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Who & What Are the Seventh-day Adventists?- Part 1

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  • February 28, 2015
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For millennia people from different countries cultures and backgrounds have found direction and encouragement in the inspired pages of the Bible in his day. Jesus directed listeners to search the prophecies of Scripture to find him. The only way of salvation two thousand years later as we stand on the brink of eternity. We know less need the purpose and hope God's Word provides Sacramento central church brings you receive in the words timely Bible messages presented by pastors Chris battery in my time said amazing revelations await you in God's Holy Word the Bible as a pastor. I often get asked the question when people find out and discover that I'm a pastor what church you are affiliated with what church do you Pastor. You preach at tell them I'm a Seventh Day Adventist some people know who that is some people don't know what a Seventh Day Adventist is and so I asked. What's that what is that. Another question I get asked often is why are there so many different denominations and yet just simply one Bible. These are good questions and they are ones that we can find answers to today I'd like to satisfy the curiosity of some and help those who are sincerely seeking questions and answers to the question Who and Wotte Seventh Day Adventists who and what a Seventh Day Adventists now. Naturally I won't be able to share everything there is to know about seven thirty Venice in the short time. However I do hope to do so what I hope to do is to highlight some key teachings and share something about our mission. Now my mom's dad used to call Adventist seventh day bike riders and he got us mixed up with the Latter day Saint missionaries you know who go home to home and they ride their bikes you see others have suggested you are the group that doesn't do blood transfusions or you don't you don't celebrate anyone's birth. Yes or holiday. And I have to kindly remind them intact were mine and that they got us mixed up with the Jehovah's Witnesses. Essentially Seventh Day Adventists Bible believing Christians. That's essentially what we we believe the Bible to be our only rule of faith and practice and we agree with the Apostle Paul when he wrote to Timothy in second Timothy and if you have your Bibles feel free to turn there with me second Timothy Chapter three verses sixteen and seventeen words that we're familiar with we agree with Paul when he wrote to Timothy these words he said All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine for reproof for correction and for instruction in righteousness why that the man of God may be complete complete thoroughly equipped for every good work Seventh Day Adventists take the Bible seriously and I believe that we'll see that by the time we finished here today discovering who and what are the Seventh Day Adventists we don't view the scriptures like a person who is eating out views the buff a table before them you see just because certain Bible teachings appear to be pleasant or agreeable while others might be distasteful or or less palatable doesn't mean that we can pick and choose what we want to believe from the Bible Seventh Day Adventists take a high view of the Scriptures and what that simply means is as Jesus as vies we seek to live by every word that precedes out of the mouth of God Jesus said that in Matthew recorded that in Matthew Chapter four in verse four. Seven thirty Adventists we live seek to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God We don't believe that the Old Testament is less important then the New Testament or vice versa. Actually we but we can learn much about the. Cement from the light that shines in the new and we can understand so much better the New Testament. When we have a grasp on what the Old Testament says for example in the Book of Revelation two thirds of the Book of Revelation That's a New Testament book two thirds of the Book of Revelation either direct quotes or allusions to stories people experiences or Bible verses from the Old Testament. So if you go to understand in this case the Book of Revelation. You're going to have to have a grasp of what section of the Bible the Old Testament That's exactly right. If you want to know the New Testament. You got to understand the old If you want to understand the old Then you got to also understand the new so we believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God as a matter of fact the official church statement let me read that to you here it says this The Holy Scriptures Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God given by divine inspiration through holy men of God who wrote and spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit in this word God is committed to man the knowledge necessary for salvation the Holy Scriptures are the infallible revelation of His will they are the standard of character the test of experience the authority of reveal of doctrines and the trustworthy record of God's acts in history and quote That's the church's official statement with regards to how we view the Holy Bible the Scriptures seventh day adventists are Bible believing Christians seventh day adventists believe that God exists as verily as a sun as the sun shines in the sky. He is the one who made all that there is he is the creator. Now while there is only one God is a part as opposed to polytheistic religions Christianity is monotheistic religion believes in the one true God we accept the Biblical assumption. That God exists as three. Eco eternal persons the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit and while the Bible doesn't mention the word Trinity although it actually uses the word Godhead Instead we can know even though the word Trinity is not use we can know that the three persons exist and we can know that they have in a special interest in each one of us they have done everything they can to seek to save us along with most Christians Seventh Day Adventists believe that there is only one way of salvation and that is through Jesus Christ the the eternal Son of God speaking of himself. Jesus said I am the Way the Truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except by me. He is the way because as a man he lived a life of perfect obedience to the law of God and left for us a perfect example he said Here is the way you need to live he is the way because he died for the sins of the world any freely offers forgiveness and pardon for all he is the way because he rose and the third day any conquered the grave and all those who go down into the grave if they trusted in him will one day arise as well that's why Jesus Christ the eternal Son of God is the only way of salvation. So Seventh Day Adventist Christians are Bible believing Christians. What about the name. What's what's in a name you know it wasn't too long ago that the understood that the C O O for Krispy Kreme donuts. You know what his last name was and it's this is the truth his last name was livin good and I'm sure that he was owning a big enterprise like that with a lot of hungry people who enjoy donuts. What's in a name a lot is in a name when you think of a name for a church. You'd probably be thinking of a name that might easily roll off the tongue or name that maybe catches. People's attention names like The Church of Christ or the Church of God might appear to be relatively decent names although those ones have been taken. Why do we carry the name Seventh Day Adventist Well essentially it's a descriptive name that speaks to two prominent teachings not only teachings but two prominent teachings of our church seventh day simply refers to the fact that we are Sabbath keeping Christians we seek to on of the created by remembering the seventh day sabbath as expressed in the Ten Commandments. Now the word Adventist Adventists just add Ventile Adventist Advent simply means the arrival of a notable person or thing or event in this case it refers to the return of Jesus Christ in a nut shell Seventh Day Adventists Sabbath keeping Christians anticipating the soon return of Jesus Christ in the clouds of glory now you can see up here this is. This is our logo and the green. Unfilled pages represents the Bible. We stand on the Bible that's the basis of our faith then of course you have the cross which is the center of our faith without the cross you and I could never be saved and then you've got the these three. These three flames going around the world and that represents our worldwide mission and then of course the three represent the three Angels' messages that this Church proclaims the three Angels' messages are found in Revelation Chapter fourteen and we'll talk about that in just a little bit but that's our logo and that's our name and some people like to know you know your name the way to come from where did you hearken From Well historically the Seventh Day Adventist Church grew out of the Second Great Awakening of the nineteenth century. The. This revival in rolled millions of new members in existing evangelical denominations the foremost figure in this of this movement in the United States because this was a global movement really across Europe and South America and elsewhere but the foremost. Figure of this movement here in the United States was a Baptist pharma by the name of William Miller who along with others around the globe believe that Jesus was going to return in the around the middle of the nineteenth century these folk were sincere and earnest Christians that were sadly disappointed when Jesus didn't return as they expected. So some of the mill rides and the word mill right is simply the name that they were given because they were followers of a man by the name of Miller. So these Miller rites continued to study the Bible to find. Why Jesus hadn't come what was the era what way did they make their mistake. Now of course course they they discovered that Jesus said no man knows the day or the hour of my coming and they also discovered that what they had experienced wasn't in vain but that God had a plan for this little company back then he had a very definite purpose in mind and then in eighteen sixty three the Seventh Day Adventist Church was organized and grew very quickly today membership stands at just over eighteen million members in about two hundred thirty countries around the world. So we have the name Seventh Day Adventists we know where we came from well what are we why we here why do we exist what's our mission and what's our ministry. If we can summarize the mission and ministry of the Seventh Day Adventist church it could be in the following words a life you turn with me to Matthew Chapter nine and take a look here at the way the gospel writers describe the ministry of Jesus and if any church is going to want to. To become something or emulate something you'd want to emulate Jesus wouldn't you sure a church exists because Jesus raised up a church exists because it's it wants to follow the teachings of the Bible it wants to emulate the life and ministry of Jesus and so right here in Matthew Chapter nine and verse thirty five. You'll notice what what the gospel writer says about Jesus Notice it says Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages. What did he do. Teaching in this synagogues. What else did he do preaching the gospel of the kingdom and lastly what did he do hilling healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Basically seventh the Seventh Day Adventist Church has a global mission that involves a preaching teaching and healing ministry. If we could summarize the Ministry of the some that Venice church it would be preaching teaching healing global ministry and mission when it comes to preaching every Saturday mornings of the gospel is being proclaimed from church pulpits shared in homes and under trees where there might not be any church right around this globe. We take the commission found in Matthew chapter twenty eight verses nineteen and twenty very seriously you remember what Jesus said He said Go. Therefore into all the world he said Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you. And lo I'm with you always even till the end of the Seventh Day Adventists take that commission seriously that wasn't a suggestion. Jesus made it was a commission is it was a c'mon it was an imperative to make disciples of all nations we employ. Various methods in sharing the gospel of course there is the proclamation of the Gospel from the pulpit. There are the public evangelistic meetings that are done for our communities. Also there are media based ministries that spread the gospel via the radio via the T.V. and via the Internet there are ministries and maybe you've heard of these as well voice of prophecy that is has been airing the gospel message for numerous years over the radio. There is Adventist radio reaching unreachable parts of the world through shortwave radio signals and podcasting then there is. It is written in amazing facts and hope television and three angels Broadcasting Network proclaiming the gospel over the airwaves. You know we also operate about sixty three publishing houses including branches around the world and there are thousands of Seventh Day Adventists members going home to home selling Christian literature seeking to lead people to understanding and study the Word of God and they are all over the world selling literature from home to home there are various methods by which we seek to proclaim this gospel. That's the preaching aspect of the ministry what about the teaching aspect of the ministry. Well the Seventh Day Adventist Church operates about seven thousand six hundred schools colleges and universities with a total enrollment of over one point five million students and approximately eighty thousand teachers around the world we operate one of the largest church supported education systems in the world in the United States we operate the largest protestant education system and it is second only to the Roman Catholic Church. The Adventist education system or program is comprehensive and it in compass is the mental the physical and the social and above all spiritual. Health with intellectual growth and service to humanity as its goal we believe in educating our young people we believe in teaching our communities the Word of God we could talk also about various. E.S.L. schools that are located all over this globe teaching people living in certain countries like Korea in Japan and elsewhere. The English language and through those schools the Gospel is taught because the textbook is the Bible. There was also a third component to Jesus' ministry and that was a healing ministry hope providing hope and healing and that makes sense. Someone said that a man is not known by what he believes but by what he does I mean no point us proclaiming the gospel and teaching the gospel to others if we weren't concerned about our communities when concerned about people's welfare and well being that they had been a stretch for instance has been active for over one hundred years advocating freedom of religion for all people regardless of whatever faith or religion that person is in one thousand nine hundred three its leaders founded the International Religious Liberty Association which is a universal nonsectarian organization had been a Seventh Day Adventists also run a very large large number of large hospital and health care or health related institutions. You may be familiar with Loma Linda University and Hospital right here in California and throughout the world the church runs a wide network of hospitals clinics lifestyle centers and sanitariums and in North America alone they serve over four million people every year for over fifty years the church has also been active in humanitarian aid through the work of the Adventist development and relief agency we know it has address. Works as a relief. And seen about one hundred and twenty five countries in the areas of the world and what are they do they mission is to bring relief in crisis and development in situations of poverty Wells a dog to provide clean water for communities and various other programs are spearheaded to help folk enjoy a more sanitary and a better life style so Seventh Day Adventists have a preaching they have a teaching and they have a healing ministry it's a worldwide mission. We're going to look at some of the distinctive doctrines of the Seventh Day Adventist Church here in the last part of the message but before we look at some of the distinctive doctrines. I'd like to share with you why am I a Seventh Day Adventist as I study the Bible as a brand new Christian. I realized that while there were many fine Christians in other faiths. I didn't know of any church that taught as closely to the Bible as the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Now I'm glad my mom introduced me to this church when I was growing up but like everyone else I needed to be sure that this was the church that I wanted to belong to because I wasn't just interested in belonging to a church because they made me feel good or because I liked the singing or like the preaching or because they were cool or whatever the reasons would be I wanted to belong to a church that uplifted Jesus as man's only savior and upheld the truths of the Word of God without scooting around them just taught the word of God and clearly explained the Word of God I decided when I was eighteen that if I was going to follow Jesus. I was going to follow him all the way I wasn't to be sitting on any fence. I was going to be just hopping around from church to church I was going to study the Bible and I was going to figure out which church was best not for me but best for my Lord the one he wanted me to be a part of your. Now with that we're going to take some time now to take a look at some of the distinctive doctrines of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and by the way when I say distinct I mean not queer or peculiar I just mean some teachings of this church that are recognizably different from what you might see in some other churches. First of all Seventh Day Adventists are a commandment keeping people. Jesus said If you love me you will do what. You keep My commandments John Chapter fourteen and verse fifteen and another one here if you want to turn there or just mark it down first John five in verse three the Apostle John wrote for this is the love of God that we keep His commandments and His commandments are not grevious or in the New King James version they're not burdensome the Seventh Day Adventist Church is a New Covenant Church. Let me show that to you here in Hebrews Chapter ten in verse sixteen. If you want to turn there with me in your Bibles Hebrews Chapter ten and verse sixteen. We are a new covenant church that believes that God wants to write his law in our hearts and in our minds. That's a part of the new covenant promise to take a look here at Hebrews Chapter ten and verse sixteen notice and by the way the author to the Hebrew. The Hebrew Christians is quoting from the Old Testament. Notice he says this is the covenant that I will make with them after those days says the Lord I will put my laws into their hearts and into their minds. I will write them and I want you to notice the emphasis is not on the Christian not on the one striving to keep the law but on God's promise to fulfill the law in the US. He is the one that does what rights the law if our hearts are open to the grace of God If if we if the Holy Spirit is living in us. He will write his law. In our minds and in our hearts you see you say God gave His law for our good. Not for our. Just to make a sad or disorder see as grumble or complain. He gave us so that we would know what loving God and loving others look like it's a description the Ten Commandments is a description of what love looks like love in action he gave it so that we might know the difference between what is right and what is wrong. James. He likens in James Chapter one Verse twenty five James likens the law of God to your member to a what a mirror. He likens the law of God to a mirror where everything is revealed and nothing is hidden and Paul in Romans chapter three in verse twenty tells us that by the law is the knowledge of our sin. That's exactly right. While the law can't cleanse us and the law can't save us. It does tell us that we have a big problem. It tells us that we are in need of a savior any points of the law or points us in the direction of Jesus Christ man's only savior you see you see if you do away with the law then you actually do away with sin and if you do away with sin do you need a savior. So anyone who suggests that the Lord God has done away with is actually obliterating the need of a Savior. Now inside God's immutable law right in the heart of that law. There is a very special commandment and in it's one of the identifying features one of the distinct teachings of the Seventh Day Adventist Church act Exodus Chapter twenty and this is one of the places you can find all of the Ten Commandments listed X. X. in this Chapter twenty The other place you can find the Ten Commandments listed is in Deuteronomy Chapter five Exodus Chapter twenty you got the ten commandments you got the house out have no other gods before me that I shall not make unto thee any graven image. I shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. There's also the Fifth Commandment the says Honor your father and your mother the sixth one. Not Kill now shall not commit adultery Thou shall not still there shall not bear false witness and the last one says Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife or his goods look at the Fourth Commandment. It says and this is chapter eight. Chapter twenty Exodus Chapter twenty verses eight through eleven. Notice what the commandments this remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy six days you shall labor and do all your work but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God in it you shall do no work you nor your son nor your daughter nor your mail server nor your female servant nor your cattle noise your stranger who is in your gates why four in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth the sea and all that in them is and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD bless the Sabbath day and what did he do to it he how loaded or he sanctified it or he made it holy Now while the Fourth Commandment isn't the most important commandment of all it is certainly not the least of all the commandments but in this commandment God invites us to hit the pause button on life to stop our labor and our worldly pursuits you see to to release the pressure valve on the seventh day of the week as God rested after creation on the seventh day. He asked us asked us to remember the Sabbath day and to rest as well what a great gift the Sabbath is Amen. What a great God that he would tell us you I authorize you to take a day off every week and that day is the seventh day of the week. Now listen to this in March after two verse twenty seven and twenty eight Jesus said to them the Sabbath was made for men and not men for the Sabbath therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath this tells us two things one that God made the Sabbath for you and me it's a gift he gave it to us we were created on the sixth day the very. The next day he instituted the Sabbath you see the seventh day sabbath he rested in encourages us commands us to rest as well so there was the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the sometimes you feel sorry for the Jews because they get blamed for a lot of things you know the Jews they they tied the Jews they keep the Sabbath the Jews I don't eat any unclean meats. But when the Bible prescribes it and commands it it's something that Christians ought to abide by what do you say we ought to follow God's word and be faithful to it you see it was Jesus he is the creator. He is the one who blessed. He's the one who sanctify the day he is the Lord of the Sabbath and as Jesus kept of the Sabbath and went to church each week Seventh Day Adventists seek to do the same. Now we don't do it to be saved. We do it because God said. Remember it's interesting that the one commandment that nearly christian them has forgotten is the one that God commanded us to recollect to remember and interesting only twice in Revelation in Revelation Chapter twelve or seventeen and Revelation Chapter fourteen in verse twelve God refers to his last day people as commandment keepers and you can only obey. If Jesus is living in your heart. So you Seven Day Adventists are a Sabbath keeping commandment keeping body of believers. I hope you've been blessed as you watch the first part of this presentation. Who in what other Seventh Day Adventists in this segment. We discussed how we are Bible believing Christians we talked about our name. Well history and our worldwide mission in the second part of this presentation will look more at our distinguishing doctrines what we believe about the second coming death. Hell judgment and the three Angels' messages of Revelation chapter fourteen. So stay tuned as more to come and we look forward to seeing you next time. Zzzzz We're so glad you decided to tune into today's receiving the word program. If you have a special. Request we would be happy to pray about it for you to discover more about the Bible through our free online bible studies or to listen to more life changing Bible messages go to essay see Central dot org and click on the media resources tab. If you've been blessed or encouraged by our ministry and God impresses you to support us then visit our website or write to us that sixty forty five chameleon Avenue Sacramento California ninety five eight one nine always gladly receive God's word.

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