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, constitute the church's understanding and expression of the teaching of Scripture.
Adventists base their faith in God as revealed through Jesus Christ and as shown through the Bible, inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Faith means placing complete trust in God and accepting his offer of salvation.
Such trust is fundamental to Adventist beliefs. A living relationship with God is essential to faith.
Written down over many years, the Bible presents the essential truth about God. The Holy Spirit inspired human writers to reveal the character of God and how he wishes to save all those who come to him. The Bible explains the nature of God and the way God’s followers will behave as a result of their relationship with him.
The heart of the Adventist message is the gospel, God’s good news of salvation. Through Jesus’ death on the cross, human beings may be won back to love and trust God and to accept God’s free gift of eternal life.
Creator of the Universe, Christ formed our world in seven days and created the first man and woman. At the close of his creative work, God gave the Sabbath as a day of celebration and worship.
The seventh-day Sabbath (Saturday) is given as a reminder of the God who both creates and saves, and it is the day God invites all to come and worship him. Jesus observed the seventh-day Sabbath while on earth, and Adventists follow his example in keeping the fourth of the Ten Commandments.
The Second Advent
Adventists look forward to the soon return of Jesus Christ as prophesied and as he himself promised, but do not set any date for this glorious event when Jesus comes to take home all who accept him as their Lord.
Life after death and the Future
Adventists follow Jesus in identifying those who die as “sleeping.” Those who have trusted God are raised to life when Jesus returns, and look forward to a wonderful future–eternal life in God’s presence.
Baptism and Committment
Those who choose to accept God’s way for their lives and his offer of eternal life demonstrate their belief through baptism (being immersed in water), following the example of Jesus. Adventists follow lives of commitment to God and accept that his commands are for our best good.
The Communication of Hope
Seventh-day Adventists communicate hope by focusing on the quality of life that is complete in Jesus. Communication is a vital aspect of faith, sharing the good news of God and keeping the family of believers in touch through a global system that includes satellite broadcasting, TV, radio, print and the Internet.
For more information about the Seventh-day Adventist Church, visit our world headquarters web site.