Fundamental Beliefs
Of Seventh-day Adventists

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, as set forth here, constitute the church's understanding and expression of the teaching of Scripture. Revision of these statements may be expected at a General Conference session when the church is led by the Holy Spirit to a fuller understanding of Bible truth or finds better language in which to express the teachings of God's Holy Word.

The 27 fundamental beliefs of Seventh-day Adventists:

1. The Holy Scriptures
2. The Trinity
3. The Father
4. The Son
5. The Holy Spirit
6. Creation
7. The Nature of Man
8. The Great Controversy
9. The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ
10. The Experience of Salvation
11. The Church
12. The Remnant and Its Mission
13. Unity in the Body of Christ
14. Baptism
15. The Lord's Supper
16. Spiritual Gifts
17. The Gift of Prophecy
18. The Law of God
19. The Sabbath
20. Stewardship
21. Christian Behavior
22. Marriage and the Family
23. Christ's Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary
24. The Second Coming of Christ
25. Death and Resurrection
26. The Millennium and the End of Sin
27. The New Earth


The Holy Scriptures
The Holy Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, are the written Word of God, given by divine inspiration through holy men of God who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. In this Word, God has committed to man the knowledge necessary for salvation. The Holy Scriptures are the infallible revelation of His will. They are the standard of character, the test of experience, the authoritative revealer of doctrines, and the trustworthy record of God's acts in history.
2 Peter 1:20,21 + 2 Tim 3:16,17 + Ps 119:105 + Prov 30:5,6

Isaiah 8:20 + John 17:17 + 1 Thess 2:13 + Hebrews 4:12

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The Trinity
There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons. God is immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, above all, and ever present. He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, yet known through His self-revelation. He is forever worthy of worship, adoration, and service by the whole creation.
Deut 6:4 + Matt 28:19 + 2 Cor 13:14 + Eph 4:4-6

1 Peter 1:2 + 1 Tim 1:17 + Rev 14:7

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The Father
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 abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. The qualities and powers exhibited in the Son and the Holy Spirit are also revelations of the Father.
Genesis 1:1 + Rev 4:11 + 1 Cor 15:28 + John 3:16

1 John 4:8 + 1 Tim 1:17 + Ex 34:6,7 + John 14:9

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The Son
God the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ. Through Him all things were created, the character of God is revealed, the salvation of humanity is accomplished, and the world is judged. Forever truly God, He became also truly man, Jesus the Christ. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived and experienced temptation as a human being, but perfectly exemplified the righteousness and love of God. By His miracles He manifested God's power and was attested as God's promised Messiah. He suffered and died voluntarily on the cross for our sins and in our behalf. He will come again in glory for the final deliverance of His people and the restoration of all things.
John 1:1-3 + John 1:14 + Col 1:15-19 + John 10:30 + John 14:9

Rom 6:23 + 2 Cor 5:17-19 + John 5:22 + Luke 1:35 + Phil 2:5-11

Heb 2:9-18 + 1 Cor 15:3,4 + Heb 8:1,2 + John 14:1-3

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The Holy Spirit
God the eternal Spirit was active with the Father and the Son in creation, incarnation, and redemption. He inspired the writers of Scripture. He filled Christ's life with power. He draws and convicts human beings; and those who respond He renews and transforms into the image of God. Sent by the Father and the Son to be always with His children, He extends spiritual gifts to the church, empowers it to bear witness to Christ, and in harmony with the Scriptures leads it into all truth.
Gen 1:1,2 + Luke 1:35 + Luke 4:18 + Acts 10:38 + 2 Peter 1:21

2 Cor 3:18 + Eph 4:11,12 + Acts 1:8

John 14:16-18 + John 14:26 + John 15:26,27 + John 16:7-13

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Creation
God is Creator of all things, and has revealed in Scripture the authentic account of His creative activity. In six days the Lord made "the heaven and the earth" and all living things upon the earth, and rested on the seventh day of that first week. Thus He established the Sabbath as a perpetual memorial of His completed creative work. The first man and woman were made in the image of God as the crowning work of Creation, given dominion over the world, and charged with responsibility to care for it. When the world was finished it was "very good," declaring the glory of God.
Genesis 1 & 2 + Exodus 20:8-11 + Psalms 19:1-6 + Psalms 33:6

Psalms 33:9 + Psalms 104 + Hebrews 11:3

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The Nature of Man
Man and woman were made in the image of God with individuality, the power and freedom to think and to do. Though created free beings, each is an indivisible unity of body, mind, and soul, dependent upon God for life and breath and all else. When our first parents disobeyed God, they denied their dependence upon Him and fell from their high position under God. The image of God in them was marred and they became subject to death. Their descendants share this fallen nature and its consequences. They are born with weaknesses and tendencies to evil. But God in Christ reconciled the world to Himself and by His Spirit restores in penitent mortals the image of their Maker. Created for the glory of God, they are called to love Him and one another, and to care for their environment.

Gen 1:26-28 + Gen 2:7 + Ps 8:4-8 + Acts 17:24-28 + Gen 3 + Ps 51:5

Rom 5:12-17 + 2 Cor 5:19,20 + Ps 51:10 + 1 John 4:7,8 11 20 + Gen 2:15

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