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Seventh-day Adventist Church

Seventh-day Adventists - A Church that Answers Other People’s Needs

Humanitarian Needs

The church is interested in other people, particularly those who are the most vulnerable, whether in time of peace, conflict or natural catastrophe. In order to help these people, the church has developed the worldwide humanitarian aid network ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency). Through its more than one hundred offices worldwide, ADRA manages several thousand projects every year.

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Health

The Gospel challenges believers to answer the physical sufferings of other people. Therefore, Seventh-day Adventists promote a practical and balanced teaching of the principles of health and prevention. In 2005, more than 500 medical institutions and 97,000 salaried employees (physicians, nurses) brought medical care, help and comfort to their patients.

Education

The church believes that man is able to grow and develop and become more and more like Jesus. To aid in this development, the church organization has developed one of the most extensive Protestant educational systems in the world. In 2005, the educational system employed 66,483 teachers in nearly one hundred universities and high schools, 1,357 secondary schools and 5,300 primary schools.

Ethics

Society is faced with multiple challenges demanding ethical positions. Therefore, the Seventh-day Adventist Church appoints groups for reflection. Specialists (theologians, scientists, physicians, psychologists, educators, etc.) meet to study the societal facts demanding a public pronouncement. The Bio-ethics Research and Teaching Center, located at Loma Linda University, USA, and the different worldwide commissions on ethics publish their findings. The church thus contributes to the enhancing of contemporary Christian thought.

A Church that Professes Fundamental Beliefs

Seventh-day Adventists believe that they are heirs of the apostles’  teachings and of the thoughts of the Reformers. Seventh-day Adventists profess, together with other Christians of Evangelical tradition, the essential doctrines on Christ’s divinity, the Trinity, the authority of the Bible in doctrinal matters, salvation through divine grace, justification through faith and baptism by immersion. In accordance with the teaching of the Bible, Seventh-day Adventists consider the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week, as a sign of the grace of God, their Creator and Saviour.

A Church that Shares its Fundamental Beliefs

Entrance into the Seventh-day Adventist Church does not take place through the acquisition of certain knowledge, but by accepting the person of Jesus Christ. This commitment is taken after serious instruction and a personal, free and voluntary decision. It is openly manifested by:

  • A personal commitment to Jesus Christ.
  • The acceptance of the Bible, Old and New Testament, as the written record of God’s two covenants with mankind, a revelation of God given to the prophets and apostles and centred upon the living revelation of the person of Jesus Christ.
  • Baptism by immersion. The believer receives from God the power of the Holy Spirit. Received into the Christian fellowship, the believer pledges himself, within this church, to live his faith in joy and service.

A church that Respects Other People

Seventh-day Adventists consider all men equal before God and reject all types of sectarianism manifested against a person because of his ethnic origin, nationality or religious belief. They gladly acknowledge that sincere Christians may be found in other churches, and they cooperate with all organizations that strive to relieve human sufferings and extol Christ before men. In 1925, twenty-three years before the first Amsterdam assembly of the Ecumenical Council of Churches, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists stated:

“We recognize those agencies that lift up Christ before men as a part of the divine plan for evangelization of the world, and we hold in high esteem Christian men and women in other communions who are engaged in winning souls to Christ. […] We recognize that true religion is based on conscience and conviction. It is therefore to be our constant purpose that no selfish interest or temporal advantage shall draw any person to our communion and that no tie shall hold any member save the belief and conviction that in this way the true connection with Christ is found. If a change of conviction leads a member of our church to feel no longer in harmony with Seventh-day-Adventist faith and practice, we recognize not only the right but also the responsibility of that member to change, without opprobrium, religious affiliation in accord with belief. We expect other religious bodies to respond in the same spirit of religious liberty.”

(General Conference Working Policy, 2004/2005, p. 496)

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