Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as the only source of our beliefs. We consider our movement to be the result of the Protestant conviction Sola Scriptura—
the Bible as the only standard of faith and practice for Christians.
Thde 28 Fundamental Beliefs
Over the years, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has agreed upon key statements that summarize the principal teachings Seventh-day Adventists understand from the Bible. These statements are collectively known as the 28 Fundamental Beliefs. Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as their only creed and hold these 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. Revision of these statements may be expected at a General Conference Session when the church is led by
the Holy Spirit to a fuller understanding of Bible truth or finds better language in which to express the teachings of God’s Holy Word.
Currently, Adventists hold 28 fundamental beliefs that can be organized into six categories — (i) The Doctrines of God, (ii) Man, (iii) Salvation, (iv)The Church, (v) The Christian Life and (vi) Last Day Events. In each teaching, God is
the architect, who in wisdom, grace and infinite love, is restoring a relationship with humanity that will last for eternity.
Adventists believe a Trinity of three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit - make up one God. They made salvation possible when Jesus, the Son, came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem and lived a sinless life in accordance with the Father's will. When Jesus was crucified for the sins of the people of the world and arose from the dead on the third day, victory was won for everyone.
When He returned to heaven following the resurrection, Jesus left the Holy Spirit to serve as our Comforter and Counselor. He promised to return to earth a second time to complete His plan of salvation and take His people to heaven. Adventists are among the believers who look forward to that day.
Adventists believe that God is concerned with the quality of human life, and that everything - the way we live, eat, speak, think, treat each other, and care for the world around us - is part of His plan. Our families, our children, our jobs, our talents, our money, and our time are all important to Him
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1. The Holy Scriptures
The Holy Scriptures
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.
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.
2 Corinthians 13:14
1 Peter 1:2
1 Timothy 1:17
3. The Father
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.
1 Corinthians 15:28
1 John 4:8
1 Timothy 1:17
Exodus 34:6, 7
4. The Son
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.
John 1:1-3, 14
2 Corinthians 5:17-19
1 Corinthians 15:3, 4
Hebrews 8:1, 2
5. The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit
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
2 Peter 1:21
2 Corinthians 3:18
Ephesians 4:11, 12
John 14:16-18, 26
John 15:26, 27
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.
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. 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.
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.
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 bodily 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.
References: (Gen. 3:15; Ps. 22:1; Isa. 53;
John 3:16; 14:30; Rom. 1:4; 3:25; 4:25; 8:3, 4; 1 Cor. 15:3, 4, 20-22; 2 Cor. 5:14, 15, 19-21; Phil. 2:6-11; Col. 2:15; 1 Peter 2:21,
22; 1 John 2:2; 4:10.)
10. The Experience of Salvation
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 Saviour and Lord, Substitute and Example. This saving faith 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.
(Gen. 3:15; Isa. 45:22; 53; Jer. 31:31-34; Ezek. 33:11;
36:25-27; Hab. 2:4; Mark 9:23, 24; John 3:3-8, 16; 16:8; Rom. 3:21-26; 8:1-4, 14-17; 5:6-10; 10:17; 12:2; 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Gal. 1:4;
3:13, 14, 26; 4:4-7; Eph. 2:4-10; Col. 1:13, 14; Titus 3:3-7; Heb. 8:7-12; 1 Peter 1:23; 2:21, 22; 2 Peter 1:3, 4; Rev. 13:8.)
11. Growing in Christ
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. We are also called to follow Christ’s example by compassionately ministering
to the physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of humanity. 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.
(1 Chron. 29:11; Ps. 1:1, 2; 23:4; 77:11, 12; Matt. 20:25-28; 25:31-46; Luke 10:17-20;
John 20:21; Rom. 8:38, 39; 2 Cor. 3:17, 18; Gal. 5:22-25; Eph. 5:19, 20; 6:12-18; Phil. 3:7-14; Col. 1:13, 14; 2:6, 14, 15; 1 Thess.
5:16-18, 23; Heb. 10:25; James 1:27; 2 Peter 2:9; 3:18; 1 John 4:4.)
12. The Church
The church is the community of believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. 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 humanity, and for the worldwide proclamation
of the gospel. The church derives its authority from Christ, who is the incarnate Word revealed in the Scriptures.
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.
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.
Isa. 1:9; 11:11; Jer. 23:3; Mic. 2:12; 2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Peter 1:16-19; 4:17; 2 Peter 3:10-14; Jude 3, 14; Rev. 12:17; 14:6-12; 18:1-4.)
14. Unity in the Body of Christ
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. This unity has its source
in the oneness of the triune God, who has adopted us as His children.
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 Saviour, 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.
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 Saviour. 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
God bestows upon all members of His church in every age spiritual gifts that 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,
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.
The Scriptures testify that one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy. This gift is an identifying mark of the remnant church
and we believe it was manifested in the ministry of Ellen G. White. Her writings speak with prophetic authority and provide
comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction to the church. They also make clear that the Bible is the standard by which all
teaching and experience must be tested.
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 Saviour. Salvation is all of grace and not of
works, and its fruit is obedience to the Commandments. This obedience develops Christian character and results in a sense
of well-being. It is evidence of our love for the Lord and our concern for our fellow human beings. The obedience of faith
demonstrates the power of Christ to transform lives, and therefore strengthens Christian witness
(Exod. 20:1-17; Deut. 28:1-
14; Ps. 19:7-14; 40:7, 8; Matt. 5:17-20; 22:36-40; John 14:15; 15:7-10; Rom. 8:3, 4; Eph. 2:8-10; Heb. 8:8-10; 1 John 2:3; 5:3;
Rev. 12:17; 14:12.)
20. The Sabbath
The gracious 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
(Gen. 2:1-3; Exod. 20:8-11; 31:13-17; Lev.
23:32; Deut. 5:12-15; Isa. 56:5, 6; 58:13, 14; Ezek. 20:12, 20; Matt. 12:1-12; Mark 1:32; Luke 4:16; Heb. 4:1-11.)
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 human beings, and by returning tithe 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. Stewards rejoice in the blessings that come to others as a result of their faithfulness.
The gracious 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.
Reason for the Sabbath
God designed the Sabbath to commemorate creation and as a sign of our salvation. “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. “I gave them my Sabbaths as a sign between us, so they would know that I the Lord made them holy” (Ezk. 20:12).Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day...” (Exd 20:11).
Baptism is by immersion in water and is contingent on an affirmation of faith in Jesus and evidence of repentance of sin. Thus 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 Saviour, become His people, and are received as members by His church.
Born in a River
Baptism is a sign that we are humbling ourselves, obeying God, and having our sins washed away. But what did Jesus mean by that statement to Nicodemus - "You must be born again?". What does it mean to be born of the Spirit? And what does it mean to be born of the water? The context of the conversation with the rich Pharisee leaves no doubt as to what the Master meant by those words.
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. 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.
Confusion in the Cemetery
There is confusion in the world about what happens when people die. For many, death is shrouded in mystery and evokes dread, uncertainty, and hopelessness. Others believe that their deceased loved ones are not dead at all, but instead live with them or in other realms. Millions are confused about the relationship between the body, spirit, and soul.