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NEWS FROM OUR CHURCH LIBRARY

EXISTING / NEW BOOKs and DVDs

Bi-Annual Newsletter, March 2014

This is the first of two bi-annual Library Newsletters that will be published in 2014. In keeping with the topic of

focus at the beginning of this year: “Seventh-day Adventists Are People Who…” we have selected to

feature the 28 fundamental doctrines from the book compiled by the church’s General Conference’s Ministerial

Association. How long have you been a Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA)? Do you know what those 28

fundamental doctrines are? If you are life time member, do you remember what they are? Have you read the

book “Seventh-day Adventists Believe… A Biblical Exposition of Fundamental Doctrines”? You know,

these 28 fundamental doctrines are quite explanatory and clearly lay out how & why SDAs differ from other

religions. Recently in Christian circles, there is talk of “unity among churches” and protestant churches are

being asked to “re-unify” with the Roman Catholic church because the reasons for “protesting (protestant) and

breaking away from the Catholic church as promoted by Martin Luther in his Ninety-Five Theses, are no longer

valid or necessary. Will the SDA church join this movement? Are SDA beliefs so aligned with other protestant

churches that we should be a part of this “reunion”? We are entering amazing times as a church and

Revelation tells us we should be prepared for what comes before our Lord Jesus Christ, the true and only

leader of the church, returns to claim His people, those that obey God’s commandments. Let’s continue to

seek discernment and focus on that preparation!

HOT TOPIC – Seventh-day Adventists Believe…

This newsletter is very different from previous newsletters where we provided a list of books on key topics of

interest or focus for the PSDA church. Because the subject of SDA beliefs covers such a large number of

topics that make it impossible to list all the related books, we have chosen to outline the 28 fundamental beliefs

as summarized by the General Conference as the references for this newsletter. Come visit us in the library

and check out the book SDAs Believe… and read in full detail the rationale and Biblical foundation of these

beliefs. And if as you read this newsletter or the book itself, you find you want to know more about a particular

subject, we can help you find books that go even further in depth.

As stated by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, these are the Biblically based beliefs

of our church:

“Our most critical belief is that SDAs accept the Bible as the only source of our beliefs. We consider our

movement to be the result of the Protestant conviction Sola Scriptura – the Bible as the only standard of

faith and practice for Christians. The Bible is the basis of the 28 fundamental beliefs of the church.

Jesus, the central focus of Scripture and history, is also the central focus of Adventist doctrine and

experience. In this dynamic book, the basic beliefs shared by Seventh-day Adventists are at your

fingertips, ready to be explored, appraised, studied, and substantiated. This single volume shows in

detail how each belief is grounded in the Bible and focused on Jesus Christ. The different beliefs, or

doctrines, emphasize different facets of Christ’s lovely character. Each one reveals more of what He is

like and what a relationship with Him means. Seventh-day Adventists Believe stands as an authentic

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resource on Adventist doctrine because it is written by Adventists themselves – more than 230 men and

women were involved in the production of this book. Many of them contributed insights gained from

years of study, prayer, and their personal walk with Jesus.

  1. Holy Scriptures

The Holy Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, are the written Word of God, given by divine inspiration

through holy men of God who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. In this Word, God

has committed to man the knowledge necessary for salvation. The Holy Scriptures are the infallible

revelation of His will. They are the standard of character, the test of experience, the authoritative

revealer of doctrines, and the trustworthy record of God’s acts in history. (2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Tim. 3:16,

17; Ps. 119:105; Prov. 30:5, 6; Isa. 8:20; John 17:17; 1 Thess. 2:13; Heb. 4:12.)

  1. Trinity

There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons. God is immortal, allpowerful,

all-knowing, above all, and ever present. He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, yet

known through His self-revelation. He is forever worthy of worship, adoration, and service by the whole

creation. (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.)

  1. Father

God the eternal Father is the Creator, Source, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all creation. He is just and

holy, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. The

qualities and powers exhibited in the Son and the Holy Spirit are also revelations of the Father. (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.)

  1. Son

God the eternal Son became incarnate 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 became also truly man, Jesus the Christ. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of

the virgin Mary. He lived and experienced temptation as a human being, but perfectly exemplified the

righteousness and love of God. By His miracles He manifested God’s power and was attested as God’s

promised Messiah. He suffered and died voluntarily on the cross for our sins and in our place, was raised

from the dead, and ascended to minister in the heavenly sanctuary in our behalf. He will come again in

glory for the final deliverance of His people and the restoration of all things. ( 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.)

  1. Holy Spirit

God the eternal Spirit was active with the Father and the Son in Creation, incarnation, and redemption.

He inspired the writers of Scripture. He filled Christ’s life with power. He draws and convicts human

beings; and those who respond He renews and transforms into the image of God. Sent by the Father and

the Son to be always with His children, He extends spiritual gifts to the church, empowers it to bear

witness to Christ, and in harmony with the Scriptures leads it into all truth. (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.)

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  1. Creation

God is Creator of all things, and has revealed in Scripture the authentic account of His creative activity.

In six days the Lord made “the heaven and the earth” and all living things upon the earth, and rested on

the seventh day of that first week. Thus He established the Sabbath as a perpetual memorial of His

completed creative work. The first man and woman were made in the image of God as the crowning work

of Creation, given dominion over the world, and charged with responsibility to care for it. When the world

was finished it was “very good,’’ declaring the glory of God. (Gen. 1; 2; Ex. 20:8-11; Ps. 19:1-6; 33:6, 9; 104;

Heb. 11:3.)

  1. Nature of Man

Man and woman were made in the image of God with individuality, the power and freedom to think and

to do. Though created free beings, each is an indivisible unity of body, mind, and spirit, dependent upon

God for life and breath and all else. When our first parents disobeyed God, they denied their dependence

upon Him and fell from their high position under God. The image of God in them was marred and they

became subject to death. Their descendants share this fallen nature and its consequences. They are born

with weaknesses and tendencies to evil. But God in Christ reconciled the world to Himself and by His

Spirit restores in penitent mortals the image of their Maker. Created for the glory of God, they are called

to love Him and one another, and to care for their environment. (Gen. 1:26-28; 2:7; Ps. 8:4-8; Acts 17:24-

28; Gen. 3; Ps. 51:5; Rom. 5:12-17; 2 Cor. 5:19, 20; Ps. 51:10; 1 John 4:7, 8, 11, 20; Gen. 2:15.)5

  1. Great Controversy

All humanity is now involved in a great controversy between Christ and Satan regarding the character of

God, His law, and His sovereignty over the universe. This conflict originated in heaven when a created

being, endowed with freedom of choice, in self-exaltation became Satan, God’s adversary, and led into

rebellion a portion of the angels. He introduced the spirit of rebellion into this world when he led Adam

and Eve into sin. This human sin resulted in the distortion of the image of God in humanity, the

disordering of the created world, and its eventual devastation at the time of the worldwide flood.

Observed by the whole creation, this world became the arena of the universal conflict, out of which the

God of love will ultimately be vindicated. To assist His people in this controversy, Christ sends the Holy

Spirit and the loyal angels to guide, protect, and sustain them in the way of salvation. (Rev. 12:4-9; Isa.

14:12-14; Eze. 28:12-18; Gen. 3; Rom. 1:19-32; 5:12-21; 8:19-22; Gen. 6-8; 2 Peter 3:6; 1 Cor. 4:9; Heb.

1:14.)

  1. Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ

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 may have

eternal life, and the whole creation may better understand the infinite and holy love of the Creator. This

perfect atonement vindicates the righteousness of God’s law and the graciousness of His character; for it

both condemns our sin and provides for our forgiveness. The death of Christ is substitutionary and

expiatory, reconciling and transforming. The resurrection of Christ proclaims God’s triumph over the

forces of evil, and for those who accept the atonement assures their final victory over sin and death. It

declares the Lordship of Jesus Christ, before whom every knee in heaven and on earth will bow. ( John

3:16; Isa. 53; 1 Peter 2:21, 22; 1 Cor. 15:3, 4, 20-22; 2 Cor. 5:14, 15, 19-21; Rom. 1:4; 3:25; 4:25; 8:3, 4; 1

John 2:2; 4:10; Col. 2:15; Phil. 2:6-11.)

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  1. Experience of Salvation

In infinite love and mercy God made Christ, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, so that in Him we might be

made the righteousness of God. Led by the Holy Spirit we sense our need, acknowledge our sinfulness,

repent of our transgressions, and exercise faith in Jesus as Lord and Christ, as Substitute and Example.

This faith which receives salvation comes through the divine power of the Word and is the gift of God’s

grace. Through Christ we are justified, adopted as God’s sons and daughters, and delivered from the

lordship of sin. Through the Spirit we are born again and sanctified; the Spirit renews our minds, writes

God’s law of love in our hearts, and we are given the power to live a holy life. Abiding in Him we become

partakers of the divine nature and have the assurance of salvation now and in the judgment. (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.)

  1. Growing in Christ

By His death on the cross Jesus triumphed over the forces of evil. He who subjugated the demonic spirits

during His earthly ministry has broken their power and made certain their ultimate doom. Jesus’ victory

gives us victory over the evil forces that still seek to control us, as we walk with Him in peace, joy, and

assurance of His love. Now the Holy Spirit dwells within us and empowers us. Continually committed to

Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, we are set free from the burden of our past deeds. No longer do we live in

the darkness, fear of evil powers, ignorance, and meaninglessness of our former way of life. In this new

freedom in Jesus, we are called to grow into the likeness of His character, communing with Him daily in

prayer, feeding on His Word, meditating on it and on His providence, singing His praises, gathering

together for worship, and participating in the mission of the Church. As we give ourselves in loving

service to those around us and in witnessing to His salvation, His constant presence with us through the

Spirit transforms every moment and every task into a spiritual experience. (Ps 1:1, 2; 23:4; 77:11, 12; Col

1:13, 14; 2:6, 14, 15; Luke 10:17-20; Eph 5:19, 20; 6:12-18; 1 Thess 5:23; 2 Peter 2:9; 3:18; 2 Cor. 3:17, 18;

Phil 3:7-14; 1 Thess 5:16-18; Matt 20:25-28; John 20:21; Gal 5:22-25; Rom 8:38, 39; 1 John 4:4; Heb 10:25.)

  1. Church

The church is the community of believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. In continuity

with the people of God in Old Testament times, we are called out from the world; and we join together for

worship, for fellowship, for instruction in the Word, for the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, for service to

all mankind, and for the worldwide proclamation of the gospel. The church derives its authority from

Christ, who is the incarnate Word, and from the Scriptures, which are the written Word. The church is

God’s family; adopted by Him as children, its members live on the basis of the new covenant. The church

is the body of Christ, a community of faith of which Christ Himself is the Head. The church is the bride

for whom Christ died that He might sanctify and cleanse her. At His return in triumph, He will present

her to Himself a glorious church, the faithful of all the ages, the purchase of His blood, not having spot or

wrinkle, but holy and without blemish. (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.)

  1. Remnant and Its Mission

The universal church is composed of all who truly believe in Christ, but in the last days, a time of

widespread apostasy, a remnant has been called out to keep the commandments of God and the faith of

Jesus. This remnant announces the arrival of the judgment hour, proclaims salvation through Christ,

and heralds the approach of His second advent. This proclamation is symbolized by the three angels of

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Revelation 14; it coincides with the work of judgment in heaven and results in a work of repentance and

reform on earth. Every believer is called to have a personal part in this worldwide witness. (Rev. 12:17;

14:6-12; 18:1-4; 2 Cor. 5:10; Jude 3, 14; 1 Peter 1:16-19; 2 Peter 3:10-14; Rev. 21:1-14.)

  1. Unity in the Body of Christ

The church is one body with many members, called from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. In

Christ we are a new creation; distinctions of race, culture, learning, and nationality, and differences

between high and low, rich and poor, male and female, must not be divisive among us. We are all equal

in Christ, who by one Spirit has bonded us into one fellowship with Him and with one another; we are to

serve and be served without partiality or reservation. Through the revelation of Jesus Christ in the

Scriptures we share the same faith and hope, and reach out in one witness to all. This unity has its

source in the oneness of the triune God, who has adopted us as His children. (Rom. 12:4, 5; 1 Cor. 12:12-

14; Matt. 28:19, 20; Ps. 133:1; 2 Cor. 5:16, 17; Acts 17:26, 27; Gal. 3:27, 29; Col. 3:10-15; Eph. 4:14-16; 4:1-

6; John 17:20-23.)

  1. Baptism

By baptism we confess 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. Thus we acknowledge Christ as Lord and Saviour,

become His people, and are received as members by His church. Baptism is a symbol of our union with

Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit. It is by immersion in water and is

contingent on an affirmation of faith in Jesus and evidence of repentance of sin. It follows instruction in

the Holy Scriptures and acceptance of their teachings. (Rom. 6:1-6; Col. 2:12, 13; Acts 16:30-33; 22:16;

2:38; Matt. 28:19, 20.)

  1. Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper is a participation in the emblems of the body and blood of Jesus as an expression of

faith in Him, our Lord and Saviour. In this experience of communion Christ is present to meet and

strengthen His people. As we partake, we joyfully proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes again.

Preparation for the Supper includes self-examination, repentance, and confession. The Master ordained

the service of foot washing to signify renewed cleansing, to express a willingness to serve one another in

Christlike humility, and to unite our hearts in love. The communion service is open to all believing

Christians. (1 Cor. 10:16, 17; 11:23-30; Matt. 26:17-30; Rev. 3:20; John 6:48-63; 13:1-17.)

  1. Spiritual Gifts and Ministries

God bestows upon all members of His church in every age spiritual gifts which each member is to employ

in loving ministry for the common good of the church and of humanity. Given by the agency of the Holy

Spirit, who apportions to each member as He wills, the gifts provide all abilities and ministries needed by

the church to fulfill its divinely ordained functions. According to the Scriptures, these gifts include such

ministries as faith, healing, prophecy, proclamation, teaching, administration, reconciliation, compassion,

and self-sacrificing service and charity for the help and encouragement of people. Some members are

called of God and endowed by the Spirit for functions recognized by the church in pastoral, evangelistic,

apostolic, and teaching ministries particularly needed to equip the members for service, to build up the

church to spiritual maturity, and to foster unity of the faith and knowledge of God. When members

employ these spiritual gifts as faithful stewards of God’s varied grace, the church is protected from the

destructive influence of false doctrine, grows with a growth that is from God, and is built up in faith and

love. (Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:9-11, 27, 28; Eph. 4:8, 11-16; Acts 6:1-7; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; 1 Peter 4:10, 11.)

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  1. The Gift of Prophecy

One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy. This gift is an identifying mark of the remnant church and

was manifested in the ministry of Ellen. G. White. As the Lord’s messenger, her writings are a

continuing and authoritative source of truth which provide for the church comfort, guidance, instruction,

and correction. They also make clear that the Bible is the standard by which all teaching and experience

must be tested. (Joel 2:28, 29; Acts 2:14-21; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 12:17; 19:10.)

  1. Law of God

The great principles of God’s law are embodied in the Ten Commandments and exemplified in the life of

Christ. They express God’s love, will, and purposes concerning human conduct and relationships and are

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. Through the agency of the Holy Spirit they point out sin and awaken a

sense of need for a Saviour. Salvation is all of grace and not of works, but its fruitage is obedience to the

Commandments. This obedience develops Christian character and results in a sense of well-being. It is

an evidence of our love for the Lord and our concern for our fellow men. The obedience of faith

demonstrates the power of Christ to transform lives, and therefore strengthens Christian witness. (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.)

  1. Sabbath

The beneficent Creator, after the six days of Creation, rested on the seventh day and instituted the

Sabbath for all people as a memorial of Creation. The fourth commandment of God’s unchangeable law

requires the observance of this seventh-day Sabbath 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. It is a symbol of our redemption in Christ, a sign of our

sanctification, a token of our allegiance, and a foretaste of our eternal future in God’s kingdom. The

Sabbath is God’s perpetual sign of His eternal covenant between Him and His people. Joyful observance

of this holy time from evening to evening, sunset to sunset, is a celebration of God’s creative and

redemptive acts. (Gen. 2:1-3; Ex. 20:8-11; Luke 4:16; Isa. 56:5, 6; 58:13, 14; 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.)

  1. Stewardship

We are God’s stewards, entrusted by Him with time and opportunities, abilities and possessions, and the

blessings of the earth and its resources. We are responsible to Him for their proper use. We acknowledge

God’s ownership by faithful service to Him and our fellow men, and by returning tithes and giving

offerings for the proclamation of His gospel and the support and growth of His church. Stewardship is a

privilege given to us by God for nurture in love and the victory over selfishness and covetousness. The

steward rejoices in the blessings that come to others as a result of his faithfulness. (Gen. 1:26-28; 2:15; 1

Chron. 29:14; Haggai 1:3-11; Mal. 3:8-12; 1 Cor. 9:9-14; Matt. 23:23; 2 Cor. 8:1-15; Rom. 15:26, 27.)

  1. Christian Behavior

We are called to be a godly people who think, feel, and act in harmony with the principles of heaven. For

the Spirit to recreate in us the character of our Lord we involve ourselves only in those things which will

produce Christlike purity, health, and joy in our lives. This means that our amusement and

entertainment should meet the highest standards of Christian taste and beauty. While recognizing

cultural differences, our dress is to be simple, modest, and neat, befitting those whose true beauty does

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not consist of outward adornment but in the imperishable ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit. It also

means that because our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, we are to care for them intelligently.

Along with adequate exercise and rest, we are to adopt the most healthful diet possible and abstain from

the unclean foods identified in the Scriptures. Since alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and the irresponsible

use of drugs and narcotics are harmful to our bodies, we are to abstain from them as well. Instead, we

are to engage in whatever brings our thoughts and bodies into the discipline of Christ, who desires our

wholesomeness, joy, and goodness. (Rom. 12:1, 2; 1 John 2:6; Eph. 5:1-21; Phil. 4:8; 2 Cor. 10:5; 6:14-7:1; 1

Peter 3:1-4; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; 10:31; Lev. 11:1-47; 3 John 2.)

  1. Marriage and the Family

Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man

and a woman in loving companionship. For the Christian a marriage commitment is to God as well as to

the spouse, and should be entered into only between partners who share a common faith. Mutual love,

honor, respect, and responsibility are the fabric of this relationship, which is to reflect the love, sanctity,

closeness, and permanence of the relationship between Christ and His church. Regarding divorce, Jesus

taught that the person who divorces a spouse, except for fornication, and marries another, commits

adultery. Although some family relationships may fall short of the ideal, marriage partners who fully

commit themselves to each other in Christ may achieve loving unity through the guidance of the Spirit

and the nurture of the church. God blesses the family and intends that its members shall assist each

other toward complete maturity. Parents are to bring up their children to love and obey the Lord. By

their example and their words they are to teach them that Christ is a loving disciplinarian, ever tender

and caring, who wants them to become members of His body, the family of God. Increasing family

closeness is one of the earmarks of the final gospel message. (Gen. 2:18-25; Matt. 19:3-9; John 2:1-11; 2

Cor. 6:14; Eph. 5:21-33; Matt. 5:31, 32; Mark 10:11, 12; Luke 16:18; 1 Cor. 7:10, 11; Ex. 20:12; Eph. 6:1-4;

Deut. 6:5-9; Prov. 22:6; Mal. 4:5, 6.)

  1. Christ’s Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary

There is a sanctuary in heaven, the true tabernacle which the Lord set up and not man. In it Christ

ministers on our behalf, making available to believers the benefits of His atoning sacrifice offered once for

all on the cross. He was inaugurated as our great High Priest and began His intercessory ministry at the

time of His ascension. In 1844, at the end of the prophetic period of 2300 days, He entered the second and

last phase of His atoning ministry. 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.

In that typical service the sanctuary was cleansed with the blood of animal sacrifices, but the heavenly

things are purified with the perfect sacrifice of the blood of Jesus. The investigative judgment reveals to

heavenly intelligences who among the dead are asleep in Christ and therefore, in Him, are deemed

worthy to have part in the first resurrection. It also makes manifest who among the living are abiding in

Christ, keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and in Him, therefore, are ready for

translation into His everlasting kingdom. This judgment vindicates the justice of God in saving those

who believe in Jesus. It declares that those who have remained loyal to God shall receive the kingdom.

The completion of this ministry of Christ will mark the close of human probation before the Second

Advent. (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.)

  1. Second Coming of Christ

The second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of the church, the grand climax of the gospel. The

Saviour’s coming will be literal, personal, visible, and worldwide. When He returns, the righteous dead

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will be resurrected, and together with the righteous living will be glorified and taken to heaven, but the

unrighteous will die. The almost complete fulfillment of most lines of prophecy, together with the present

condition of the world, indicates that Christ’s coming is imminent. The time of that event has not been

revealed, and we are therefore exhorted to be ready 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.)

  1. Death and Resurrection

The wages of sin is death. But God, who alone is immortal, will grant eternal life to His redeemed. Until

that day death is an unconscious state for all people. When Christ, who is our life, appears, the

resurrected righteous and the living righteous will be glorified and caught up to meet their Lord. The

second resurrection, the resurrection of the unrighteous, will take place a 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.)

  1. Millennium and the End of Sin

The millennium is the 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; the earth will be utterly desolate,

without living human inhabitants, but occupied by Satan and his angels. At its close Christ with His

saints and the Holy City will descend from heaven to earth. The unrighteous dead will then be

resurrected, and with Satan and his angels will surround the city; but fire from God will consume them

and cleanse the earth. The universe will thus be freed of sin and sinners forever. (Rev. 20; 1 Cor. 6:2, 3;

Jer. 4:23-26; Rev. 21:1-5; Mal. 4:1; Eze. 28:18, 19.)

  1. New Earth

On the new earth, in which righteousness dwells, God will provide an eternal home for the redeemed and

a perfect environment for everlasting life, love, joy, and learning in His presence. For here God Himself

will dwell with His people, and suffering and death will have passed away. The great controversy will be

ended, and sin will be no more. All things, animate and inanimate, will declare that God is love; and He

shall reign forever. Amen. (2 Peter 3:13; Isa. 35; 65:17-25; Matt. 5:5; Rev. 21:1-7; 22:1-5; 11:15.)”

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ABOUT OUR LIBRARY:

You will find information about our church library and the policies for accessing materials from us on the church

website. We have a wealth of great materials for adults, children & youth of all ages. If you have questions or

a personal request you may contact Carolyn Larsen or Teresa Contreras, Librarians on our new phone line, or

any of the Pastoral Staff & we will be happy to assist you.

Library phone: 530-210-2231, or (530) 622-2446 Extension 1009

Email: psdalibrary@gmail.com