.
SDA Beliefs
.
Five "S's" Fundamental Beliefs Baptismal Vows
 

Seventh-day Adventists (SDA) have five beliefs that make them different than other Christian denominations.  These are sometimes called the five "S's".  We list each of the 28 fundamental beliefs below, and the baptismal vows SDA's take before being baptized. Here we explain the 5 "S's".
 
The first two "S's" are based on the name Seventh-day Adventist.
Sabbath:  Seventh-day portion of our name refers to the Bible Sabbath from Friday sundown to Saturday Sundown.  Seventh-day Adventist see in Revelation 14:6-12 the end time call to worship the creator.  The Sabbath commandment in Exodus 20 ties the Sabbath to creation.  As such we see the Bible Sabbath as key to Creator worship at the end time. 

Second Coming: Seventh-day Adventist believe in a visible,  audible and desireable return of Jesus.  The portion of our name Adventist refers to the teaching of the Advent or Second Coming of Jesus.

Sanctuary: The last half of the book of Exodus, the entire book of Leviticus and Hebrews discuss the Old Testament wilderness sanctuary, its correlation to the temple built in Jerusalem and the Heavenly temple to which these point.  Each year the annual feast of the Jews played out the plan of salvation.  Jesus referred to himself as the lamb of Passover.  Hebrews tells us that Jesus is our High Priest ministring to His people in the Heavenlt Temple. Studying of the sanctuary and Temples in Scripture help us understand Jesus' ministry to eliminate sin.

State of the Dead: Seventh-day Adventists understand that Genesis teaches we are a "soul". That "God formed man of the dust of the earth, breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man "became a soul".  When a person dies, the breath returns to God, and we sleep in the earth until the return of Jesus when God's people are resurrected.  We then spend 1000 years in heaven, before Jesus returns with His people to purify, then recreate the earth for His people without sin. 

Spirit of Prophecy: Seventh-day Adventist believe that God called Ellen Harmon White to be a prophet. This gift is evident in her writings which call people to study the Bible more deeply. We also believe that the gift of prophecy is given to His end time people to understand Daniel and Revelation to prepare them for the events at the end of our world.

Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as their only creed and hold certain fundamental beliefs to be the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. The fundamental beliefs listed below constitute our church's understanding and expression of the teaching of Scripture. (Click the [+] to learn more.)
Click to Learn More The Holy Scriptures
Click to Learn More The Trinity
Click to Learn More The Father
Click to Learn More The Son
Click to Learn More The Holy Spirit
Click to Learn More Creation
Click to Learn More The Nature of Man
Click to Learn More The Great Controversy
Click to Learn More The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ
Click to Learn More The Experience of Salvation
Click to Learn More Growing in Christ
Click to Learn More The Church
Click to Learn More The Remnant and Its Mission
Click to Learn More Unity in the Body of Christ
Click to Learn More Baptism
Click to Learn More The Lord's Supper
Click to Learn More Spiritual Gifts and Ministries
Click to Learn More The Gift of Prophecy
Click to Learn More The Law of God
Click to Learn More The Sabbath
Click to Learn More Stewardship
Click to Learn More Christian Behavior
Click to Learn More Marriage and the Family
Click to Learn More Christ's Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary
Click to Learn More The Second Coming of Christ
Click to Learn More Death and Resurrection
Click to Learn More The Millennium and the End of Sin
Click to Learn More The New Earth

Seventh-day Adventist Baptismal Vows
Baptismal candidates and those being received into fellowship by profession of faith shall affirm their acceptance of the fundamental beliefs in the presence of the local congregation or other properly appointed body. (See p. 45.) The pastor or elder should address the following questions to the candidate(s), whose reply may be by  verbal assent, raising the hand, or other culturally appropriate method.
 
The Baptismal vow is from the SDA Church Manual on the General Conference Website.
1. Do you believe there is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three coeternal Persons?
2. Do you accept the death of Jesus Christ on Calvary as the atoning sacrifice for your sinsand believe that by God’s grace through faith in His shedblood you are saved from sin and its penalty?
3. Do you accept Jesus Christas your Lord and personal Savior, believing that God, in Christ, has forgiven your sins and given you a new heart,and do you renounce the sinful ways of the world?
4. Do you accept by faith the righteousness of Christ, your Intercessor in the heavenly sanctuary,and accept His promise of transforming grace andpower to live a loving, Christ-centered life in your home and before the world?
5. Do you believe that the Bible is God’s inspired Word, the only rule of faith and practice for the Christian? Do you covenant to spend time regularly in prayer and Bible study?
6. Do you accept the Ten Commandments as a transcript of the character of God and arevelation of His will? Is it your purpose by the power of the indwelling Christ to keep this law, including the fourth commandment, which requires the observance of the seventh day of the week as the Sabbath of the Lord and the memorial of Creation?
7. Do you look forward to the soon coming of Jesus and the blessed hope, when “this mortal shall . . . put on immortality” [1 Cor. 15:54, KJV]? As you prepare to meet the Lord, will you witness to His loving salvation by
using your talents in personal soul-winning endeavor to help others to be ready for His glorious appearing?
8. Do you accept the biblical teaching of spiritual giftsand believe that the gift of prophecy is one of the identifying marks of the remnant church?
9. Do you believe in Church organization? Is it your purpose to worship God and to support the Church through your tithes and offerings and by your personal effort and influence?
10. Do you believe that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit;and will you honor God by caring for it,avoiding the use of that which is harmful,and abstaining from all unclean foods; from the use, manufacture, or sale of alcoholic beverages; from the use, manufacture, or sale of tobacco in any of its forms for human consumption; and from the misuse of or trafficking in narcotics or other drugs?
11. Do you know and understand the fundamental Bible principles as taught by the Seventh-day Adventist Church? Do you purpose, by the grace of God, to fulfill His will by ordering your life in harmony with these principles?
12. Do you accept the New Testament teaching of baptism by immersion and desire to be so baptized asa public expression of faith in Christand His forgiveness of your sins? 
13. Do you accept and believe that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is the remnant church of Bible prophecy and that people of every nation, race, and language are invited and accepted into its fellowship? Do you desire to be a member of this local congregation of the world Church? 
 
Top