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.
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.We rejoice in the hope that was brought to the world through the first Advent of Jesus Christ. As God became man, fully human yet fully divine, the Jesus revealed in the Gospels gives us the clearest picture of God's immense love for us. That love is not just a past promise, but a present reality and a future hope. Consistently promised throughout the New Testament, we believe His Second Advent will be literal, personal, visible, and world-wide.
'Seventh-day' refers to the Biblical Sabbath which from Creation has always been the seventh day of the week, or Saturday. We are grateful for the invitation of Jesus, "Come to me and rest". Spiritual and physical rest is something God introduced right from Creation, and is highlighted as a privilege within the Ten Commandments. Adventists see resting on the seventh-day as a picture of the eternal rest that God promises for His people. We spend time in worship, relax with family and friends, and often spend time in nature. Adventists often use the time purposefully visiting or helping neighbours and friends.
The mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is to proclaim to all peoples the everlasting gospel in the context of the Three Angels' messages of Revelation 14:6-12, leading them to accept Jesus as their personal Saviour and to unite with His church, and nurturing them in preparation for His soon return.
And there is more... To find out more, take a look at our statement of beliefs or sign up for a free Bible Correspondence course – online or by post.