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Message and Purpose
The message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is centered in Jesus. The everlasting gospel, the grace of salvation offered by the extraordinary love of God revealed in the
victorious life, atoning death and triumphant resurrection of Christ. The great hope of the Church is the advent of Christ, the embodiment of the Lord's promise "I will come
again" to bring His people to a new home; present truth about the contemporary ministry of Christ in heaven, acting as High Priest and Advocate for those who accept Him as
personal Savior, forgiving sins by offering a special meaning without precedents, to make healthy, holy and happy people.
The mission of the Church is to proclaim the good news to the world in the context of the three angels' messages of Revelation 14:6-12, sending people to accept Jesus as
personal Savior and to unite with His church in preparation for His soon return. This is the universal message, for everyone, everywhere. In "every nation, tribe, tongue and
people"; every city, every village; every country, community, colony and "creature". This means, every person (Mark 16:15).
Rule of Faith
The Seventh-day Adventist Church believes that its appearance "at the time of the end" was specifically defined by biblical prophecy. The Seventh-day Adventist Church has
as a rule of faith, the Bible, the Word of God preserved over the centuries to guide humanity on the way back Home, to have eternal life. John 3:16: "For God loved the world
so much that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. "
The Church had its modest beginnings composed of men and women of various denominations, God-fearing and the study of Bible reached the understanding that Jesus will
soon fulfill His promise to return to the world. It was an overcrowded beginning with several people being evicted from their church because it had embraced a broader
message through the study of the Bible. That small group grew, increasing in number and in knowledge of God's Word. It was thus that, in 1863, this group was organized on a
denominational structure with the name Seventh Day Adventist Church. Adventist because we believe in the promise of Jesus "will come again". Seventh Day because we
believe in God's order that the sanctified day of rest made by Him is the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week. Exodus 20:8-11: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; but the seventh day is a Sabbath unto Jehovah thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter,
thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days Jehovah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is,
and rested the seventh day: wherefore Jehovah blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
"Jesus confirmed that the law remains in effect through the examples left by His life here on earth."
This is the name and why.
The Church Today
Today the Seventh-day Adventist Church is an organizational body established virtually worldwide, around 17 million members.
There are 3 administrative levels of the Organization:
• Churches and Congregations - form an association or mission.
• Associations and Missions - form a Union
• Unions - form the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church