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WHAT WE BELIEVE

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WHAT WE BELIEVE


WE BELIEVE

  • Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, provides salvation and eternal life now.
    (Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 12:1, 2; Philippians 2:5-8; I John 5:11-13)
  • There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
    (II Corinthians 13:14; I Peter 1:2)
  • The Bible is the only rule of faith and practice.
    (II Timothy 2:13; II Peter 1:19-21)
  • The Ten Commandments reveal God’s will, sin and reminds all their need of a savior.
    (Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 5:12-15; Galatians 3:22-24)
  • The Seventh-day Sabbath is a binding part of God’s unchanging and perpetual law, and has been made for our holistic benefit.
    (Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-25; Hebrews 4:9-11)
  • One who is justified by faith, God declares righteous on the ground of Jesus Christ’s substitutionary life and death.
    (Romans 4:3-5; Galatians 3:7-11)
  • The fruit of the Gospel includes the new birth and progressive sanctification until glorification at the day of Jesus Christ.
    (John 3:1-7; Acts 2:37, 38; Romans 6:1-6)
  • God writes His law upon the hearts and minds of believers in Jesus by His Holy Spirit.
    (James 2:10-12; Hebrews 8:7-10; II Corinthians 3:3)
  • One becomes a member of Jesus’ body, the Church, by faith.
    (I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 2:13)
  • Participation in Jesus’ body includes baptism, worship, the Lord’s Supper and spiritual gifts.
    (Ephesians 4:8, 11; Matthew 28:18-20; I Corinthians 11:23-29; Hebrews 10:22-25)
  • The Christian life is a personal relationship with Christ by committing one’s self, time, talents, possessions including (tithe and offerings), health, and influence to God.
    (Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 23:23; I Corinthians 3:16, 17; Deuteronomy 14:3-20)
  • The quality of life in this present world is enhanced by following the principles of health—proper Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunlight, Temperance, Fresh Air, Rest and Trust in God.
    (I Corinthians 6:19-20; I Thessalonians 5:23)
  • Believers do not personally appear in judgment because Jesus, the Mediator, presents them as righteous in Himself.
    (Romans 8:1-4; I John 2:1, 2)
  • Jesus’ literal, personal, visible, and imminent second coming is our blessed hope for transitioning from a deteriorating world condition to the pristine purity of God’s glorious earth made new.
    (Titus 2:13; John 14:1-3)
  • The dead remain in their graves, unconscious to anything under the sun, until either the resurrection of life or condemnation.
    (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6; John 5:28, 29; Revelations 20:10)
  • Believers receive immortality at Christ’s return and the wicked eternal death at the Millennium’s end as the new earth becomes the saints’ possession forever.
    (John 14:1-3; Daniel 7:18, 22, 27; Psalms 37:10, 11, 29; I Thessalonians 4:16, 17)
  • Seventh-day Adventists are called to announce Christ’s return to the world by proclaiming the Gospel.
    (Matthew 24:14; Acts 1:8; Revelations 10:8-11; 14:6-11)

By the grace of God, I will “remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy” and by living its holistic principles of mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical rest be a Sabbath-keeping Christian throughout the entire week.

By the Holy Spirit’s renewing of my mind, I understand that my identity is not only what I say, but how I live; “yet not I, but Christ lived in me” and that as Jesus is manifested in my mortal flesh, I am becoming His living epistle, “known and read of all men.”

By revelation and necessity, I am inspired to study the Bible, God’s holy word, to “show myself approved unto God,” and by receiving its teachings, reproofs, corrections, and instructions; I can live every day of the week with patience, comfort, and hope.

By the faith of Jesus, I purpose to grow by surrendering my self-centeredness to His power, presence and commandment to “love one another as He has loved me,” so this world might be a better place wherever I testify of Christ.