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Seventh-day Adventists are a global family of Christians who hold the Bible as the ultimate authority. There are, however, a few distinguishing characteristics that set them apart from many other Christian denominations. 

Let’s look at a few core components of their collective identity, which can give you an idea of what it means to be a Seventh-day Adventist. 


A foundational belief for Adventists is also shared by the majority of Christians around the world. Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of humanity, is “the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to Father except by [Him]” (John 14:6, NKJV). 


We can trace the Sabbath’s roots to the beginning of the world. While creating each part of the earth itself, God also created the concept of a seven-day week. 

God created the world incrementally, one day at a time, from the major necessities (light, air, water, etc.) to the most intricate creation of all—human beings, made in His own image (Genesis 1). He did all that in six days. Then He made a point of doing something different on the seventh day.


“’This is what the Lord has said: Tomorrow is a day of complete rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. … set aside everything left over to be kept until morning. … Eat it today,’ Moses said, ‘because today is a Sabbath to the Lord. Today you won’t find any in the field. For six days you will gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none’” (Exodus 16:23-26, CSB).


“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. You are to labor six days and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. In it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy” (Exodus 20:8-11, NASB). 

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