Our beliefs
Sola Scriptura (the Scripture alone) has been our anchor that guided us to stand along with these 28 Fundamental Beliefs
holy bible

a special revelation, the holy bible reveals god’s redemptive plan for the entire human race. The source of truth to guide us and shield us from deception.

The Holy Bible, is the written Word of God, given by divine inspiration. Its inspired authors spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. Through the Bible, God reveals to humanity the knowledge necessary for salvation. It guides all sincere and humble searcher for truth. It serves as the test of character, the discerner of doctrines, and a reliable record of God’s plan of salvation.

(Ps. 119:105; Prov. 30:5, 6; Isa. 8:20; John 17:17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17; Heb. 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20, 21.)

 

the trinity

father, son and holy spirit

We believe in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; the Holy Trinity. God is immortal, Almighty, all-knowing, supreme, and ever present. His wisdom is beyond human comprehension, yet known through His self-revelation. God is love, is forever worthy of worship, praise, and honor by the entire universe.

(Gen. 1:26; Deut. 6:4; Isa. 6:8; Matt. 28:19; John 3:16 2 Cor. 1:21, 22; 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2.)

 

god the father

God the FATHER IS THE SOURCE OF ALL LOVE AND LIFE. HE WILLINGLY SENT HIS SON TO SAVE US FROM OUR SIN AND RESTORE US TO HIMSELF AND TO SHOW US WHAT HE IS LIKE.

God the Father is the Creator, Source, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all creation. He is righteous, holy, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. The qualities and powers exhibited in the Son and the Holy Spirit are also those of the Father.

(Gen. 1:1; Deut. 4:35; Ps. 110:1, 4; John 3:16; 14:9; 1 Cor. 15:28; 1 Tim. 1:17; 1 John 4:8; Rev. 4:11.)

 

god the son

GOD THE SON BECAME HUMAN TO SAVE US. JESUS THE SON OF GOD IS OUR SAVIOR, MEDIATOR AND REDEEMER. HE HAS PREPARED HEAVEN FOR US AND HE’S COMING BACK TO TAKE US THERE.

God the eternal Son became flesh in Jesus Christ. Through Him all things were created, the character of God is revealed, the salvation of humanity is accomplished, and the world is judged. Forever truly God, He became also truly human. He lived and perfectly embodied the righteousness, justice and love of God. By His miracles He manifested God’s power and was attested as God’s promised Messiah. He suffered and died voluntarily on the cross for our sins and in our place, was raised from the dead, and ascended to heaven to minister in the heavenly sanctuary in our behalf. He will come again in glory for the final deliverance of His people and the restoration of all things.

(Isa. 53:4-6; Dan. 9:25-27; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-3, 14; 5:22; 10:30; 14:1–3, 9, 13; Rom. 6:23; 1 Cor. 15:3, 4; 2 Cor. 3:18; 5:17-19; Phil. 2:5–11; Col. 1:15-19; Heb. 2:9-18; 8:1, 2.)

the holy spirit

THE HOLY SPIRIT INSPIRES, EMPOWERS AND GUIDES OUR UNDERSTANDING. THE SPIRIT TOUCHES OUR HEARTS AND TRANSFORMS US, RENEWING THE IMAGE OF GOD IN FALLEN HUMANITY.

We believe in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; the Holy Trinity. God is immortal, Almighty, all-knowing, supreme, and ever present. His wisdom is beyond human comprehension, yet known through His self-revelation. God is love, is forever worthy of worship, praise, and honor by the entire universe.

(Gen. 1:26; Deut. 6:4; Isa. 6:8; Matt. 28:19; John 3:16 2 Cor. 1:21, 22; 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2.)

 

creation

GOD CREATED THE WORLD THROUGH THE WORDS OF HIS MOUTH. HE CREATED HUMANITY TO AS THE CROWNING ACT OF HIS CREATION AND AS A STEWARD OF OUR PLANET. HE MADE THE EARTH AND SUSTAINED IT WITH ALL NECESSARY ELEMENTS TO MAKE IT A HABITABLE PLACE FOR MAN’S HAPPINESS.

God created the universe, the heavenly bodies and our beautiful planet earth with various species of animal kingdom, fishes, fowls, mankind and other organisms in six days of creation. Then He rested on the seventh day; blessed it and made it holy. Thus, God established the Sabbath as a continual remembrance of His creative work and set a paradigm of 7-day week cycle. Adam and Eve were made in the image of God as the crowning work of Creation, given charge over the earth, as a good steward of God’s creation. The world was perfect, spotless and very good when God finished creating it.

(Gen. 1-2; 5; 11; Exod. 20:8-11; Ps. 19:1–6; 33:6, 9; 104; Isa. 45:12, 18; Acts 17:24; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2; 11:3; Rev. 10:6; 14:7.)

nature of humanity

ONCE MOLDED IN GOD’S IMAGE, MANKIND NOW IS SEPARATED FROM GOD THROUGH SIN. YET, IT TOOK A PERFECT SAVIOR AND SACRIFICE TO REDEEM US TO HIMSELF. THE SPIRIT RESTORES GOD’S REFLECTION WITHIN US SO HE CAN WORK THROUGH US.

Man and woman were made and endowed with the power of choice and intelligence to serve his Creator. Man, as a living person, is a unity of body, mind, and spirit, dependent upon God for life and happiness. When our first parents disobeyed God, the image of God in them was marred and they became subject to death. Then, humanity share this fallen nature and its consequences. We are born with weaknesses and tendencies to evil, but God in Christ reconciled the world to Himself and by His Spirit restores in us the image of our Creator. Created for the glory of God, we are called to love Him and one another, and to care for our environment.

(Gen. 1:26-28; 2:7, 15; 3; Ps. 8:4-8; 51:5, 10; 58:3; Jer. 17:9; Acts 17:24-28; Rom. 5:12-17; 2 Cor. 5:19,  20; Eph. 2:3; 1 Thess. 5:23; 1 John 3:4; 4:7, 8, 11, 20.)

the great controversy

SATAN AND HIS ANGELS REBELLED AGAINST GOD’S AUTHORITY AND GOVERNMENT. THEY WERE CAST DOWN FROM HEAVEN TO THIS WORLD. GOD GAVE MAN THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE, AND HUMAN HISTORY SHOWS THE RESULT OF THIS REBELLION, AS WELL AS THE INCREDIBLE POWER OF GOD’S GRACE TO SAVE US.

The Great Controversy between Christ and Satan revolves around the issue of the true character of God, His law, and God’s sovereignty over the universe. This conflict started in heaven when Lucifer endowed with freedom of choice, in self-exaltation became Satan- God’s adversary, and led into rebellion a portion of the angels. He introduced the spirit of rebellion into this world when he led Adam and Eve into sin. Sin resulted in the distortion of the image of God in humanity, the disordering of the created world, and its initial destruction during the Global Flood. This world became the arena of the universal conflict, in which ultimately will result to God’s establishment of His eternal kingdom. To ensure God’s people their salvation, He sent Jesus Christ to justify, sanctify and glorify us, if we will not give up.

(Gen. 3; 6-8; Job 1:6-12; Isa. 14:12-14; Ezek. 28:12-18; Rom. 1:19-32; 3:4; 5:12-21; 8:19-22; 1 Cor. 4:9; Heb. 1:14; 1 Peter 5:8; 2 Peter 3:6; Rev. 12:4-9.)

LIFE, DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS

GOD SENT HIS SON- JESUS CHRIST TO LIVE THE PERFECT LIFE. HE DIED THE DEATH WE DESERVE, SO WE CAN LIVE THE LIFE HE WILL GIVE.

In Christ’s life of perfect obedience, His suffering, death, and resurrection, God provided the only means of forgiveness for sin, so that those who accept it by faith may have eternal life.  The death of Christ is the greatest evidence of God’s unconditional love for fallen humanity. This love has changing and transforming power to renew and recreate a new man in Christ. Yet, Christ could not be contained forever in the grave, His resurrection proclaims God’s triumph over the forces of evil, and for those who accept this offer of salvation are assured of our final victory over sin and death. It declares the Lordship of Jesus Christ, for whom every knee in heaven and on earth will eventually bow.

(Gen. 3:15; Ps. 22:1; Isa. 53; John 3:16; 14:30; Rom. 1:4; 3:25; 4:25; 8:3, 4; 1 Cor. 15:3, 4, 20-22; 2 Cor. 5:14, 15, 19-21; Phil. 2:6-11; Col. 2:15; 1 Peter 2:21, 22; 1 John 2:2; 4:10.)

THE EXPERIENCE OF SALVATION

WHEN WE ACCEPT GOD’S GRACE AND SALVATION, THE HOLY SPIRIT REVEALS OUR NEED FOR JESUS AND RECREATES US. THE SPIRIT BUILDS OUR FAITH AND HELPS US LEAVE OUR BROKEN LIVES BEHIND.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Thus, the sinner realizes his need of a Savior and repents of his grievous sins. Through Christ we are justified, adopted as God’s sons and daughters, and delivered from the lordship of sin. Through the Spirit we are born again and sanctified; the Spirit renews our minds, writes God’s law of love in our hearts, and we are given the power to live a holy life. Abiding in Him we become partakers of the divine nature and have the assurance of salvation now and in the judgment.

(Gen. 3:15; Isa. 45:22; 53; Jer. 31:31-34; Ezek. 33:11; 36:25-27; Hab. 2:4; Mark 9:23, 24; John 3:3-8, 16; 16:8; Rom. 3:21-26; 8:1-4, 14-17; 5:6-10; 10:17; 12:2; 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Gal. 1:4; 3:13, 14, 26; 4:4-7; Eph. 2:4-10; Col. 1:13, 14; Titus 3:3-7; Heb. 8:7-12; 1 Peter 1:23; 2:21, 22; 2 Peter 1:3, 4; Rev. 13:8.)

GROWING IN CHRIST

SALVATION TRANSFORMS HOW WE SEE OUR WORLD. WE NO LONGER FEAR OUR PASTS OR FUTURE, BUT EMBRACE A PRESENT FULL OF HOPE, LOVE, SELFLESS SERVICE AND PRAISE AS THE SPIRIT LIVES IN US.

Accepting Jesus means deliverance, freedom and victory. Now, that we are set free, Jesus becomes our Lord and Master. We have come out of darkness and brought into the marvelous light. We put our allegiance and commitment to serve Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. . In this new freedom in Jesus, we are called to grow into the likeness of His character, communing with Him daily in prayer, feeding on His Word, meditating on it and on His providence, singing His praises, gathering together for worship, and participating in the mission of the Church. We are also called to follow Christ’s example by compassionately ministering to the physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of humanity. As we give ourselves in loving service to those around us and in witnessing to His salvation, His constant presence with us through the Spirit transforms every moment and every task into a spiritual experience.

(1 Chron. 29:11; Ps. 1:1, 2; 23:4; 77:11, 12; Matt. 20:25-28; 25:31-46; Luke 10:17-20; John 20:21; Rom. 8:38, 39; 2 Cor. 3:17, 18; Gal. 5:22-25; Eph. 5:19, 20; 6:12-18; Phil. 3:7-14; Col. 1:13, 14; 2:6, 14, 15; 1 Thess. 5:16-18, 23; Heb. 10:25; James 1:27; 2 Peter 2:9; 3:18; 1 John 4:4.)

THE CHURCH

THE CHURCH IS GOD’S FAMILY ON EARTH, SERVING, CELEBRATING, STUDYING AND WORSHIPING TOGETHER. LOOKING TO JESUS AS ITS LEADER AND REDEEMER, THE CHURCH IS CALLED TO TAKE THE GOOD NEWS OF SALVATION TO ALL.

The church is the community of believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We are called out from the world; and we join together for worship, fellowship, instruction in the Word, celebration of the Lord’s Supper, service to humanity, and for the worldwide proclamation of the gospel. The church is God’s family; adopted by Him as children, its members live on the basis of the new covenant. The church is the body of Christ, a community of faith of which Christ Himself is the Head. The church is the bride for whom Christ died that He might sanctify and cleanse her. At His return in triumph, He will present her to Himself a glorious church, the faithful of all the ages, the purchase of His blood, not having spot or wrinkle, but holy and without blemish.

(Gen. 12:1-3; Exod. 19:3-7; Matt. 16:13-20; 18:18; 28:19, 20; Acts 2:38-42; 7:38; 1 Cor. 1:2; Eph. 1:22, 23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11; 5:23-27; Col. 1:17, 18; 1 Peter 2:9.)

THE REMNANT AND ITS MISSION

AT THE TIME OF THE END, GOD WILL CALL HIS PEOPLE BACK TO BIBLICAL TRUTH. GOD’S REMNANT PEOPLE PROCLAIM THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL, THE HEAVENLY JUDGMENT, THE SOON COMING OF JESUS AND THE DANGER OF SPIRITUAL COMPROMISE.

God’s true 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. This remnant announces the arrival of the judgment hour, proclaims salvation through Christ, and heralds the approach of His second advent. This proclamation is symbolized by the three angels of Revelation 14; it coincides with the work of judgment in heaven and results in a work of repentance and reform on earth. Every believer is called to have a personal part in this worldwide proclamation.

(Dan. 7:9-14; Isa. 1:9; 11:11; Jer. 23:3; Mic. 2:12; 2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Peter 1:16-19; 4:17; 2 Peter 3:10-14; Jude 3, 14; Rev. 12:17; 14:6-12; 18:1-4.)

UNITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST

THE HUMAN BODY SERVES AS THE PERFECT METAPHOR FOR GOD’S CHURCH ON EARTH. COMPRISED OF MANY PARTS THAT ARE AS DIVERSE FROM ONE ANOTHER, THERE IS A HARMONY OF VOICES AND UNITY OF MISSION THAT COME AS A RESULT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN US.

The church is one body with many members, called from every nation, tribe, tongue, and people. In Christ we are a new creation; distinctions of race, culture, learning, and nationality, and differences between high and low, rich and poor, male and female, must not divide us. We are all equal in Christ, who by one Spirit has bonded us into one fellowship with Him and with one another; we are to serve and be served without partiality or reservation. Through the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Bible we share the same faith and hope, and vision to reach-out our community. This unity is best described as unity amidst diversity.

(Ps. 133:1; Matt. 28:19, 20; John 17:20-23; Acts 17:26, 27; Rom. 12:4, 5; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 5:16, 17; Gal. 3:27-29; Eph. 2:13-16; 4:3-6, 11-16; Col. 3:10-15.)

BAPTISM

BAPTISM IS A PUBLIC DECLARATION OF OUR NEW LIFE IN CHRIST AND A SYMBOL OF OUR COMMITMENT TO SERVE GOD AS OUR SAVIOR AND REDEEMER.

Through baptism we confess our allegiance to Jesus Christ and claim the promise of forgiveness and new life in Christ. Hence, we acknowledge Christ as Lord and Savior, become a child of God and a part of Christ’s body-His church. Baptism is a symbol of our union and marriage with Christ. It is the outward manifestation of a life touched by the goodness and mercy of God.

(Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 2:38; 16:30-33; 22:16; Rom. 6:1-6; Gal. 3:27; Col. 2:12, 13.)

THE LORD’S SUPPER

THE LORD’S SUPPER WAS INSTITUTED TO REMIND US OF THE ULTIMATE PRICE FOR MAN’S REDEMPTION, THE DEATH OF JESUS. HIS BODY BROKEN, HIS BLOOD SHED TO BRING US BACK TO HIM. BY SEARCHING OUR HEARTS AND WASHING ONE ANOTHER’S FEET, WE REMEMBER JESUS’ HUMBLE EXAMPLE OF SERVICE.

The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance established to remind believers of the body and blood of Jesus. As we partake it, we joyfully proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes again. Preparation for the Supper includes self-evaluation, humility, repentance, and confession. The Lord ordained the foot-washing service to signify renewed cleansing, to express a willingness to serve one another according to Christ’s example.

(Matt. 26:17-30; John 6:48-63; 13:1-17; 1 Cor. 10:16, 17; 11:23-30; Heb. 9:22,  Rev. 3:20.)

SPIRITUAL GIFTS AND MINISTRIES

AS DIVERSIFIED AS THE HUMAN BODY, THE HOLY SPIRIT EMPOWERS EACH MEMBER WITH SPIRITUAL GIFTS AND TALENTS TO BUILD UP GOD’S CHURCH IN ORDER TO FULLFILL ITS MISSION.

God bestows upon all members of His church with spiritual gifts to employ in loving ministry for the common good of the church and of humanity. The Holy Spirit provides all abilities and ministries needed by the church to fulfill its divinely ordained mission. These gifts include such ministries as faith, healing, prophecy, proclamation, teaching, administration, reconciliation, compassion, and self-sacrificing service and charity to help and encourage people in the society. Some members are called by God to function in areas of; pastoral, evangelistic, and teaching ministries particularly needed to equip members for service, to build up the church to spiritual maturity, and to foster unity of faith and knowledge of God. When members employ these spiritual gifts as faithful stewards of God’s varied grace, the church is protected from the destructive influence of false doctrine, thus, the church grows and become united in faith and love.

(Acts 6:1-7; Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:7-11, 27, 28; Eph. 4:8, 11-16; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; 1 Peter 4:10, 11.)

THE GIFT OF PROPHECY

IN THE LAST DAYS, AS IN BIBLICAL TIMES, THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS BLESSED GOD’S PEOPLE WITH THE GIFT OF PROPHECY. ONE WHO DEMONSTRATED THIS GIFT WAS ELLEN G. WHITE, A FOUNDER OF THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH.

The Scriptures testify that one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy. This gift is an identifying mark of the remnant church and we believe it was manifested in the ministry of Ellen G. White. Her writings speak with prophetic authority and provide comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction to the church. They also make clear that the Bible is the standard by which all teaching and experience must be tested.

(Num. 12:6; 2 Chron. 20:20; Amos 3:7; Joel 2:28, 29; Acts 2:14-21; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 12:17; 19:10; 22:8, 9.)

THE LAW OF GOD

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS REVEAL GOD’S WILL AND LOVE FOR US. ITS GUIDELINES TELL HOW TO RELATE TO GOD AND OTHERS. JESUS LIVED OUT THE LAW AS BOTH OUR EXAMPLE AND PERFECT SUBSTITUTE.

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 purposes concerning human conduct and relationships and are binding upon all people in every age. These precepts are the basis of God’s covenant with His people and the standard in God’s judgment. Through the agency of the Holy Spirit they point out sin and awaken a sense of need for a Savior. Salvation is all of grace and not of works, and its fruit is obedience to the Commandments. This obedience develops Christian character and results in a sense of well-being. It is evidence of our love for the Lord and our concern for our fellow human beings. The obedience of faith demonstrates the power of Christ to transform lives, and therefore strengthens Christian witness.

(Exod. 20:1-17; Deut. 28:1-14; Ps. 19:7-14; 40:7, 8; Matt. 5:17-20; 22:36-40; John 14:15; 15:7-10; Rom. 8:3, 4; Eph. 2:8-10; Heb. 8:8-10; 1 John 2:3; 5:3; Rev. 12:17; 14:12.)

THE SABBATH

THE SABBATH IS GOD’S GIFT TO MANKIND, A TIME FOR REST, HEALING AND RESTORATION. IT REMINDS US THAT GOD IS OUR CREATOR AND SUSTAINER. BY KEEPING IT HOLY, WE SIGNIFY OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND FINDS PERFECT REST IN JESUS.

Our Almighty Creator, after the six days of Creation, rested on the seventh day, blessed it and made it holy. The fourth commandment of God’s unchangeable law requires the observance of the Sabbath 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. It is a symbol of our redemption in Christ, a sign of our sanctification, a token of our allegiance, and a foretaste of our eternal future in God’s kingdom. The Sabbath is God’s perpetual sign of His eternal covenant between Him and His people. Joyful observance of this holy day from evening to evening, sunset to sunset, is a celebration of God’s creative and redemptive acts.

(Gen. 2:1-3; Exod. 20:8-11; 31:13-17; Lev. 23:32; Deut. 5:12-15; Isa. 56:5, 6; 58:13, 14; Ezek. 20:12, 20; Matt. 12:1-12; Mark 1:32; Luke 4:16; Heb. 4:1-11.)

STEWARDSHIP

GOD IS THE OWNER OF EVERYTHING; THE WORLD, OUR TIME, OUR LIVES AND OUR RESOURCES. HUMANS ARE APPOINTED AS STEWARDS OF ALL THINGS. AS STEWARDS, WE NEED TO MANIFEST OUR TRUSTWORTHINESS IN ALL AREAS OF LIFE.

We are God’s stewards, entrusted by Him with time and opportunities, abilities and possessions, and the blessings of the earth and its resources. We are responsible to Him for their proper use. We acknowledge God’s ownership by faithful service to Him and our fellow human beings, and by returning tithe and giving offerings for the proclamation of the gospel and the support and growth of His church. Stewardship is a privilege given to us by God for nurture in love and the victory over selfishness and covetousness. Stewards rejoice in the blessings that come to others as a result of their faithfulness.

(Gen. 1:26-28; 2:15; 1 Chron. 29:14; Haggai 1:3-11; Mal. 3:8-12; Matt. 23:23; Rom. 15:26, 27; 1 Cor. 9:9-14; 2 Cor. 8:1-15; 9:7.)

CHRISTIAN BEHAVIOR

GOD CALLS US TO BE THE SALT AND LIGHT IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND COMMUNITY. KNOWING THE INFINITE COST CHRIST PAID TO SAVE US, WE GLORIFY GOD THROUGH OUR MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT.

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. This means that our amusement and entertainment should meet the highest standards of Christian taste and beauty. While recognizing cultural differences, our dress is to be simple, modest, and neat, befitting those whose true beauty does not consist of outward adornment but in the imperishable ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit. It also means that because our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, we are to take good care of it appropriately. Along with adequate exercise and rest, we are to adopt the most healthful diet possible and abstain from the unclean foods identified in the Scriptures. Since alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and the irresponsible use of drugs and narcotics are harmful to our bodies, we are to abstain from them as well. Instead, we are to engage in whatever brings our thoughts and bodies into the discipline of Christ, who desires our health, joy, and happiness.

(Gen. 7:2; Exod. 20:15; Lev. 11:1-47; Ps. 106:3; Rom. 12:1, 2; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; 10:31; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 10:5; Eph. 5:1-21; Phil. 2:4; 4:8; 1 Tim. 2:9, 10; Titus 2:11, 12; 1 Peter 3:1-4; 1 John 2:6; 3 John 2.)

MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE, MALE AND FEMALE ARE DESIGNED TO LIVE IN RELATIONSHIPS. MARRIAGE IS GOD’S IDEAL TO LIVE IN HARMONY, AND FOR CHILDREN TO GROW UP IN LOVE AND SECURITY.

Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman in loving companionship. Marriage is commitment to God as well as to the spouse, and should be entered into only between a man and a woman who share a common faith. Mutual love, honor, respect, and responsibility are the basic fabrics of this relationship to grow and last. Regarding divorce, Jesus taught that the person who divorces a spouse, except for fornication, and marries another, commits adultery. Each family should endeavor to make the home like a little heaven on earth, where love, joy and peace dwells. Parents must train their children to love and obey the Lord and through their example and words, they should to teach them that God is a loving, tender, and caring Father who wants them to become heirs of the Kingdom of God.

(Gen. 2:18-25; Exod. 20:12; Deut. 6:5-9; Prov. 22:6; Mal. 4:5, 6; Matt. 5:31, 32; 19:3-9, 12; Mark 10:11, 12; John 2:1-11; 1 Cor. 7:7, 10, 11; 2 Cor. 6:14; Eph. 5:21-33; 6:1-4.)

CHRIST’S MINISTRY IN THE HEAVENLY SANCTUARY

JESUS’ ULTIMATE SACRIFICE GIVES US CONFIDENCE TO APPROACH GOD, KNOWING WE ARE FORGIVEN. NOW JESUS IS REVIEWING OUR LIVES BEFORE RETURNING, SO THERE’S NO QUESTION THAT HIS JUDGMENTS ARE BASED ON JUSTICE AND LOVE.

There is a sanctuary in heaven, the true tabernacle that the Lord set up and not humans. In it, Christ ministers on our behalf, making available to believers the benefits of His atoning sacrifice offered once for all on the cross. At His ascension, He was inaugurated as our great High Priest and, began His intercessory ministry, which was typified by the work of the high priest in the holy place of the earthly sanctuary. In 1844, at the end of the prophetic period of 2300 days, He entered the second and last phase of His atoning ministry, which was typified by the work of the high priest in the most holy place of the earthly sanctuary. It is a work of investigative judgment which is part of the ultimate disposition of all sin, typified by the cleansing of the ancient Hebrew sanctuary on the Day of Atonement. In that typical service the sanctuary was cleansed with the blood of animal sacrifices, but the heavenly things are purified with the perfect sacrifice of the blood of Jesus. The investigative judgment reveals to heavenly intelligences who among the dead are asleep in Christ and therefore, in Him, are deemed worthy to have part in the first resurrection. It also makes manifest who among the living are abiding in Christ, keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and in Him, therefore, are ready for translation into His everlasting kingdom. This judgment vindicates the justice of God in saving those who believe in Jesus. It declares that those who have remained loyal to God shall receive the kingdom. The completion of this ministry of Christ will mark the close of human probation before the Second Advent.

(Lev. 16; Num. 14:34; Ezek. 4:6; Dan. 7:9-27; 8:13, 14; 9:24-27; Heb. 1:3; 2:16, 17; 4:14-16; 8:1-5; 9:11-28; 10:19-22; Rev. 8:3-5; 11:19; 14:6, 7; 20:12; 14:12; 22:11, 12.)

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

SECOND COMING- THE MOST ANTICIPATED DAY OF CHRIST’S FOLLOWERS. HE’S COMING BACK TO JUDGE AND GIVE ETERNAL LIFE TO HIS FAITHFUL ONES. THOUGH, WE DON’T KNOW EXACTLY THE DAY AND HOUR OF HIS COMING, ALL WE NEED TO DO IS GETTING READY ALL THE TIME.

The second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of the church, the grand climax of the gospel. The Savior’s coming will be literal, personal, visible, and worldwide. When He returns, the righteous dead will be resurrected, and together with the righteous living will be glorified and taken to heaven, but the unrighteous will be punished. The almost complete fulfillment of most lines of prophecy, together with the present condition of the world, indicates that Christ’s coming is near. The time of that event has not been revealed, and we are therefore exhorted to be ready at all times.

(Matt. 24; Mark 13; Luke 21; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 5:1-6; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; 2:8; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; Titus 2:13; Heb. 9:28; Rev. 1:7; 14:14-20; 19:11-21.)

DEATH AND RESURRECTION

AT DEATH, THE DUST RETURN TO THE GROUND. THE DEAD KNOW NOTHING AND ARE ASLEEP IN THE GRAVES, BUT ON THE DAWN OF THE RESURRECTION MORNING, THE RIGHTEOUS DEAD WILL RISE CLOTHED WITH IMMORTALITY AND ETERNAL LIFE.

The wages of sin is death but God alone is immortal. He will grant eternal life to His redeemed people. The dead while in the graves are unconscious; no knowledge, no activity, just waiting for the day of resurrection. When Christ finally comes, the resurrected righteous and the living righteous will be glorified and caught up to meet the Lord. While the resurrection of the unrighteous will take place a thousand years later, prepared for God’s fire of anger.

(Job 19:25-27; Ps. 146:3, 4; Eccl. 9:5, 6, 10; Dan. 12:2, 13; Isa. 25:8; John 5:28, 29; 11:11-14; Rom. 6:23; 6:16; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; Col. 3:4; 1 Thess. 4:13-17; 1 Tim. 6:15; Rev. 20:1-10.)

THE MILLENNIUM AND THE END OF SIN

THE REDEEMED WILL REIGN WITH CHRIST FOR A THOUSAND YEARS IN HEAVEN. SATAN AND HIS ANGELS WILL BE IMPRISONED ON EARTH BY THEMSELVES. WHEN A THOUSAND YEARS WILL BE OVER, GOD WILL RESURRECT THE WICKED FOR THE FINAL JUDGMENT AND DESTROY SATAN AND HIS FALLEN ANGELS, SIN AND SINNERS.

The millennium is the thousand-year reign of Christ with His saints in heaven between the first and second resurrections. During this time the wicked dead will be judged; the earth will be utterly desolate, without living human inhabitants, but occupied by Satan and his angels. At its close, Christ with His saints and the Holy City will descend from heaven to earth. The unrighteous dead will then be resurrected, and with Satan and his angels will surround the city; but fire from God will consume them and cleanse the earth. The universe will thus be freed of sin and sinners forever.

(Rev. 20; 1 Cor. 6:2, 3; Jer. 4:23-26; Rev. 21:1-5; Mal. 4:1; Eze. 28:18, 19.)

THE NEW EARTH

GOD WILL RECREATE OUR SIN-POLLUTED WORLD INTO A BRAND-NEW EARTH; FREE FROM DISEASES, CRIME, VIOLENCE AND ABOVE ALL DEATH. THERE WILL BE TOTALLY DIFFERENT ORDER OF THINGS AND WE WILL ENJOY ETERNAL WITH GOD FOREVER AND EVER.

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. For here God Himself will dwell with His people, and suffering and death will have passed away. The great controversy will be ended, and sin will be no more. All things, animate and inanimate, will declare that God is love; and He shall reign forever. Amen.

(Isa. 35; 65:17-25; Matt. 5:5; 2 Peter 3:13; Rev. 11:15; 21:1-7; 22:1-5.)