1. Holy Scriptures.
The Bible is the Word of God. Written by inspired humans, it is the supreme, authoritative, and the infallible revelation of God’s will, knowledge for salvation, standard of character, test of experience, definitive revealer of doctrines, and trustworthy record of God in history.
God, worthy of worship, is One revealed in three coeternal Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever present, He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, yet known through His self-revelation.
God the eternal Father is the Creator, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all creation. He, along with Son and Holy Spirit, is just and holy, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
God the eternal Son, the incarnate Christ, created all things, reveals Father’s character, saves humanity and judges the world. Truly God became truly human, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. Tempted, yet without sin, He is God’s promised Messiah. Crucified, resurrected, He is ministering in the heavenly sanctuary in believers’ behalf and He will return to restore all things.
5. Holy Spirit.
God the eternal Spirit is a Person with Father and Son in creation, incarnation, and redemption. He inspired humans to write the Scripture, filled Christ’s life with power, convicts humans, transforms the willing, leads the church into all truth, grants spiritual gifts and empowers Christ’s witnesses.
God created the universe. In a recent six-day creation, He created a perfect world. The first man and woman, made in God’s image, were given dominion over the world. As a perpetual memorial of His creation, God established the Sabbath on the Seventh-day of the week.
7. Nature of Humanity.
God made man and woman with indivisible unity of body, mind, and spirit. Disobeyed and became subject to death, their descendants are born with tendencies to sin. Christ reconciled the world to Himself and by His Spirit He restores in the penitent the image of their Maker.
8. Great Controversy.
The great controversy between Christ and Satan regarding God’s law originated in heaven when a created being, in self-exaltation became Satan, and led some angels into rebellion. Tempting Adam into sin, Satan polluted the world, the present arena of the conflict which will ultimately vindicate God. Holy Spirit and the loyal angels guide the believers.
9. Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ.
Christ’s perfect obedience, His suffering, death, and resurrection, provided atonement for human sin. The atonement vindicates God’s law which condemns sin and His gracious character which provides forgiveness. Christ’s death is substitutionary and expiatory, reconciling and transforming. Christ’s bodily resurrection proclaims God’s triumph over evil, provides victory over sin and assures eternal life.
10. Experience of Salvation.
For the sinners to be made righteous, the sinless Christ was made to be sin. Holy Spirit shows our need, enables us to repent of our transgressions and exercise faith in Jesus. Christ justifies us, adopts us as God’s children, and delivers us from the power of sin. The Spirit sanctifies us, renews our minds, writes God’s law in our hearts, and empowers us to live holy. Abiding in Him we share the divine nature and are assured salvation.
11. Growing in Christ.
By His life and death, Jesus ascertained the doom of the evil forces. His victory is our victory. Committed to Jesus, we grow into His likeness in prayer, worship and His mission compassionately ministering the needy. Holy Spirit transforms our witness into a spiritual experience.
The church comprises the believers in Christ as Lord and Saviour. They come out from the world, for worship, fellowship, instruction in the Word, celebration of the Lord’s Supper, service to humanity, and for the proclamation of the gospel. Deriving authority from Christ, the church is God’s family adopted as children in the new covenant. Christ, the Head, sanctifies the church, His bride. At His return in triumph, He will present her holy and without blemish.
13. Remnant and Its Mission.
The universal church includes believers in Christ. In the last days, a remnant which keeps God’s commandments and has the faith of Jesus announces the judgment hour and heralds Christ’s Second Advent as symbolized by the three angels of Revelation 14. Every believer is a witness.
14. Unity in the Body of Christ.
The church is one body with many members from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. In Christ we are a new creation; distinctions of race, culture, learning, and nationality, and differences between rich and poor, male and female, will not be divisive among us. Sharing the same faith and hope, we are all equal in Christ bonded into one fellowship and we serve one another without partiality. The oneness of the triune God is the basis of our unity.
As an expression of faith in Christ’s death and resurrection, baptism, immersion in water, is dying to sin and walking in the newness of life, and acknowledging Christ as Lord and Savior. In union with Christ, we are forgiven, and we receive Holy Spirit. Instruction of the Scriptures continues after baptism.
16. Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Supper, partaking of the emblems of Jesus’ body and blood, expresses faith in Christ who meets with us and strengthens us. Proclaiming His triumph until He returns, preparation for the Supper includes self-examination, repentance, and confession. Foot-washing signifies humility, cleansing, and unity. All believing Christians may participate.
17. Spiritual Gifts and Ministries.
God, through the Holy Spirit, grants spiritual gifts for edification and service. They include faith, healing, prophecy, proclamation, teaching, administration, reconciliation, compassion, self-sacrificing service, charity and encouragement. God empowers some for pastoral, evangelistic, and teaching ministries to equip the members, to build up the church, and to foster unity of faith. Thus, the church is protected from false doctrine.
18. Gift of Prophecy.
Prophecy, a gift of the Holy Spirit, is an identifying mark of the remnant church. Ellen G. White’s writings speak with prophetic authority and provide comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction. They clarify that the Bible is the standard for all teaching.
19. Law of God.
The principles of God’s law embodied in the Ten Commandments and exemplified in the life of Christ, express God’s will for the human race. 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. They point out sin and awaken a sense of need for a Saviour. Salvation is all of grace and not of works; obedience to the Commandments is its fruit, which reveals our love to God and His people. Obedience strengthens Christian witness.
Sabbath, God’s gift to humanity, reminds us of His six-day creation. Seventh day of the week, from sunset to sunset, is a holy time for restoration. The Fourth Commandment requires its observance as the day of rest, worship, and ministry in harmony with the life of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath. As a symbol of redemption, a sign of sanctification, a token of allegiance, and a foretaste of heaven, Sabbath is day of delight. As a perpetual sign of God’s eternal covenant between Him and His people, its observance is a celebration of God’s grace.
We are God’s stewards, entrusted by Him with wide variety of blessings which includes time. By faithful service to Him we acknowledge His ownership. We return tithe and give offerings. Stewardship is God-given privilege for nurture in love and victory over covetousness. Stewards rejoice at others’ joy.
22. Christian Behavior.
God requires His representatives on earth to live in harmony with the biblical principles. The Spirit changes us into Christ-likeness, and our recreation manifests Christian taste and beauty. Our dress is simple, modest, and neat, befitting true beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. We care for our bodies as they are the temples of the Holy Spirit. We abstain from unclean foods, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and the use of harmful drugs and narcotics. We engage our minds and bodies in the discipline of Christ, who desires our goodness
23. Marriage and Family.
Marriage, a lifelong union of love between a man and a woman, was divinely established. Affirmed by Jesus, marriage to each other from the same faith is crucial. Committing themselves to each other in Christ, the couples grow in mutual love, honor, respect, and responsibility, which reflect the relationship between Christ and His church. Who divorces a spouse, except for fornication, and marries, commits adultery. Increasing family closeness is one of the earmarks of the final gospel message. Parents train their children in the fear of God. Christ is a caring Guide desiring the single and the married to be part of His family.
24. Christ’s Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary.
Sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by God, exists in heaven. In it Christ ministers making available to the believers the benefits of His atoning sacrifice. At His ascension, He began His high priestly ministry of intercession as typified in the holy place of the earthly sanctuary. In 1844, at the end of the prophetic period of 2300 days, Christ entered the second and last phase of His atoning ministry as typified 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 when the sanctuary was cleansed with the blood of animal sacrifices. The heavenly things are purified with the blood of Jesus’ perfect sacrifice. The investigative judgment which reveals to heavenly intelligences those worthy of eternal life vindicates God’s justice. The completion of this ministry marks the close of human probation before the Second Advent.
25. Second Coming of Christ.
The second coming of Christ, the grand climax of the gospel, will be literal, personal, visible, and worldwide. The resurrected righteous and the living righteous will be taken to heaven. The evil dead remain dead and the unrighteous die. The rapid fulfillment of prophecies and the present condition of the world indicate that Christ’s coming is near. Untold of its time, we are exhorted to be ready always.
26. Death and Resurrection.
The wages of sin is death, an unconscious state. The first resurrection is for the righteous dead who will be granted immortality along with the living righteous. The second resurrection, a thousand years later, is for the wicked to be consumed by fire.
27. Millennium and the End of Sin.
The millennium, the thousand-year reign of Christ with His saints in heaven between the first and second resurrections, is when the wicked will be judged with the earth being utterly desolate with Satan and his angels. At its close Christ with His saints and the Holy City will descend to earth, the wicked will be resurrected and will join with Satan to surround the city, fire from God will consume them and cleanse the earth. The universe will be freed from sin forever.
28. New Earth.
On the new earth, where Jesus will dwell with His people, God will provide an eternal home for the redeemed and a perfect environment for everlasting life, love, joy, and learning. The great controversy will be ended; sin, suffering and death will be no more. All things, animate and inanimate, will declare that God is love; and He shall reign forever. Amen.