramp directly into heaven. It is also much like an owner's manual for a life ready to be lived on the cutting edge of liberty.
Sometimes His voice speaks through stories, such as those of David and Goliath, Ruth and Boaz, Naaman's little servant girl, Christ on the cross, and fisherman Peter learning how to tend sheep. Some of these stories teach us how to handle the troubles we face each day. Others 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 and His expectations for us. 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," He said. "And love your neighbor as you love yourself."
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. Yet He is still there, always ready to redeem us from the results of our decisions.
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. He's God's Son, the Creator, our Saviour, and Friend.
Jesus has promised to be all of that, and more, for each of us. We can trust His promises because He is God. The words of Colossians say "And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist" 1:17 NKJV. that includes everything in our lives. He keeps us whole when the enemy is trying to make us fall apart.
The Bible describes Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit as each being committed to our growth as Christians and to our salvation. They made this salvation possible when Jesus came to Bethlehem as a human baby, lived a life perfectly in accord with God's will and then died innocently for all of our sins. He was placed in a borrowed tomb, but He came back to life three days later. Now he is in heaven interceding with the Father for us, preparing for our deliverance from sin and death.
When everything may be falling apart, when you feel totally alone in the universe, Jesus is right there in the center of it all, offering personal peace and hope. Allow Him into your life. He immediately begins "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.
No, not a second-rate existence somewhere on earth, but the highest quality of life imaginable, here and in eternity with Him! That's what God wants us to have. The best!
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, when you're doing it, and how you relate to Him. God doesn't want anything to get in the way of our friendship. He especially doesn't want us to get involved in anything damaging or hurtful. He's like a loving father or a good big brother. He's someone who loves you so much that He's always looking out for you.
When God designed you, He included special talents and skills that will help you become a uniquely valuable individual. These may be your ability to teach, your love for others, or your leadership skills. Still, 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 on Calvary. Cemeteries are filled with followers of God who are in God's eyes "sleeping" before 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! Death is almost like a wintery promise of spring.
Because love is the key aspect of His character, God is also deeply into gratitude. Before we even finish saying thank you, He's already busy sending more blessings.
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In the heart of God is a place you can experience as home. 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 discuss how you can face the day's events. 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 relax comfortably into the safety of your relationship. 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" 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 when we're together, Jesus with us and us with Jesus.
There's another great truth about friendship with God. It doesn't end in a cemetery, for God is planning a homecoming better than anything we can dream. A homecoming filled with angels, trumpets, Jesus, and resurrections! He's promised to bring His followers, those who have accepted the offer of His life-changing love, from this earth to His home, a place He calls heaven. A place where our friendship can go on growing forever, endlessly, joyfully!
- God keeps a family album-and your picture is in it. God loves you and has a plan for your life.
God's love is about you. Personally.
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.
By the way, pictures of everyone fill that album: Nepalese, Brazilians, Nigerians, Yupiks, Germans, people of every nation, culture, background, gender, hair color, and foot size. In God's eyes all are equally "children of the King"!
Salvation? God cleans away all our sins and replaces them with His goodness. We don't have to be "good" for Him to accept us. Nevertheless, we must accept His promise and allow Him to clean out everything the enemy has left in us. Then we begin to experience the transforming power of His 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.
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 meal includes three symbols:
- Foot washing (which symbolizes our commitment to love others as Jesus loves us),
- bread ("I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world." John 6:51 NKJV), and
- wine or grape juice ("Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:54 NKJV)
To help us understand how God can transform us into His children, 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, peace, purpose, forgiveness, transforming grace, hope: Everything He promises is ours, because He'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.
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28 Fundamental Beliefs
Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as their only creed and hold certain fundamental beliefs to be the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. These beliefs, as set forth here, constitute the church's understanding and expression of the teaching of Scripture.
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1 . The Holy Scriptures: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
The Holy Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, are the written Word of God, given by divine inspiration through holy men of God who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. In this Word, God has committed to man the knowledge necessary for salvation. The Holy Scriptures are the infallible revelation of His will. They are the standard of character, the test of experience, the authoritative revealer of doctrines, and the trustworthy record of God's acts in history. Psalms 119:105 | Proverbs 30:5-6 | Isaiah 8:20 | John 17:17
1 Thessalonians 2:13 | 2 Timothy 3:16-17 | Hebrews 4:12 | 2 Peter 1:20-21
2. The Godhead/Trinity: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons. God is immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, above all, and ever present. He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, yet known through His self-revelation. He is forever worthy of worship, adoration, and service by the whole creation. Deuteronomy 6:4 | Matthew 28:19 | Acts17:29 KJV
Romans 1:20 KJV | 2 Corinthians 13:14 | Colossians 2:8-9 KJV
Ephesians 4:4-6 | 1 Timothy 1:17 | 1 Peter 1:2 | Revelation 14:7
3. The Father: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
God the eternal Father is the Creator, Source, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all creation. He is just and holy, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. The qualities and powers exhibited in the Son and the Holy Spirit are also revelations of the Father.
Genesis 1:1 | Exodus 34:6-7 | John 3:16 | John 14:9 | 1 Corinthians 15:28
1 Timothy 1:17 | 1 John 4:8 | Revelation 4:11
4. The Son: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
God the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ. Through Him all things were created, the character of God is revealed, the salvation of humanity is accomplished, and the world is judged. Forever truly God, He became also truly man, Jesus the Christ. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived and experienced temptation as a human being, but perfectly exemplified the righteousness and love of God. By His miracles He manifested God's power and was attested as God's promised Messiah. He suffered and died voluntarily on the cross for our sins and in our place, was raised from the dead, and ascended to minister in the heavenly sanctuary in our behalf. He will come again in glory for the final deliverance of His people and the restoration of all things. Luke 1:35 | John 1:1-3,14 | John 5:22 | John 10:30; 14:9
John 14:1-3 | Romans 6:23 | 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
2 Corinthians 5:17-19 | Philippians 2:5-11 | Colossians 1:15-19
Hebrews 2:9-18 | Hebrews 8:1-2
5. The Holy Spirit: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
God the eternal Spirit was active with the Father and the Son in Creation, incarnation, and redemption. He inspired the writers of Scripture. He filled Christ's life with power. He draws and convicts human beings; and those who respond He renews and transforms into the image of God. Sent by the Father and the Son to be always with His children, He extends spiritual gifts to the church, empowers it to bear witness to Christ, and in harmony with the Scriptures leads it into all truth. Genesis 1:1-2 | Luke 1:35; 4:18
John 14:16-18, 26; 15:26-27; 16:7-13 | Acts 1:8 | Acts 10:38
2 Corinthians 3:18 | Ephesians 4:11-12 | 2 Peter 1:21
6. Creation: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
God is Creator of all things, and has revealed in Scripture the authentic account of His creative activity. In six days the Lord made "the heaven and the earth" and all living things upon the earth, and rested on the seventh day of that first week. Thus He established the Sabbath as a perpetual memorial of His completed creative work. The first man and woman were made in the image of God as the crowning work of Creation, given dominion over the world, and charged with responsibility to care for it. When the world was finished it was ``very good,'' declaring the glory of God. Genesis 1;2 | Exodus 20:8-11
Psalms 19:1-6; 33:6,9; 104 | Hebrews 11:3
7. The Nature of Man: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
Man and woman were made in the image of God with individuality, the power and freedom to think and to do. Though created free beings, each is an indivisible unity of body, mind, and spirit, dependent upon God for life and breath and all else. When our first parents disobeyed God, they denied their dependence upon Him and fell from their high position under God. The image of God in them was marred and they became subject to death. Their descendants share this fallen nature and its consequences. They are born with weaknesses and tendencies to evil. But God in Christ reconciled the world to Himself and by His Spirit restores in penitent mortals the image of their Maker. Created for the glory of God, they are called to love Him and one another, and to care for their environment. Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7 | Genesis 2:15 | Genesis 3
Psalms 8:4-8 | Psalms 51:5 | Psalms 51:10 | Acts 17:24-28
Romans 5:12-17 | 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 | 1 John 4:7-8,11,20
8. The Great Controversy: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
All humanity is now involved in a great controversy between Christ and Satan regarding the character of God, His law, and His sovereignty over the universe. This conflict originated in heaven when a created being, endowed with freedom of choice, in self-exaltation became Satan, God's adversary, and led into rebellion a portion of the angels. He introduced the spirit of rebellion into this world when he led Adam and Eve into sin. This human sin resulted in the distortion of the image of God in humanity, the disordering of the created world, and its eventual devastation at the time of the worldwide flood. Observed by the whole creation, this world became the arena of the universal conflict, out of which the God of love will ultimately be vindicated. To assist His people in this controversy, Christ sends the Holy Spirit and the loyal angels to guide, protect, and sustain them in the way of salvation. Genesis 3 | Genesis 6-8
Isaiah 14:12-14 | Ezekiel 28:12-18 | Romans 1:19-32
Romans 5:12-21 | Romans 8:19-22 | 1 Corinthians 4:9 | Hebrews 1:14
2 Peter 3:6 | Revelation 12:4-9
9. The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ:
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In Christ's life of perfect obedience to God's will, His suffering, death, and resurrection, God provided the only means of atonement for human sin, so that those who by faith accept this atonement may have eternal life, and the whole creation may better understand the infinite and holy love of the Creator. This perfect atonement vindicates the righteousness of God's law and the graciousness of His character; for it both condemns our sin and provides for our forgiveness. The death of Christ is substitutionary and expiatory, reconciling and transforming. The resurrection of Christ proclaims God's triumph over the forces of evil, and for those who accept the atonement assures their final victory over sin and death. It declares the Lordship of Jesus Christ, before whom every knee in heaven and on earth will bow. Isaiah 53 | John 3:16
Romans 1:4; 3:25; 4:25; 8:3-4 | 1 Corinthians 15:3-4,20-22
2 Corinthians 5:14-15,19-21 | Colossians 2:15 | 1 Peter 2:21-22
1 John 2:2; 4:10 | Philippians 2:6-11
10. The Experience of Salvation: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
In infinite love and mercy God made Christ, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, so that in Him we might be made the righteousness of God. Led by the Holy Spirit we sense our need, acknowledge our sinfulness, repent of our transgressions, and exercise faith in Jesus as Lord and Christ, as Substitute and Example. This faith which receives salvation comes through the divine power of the Word and is the gift of God's grace. Through Christ we are justified, adopted as God's sons and daughters, and delivered from the lordship of sin. Through the Spirit we are born again and sanctified; the Spirit renews our minds, writes God's law of love in our hearts, and we are given the power to live a holy life. Abiding in Him we become partakers of the divine nature and have the assurance of salvation now and in the judgment. Ezekiel 36:25-27 | Mark 9:23-24 | Luke 17:5
John 3:3-8 | John 3:16 | John 16:8 | Romans 3:21-26
Romans 8:14-17 | Romans 8:1-4; 5:6-10 | Romans 10:17 | Romans 12:2
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 | Galatians 1:4; 4:4-7 | Galatians 3:13-14
Galatians 3:26 | Colossians 1:13-14 | Ephesians 2:5-10 | Titus 3:3-7
Hebrews 8:7-12 | 1 Peter 1:23 | 1 Peter 2:21-22 | 2 Peter 1:3-4
11. Growing in Christ: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
By His death on the cross Jesus triumphed over the forces of evil. He who subjugated the demonic spirits during His earthly ministry has broken their power and made certain their ultimate doom. Jesus' victory gives us victory over the evil forces that still seek to control us, as we walk with Him in peace, joy, and assurance of His love. Now the Holy Spirit dwells within us and empowers us. Continually committed to Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, we are set free from the burden of our past deeds. No longer do we live in the darkness, fear of evil powers, ignorance, and meaninglessness of our former way of life. In this new freedom in Jesus, we are called to grow into the likeness of His character, communing with Him daily in prayer, feeding on His Word, meditating on it and on His providence, singing His praises, gathering together for worship, and participating in the mission of the Church. As we give ourselves in loving service to those around us and in witnessing to His salvation, His constant presence with us through the Spirit transforms every moment and every task into a spiritual experience. Psalms 1:1-2 | Psalms 23:4 | Psalms 77:11-12
Matthew 20:25-28 | Luke 10:17-20 | John 20:21 | Romans 8:38-39
Galatians 5:22-25 | Ephesians 5:19-20 | Ephesians 6:12-18
Philippians 3:7-14 | Colossians 1:13-14 | Colossians 2:6,14-15
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 | 1 Thessalonians 5:23
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 | Hebrews 10:25 | 2 Peter 2:9 | 2Peter 3:18
1 John 4:4
12. The Church: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
The church is the community of believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In continuity with the people of God in Old Testament times, we are called out from the world; and we join together for worship, for fellowship, for instruction in the Word, for the celebration of the Lord's Supper, for service to all mankind, and for the worldwide proclamation of the gospel. The church derives its authority from Christ, who is the incarnate Word, and from the Scriptures, which are the written Word. The church is God's family; adopted by Him as children, its members live on the basis of the new covenant. The church is the body of Christ, a community of faith of which Christ Himself is the Head. The church is the bride for whom Christ died that He might sanctify and cleanse her. At His return in triumph, He will present her to Himself a glorious church, the faithful of all the ages, the purchase of His blood, not having spot or wrinkle, but holy and without blemish. Genesis 12:3 | Matthew 28:19, 20; 16:13-20; 18:18
Acts 7:38 | Ephesians 4:11-15; 3:8-11
Ephesians 2:19-22; 1:22, 23; 5:23-27 | Colossians 1:17, 18
13. The Remnant and Its Mission: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
The universal church is composed of all who truly believe in Christ, but in the last days, a time of widespread apostasy, a remnant has been called out to keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. This remnant announces the arrival of the judgment hour, proclaims salvation through Christ, and heralds the approach of His second advent. This proclamation is symbolized by the three angels of Revelation 14; it coincides with the work of judgment in heaven and results in a work of repentance and reform on earth. Every believer is called to have a personal part in this worldwide witness. 2 Corinthians 5:10
1 Peter 1:16-19 | 2 Peter 3:10-14 | Jude 3,14
Revelation 12:17; 14:6-12; 18:1-4 | Revelation 21:1-14
14. Unity in the Body of Christ: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
The church is one body with many members, called from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. In Christ we are a new creation; distinctions of race, culture, learning, and nationality, and differences between high and low, rich and poor, male and female, must not be divisive among us. We are all equal in Christ, who by one Spirit has bonded us into one fellowship with Him and with one another; we are to serve and be served without partiality or reservation. Through the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures we share the same faith and hope, and reach out in one witness to all. Psalms 133:1 | Matthew 28:19-20
John 17:20-23 | Acts 17:26-27 | Romans 12:4-5 | 1 Corinthians 12:12-14
2 Corinthians 5:16-17 | Galatians 3:27, 29
Ephesians 4:14-16; 4:1-6 | Colossians 3:10-15
15. Baptism: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
By baptism we confess our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and testify of our death to sin and of our purpose to walk in newness of life. Thus we acknowledge Christ as Lord and Savior, become His people, and are received as members by His church. Baptism is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit. It is by immersion in water and is contingent on an affirmation of faith in Jesus and evidence of repentance of sin. It follows instruction in the Holy Scriptures and acceptance of their teachings. Matthew 28:19-20
Acts 16:30-33; 22:16; 2:38 | Romans 6:1-6 | Colossians 2:12-13
16. The Lord's Supper: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
The Lord's Supper is a participation in the emblems of the body and blood of Jesus as an expression of faith in Him, our Lord and Savior In this experience of communion Christ is present to meet and strengthen His people. As we partake, we joyfully proclaim the Lord's death until He comes again. Preparation for the Supper includes self-examination, repentance, and confession. The Master ordained the service of foot washing to signify renewed cleansing, to express a willingness to serve one another in Christlike humility, and to unite our hearts in love. The communion service is open to all believing Christians.
Matthew 26:17-30 | John 6:48-63; 13:1-17
1 Corinthians 10:16, 17; 11:23-30 | Revelation 3:20
17. Spiritual Gifts and Ministries: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
God bestows upon all members of His church in every age spiritual gifts which each member is to employ in loving ministry for the common good of the church and of humanity. Given by the agency of the Holy Spirit, who apportions to each member as He wills, the gifts provide all abilities and ministries needed by the church to fulfill its divinely ordained functions. According to the Scriptures, these gifts include such ministries as faith, healing, prophecy, proclamation, teaching, administration, reconciliation, compassion, and self-sacrificing service and charity for the help and encouragement of people. Some members are called of God and endowed by the Spirit for functions recognized by the church in pastoral, evangelistic, apostolic, and teaching ministries particularly needed to equip the members for service, to build up the church to spiritual maturity, and to foster unity of the faith and knowledge of God. When members employ these spiritual gifts as faithful stewards of God's varied grace, the church is protected from the destructive influence of false doctrine, grows with a growth that is from God, and is built up in faith and love. Acts 6:1-7 | Romans 12:4-8
1 Corinthians 12:9-11, 27-28 | Ephesians 4:8, 11-16 | 1 Timothy3:1-13
1 Peter 4:10-11
18. The Gift of Prophecy: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy. This gift is an identifying mark of the remnant church and was manifested in the ministry of Ellen. G. White . As the Lord's messenger, her writings are a continuing and authoritative source of truth which provide for the church comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction. They also make clear that the Bible is the standard by which all teaching and experience must be tested. Joel 2:28-29 | Acts 2:14-21
Hebrews 1:1-3 | Revelation 12:17; 19:10
19. The Law of God: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
The great principles of God's law are embodied in the Ten Commandments and exemplified in the life of Christ. They express God's love, will, and purposes concerning human conduct and relationships and are binding upon all people in every age. These precepts are the basis of God's covenant with His people and the standard in God's judgment. Through the agency of the Holy Spirit they point out sin and awaken a sense of need for a Savior Salvation is all of grace and not of works, but its fruitage is obedience to the Commandments. This obedience develops Christian character and results in a sense of well-being. It is an evidence of our love for the Lord and our concern for our fellow men. The obedience of faith demonstrates the power of Christ to transform lives, and therefore strengthens Christian witness. Exodus 20:1-17
Deuteronomy 28:1-14 | Psalms 19:7-14 | Psalms 40:7-8
Matthew 5:17-20 | Mattew 22:36-40 | John 15:7-10 | Romans 8:3-4
Ephesians 2:8-10 | Hebrews 8:8-10 | 1 John 5:3
20. The Sabbath: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
The beneficent Creator, after the six days of Creation, rested on the seventh day and instituted the Sabbath for all people as a memorial of Creation. The fourth commandment of God's unchangeable law requires the observance of this seventh-day Sabbath as the day of rest, worship, and ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a day of delightful communion with God and one another. It is a symbol of our redemption in Christ, a sign of our sanctification, a token of our allegiance, and a foretaste of our eternal future in God's kingdom. The Sabbath is God's perpetual sign of His eternal covenant between Him and His people. Joyful observance of this holy time from evening to evening, sunset to sunset, is a celebration of God's creative and redemptive acts. Genesis 2:1-3
Exodus 20:8-11 | Exodus 31:13-17 | Leviticus 23:32
Deuteronomy 5:12-15 | Isaiah 56:5-6; 58:13-14 | Ezekiel 20:12,20
Matthew 12:1-12 | Mark 1:32 | Luke 4:16 | Hebrews 4:1-11
21. Stewardship: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
We are God's stewards, entrusted by Him with time and opportunities, abilities and possessions, and the blessings of the earth and its resources. We are responsible to Him for their proper use. We acknowledge God's ownership by faithful service to Him and our fellow men, and by returning tithes and giving offerings for the proclamation of His gospel and the support and growth of His church. Stewardship is a privilege given to us by God for nurture in love and the victory over selfishness and covetousness. The steward rejoices in the blessings that come to others as a result of his faithfulness.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15 | 1 Chronicles 29:14 | Haggai 1:3-11
Malachi 3:8-12 | Matthew 23:23 | Romans 15:26, 27 | 1 Corinthians 9:9-14
2 Corinthians 8:1-15
22. Christian Behavior: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
We are called to be a godly people who think, feel, and act in harmony with the principles of heaven. For the Spirit to recreate in us the character of our Lord we involve ourselves only in those things which will produce Christlike purity, health, and joy in our lives. This means that our amusement and entertainment should meet the highest standards of Christian taste and beauty. While recognizing cultural differences, our dress is to be simple, modest, and neat, befitting those whose true beauty does not consist of outward adornment but in the imperishable ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit. It also means that because our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, we are to care for them intelligently. Along with adequate exercise and rest, we are to adopt the most healthful diet possible and abstain from the unclean foods identified in the Scriptures. Since alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and the irresponsible use of drugs and narcotics are harmful to our bodies, we are to abstain from them as well. Instead, we are to engage in whatever brings our thoughts and bodies into the discipline of Christ, who desires our wholesomeness, joy, and goodness. Leviticus 11:1-47 | Romans 12:1-2 | 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; 10:31
2 Corinthians 10:5; 6:14-7:1 | Ephesians 5:1-21 | Philippians 4:8
1 Peter 3:1-4 | 1 John 2:6 | 3 John 2
23. Marriage and the Family: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman in loving companionship. For the Christian a marriage commitment is to God as well as to the spouse, and should be entered into only between partners who share a common faith. Mutual love, honor, respect, and responsibility are the fabric of this relationship, which is to reflect the love, sanctity, closeness, and permanence of the relationship between Christ and His church. Regarding divorce, Jesus taught that the person who divorces a spouse, except for fornication, and marries another, commits adultery. Although some family relationships may fall short of the ideal, marriage partners who fully commit themselves to each other in Christ may achieve loving unity through the guidance of the Spirit and the nurture of the church. God blesses the family and intends that its members shall assist each other toward complete maturity. Parents are to bring up their children to love and obey the Lord. By their example and their words they are to teach them that Christ is a loving disciplinarian, ever tender and caring, who wants them to become members of His body, the family of God. Increasing family closeness is one of the earmarks of the final gospel message. Genesis 2:18-25 | Exodus 20:12
Deuteronomy 6:5-9 | Proverbs 22:6 | Malachi 4:5-6 | Matthew 5:31-32
Matthew 19:3-9 | Mark 10:11, 12 | Luke 16:18 | John 2:1-11
1 Corinthians 7:10-11 | 2 Corinthians 6:14 | Ephesians 5:21-33
24. Christ's Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary:
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There is a sanctuary in heaven, the true tabernacle which the Lord set up and not man. In it Christ ministers on our behalf, making available to believers the benefits of His atoning sacrifice offered once for all on the cross. He was inaugurated as our great High Priest and began His intercessory ministry at the time of His ascension. In 1844, at the end of the prophetic period of 2300 days, He entered the second and last phase of His atoning ministry. It is a work of investigative judgment which is part of the ultimate disposition of all sin, typified by the cleansing of the ancient Hebrew sanctuary on the Day of Atonement. In that typical service the sanctuary was cleansed with the blood of animal sacrifices, but the heavenly things are purified with the perfect sacrifice of the blood of Jesus. The investigative judgment reveals to heavenly intelligences who among the dead are asleep in Christ and therefore, in Him, are deemed worthy to have part in the first resurrection. It also makes manifest who among the living are abiding in Christ, keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and in Him, therefore, are ready for translation into His everlasting kingdom. This judgment vindicates the justice of God in saving those who believe in Jesus. It declares that those who have remained loyal to God shall receive the kingdom. The completion of this ministry of Christ will mark the close of human probation before the Second Advent. Leviticus 16 | Numbers 14:34 | Ezekiel 4:6
Daniel 7:9-27; 8:13-14; 9:24-27
Hebrews 8:1-5; 4:14-16; 9:11-28; 10:19-22; 1:3; 2:16-17
Revelation 14:6-7; 20:12; 14:12; 22:12
25. The Second Coming of Christ: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
The second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of the church, the grand climax of the gospel. The Savior's coming will be literal, personal, visible, and worldwide. When He returns, the righteous dead will be resurrected, and together with the righteous living will be glorified and taken to heaven, but the unrighteous will die. The almost complete fulfillment of most lines of prophecy, together with the present condition of the world, indicates that Christ's coming is imminent. The time of that event has not been revealed, and we are therefore exhorted to be ready at all times. Matthew 24 | Matthew 24:14
Matthew 24:43-44 | Mark 13 | Luke 21 | John 14:1-3 | Acts 1:9-11
1 Corinthians 15:51-54 | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 | 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; 2:8 | Titus 2:13 | Hebrews 9:28
2 Timothy 3:1-5 | Revelation 1:7 | Revelation 14:14-20; 19:11-21
26. Death and Resurrection: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
The wages of sin is death. But God, who alone is immortal, will grant eternal life to His redeemed. Until that day death is an unconscious state for all people. When Christ, who is our life, appears, the resurrected righteous and the living righteous will be glorified and caught up to meet their Lord. The second resurrection, the resurrection of the unrighteous, will take place a thousand years later. Psalms 146:3-4 | John 5:28-29 | John 11:11-14 | Romans 6:23
1 Timothy 6:15-16 | 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 | Ecclesiastes 9:5-6
Colossians 3:4 | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 | Revelation 20:1-10
27. The Millennium and the End of Sin:
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The millennium is the thousand-year reign of Christ with His saints in heaven between the first and second resurrections. During this time the wicked dead will be judged; the earth will be utterly desolate, without living human inhabitants, but occupied by Satan and his angels. At its close Christ with His saints and the Holy City will descend from heaven to earth. The unrighteous dead will then be resurrected, and with Satan and his angels will surround the city; but fire from God will consume them and cleanse the earth. The universe will thus be freed of sin and sinners forever. Jeremiah 4:23-26 | Ezekiel 28:18-19 | Malachi 4:1
1 Corinthians 6:2-3 | Revelation 20 | Revelation 21:1-5
28. The New Earth: Top of Page | Top of 28 Fundamental Beliefs
On the new earth, in which righteousness dwells, God will provide an eternal home for the redeemed and a perfect environment for everlasting life, love, joy, and learning in His presence. For here God Himself will dwell with His people, and suffering and death will have passed away. The great controversy will be ended, and sin will be no more. All things, animate and inanimate, will declare that God is love; and He shall reign forever. Amen. Isaiah 35; 65:17-25
Matthew 5:5 | 2 Peter 3:13 | Revelation 21:1-7; 22:1-5; 11:15