28 Fundamental Beliefs
The Holy Scriptures
The Bible is the Word of God. Adventists model their lives around the Ten Commandments and the teachings of the Gospels, and are deeply interested in Bible prophecy. The Bible is a dynamic, living book sent from God to help people learn to become more like Him. It should be studied regularly.
The only God is made up of the unity of three coeternal Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This God is infinite, immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever present. He is beyond human comprehension, yet chooses to reveal Himself to us through Jesus and the Bible so that we can know Him. God is love.
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 filled with steadfast and endless love and faithfulness. The qualities and powers exhibited in the Son and the Holy Spirit are also those of the Father.
God the eternal Son is our Savior, Jesus Christ who came to earth to die for our sins. We accept His righteousness as our own, and pray to Him for the forgiveness of our sins. We find the ultimate role model for daily living in the compassionate life and ministry of Jesus while He was here on earth.
The Holy Spirit
God the eternal Spirit was active with the Father and the Son in the creation, incarnation, and redemption. He inspired the writers of Scripture. He filled Christ’s life with power. He comforts and convicts human beings, renewing them and transforming them into the image of God.
God created the universe. He also made “the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them” in a recent six-day creation. He called this work “very good” and rested after completing it. The first man and woman were made in the image of God as the crowning work of Creation to love and serve Him.
The Nature of Humanity
Man and woman were made immortal in the image of God with individuality, and the power and freedom to think and to do. Sin caused the image of God to be marred in human beings and they became mortal, subject to illness and accidents. Christ has restored the image of the Creator in all people.
The Great Controversy
All humanity is involved in a great controversy between Christ and Satan regarding the character of God, His law, and His sovereignty over the universe. This world is the arena of the universal conflict, out of which the God of love will ultimately be vindicated. We all have the option to choose God over Satan.
The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ
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. Those who accept this through faith will have eternal life, and will experience the infinite and holy love of the Creator forever in a perfect world untarnished by sin.
The Experience of Salvation
Christ died on the cross as our substitute. In acknowledging our need of a Savior and repenting of our misdeeds, we accept the saving grace of Jesus which makes us God’s sons and daughters, and delivers us from sin and death. We have the assurance of salvation both now and in the judgment to come.
Growing in Christ
Jesus 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. In this new freedom in Jesus, we naturally want to become more like Him, communicating with Him daily in prayer, worship, and Bible study as part of a lifelong journey.
The church is the community of believers who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and live within a community of faith of which Christ Himself is the Head. The church is God’s family; its members are adopted as His children and live joyful and compassionate lives based on the new covenant.
The Remnant and Its Mission
The universal church is composed of all who truly believe in Christ, but in the last days, a time in which many have turned away from God, a remnant has been called out to keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Every believer is called to have a personal part in this worldwide witness.
Unity in the Body of Christ
The church is one body with many members, called from every nation, ethnic group, and language. Distinctions of race, culture, education, nationality, socioeconomic status, age, and gender, should never create division among us. We are all equal in Christ and should aim to live together in loving community.
Baptism by immersion in water demonstrates faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit. It shows that we are ready to begin a new life in Christ as part of His church and as faithful disciples.
The Lord’s Supper
We participate in the emblems of the body and blood of Jesus as an expression of faith in Him, joyfully proclaiming His death and resurrection until He comes again. The service of foot-washing signifies renewed cleansing and humility. All people are welcome to take part in this special ceremony.
Spiritual Gifts and Ministries
All members of the church have spiritual gifts to be used in loving ministry for the common good of both the church and of humanity in general. These gifts include such ministries as faith, healing, prophecy, proclamation, teaching, administration, reconciliation, and compassion.
The Gift of Prophecy
The gift of prophecy is an identifying mark of the remnant church shown in the ministry of Ellen G. White. Her writings speak with prophetic authority and provide comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction to the church in accordance with the ultimate authority, the Bible.
The Law of God
The great principles of God’s law are embodied in the Ten Commandments and exemplified in the life of Christ who followed them faithfully. They express God’s love, will, and purposes concerning human conduct and relationships and are binding upon all people in time period.
After the six days of Creation, God 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 asks for the observance of this seventh-day Sabbath as the day of rest, worship, ministry, and Christian community.
We are God’s stewards, entrusted by Him with time, opportunities, abilities, possessions, and the blessings of the earth and its resources. We acknowledge God’s ownership by faithful service to Him and our fellow human beings, and by returning tithe and offerings to further the work of the Gospel.
We are called to be a godly people who think, feel, and act in harmony with biblical principles in all aspects of personal and social life. We aim to do only things that will produce Christlike purity, health, and joy in our lives. We ask Jesus to help us in overcoming those habits that are bad for us.
Marriage and the Family
Marriage was established by God in the Garden of Eden to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman in loving relationship. Family come in all shapes and sizes and the church has room for all—including singles. God blesses all faithful families as they support each other toward spiritual maturity.
Christ’s Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary
There is a sanctuary in heaven, the true tabernacle that God established. Christ ministers there on our behalf, making available to believers the benefits of His atoning sacrifice offered once and for all on the cross. Christ’s completion of His ministry will culminate in the Second Coming.
The Second Coming of Christ
The second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of the church, the grand climax of the gospel. The Savior’s return will be literal, personal, visible, and worldwide. When He returns, the righteous dead will be resurrected and taken to heaven along with the righteous living.
Death and Resurrection
While sin results in death, God who alone is immortal grants eternal life to those who profess their faith in Christ. Those who have died in Christ will be resurrected at the Second Coming and reunited with beloved friends and family members to live forever, first in Heaven and later on the new earth.
The Millennium and the End of Sin
The millennium is the thousand-year reign of Christ with His saints in heaven between the first and second resurrections. At its close, Christ with His saints and the Holy City will come down from heaven to earth and free the universe from sin forever. Satan and his followers will finally be destroyed.
The New Earth
God will provide an eternal home for the redeemed on the New Earth. This will be a perfect environment for everlasting life, love, joy, and learning in His presence. God Himself will live with His people, and there will be no more suffering, disease, death, or tragedy. We will live as we were always meant to live.