Fundamental Beliefs
Of Seventh-day Adventists

(Continued from Part 1)

The Great Controversy
All humanity is now involved in a great controversy between Christ and Satan regarding the character of God, His law, and His sovereignty over the universe. This conflict originated in heaven when a created being, endowed with freedom of choice, in self-exaltation became Satan, God's adversary, and led into rebellion a portion of the angels. He introduced the spirit of rebellion into this world when he led Adam and Eve into sin. This human sin resulted in the distortion of the image of God in humanity, the disordering of the created world, and its eventual devastation at the time of the worldwide flood. Observed by the whole creation, this world became the arena of the universal conflict, out of which the God of love will ultimately be vindicated. To assist His people in this controversy, Christ sends the Holy Spirit and the loyal angels to guide, protect, and sustain them in the way of salvation.

Rev 12:4-9 + Isa 14:12-14 + Ez 28:12-18 + Gen 3 + Rom 1:19-32

Rom 5:12-21 + Rom 8:19-22 + Gen 6:8 + 2 Pet 3:6 + 1 Cor 4:9 + Heb 1:14

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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, so that those who by faith accept this atonement may have eternal life, and the whole creation may better understand the infinite and holy love of the Creator. This perfect atonement vindicates the righteousness of God's law and the graciousness of His character; for it both condemns our sin and provides for our forgiveness. The death of Christ is substitutionary and expiatory, reconciling and transforming. The resurrection of Christ proclaims God's triumph over the forces of evil, and for those who accept the atonement assures their final victory over sin and death. It declares the Lordship of Jesus Christ, before whom every knee in heaven and on earth will bow.

Jn 3:16 + Isa 53 + 1 Pet 2:21,22 + 1 Cor 15:3,4 20-22 2 Cor 5:14,15 19-21

Rom 1:4; 3:25; 4:25; 8:3,4 + 1 John 2:2; 4:10 + Col 2:15 + Phil 2:6-11

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The Experience of Salvation
In infinite love and mercy God made Christ, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, so that in Him we might be made the righteousness of God. Led by the Holy Spirit we sense our need, acknowledge our sinfulness, repent of our transgressions, and exercise faith in Jesus as Lord and Christ, as Substitute and Example. This faith which receives salvation comes through the divine power of the Word and is the gift of God's grace. Through Christ we are justified, adopted as God's sons and daughters, and delivered from the lordship of sin. Through the Spirit we are born again and sanctified; the Spirit renews our minds, writes God's law of love in our hearts, and we are given the power to live a holy life. Abiding in Him we become partakers of the divine nature and have the assurance of salvation now and in the judgment.

2 Cor 5:17-21 + John 3:16 + Gal 1:4; 4:4-7 + Titus 3:3-7 + John 16:8

Gal 3:13,14 + 1 Pet 2:21,22 + Rom 10:17 + Luke 17:5 + Mark 9:23,24

Eph 2:5-10 + Rom 3:21-26 + Col 1:13,14 + Rom 8:14-17 + Gal 3:26

John 3:3-8 + 1 Pet 1:23 + Rom 12:2 + Heb 8:7-12 + Ez 36:25-27

2 Pet 1:3,4 + Rom 8:1-4 + Rom 5:6-10

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The Church
The church is the community of believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In continuity with the people of God in Old Testament times, we are called out from the world; and we join together for worship, for fellowship, for instruction in the Word, for the celebration of the Lord's Supper, for service to all mankind, and for the worldwide proclamation of the gospel. The church derives its authority from Christ, who is the incarnate Word, and from the Scriptures, which are the written Word. The church is God's family; adopted by Him as children, its members live on the basis of the new covenant. The church is the bride for whom Christ died that He might sanctify and cleanse her. At His return in triumph, He will present her to Himself a glorious church, the faithful of all the ages, the purchase of His blood, not having spot or wrinkle, but holy and without blemish.

Gen 12:3 + Acts 7:38 + Eph 4:11-15; 3:8-11 + Matt 28:19,20; 16:13-20

Matt 18:18 + Eph 2:19-22 + Eph 1:22,23 + Eph 5:23-27 + Col 1:17,18

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The Remnant and Its Mission

The universal church is composed of all who truly believe in Christ, but in the last days, a time of widespread apostasy, a remnant has been called out to keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. This remnant announces the arrival of the judgment hour, proclaims salvation through Christ, and heralds the approach of His second advent. This proclamation is symbolized by the three angels of Revelation 14; it coincides with the work of judgment in heaven and results in a work of repentance and reform on earth. Every believer is called to have a personal part of this worldwide witness.
Rev 12:17 + Rev 14:6-12 + Rev 18:1-4 + 2 Cor 5:10 + Jude 3

Jude 14 + 1 Peter 1:16-19 + 2 Peter 3:10-14 + Rev 21:1-14

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INDEX of Beliefs

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

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