What We Believe

Seventh-day Adventists hold 28 fundamental beliefs that can be organized into six categories—the Doctrines of God, Man, Salvation, the Church, the Christian Life and Last Day Events. We accept the Bible as our 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.

  1. The Holy Scriptures - The Holy Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, are the written Word of God, given by divine inspiration.
  2. The Trinity - There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three coeternal Persons.
  3. The Father - God the eternal Father is the Creator, Source, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all creation.
  4. The Son - God the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ.
  5. The Holy Spirit - God the eternal Spirit was active with the Father and the Son in Creation, incarnation, and redemption.
  6. Creation - God has revealed in Scripture the authentic and historical account of His creative activity.
  7. The Nature of Humanity - Man and woman were made in the image of God with individuality, the power and freedom to think and to do.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 Saviour and Lord, Substitute and Example.
  11. Growing in Christ - By His death on the cross Jesus triumphed over the forces of evil.
  12. The Church - The church is the community of believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
  13. 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.
  14. Unity in the Body of Christ - The church is one body with many members, called from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.
  15. Baptism - By baptism we confess our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and testify of our death to sin and of our purpose to walk in newness of life.
  16. The Lord’s Supper - The Lord’s Supper is a participation in the emblems of the body and blood of Jesus as an expression of faith in Him, our Lord and Saviour.
  17. Spiritual Gifts and Ministries - God bestows upon all members of His church in every age spiritual gifts that each member is to employ in loving ministry for the common good of the church and of humanity.
  18. The Gift of Prophecy - The Scriptures testify that one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy.
  19. The Law of God - The great principles of God’s law are embodied in the Ten Commandments and exemplified in the life of Christ.
  20. The Sabbath - The gracious Creator, after the six days of Creation, rested on the seventh day and instituted the Sabbath for all people as a memorial of Creation.
  21. Stewardship - We are God’s stewards, entrusted by Him with time and opportunities, abilities and possessions, and the blessings of the earth and its resources.
  22. Christian Behavior - We are called to be a godly people who think, feel, and act in harmony with biblical principles in all aspects of personal and social life.
  23. Marriage and the Family - Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman in loving companionship.
  24. Christ’s Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary - There is a sanctuary in heaven, the true tabernacle that the Lord set up and not humans.
  25. The Second Coming of Christ - The second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of the church, the grand climax of the gospel.
  26. Death and Resurrection - The wages of sin is death. But God, who alone is immortal, will grant eternal life to His redeemed. Until that day death is an unconscious state for all people.
  27. The Millennium and the End of Sin - The millennium is the thousand-year reign of Christ with His saints in heaven between the first and second resurrections.
  28. The New Earth - On the new earth, in which righteousness dwells, God will provide an eternal home for the redeemed and a perfect environment for everlasting life, love, joy, and learning in His presence.