Seventh-day Adventists are people who are passionate about the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe it is because of His death upon the cross that we have assurance of eternal life. Sin is rebellion against God and His Ten Commandment law of government. The single principle that underlies all of God’s Ten Commandments is the principle of love supreme love to God followed by unselfish love toward our fellow human beings. Satan rebelled against this great principle in heaven and has spread this principle of selfishness throughout the human race. The spirit of disobedience and rebellion is both inherited genetically, as well as chosen individually by every human being born into this world. Hence, we are in need of a Saviour. Jesus was tempted in all points as we are, yet he was without sin. Because He shares our humanity, which has been linked with His divinity, we have a Saviour who is able to understand our weaknesses and supply our needs on every level.
The goal of the plan of salvation is to restore all people who are willing, exclusively by the grace of God, back to the image of God in which we were originally created.
Jesus offers us the forgiveness of all our sins on the simple condition that we are willing to confess them to Him and be reconciled to His presence. Receiving the presence of Jesus is not a distant hope for some future time. Rather, it begins immediately when we choose to accept Jesus as our Saviour. Having been reconciled to Jesus through His forgiving grace, a new life and a new power becomes our daily practical experience one which will grow more intimate and more powerful until the day of Jesus’ return.
Seventh-day Adventists believe strongly in the importance of the prophecies throughout Scripture, especially those found in the books of Daniel and Revelation.
When these two books are studied carefully together they reveal a sequence of events outlined in broad strokes that enable us to determine where we are in the flow of human history as we await the return of Jesus in all of His glory to bring an end to sin and suffering. According to the prophetic waymarks we’re on the verge of this great event! Indeed, the good news of Bible prophecy is that the great controversy that now rages between Christ and Satan, and which is the cause of so much pain and suffering and tragedy in this world, is going to be concluded. It will not be allowed to continue indefinitely. Although many people in this world blame God for its brokenness and tragedy, Scripture reveals that these things are the result of Satan’s rebellion and humanity’s participation in that rebellion. The greatest evidence that God is indeed a God of love is the event of Jesus’ death upon the cross. Here is seen the contrast between Satan’s character of hatred and selfishness and God’s character of love and selflessness. It is on the cross that Jesus, who is God incarnate, takes upon Himself the punishment for humanity’s part in the Satanic rebellion against heaven’s government. Here is manifest the fact that despite the tragedies of this life, which sometimes cause us to question the goodness of God, He does have our best interests at heart. In fact, He would rather die a painful and shameful death upon the cross then live for eternity without us!
The question that must be settled by every human being before the coming of Jesus is: On which side of the great controversy we will take our stand? We can make only one of two choices. There is no third option. In fact, to make no choice is to choose the side of the great rebel, Satan.
The particular mission of the Seventh-day Adventist church grows out of the uniqueness of its message. We believe that Revelation 14 contains the final invitation of God’s mercy for a world in rebellion against God’s law of government. This message known as the Three Angels’ Messages calls humanity back to the worship of the true Creator God. Included in this is the idea of restoring the seventh-day Sabbath to its rightful place in Christian practice. The seventh-day Sabbath finds its origin, not at Mount Sinai for the Jewish people alone, but in the very event of creation itself when God rested and invited Adam and Eve into His rest. The gift of the Sabbath experience was entrusted to Adam and Eve to pass on to the entire human family in the same way that authentic marriage that is, a lifetime commitment between one man and one woman was given to them to pass on to the entire human family. The seventh-day Sabbath was a gift from God to humanity that teaches the very purpose for our existence.
That is, we were designed for the express purpose of being in God’s friendship and presence. This is the ultimate purpose that will deliver true fulfilment and happiness in the human experience.
When sin entered the human experience it resulted in a separation from the presence of God which continues for many people even to this day. Receiving the reconciling grace of Jesus into one’s life reunites a person with the presence of the Creator-Redeemer God.
The seventh-day Sabbath, rooted in the creation event, is a most apt symbol of this grace-based covenant relationship of salvation between God and humanity.
In fact, in Ezekiel 20 it is stated clearly that the seventh-day Sabbath was always intended by God to be the outward symbol of the grace-based covenant. It is a tragedy that today in Christianity the seventh-day Sabbath is frowned upon as a symbol of legalism. While it is true that the seventh-day Sabbath experience has not always been championed correctly by those who claim to practise it, it is a false assumption that the seventh-day Sabbath is associated with legalism in the Bible. Quite contrary to this, it is clearly associated with God’s covenant of saving grace in both the old and the new Testaments. It is precisely because the Sabbath is rooted in the creation event and is stated in the Bible to be a symbol of God’s saving grace that the final message of warning to this world involves a restoration of the practice of seventh-day (Saturday) Sabbath-keeping. It makes sense that those who have returned to loyalty to the Creator-Redeemer will incorporate the very symbol of that relationship into their Christian practice.
The seventh-day Sabbath can be compared to a wedding ring. It is a divinely-appointed symbol which outwardly manifests our loyalty and love for our Creator-Redeemer. It does not earn us merit with our Saviour. Rather, it is the outwardly visible declaration of where our heart-loyalty lies. More than this, it affords us a full day every week in the presence of God, without the distractions of everyday life. What a gift!
The Three Angels’ Messages also involves the proclamation of a judgment hour in which God’s dealings with humanity will manifest the truth about His own character. Hence, it is referred to as “the hour of HIS judgment”. Essentially humanity is warned that time is of the essence. The judgment hour has already commenced and will culminate in the second coming of Jesus.
There is nothing of greater importance than ensuring that one’s personal experience with God is right.
We want to invite you, personally, to join us as we worship our Creator-Redeemer God every Sabbath.
We hope to see you soon!