The name Seventh-day Adventist includes vital beliefs for us as a Church. 'Adventist' reflects our passionate conviction in the nearness of the soon return ('advent') of Jesus. 'Seventh-day' refers to the Biblical Sabbath which from Creation has always been the seventh day of the week, or Saturday.
A CHURCH THAT PROFESSES FUNDAMENTAL BELIEFS
Adventists believe that they are heirs of the apostles’ teachings and of the thoughts of the Reformers. Seventh-day Adventists profess, together with other Christians of Evangelical tradition, the essential doctrines on Christ’s divinity, the Trinity, the authority of the Bible in doctrinal matters, salvation through divine grace, justification through faith and baptism by immersion.
A CHURCH THAT SHARES ITS FUNDAMENTAL BELIEFS
Entrance into the Seventh-day Adventist Church does not take place through the acquisition of certain knowledge, but by accepting the person of Jesus Christ. This commitment is taken after serious instruction and a personal, free and voluntary decision.
A CHURCH THAT RESPECTS OTHER PEOPLE
Adventists consider all men equal before God and reject all types of sectarianism manifested against a person because of his ethnic origin, nationality or religious belief. We gladly acknowledge that sincere Christians may be found in other churches, and cooperate with all organizations that strive to relieve human sufferings and extol Christ before men
Seventh-day Adventists take to heart the gospel commission as found in Matthew 28 to go and teach all nations and baptize them. As a result the Adventist church is now a worldwide organization with a presence in more than 200 countries. Our desire to share the gospel is born out of genuine Christian love for our fellow human beings and the desire to share the hope that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. We pursue this mission under the guidance of the Holy Spirit through:
Accepting Christ's commission (Mt 28:18-20), we proclaim to all the world the message of a loving God, most fully revealed in His Son's reconciling ministry and atoning death. Recognizing the Bible to be God's Revelation of His will, we present its full message, including the second advent of Christ and the continuing authority of His Ten Commandment law.
Acknowledging that development of mind and character is essential to God's redemptive plan, we promote the growth of a mature understanding of and relationship to God, His Word, and the created universe.
Affirming the biblical emphasis on the well-being of the whole person, we make the preservation of health and the healing of the sick a priority and through our ministry to the poor and oppressed, cooperate with the Creator in His compassionate work of restoration.