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Our Beliefs
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  • Our Vision:
    Reach the unchurched in Richland.
  • Our Mission:
    To be discipled into the Christ-centered Worship, Fellowship, Membership, and Ministries of our Church.
  • Our Core Values:
    • Prayer: Provides our guidance and empowerment (Matthew 21:13).
    • Acceptance: Receive all people unconditionally into fellowship (Romans 5:8).
    • Spirituality: Active relationship with God and man (Matthew 22:36-40).
    • Children: An integral part of our Church as God's gift (Luke 19:13-15).
    • Nurture: Caring for all people as family (Acts 2:42).
  • What We Believe:
    As a Christian church, Seventh-day Adventists are a faith community rooted in the beliefs described by the Holy Scriptures. Here is a brief summary of our primary beliefs:
    1. The Bible is God's inspired Word in which God communicates His love for humanity and a plan to restore us into His presence. (2 Pet. 1:20, 21; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17; Ps. 119:105; Prov. 30:5-6, Isa. 8:20; John 17:17; 1 Thes. 2:13; Heb. 4:12)
    2. There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Though God is a unity of three co-eternal Persons. A mystery indeed, but it teaches us the importance of community and the essence of God's character - love. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Tim. 1:17; Rev. 14:7.)
    3. God the eternal Father is the Creator, Source, Sustainer and Sovereign of all creation. He is love. (Gen. 1:1; Rev. 4:11; 1 Cor. 15:28; John 3:16; 1 John 4:8; 1 Tim. 1:17; Ex. 34:6, 7; John 14:9.)
    4. God the eternal Son became incarnate (took on human 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 also truly became man, Jesus Christ. (John 1:1-3, 14; Col. 1:15-19; John 10:30; 14:9; Rom. 6:23; 2 Cor. 5:17-19; John 5:22; Luke 1:35; Phil. 2:5-11; Heb. 2:9-18; 1 Cor. 15:3, 4; Heb. 8:1, 2; John 14:1-3.)
    5. God the eternal Spirit was active with the Father and Son in creation, incarnation, and redemption. He is here with us today to provide conviction of sin and power to overcome it. He freely gives spiritual gifts to each one of us for the glory of God and the good of humanity. (Gen. 1:1, 2; Luke 1:35; 4:18; Acts 10:38; 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4:11, 12; Acts 1:8; John 14:16-18, 26; 15:26, 27; 16:7-13.)
    6. Salvation has been provided for all humanity through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are saved by God's grace alone. There is nothing we can do to earn salvation. As we enter into a relationship with our Forever Friend, Jesus Christ, and accept His atoning sacrifice of love, we are safe to save. This relationship begins when we accept Jesus as Lord of our lives. This relationship is nurtured as we listen to God's voice through prayer, Bible study, and interaction with people. This is a continual growth process that allows God to bring victory into our lives. (2 Cor. 5:17-21; John 3:16; Gal. 1:4; 4:4-7; Titus 3:3-7; John 16:8; Gal. 3:13, 14; 1 Peter 2:21, 22; Rom. 10:17; Luke 17:5; Mark 9:23, 24; Eph. 2:5-10; Rom. 3:21-26; Col. 1:13, 14; Rom. 8:14-17; Gal. 3:26; John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23; Rom. 12:2; Heb. 8:7-12; Eze. 36:25-27; 2 Peter 1:3, 4; Rom. 8:1-4; 5:6-10.)
    7. The church is a community of believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The church has been established by Jesus to serve others and tell the world about His love and salvation. We join together for worship, fellowship, ministry and discipleship so that God can accomplish His purposes through us. (Gen. 12:3; Acts 7:38; Eph. 4:11-15; 3:8-11; Matt. 28:19, 20; 16:13-20; 18:18; Eph. 2:19-22; 1:22, 23; 5:23-27; Col. 1:17, 18.)
    8. By baptism we express our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and testify of our death to sin and of our purpose to walk in newness of life. (Rom. 6:1-6; Col. 2:12, 13; Acts 16:30-33; 22:16; 2:38; Matt. 28:19, 20.)
    9. The Lord's Supper is a participation in the emblems of the body and blood of Jesus as an expression of faith in Him. As we partake, we joyfully proclaim the death of Jesus and the victory over sin this gives us today as we look forward to His return. (1 Cor. 10:16, 17; 11:23-30; Matt. 26:17-30; Rev. 3:20; John 6:48-63; 13:1-17.)
    10. The principles of God's Law are embodied in the ten commandments and the life of Jesus Christ. They express God's love, will and purposes concerning human life and relationships. Through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, they point out sin and our need of a Savior. (Ex. 20:1-17; Ps. 40:7, 8; Matt. 22:36-40; Deut. 28:1-14; Matt. 5:17-20; Heb. 8:8-10; John 15:7-10; Eph. 2:8-10; 1 John 5:3; Rom. 8:3, 4; Ps. 19:7-14.)
    11. After six days of creation, God rested on the seventh day, thus creating the Sabbath for all people as a memorial of His creation. As such, the Sabbath was made for man as a reminder that God not only created the earth, but He also creates in us a new life, a new purpose, and a new home with Him. The Sabbath reminds us that we are saved by grace alone and that we cannot create the new life we so desperately need. (Gen. 2:1-3; Ex. 20:8-11; Luke 4:16; Isa. 56:5, 6; 58:13, 14; Matt. 11:28-30; Matt. 12:1-12; Ex. 31:13-17; Eze. 20:12, 20; Deut. 5:12-15; Heb. 4:1-11; Lev. 23:32; Mark 1:32.)
    12. The sanctuary described in the Old Testament was patterned after the true sanctuary in heaven. There were 3 main compartments to the sanctuary - 1) the outer where sacrifices were offered, 2) the Holy Place where light of the world, the bread of life, and the incense arising to heaven are located, 3) the Most Holy Place where God's Law, Mercy, and full Glory are located and the Day of Atonement took place. Jesus sacrificed His life on the cross represented by the outer court of the sanctuary. Jesus then ascended to heaven to minister to us as our High Priest. And according to Daniel 8:14, Jesus entered the Most Holy Place at the end of the 2300-day time prophecy to cleanse the sanctuary of our sin through the process of judgment. The sanctuary gives us a better understanding of God's love for us as it portrays in detail His plan to reconcile us to Himself. (Heb. 8:1-5; 4:14-16; 9:11-28; 10:19-22; 1:3; 2:16, 17; Dan. 7:9-27; 8:13, 14; 9:24-27; Num. 14:34; Eze. 4:6; Lev. 16; Rev. 14:6, 7; 20:12; 14:12; 22:12.)
    13. The second coming of Jesus is the blessed hope of the church and the grand climax of the gospel. The second coming of Jesus will be personal, literal, visible and worldwide. When Jesus returns, the righteous (those who have accepted Jesus as Lord of their life) dead will be resurrected, and together with the righteous living will be glorified and taken to heaven. However, the unrighteous will die. The time of that event is not known, but will come as a surprise to the world. We are therefore exhorted to be ready for His return at all times. (Titus 2:13; Heb. 9:28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; Matt. 24:14; Rev. 1:7; Matt. 24:43, 44; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; 2:8; Rev. 14:14-20; 19:11-21; Matt. 24; Mark 13; Luke 21; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 Thess. 5:1-6.)
    14. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life for those who accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We receive a new, re-created, victorious-living life today and the promise of eternal life at the second coming of Jesus. God tells us about two deaths in His Word. We are not to fear the first death because of the resurrection to etternal life. Jesus died the second death in our place so we could have eternal life! When we die today, we are unconcsious in the grave awaiting the resurrection to life. So the resurrected righteous will be caught up with the righteous living to go home with Jesus together. Those who have not accepted Jesus as the Lord of their life, will stay in the grave until the second resurrection that will take place one thousand years later. (Rom. 6:23; 1 Tim. 6:15, 16; Eccl. 9:5, 6; Ps. 146:3, 4; John 11:11-14; Col. 3:4; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; 1 Thess. 4:13-17; John 5:28, 29; Rev. 20:1-10.)
    15. The millennium is the one 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 and the earth will be desolate, but occupied only by Satan. At the end of the one thousand years, God will cleanse the earth by His very presence and establish the New Jerusalem on the renewed earth. (Rev. 20; 1 Cor. 6:2, 3; Jer. 4:23-26; Rev. 21:1-5; Mal. 4:1; Eze. 28:18, 19.)
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