Who Are Seventh-day Adventists?

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General Information about Seventh-day Adventists

Part of the answer is in our name: "Seventh-day" refers to our belief in the seventh-day Sabbath (the fourth of the Bible's Ten Commandments). "Adventists" refers to our belief that Jesus Christ will soon return in person to this earth.

Who are Seventh-day Adventists? We Are--

A rapidly growing worldwide fellowship of over eight million.
Christians who love Jesus Christ and strive to make Him the center of all we believe and do.
A church that is eager to share the truth about what God is really like--as seen in the life, character and death of Jesus Christ.
Evangelical Protestants who accept the Bible as our authority for what to believe and how to live.
A Christian fellowship committed to sharing with others certain Bible truths that over the centuries have been largely lost site of--or that have become mixed with errors.
A community of Christians deeply interested in health--health of mind, body and spirit.
Not a private club for saints. If anything, we're a hospital for sinners. But we rejoice in Christ's pardon for sin and in His power to deliver us from it.

In addition to encouraging people to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, Seventh-day Adventists are working to meet the challenges of the world today and tomorrow through:

Youth activities. The Church sponsors special activities for people from 10 to 30 years of age. Youth activities are designed to teach practical skills as well as provide spiritual guidance. YouthNet eXtreme is an onroad youth ministry project.
Education. The Church operates a worldwide system of almost 100 colleges and universities, plus more than 5,000 elementary and secondary schools.
Promotion of healthy living habits. By offering health-food products and stop-smoking clinics, the Church works to promote good health around the world.
Radio. "Voice of Prophecy," the Church's official radio program, is broadcast worldwide in dozens of languages. The Church's world-wide radio network, AWR, broadcast's in many languages to most of the world's population.
Television. "Faith for Today," "It is Written," "Breath of Life," "Christian Lifestyle Magazine," and "Amazing Facts" are the Church's major TV programs. The Church also operates an entire cable TV network, 3ABN.
Publishing. Adventists operate publishes around the world. These product hundreds of books, magazines and resources every year, most of which stress religious topics.

Seventh-day Adventist Doctrine

Rather than recount a list of SDA doctrine here, I'm going to refer you to two excellent resources that can help you understand what we believe and the Biblical basis for those beliefs.

General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

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The material presented here was taken largely from these books. Each one takes a look at Seventh-day Adventists from a different perspective. I would recommend them all highly.

Let's Get AcquaintedLet's Get Acquainted! Who are Seventh-day Adventists? What do they believe? How did they get started? How is the Adventist Church organized? If you ever wondered who Seventh-day Adventists are and what they believe, this booklet will introduce you to this dynamic fellowship of Christians. Paper, 31 pages, 89.

About the Seventh-day AdventistsAbout the Seventh-day Adventists. This very simple presentation covers information about the beliefs, history, ordinances, structure, and the activities of the Seventh-day Adventist Church around the world. Paper, 15 pages, 50.

Seventh-day Adventists BelieveSeventh-day Adventists Believe. The 27 basic beliefs shared by Seventh-day Adventists are here at your fingertips, ready to be explored, appraised, and substantiated. This single volume shows in detail how each belief is grounded in the Bible and focused on Jesus Christ. Hardcover, 392 pages, $5.95.


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