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Our Fundamental Beliefs

Adventists regard the entire Holy Bible as the only safe and only rule of faith and hope. His doctrines, therefore, fully follow the biblical teachings and are grounded in it. The following beliefs constitute the perception and expression that the Church upholds with respect to the biblical teachings.

1 Sacred Scripture:

The Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, are the written Word of God, given by divine inspiration through the holy men of God who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. In this Word, God transmitted to man the knowledge necessary for salvation. The Holy Scriptures are the infallible revelation of His will. They constitute the pattern of character, the proof of experience, the authoritative revelation of doctrines, and the reliable record of God's acts in history. 2 Pedro 1: 20, 21; 2 Tim. 3: 16, 17; 119: 105; Prov. 30: 5, 6; Isa. 8: 20; John 17: 17; 1 Tess. 2: 13; Heb. 4: 12

2. The Trinity:

There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons. God is immortal, omnipotent, omniscient, above all, and ever present. He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, but is known through His self-revelation. Forever is worthy of worship, worship, and service by all creation. | Deut. 6: 4; Mat. 28: 19; 2 Color 13: 14; Efe. 4: 4-6; 1 Pedro 1: 2; 1 Tim. 1: 17; Apoc .. 14: 7

3. God Father:

God, the Eternal Father, is the Creator, Originator, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all creation. He is righteous and holy, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and great in love and faithfulness. The qualities and powers manifest in the Son and the Holy Spirit are also revelations from the Father. Gen. 1: 1; Apoc. 4: 11; 1 Color 15: 28; John 3: 16; 1 John 4: 8; 1 Tim. 1: 17; Ex. 34: 6, 7; John 14: 9

4. God the Son:

God, the Eternal Son, became incarnate in Jesus Christ. Through Him all things were created, the character of God is revealed, made the salvation of mankind and judged the world. He suffered and died on the cross for our sins and in our place was raised from the dead and ascended to minister in the heavenly sanctuary on our behalf. He will come again, in glory, to the final deliverance of His people and the restoration of all things. | John 1: 1-3, 14; 1: 15-19; John 10: 30; 14: 9; Rom. 6: 23; 2 Color 5: 17-19; John 5: 22; Lucas 1: 35; Filip. 2: 5-11; Heb. 2: 9-18; 1 Color 15: 3, 4; Heb. 8: 1, 2; John 14: 1-3

5. God the Holy Spirit:

God, the Holy Spirit, played an active part with the Father and the Son in Creation, Incarnation, and Redemption. He inspired the writers of the Scriptures. He filled the life of Christ with power. It attracts and convinces human beings; and those who are sensitive are renewed and transformed by Him, in the image of God. Sent by the Father and the Son to be always with His children, He grants spiritual gifts to the church, | Gen. 1: 1, 2; Lucas 1: 35; 4: 18; Acts 10: 38; 2 Pedro 1: 21; 2 Color 3: 18; Efe. 4: 11, 12; Acts 1: 8; John 14: 16-18, 26; 15: 26, 27; 16: 7-13

6. God is the Creator:

God is the Creator of all things, and revealed in the Scriptures the authentic account of His creative activity. "In six days the Lord made the heaven and the earth" and all that has life on earth, and rested on the seventh day of that first week. | Gen. 1; 2; Ex. 20: 8-11; 19: 1-6; 33: 6, 9; 104; Heb. 11: 3; Jo 1: 1-3; 1 Cl: 16,17

7. The nature of the human being:

Man and woman were formed in the image of God with individuality, power and freedom to think and act. Though created as free beings, each is an indivisible unity of body, mind, and soul, and dependent upon God for life, breath, and all. When our first parents disobeyed God, they denied their dependence on Him and fell from their high position below God. The image of God in them was disfigured, and they became subject to death. His descendants shared this fallen nature and its consequences. | Gen. 1: 26-28; 2: 7; Salt. 8: 4-8: 17 Acts: 24-28; Gen. 3; Salm. 51: 5; Rom. 5: 12-17; II Color 5: 19 and 20

8. The Great Controversy:

All mankind is now involved in a great conflict between Christ and Satan as to the character of God, His law and His sovereignty over the Universe. This conflict originated in Heaven when a created being, endowed with freedom of choice, by self-exaltation became Satan, the adversary of God, and led to the rebellion a part of the angels. Observed by all creation, this world has become the scene of universal conflict, within which the God of love will finally be vindicated. | Apoc. 12: 4-9; Isa. 14: 12- 14; Ezeq. 28: 12-18; Gen. 6-8; II Ped. 3: 6; Rom. 1: 19-32; 5: 19-21; 8: 19-22; Heb. 1: 4-14; I Color 4: 9

9. Life, death and resurrection of Christ:

In the life of Christ, in perfect obedience to the will of God, and in His suffering, death, and resurrection, God provided the only means of atonement for human sin, so that those who accept this atonement by faith may have eternal life, and creation better understands the infinite and holy love of the Creator. | S. John 3: 16; Isa. 53; II 5: 14, 15 and 19-21; Rom. 1: 4; 3: 25; 4: 25; 8: 3 and 4; Filip. 2: 6-11; I S. João 2: 2; 4: 10; Col. 2: 15

10. The experience of salvation:

In infinite love and mercy God made Christ, who knew no sin, to become sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we feel our need, acknowledge our sinfulness, repent of our transgressions, and have faith in Jesus as Lord and Christ as Substitute and Example. This faith that accepts salvation comes from the divine power of the Word and is the gift of God's grace. Through Christ we are justified, adopted as sons and daughters of God and freed from the dominion of sin. Through the Spirit we are born again and sanctified; the Spirit renews our mind, writes the law of God, the law of love, in our hearts, and we receive the power to lead a holy life. By remaining in Him, we become partakers of the divine nature and have the certainty of salvation now and in the Judgment. | 27: 1; Isa. 12: 2; Jonas 2: 9; S. John 3: 16; II Color 5: 17-21: Gal. 1: 4; 2: 19 and 20; 3: 13; 4: 4-7; Rom. 3: 24-26; 4: 25; 5: 6-10; 8: 1-4, 14, 15, 26, and 27; 10: 7; I Color. 2: 5; 15: 3 and 4; I S. João 1: 9; 2: 1 and 2; Eph. 2: 5-10; 3: 16-19; Gal. 3: 26; S. John 3: 3-8; S. Mat. 18: 3; I S. Ped. 1: 23, 2: 21; Heb. 8: 7-12

11. Growth in Christ:

By his death on the cross Jesus triumphed over the forces of evil. He subdued the spirits of demons during His earthly ministry and broke his power and made his final destination certain. The victory of Jesus gives us victory over the forces of evil that continue to seek to control us as we walk with Him in peace, joy, and the assurance of His love. Now the Holy Spirit lives with us and gives us power. Continually committed to Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we are delivered from the burden of our past deeds. We no longer live in darkness, afraid of the powers of evil, ignorance, and the lack of meaning of our old way of life. In this new freedom in Jesus, we are called to grow in the likeness of His character, holding daily fellowship with Him through prayer, nourishing His Word, meditating on this and His providence, singing His praises, gathering us together in worship , and participating in the mission of the Church. As we commit ourselves to the service of love to those around us and to the witness of His salvation, the constant presence of the Lord in us through His Spirit transforms each moment and every task into a spiritual experience. | Psalms 1: 1, 2; 23: 4; 77: 11, 12; Colossians 1: 13, 14; 2: 6, 14, 15; Lucas 10: 17-20; Ephesians 5: 19, 20; 6: 12-18; I Thessalonians 5: 23; II Pedro 2: 9; 3: 18; II Corinthians 3: 17, 18; Philippians. 3: 7-14; I Thessalonians 5: 16-18; Matthew 20: 25-28; John 20: 21; Galatians 5: 22-25; Romans 8: 38, 39; I John 4: 4; Hebrews 10: 25.

12. The church:

The Church is the community of believers who confess Jesus Christ to Lord and Savior. We unite to worship for fellowship, for instruction in the Word, for the celebration of the Lord's Supper, for service to all mankind and for the worldwide proclamation of the gospel. The Church is the family of God. The Church is the body of Christ. | Gen. 12: 3; Acts 7: 38; S. Mat. 21: 43; 16: 13-20; S. John 20: 21 and 22; Acts 1: 8; Rom. 8: 15-17; I Color. 12: 13-27; Eph. 1: 15 and 23; 2: 12; 3: 8-11 and 15; 4: 11-15

13. The remnant and his mission:

The Church, throughout its history, is composed of all who truly believe in Christ; but in the last days, a time of wide apostasy, a remnant has been called out in order to keep the commandments of God and faith in Jesus. This remnant heralds the coming of the hour of judgment, proclaims salvation through Christ, and foretells the approach of His second advent. | S. Mar. 16: 15; S. Mat. 28: 18-20; 24: 14; II Color 5: 10; Apoc. 12: 17; 14: 6-12; 18: 1-4; Eph. 5: 22-27; Apoc. 21: 1-14

14. Unity of the body of Christ:

The Church is a body with many members, called every nation, tribe, language and people. We are all equal in Christ. Through the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures we share the same faith and hope, and we bear one testimony for all. This unity finds its source in the unity of the triune God, who has adopted us as His children. | Salt. 133: 1; I Color. 12: 12-14; 17 Acts: 26 and 27; II Color 5: 16 and 17; Gal. 3: 27-29; 3: 10-15; Eph. 4: 1-6; S. John 17: 20-23; S. Tiago 2: 2-9; I S. João 5: 1

15. The baptism:

Through baptism we confess our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and attest our death to sin and our purpose to walk in newness of life, being accepted as members by His Church. It is by immersion in the water and it follows instruction in the Holy Scriptures and acceptance of its teachings. 3 Mat: 13-16; 28: 19 and 20; Acts 2: 38; 16: 30-33; 22: 16; Rom. 6: 1-6: Gal. 3: 27; I Color. 12: 13; Col. 2: 21 and 13; I S. Ped. 3: 21

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 Savior and Lord. Preparation involves examination of conscience, repentance, and confession. The Master instituted the foot washing ceremony to represent renewed purification, to express the willingness to serve one another in Christlike humility and to unite our hearts in love. | S. Mat. 26: 17-30; I Color. 11: 23-30; 10: 16 and 17; S. John 6: 48-63; Apoc. 3: 20; S. John 13: 1-17

17. Spiritual gifts and ministries:

God grants to all the members of His Church, in all ages, spiritual gifts, being bestowed by the activity of the Holy Spirit, which He distributes to every member as He pleases. The gifts provide all the skills and ministries the Church needs to fulfill her divinely ordained duties. Some members are called by God and endowed by the Spirit for functions recognized by the Church in pastoral, evangelistic, apostolic and teaching ministries. | Rom. 12: 4-8; I 12: 9-11, 27, and 28; Eph. 4: 8 and 11-16; II Color 5: 14-21; 6 Acts: 1-7; I Tim. 2: 1-3; I S. Ped. 4: 10 and 11; Col. 2: 19; S. Mat. 25: 31-36

18. The Gift of Prophecy:

One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy. This gift is a feature of the remnant church and was manifested in the ministry of Ellen G. White. As the messenger of the Lord, her writings are a continuous and authoritative source of truth and provide comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction to the Church. | Joel 2: 28 and 29; 2 Acts: 14-21; Heb. 1: 1-3; Apoc. 12-17; 19: 10

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. They express God's love, will, and purpose for human conduct and relationships, and are binding on all people in all ages. These precepts form the basis of God's covenant with His people and the standard in God's judgment. | Ex. 20: 1-17; S,. Mat. 5: 17; Deut. 28: 1-14; 19: 7-13; S. John 14: 15; Rom. 8: 1-4; I S. João 5: 3; S. Mat. 22: 36-40; Eph. 2: 8

20. The Saturday:

The good Creator, after the six days of Creation, rested on the seventh day and instituted the Sabbath for all people as a memorial of Creation. The fourth commandment of God's law requires the observance of this seventh-day Sabbath as a day of rest, worship, and ministry, in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath. | Gen. 2: 1-3; Ex. 20: 8-11; 31: 12-17; S. Luc. 4: 16; Heb. 4: 1- 11; Deut. 5: 12-15; Isa. 56: 5 and 6; 58: 13 and 14; Lev 23: 32; S. Mar. 2: 27 and 28

21. Christian Faithfulness:

We are stewards of God, responsible to Him for the appropriate use of time and opportunities, possessions, and the blessings of the earth and its resources, which He placed under our care. We acknowledge God's right to property through faithful service to Him and to our fellowmen, and to return tithes and give offerings for the proclamation of His gospel and for the maintenance and growth of His Church. | Gen. 1: 26-28; 2: 15; Haggai 1: 3-11; Bad. 3: 8-12; S. Mat. 23: 23; I Color. 9: 9-14

22. Christian conduct:

We are called to be a godly people who think, feel and act according to the principles of Heaven. In order for the Spirit to recreate in us the character of our Lord, we are only involved in those things that produced in our lives purity, health, and joy similar to those of Christ. | I S. João 2: 6; Eph. 5: 1-13; Rom. 12: 1 and 2; I Color. 6: 19 and 20; 10: 31; I Tim. 2: 9 and 10; Lev 11: 1-47; II Color 7: 1; I S. Ped. 3: 1-4; II Color 10: 5; Filip. 4: 8

23. Marriage and family:

Marriage was divinely established in Eden and confirmed by Jesus as a lifelong union between a man and a woman in loving fellowship. For the Christian, the marriage commitment is with God as well as with the spouse, and should only be assumed between partners who share the same faith. In regard to divorce, Jesus taught that a person who divorces his spouse, except for fornication, and marries another, commits adultery. God blesses the family and intends its members to help one another to attain complete maturity. Parents should educate their children to love the Lord and to obey Him. | Gen. 2: 18-25; Deut. 6: 5-9; S. John 2: 1-11; Eph. 5: 21-33; S. Mat. 5: 31 and 32; 19: 3-9; Prov. 22: 6; Eph. 6: 1-4; Bad. 4: 5 and 6; S. Mar. 10: 11 and 12; S. Luc. 16: 18; I 7: 10 and 11 Color

24. The Ministry of Christ in the Heavenly Sanctuary:

There is a sanctuary in heaven. In Him Christ ministereth in our behalf, making available to the believer the benefits of His atoning sacrifice offered once for all on the cross. He was sworn in as our high priest grade and began His intercessory ministry on the occasion of His ascension. In 1844, at the end of the prophetic period of 2300 days / years, He began the second and final stage of His atoning ministry. The investigative judgment reveals to the heavenly beings who among the dead will be worthy to have part in the first resurrection. It also makes manifest who in the living is prepared for the translation into His eternal kingdom. The completion of Christ's ministry will mark the end of the time of grace for humans before the Second Advent. | Heb. 1: 3; 8: 1-5; 9: 11-28; Dan. 7: 9-27; 8: 13 and 14; 9: 24- 27; 14 #: 34; Ezeq. 4: 6; Bad. 3: 1; Lev. 16; Apoc. 14: 12; 20: 12; 22: 12

25. The Second Coming of Christ:

The second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of the Church. The coming of the Savior will be literal, personal, visible and universal. | Tito 2: 13; S. John 14: 1-3; Acts 1: 9- 11; I Tess. 4: 16 and 17; I Color. 15: 51-54; II Tess. 2: 8; S. Mat 24; S. Mar. 13; S. Luc. 21; II Tim. 3: 1-5; Joel 3: 9-16; Heb. 9: 28

26. Death and Resurrection:

The salary of sin is death. But God, the only one who is immortal, will give eternal life to His redeemed ones. Until that day, death is an unconscious state for all people. | I Tim. 6: 15 and 16; Rom. 6; 23; I Color. 15: 51-54; Ecles. 9: 5 and 6; 146: 4; I Tess. 4: 13-17; Rom. 8: 35-39; S. John 5: 28 and 29; Apoc. 20: 1-10; S. John 5: 24

27. The Millennium and the end of sin:

The millennium is Christ's thousand-year reign of His saints in heaven between the first and second resurrections. During this time the wicked dead will be judged. At the end of this period, Christ with His descent from Heaven to Earth. The wicked dead will then be resurrected and, with Satan and his angels, will surround the city; but the fire of God will consume them and purify the earth. The universe will thus be eternally free from sin and sinners. | Apoc. 20; Zac. 14: 1-4; Jer. 4: 23-26; I Color 6; II S. Ped. 2: 4; Ezeq. 28: 18; II Tess. 1: 7-9; Apoc. 19: 17, 18, and 21

28. The New Earth:

In the New Earth, where righteousness dwells, God will provide an eternal home for the redeemed and a perfect environment for eternal life, love, joy, and learning, in His presence. | II S. Ped. 3: 13; Gen. 17: 1-8; Isa. 35; 65: 17-25; S. Mat. 5: 5; Apoc. 21: 1-7; 22: 1-5; 11: 15.

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