Seventh-day Adventists can truly be regarded as a worldwide family of Christian believers. The Adventist presence manifests itself in nearly every country of the globe.
Seventh-day Adventists are bible-believing christians who base their faith, hope and future in Jesus Christ and his soon return. The church is a large and growing organization consisiting of thirteen (13) Divisions, which are composed of churches grouped into unions, conferences, fields, missions or regions. The Caribbean Union Conference is a part of the Inter-American Division (IAD) located in Miami, United States of America, one of thirteen divisions of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist church.
Additionally, the Adventist denomination promotes education at all levels, from elementary to university. In our union we offer primary, secondary and university level education.
The name Seventh-day Adventist includes vital beliefs for us as a church. 'Adventist' reflects our passionate conviction in the nearness of the soon return ('advent') of Jesus. 'Seventh-day' refers to the Biblical Sabbath which from Creation has always been the seventh day of the week, or Saturday.
The mission of the Adventist Church is to proclaim to all peoples the everlasting gospel in the context of the Three Angels' messages of Revelation 14:6-12, leading them to accept Jesus as their personal Savior and to unite with His church, and nurturing them in preparation for His soon return. From General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Our church accept the Bible as their only creed and hold certain fundamental beliefs to be the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. Adventists describe these beliefs in the following ways:
The Trinity: There is one God---the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit---a unity of three co-eternal Persons usually called the Trinity. God the Father is the Creator, Source, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all creation. God the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ, through Whom all things were created; the character of God is revealed; the salvation of humanity is accomplished; and the world is judged. God the Holy Spirit draws men and women to Himself and gives spiritual gifts to the Church.
Christ our Hope: In Christ's life of perfect obedience to God's will, His suffering, death, and resurrection, God provided the only means of atonement for human sin so that those who by faith accept this atonement have eternal life.
Christ's Return: The second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of the Church, the grand climax of the Gospel. His coming will be literal, personal, visible, and world-wide. When He returns, the righteous dead will be resurrected and, together with the righteous living, will be glorified and taken to heaven. The unrighteous---those who have rejected divine grace---will die.
The Church: The Church is the community of believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. In it men and women join together for worship, fellowship, instruction in the Word, the celebration of the Lord's Supper, service to our neighbours, and the world-wide proclamation of the Gospel.
The Holy Scriptures: The Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God, given by divine inspiration through holy men of God who spoke and wrote by the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures are the infallible revelation of God's will.
Baptism: Baptism by immersion is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit.
The Ten Commandments: The Ten Commandments, the great principles of God's Law, are exemplified in the life of Christ. They express God's love, will, and purposes concerning human conduct and relationships. Salvation is all of grace and not of works; but its fruitage is obedience to the Commandments, not in a hopeless effort to earn salvation, but in grateful harmony with the life and will of Him whose perfect obedience has brought us confidence and acceptance as His sons and daughters.
The Sabbath: The seventh day of the week, Saturday, is observed as the day of rest, worship, and ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a day of delightful communion with God and one another. We joyfully observe this holy time from Friday evening to Saturday evening, from sunset to sunset, as a celebration of God's creative and redemptive acts.
The New Earth: On the new earth, in which righteousness dwells, God will provide a glorious home for the redeemed with a perfect environment for everlasting life, love, joy, and learning. God Himself will dwell with His people, and suffering and death will exist no more.
Around the world, individuals from many different faith backgrounds, including Baptist, Methodist, and Christian Connection, were preaching that the second coming of Christ was imminent. In North America, William Miller, based upon his understanding of Bible Prophecy, set a date – October 22, 1844 – for when the Lord would appear. Eagerly he and his fellow believers, known as Adventists, prepared for the appointed day. When it came and went, they suffered a great disappointment; the message had been sweet in their mouths but very sour in their stomachs, just as Revelation 10:9,10 had foretold.
Many of these early Adventists bitterly renounced their beliefs, but a small group decided to restudy the prophecies to understand what had happened. Gradually they came to a new realization: though Christ's return was imminent, a specific date could not be set. As they continued to study, more and more Bible truth came to light: the sanctuary message, the state of the dead, and the seventh-day Sabbath.
Realizing organization was essential to the successful spreading of these Bible truths, in 1863 this faithful group of North American Bible students officially launched the Adventist Church with an initial membership of 3,500. Today the Adventist church is a worldwide movement composed of almost 13 million members in more than 50,000 churches. And daily more than 2,000 people become part of the family through baptism or profession of faith.
The world church organization, known as the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, is divided into thirteen divisions: These are the Trans-European Division, Euro-Africa Division, East-Central Africa Division, West-Central Africa Division, Southern Africa-Indian Ocean, Euro-Asia Division, Southern Asia Division, Northern Asia Pacific Division, Southern Asia-Pacific Division, South Pacific Division , Inter-American Division, and the North American Division. Our Division, the Inter-American Division (IAD), is comprised of thirteen unions including our own.