What We Believe
As a Christian church, Seventh-day Adventists root their beliefs in the Holy Scriptures. Adventists describe these beliefs in the following ways. Click on the phrases to learn more.
The character of God is revealed most clearly through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. When we behold Him and His pure love for us, we realize more clearly how God feels about us. The death of Jesus, God’s only Son, on the cross as our substitute shows how far God was willing to go to ensure our salvation. 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.
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 empowers our mission to tell the world about His love and His offer of salvation.
In the Bible God speaks to us through a variety of ways. In the biblical 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, God is teaching us how to handle the troubles we face each day or 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 boiled them down to two all-encompassing rules: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul,” He said. “And love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
Sometimes 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.
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 Savior, 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. When the words of Colossians say “in Him all things hold together” (1:17, NIV) that includes everything in our lives. He keeps us whole when the enemy is trying to make us fall apart.
Seventh-day Adventists believe that Jesus is one of the three persons, called the Trinity, who make up our one God. The Bible describes Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit as each being committed to our growth as Christians and to our salvation as their children. 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. 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 at His glorious return to earth.
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! He wants the best for you!
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 and has given us freedom from death. Cemeteries, then, are filled with followers of God who are in the “peaceful pause 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 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 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 and his creation. It’s a day when Jesus and His family are together — Jesus with us and us with Jesus.
And our friendship with God can last forever. 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!