As a Christian church, Seventh-day Adventists are a faith community rooted in the beliefs described by the Holy Scriptures.
Adventists are Christians who love Jesus Christ and strive to make Him the centre of all we believe and do. We are a rapidly growing worldwide fellowship of over 17 million, adding new members at a rate of over 2,000 each day. As a church we're eager to share the truth about what God is really like, as seen in the life, character and death of Jesus Christ. The Adventist church is a Christian fellowship committed to sharing with others bible truths, some of which has been lost or distorted through the centuries.
Our Church Name
The name Seventh-day Adventist includes vital beliefs for us as a Church. 'Adventist' reflects our passionate conviction in the nearness of the soon return ('advent') of Jesus. 'Seventh-day' refers to the Biblical Sabbath which from Creation has always been the seventh day of the week, or Saturday.
Our Church Mission
The mission of the Adventist Church is to proclaim to all peoples the everlasting gospel in the context of the Three Angels' messages of Revelation 14:6-12, leading them to accept Jesus as their personal Savior and to unite with His church, and nurturing them in preparation for His soon return.
Adventists accept the Bible as the only source of our beliefs. We consider our movement to be the result of the Protestant conviction Sola Scriptura-the Bible as the only standard of faith and practice for Christians.
Currently, Adventists hold 28 fundamental beliefs that we've organized into following areas—the doctrines of God, man, salvation, the church, the Christian life and last day events. In each teaching, God is the architect, who in wisdom, grace and infinite love, is restoring a relationship with humanity that will last for eternity.
There is one God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons usually called the Trinity. God the Father is the Creator, Source, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all creation. God the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ, through Whom all things were created; the character of God is revealed; the salvation of humanity is accomplished; and the world is judged. God the Holy Spirit draws men and women to Himself and gives spiritual gifts to the Church.
Christ is our hope
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 have eternal life.
Christ will return
The second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of the Church, the grand climax of the Gospel. His coming will be literal, personal, visible, and world-wide. When He returns the righteous dead will be resurrected and together with the righteous living will be glorified and taken to heaven. The unrighteous - those who have rejected divine grace - will die.
The church as a community
The Church is the community of believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. In it men and women join together for worship, fellowship, instruction in the Word, the celebration of the Lord's Supper, service to our neighbours, and the world-wide proclamation of the Gospel.
The power of His Word, the scriptures
The Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God, given by divine inspiration through holy men of God who spoke and wrote by the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures are the infallible revelation of God's will.
The joy of baptism
Baptism by immersion is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit.
The law of love
The Ten Commandments, the great principles of God's law, are exemplified in the life of Christ. They express God's love, will, and purposes concerning human conduct and relationships. Salvation is all of grace and not of works, but its fruitage is obedience to the Commandments, not in hopeless effort to earn salvation, but in grateful harmony with the life and will of Him whose perfect obedience has brought us confidence and acceptance as His sons and daughters.
The joy of Sabbath rest
The seventh day of the week, Saturday, is observed as the day of rest, worship, and ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a day of delightful communion with God and one another. We joyfully observe this holy time from Friday evening to Saturday evening, from sunset to sunset, as a celebration of God's creative and redemptive acts.
The earth free
On the new earth, in which righteousness dwells, God will provide a glorious home for the redeemed with a perfect environment for everlasting life, love, joy and learning. God Himself will dwell with His people, and suffering and death will exist no more.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is organized with a representative form of church government. Authority in the local church comes from the membership and executive responsibility is given to representative members (in the the local church) officers to govern the Church. This structure is maintained from the local church up to the General Conference. There are four levels of Church structure from the individual believer to the worldwide Church organization:
The Local Church
The local church is made up of individual believers. Local churches elect their own officers and management board by majority voting usually for a one or two year period, depending on the congregation.
The Local Conference
Our conference is made up of local churches in Trinidad. Churches elect delegates to the Conference Session every four years. Executive authority between session is exercised by the Conference's Executive Committee and executive officers (President, Secretary and Treasurer) all of whom are elected during the session.
The union conference, The Caribbean Union Conference (CARU) is made up of conferences or fields. Along with our conference, CARU consists of the East Caribbean Conference, North Caribbean Conference, St.Lucia Mission, Grenada Conference, Tobago Mission, Guyana Conference, Suriname Mission, St.Vincent Region and South Leeward Mission.
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