The Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is a worldwide religious organization, whose headquarters is located in the state of Maryland , USA.
He bases his teachings on the Holy Scriptures, that is, the Bible , which they accept as the inspired word of God.
In essence, the Bible is thus the only creed. It is a Christian denomination distinguished by its observance of the Sabbath, the seventh day of the Judeo-Christian week, as the Sabbath, and by its emphasis on the impending second coming of Jesus Christ . It is the eighth largest international Christian body.
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- 1 Emergence
- 1 Emergence in Cuba
- 2 His work in the world
- 3 World Mission
- 4 Countries where it has a presence
- 5 Some Adventist Churches
- 6 Doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
- 7 References
- 8 Sources
The denomination arose from the Millerite Movement , following the Great Disappointment in the United States in the mid- 19th century and was officially established in 1863 . Among its founders is Ellen Gould Harmon of White , whose extensive work is still respected today by Adventists.
Its headquarters are at: 5248 Hollins Road NE, Roanoke VA 24019, in the United States of America. It was organized in July of 1925 , and has since extended its evangelizing activity to all continents. It currently has thousands of members in 115 countries.
Emergence in Cuba
In 1905 the first congregation arose in the Lisa , Havana , Cuba . Its first pastor was a German missionary who arrived in 1906 from the world headquarters. The National Seventh-day Adventist Association was founded in 1925. As early as 1908 it was officially registered as a Christian denomination. By 1967 it adopts the name of National Association of the Seventh-day Adventist Church . It has a seminar to prepare its ministers in Boyeros, Havana. [one]
His work in the world
It has established a large number of churches, colleges, health hospitals, nursing homes, publishing houses, welfare centers, mission schools, vegetarian restaurants.
Its members are organized in: Church, Associations, Unions and the General Conference. Each member of the church has a voice to choose the leaders of it. The church elects the leaders of the local associations. The delegates elected by the local associations choose those of the unions; and the delegates elected by the unions elect the leaders of the General Conference.
With this arrangement, every association, institution, church and individual, either directly or through their representatives, has a voice in the election of men who bear the main responsibilities in the General Conference. ”
World mission and evangelization are essential elements of the distinctive character of Seventh-day Adventists. The church is determined to share the good news of justification, justice by faith, salvation through Jesus Christ, and his impending return.
It is considered one of the most widespread Protestant denomination, as it works in more than two hundred countries. Although North America was its birthplace, today less than 8% of its members reside there, and there is considerable growth in different parts of the world. Adventists want to live lives of service to God and humanity. To help them achieve this goal, the church owns and operates many institutions: more than 6,000 schools (from kindergartens to universities), 720 hospitals and healthcare centers, publishing houses, and natural food factories.
In recent decades, media centers (world television and radio via satellite) have been created. Adventists believe in a healthy lifestyle, which includes good nutrition (many Adventists are vegetarians) and abstinence from harmful drugs, including alcohol and tobacco products. Adventists also promote public health. The church operates the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), known internationally for its work on behalf of disaster victims and its development projects in the third world.
Countries where it has a presence
There are many countries where there is a presence of this religious movement, for example:
Belarus, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Finland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
American Samoa (USA), Australia, China, Fiji, French Polynesia (Fr), Japan, Mongolia, New Caledonia (Fr), New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Western Samoa.
Angola, Botswana, Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates.
- South America
Argentina, Aruba, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Netherlands Antilles, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.
- Central America
Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guadalupe (Fr), Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique (Fr), Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia.
- North America
Canada and USA
Some Adventist Churches
The Christian Adventist Church , first known as the Christian Adventist Association, and later as the Christian Adventist Conference, was created in 1860 in Salem, Massachusetts, United States . He preached the doctrine of “conditional immortality,” according to which the dead person remains in a state of unconsciousness until his resurrection. This resurrection would be possible only after the second coming of Christ, after the millennium. The year 1964 the Christian Adventist Church merged with the Adventist Union and Life, founded in 1848 .
The Church of God (Abrahamic faith). it was developed from the coalition of several smaller groups united by the same creed (some nuclei date from 1800). Some of them had already joined in 1888 under the name of the Church of God in Jesus Christ. Despite this, the churches did not begin to function with unity until 1921 , when a national conference was held and the name of the Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith was officially adopted.
The members of this Church believe that the dead are simply plunged into a deep sleep, from which they will rise after the second coming of Christ.
Gideon’s Evangelical Side . He is also known as “Soldiers of the Cross”; and in 1974 it officially changed the name to “International Evangelical Soldiers of the Cross of Christ
Church ” Church founded in Cuba in 1930 by Ernesto W. Sellers, an American of Methodist origin.
A certain degree of Pentecostal influence is observed in this groupin worship, and Adventism in keeping the Sabbath. Its militants wear white clothing. They stand out in the distribution and sale of religious literature. Some of its leaders hold the rank of bishops and the highest figure calls himself an apostle. They are established in the Caribbean area and have missions in Europe and other regions. Its headquarters are in Cuba and Miami, United States .
Doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
- The Holy Scripture
- The Deity of God
- God the Father
- God son
- God the Holy Spirit
- God is the Creator
- The Nature of Man
- The Great Conflict
- Life, Death and Resurrection of Christ
- The Salvation Experience
- Growth in Christ
- The Remnant and its Mission
- Unity in the Body of Christ
- The baptism
- The Lord’s Supper
- Spiritual Gifts and Ministries
- The Gift of Prophecy
- God’s Law
- Christian conduct
- Marriage and family
- The Ministry of Christ in the Heavenly Sanctuary
- The Second Coming of Christ
- Death and resurrection
- The Millennium and the End of Sin
- The New Earth