What's in a Name?

Our name, Seventh-day Adventist, (Adventists) answers the question. The “Seventh-day” refers to our observance of the Biblical  seventh-day Sabbath which honours God’s creation and recreation plans. “Adventist” refers to our belief that Jesus is coming again to complete His gospel plan.
We are:- 
*  Christians who love Jesus and live out His love in everything we do.
*  Christians who believe that salvation is a free gift from God and that we may choose to thankfully accept. A surrendered life, revealing Christ’s love and faithful obedience is the result.
*  A church that is eager to live the truth of  what God is really like - as demonstrated in the life, ministry and death of Jesus.
*  Evangelical Protestants who accept the Bible as our only authority for what we believe and how we live.
*  A Christian fellowship committed to learning and sharing Bible truth.
*  Believers in all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, including the prophetic gift.
*  A community of Christians who promote a gospel connection for a healthy mind, body and spirit.
*  Not a private club for saints but a hospital for sinners who rejoice in God’s pardon for sin and in His power to deliver us from it.
*  Believers in the promise that those who have died trusting in Jesus will be resurrected to everlasting life when Jesus returns in glory.
*  A worldwide church growing at more than 3,500 per day and attendance more than twenty four  million in 2007 (Members number more than sixteen million.)
The Story:-
S.D.A.’s came out of a prophetic movement in the mid-1800's that was rooted in an understanding of DANIEL 8:14. This was a distinctly international movement. Some seventy-five prominent and respected voices scattered over a dozen nations, on four continents,  tracked this prophecy to the period between 1843 and 1847. Synonymous with this international movement during the 1830's and early 1840's was the “Great Advent Awakening” in North America led by William Miller, a Baptist minister.
Most of these scholars were convinced that the fulfillment of this prophecy marked the “time of the end” or the “last days.” People from almost every denomination reached the conclusion that Jesus would come back for His people in 1844. When Jesus did not appear, thousands left the movement. Others said that the date was wrong and set new dates.  But a remnant said, “We have the event wrong.” After diligent Bible study, they realized the prophecy showed that Jesus was to begin a special ministry in heaven for His church.
This remnant took the name, “Seventh-day Adventists” in 1860 and formally organized into a church in 1863. 
We are Rooted in Christ and His Word:-
We believe that the whole Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, is our authority and standard for our beliefs and practices.
Like Jesus, we give an “it is written” for all our beliefs. The Bible clearly sets forth truth and identifies what is error, “To the law and to the testimony!  If they do not speak according to this word it is because there is no light in it.”  ISAIAH 8:20
Jesus is the Heart of our Message:-
The central theme of the entire Bible is Jesus and His love for us, which was demonstrated on Calvary.  Adventists seek to get personally acquainted with God by studying His book, the Bible.
We believe that God, through Jesus Christ, created all life in this world in six literal 24-hour days. Then He rested on the seventh day, blessed and sanctified it, and called it the Sabbath, a memorial of His creation. GENESIS 2:2, 3; EXODUS 20:8-11
Sin is choosing to live apart from God’s will.
The Bible defines God’s will as His law in  
PSALM 40:8 and sin as the “transgression of the law” 1 JOHN 3:4. It says that “the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ROMANS 6:23. 
 Jesus took the sins of the entire world on His shoulders and received the wages of sin - death. He was made the sin bearer and died in our place so that we might be made righteous through exercising faith in Him. 
Grace from God wooed us to a living, saving relationship with Him. “For by grace you have been saved through faith - a gift of God, not of works lest any should boast”  EPHESIANS 2:8, 9 
Jesus died on “Good Friday” and rested in the tomb on the seventh-day Sabbath. Then He rose on the first day of the week. Thus, the Sabbath commemorates two events, creation and  redemption.  In worshipping on the day of God’s choosing, we are obeying the One who said, “If you love me, keep my Commandments.”  JOHN 14:15
We Are Saved by Love and Grace:-
In no way does keeping any law save us. Our loving response to God’s love is obedience. As the hymn puts it, “Trust and obey for there is no other way.” 
We believe that God is love and not arbitrary, unforgiving and severe as His enemies make Him out to be.   Jesus came to fully reveal God’s true character
Though infinite in power and majesty, our Creator is gracious and values our freedom, dignity and individuality. 
Our faith response to Him will be to love Him and to keep His Commandments.  Solomon, the wise man, summarizes everything he learnt in: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter, fear [respect] God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” ECCLESIASTES 12:13
It’s a Message for the Whole Man:-
As S.D.A.’s, we focus on bringing glory to God alone. This is why we speak so much about the hope and nearness of Christ’s return and why we choose to worship on the day He rested, blessed, sanctified and set apart for worship - the seventh day of the week, the Sabbath.
God has revealed His life style to bless mankind and our commitment to sharing good health is seen in an extensive network of health institutions worldwide, including the Loma Linda University Medical Center, world renowned for its baby heart transplant program.
Research by many health professionals has proven that S.D.A.’s have a quality life about 10 years longer than the general population due to their healthy lifestyle and  trust in God.  We have an interest in sharing healthful living through such programs as vegetarian cooking classes and nutrition seminars.
Our “5 Day Plan” to stop smoking has enabled millions of smokers around the world to overcome this habit.
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes were developed by a S.D.A., Dr. J. H. Kellogg in Battle Creek, Michigan. Soy milk was developed by another S.D.A., Dr. Harry Miller.
Through our Adventist Development and Relief Agency  (ADRA),  Jesus ministers to millions of needy people in more than 120 countries  - helping the local people without regard to race, gender, political or religious affiliation in areas of food security, economic development, primary health, disaster response and preparedness, and basic education.
We believe in a balanced Christian education from kindergarten to the highest level of professional study. Our education system is the largest in the Protestant world.
If you would like further information about who we are and what we stand for, we would consider it a privilege to explain.  We covet the highest of all commendations, the words God said about Job, “He has said about Me what is right.” 
Pastor Ian Cotton 

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