La Mesa Adventist Community Church

4207 Spring Gardens Rd, La Mesa, CA, 91941-7964



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A Summary of our Beliefs
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The Trinity

There is one God. God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons commonly called the Trinity. God the Father is the Source, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all creation. God the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ and the revealer of who God is. Through Jesus Christ all things are 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 extends spiritual gifts to the Church, the Body of Christ.

Humanity

In six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth and all living things upon the earth and then rested on the seventh day of that first week. Man and woman were created in the image of God, as the crowning work of Creation, 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. When the world was finished God declared His creation to be "very good". When our first parents disobeyed God, they denied their dependence upon God and fell from their high position under God becoming subject to death. Their descendants share this fallen nature and its consequences and are born with weaknesses and tendencies to evil.

Christ

In Christ’s life of perfect obedience to God’s will, His suffering, death on the cross, 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.

Salvation

Led by the Holy Spirit we sense our need, acknowledge our sinfulness, repent of our transgressions, and exercise faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, as Substitute and Example. This faith which receives salvation comes through the divine power God’s Word and is the gift of God’s grace. Through Christ we are justified, adopted as God’s sons and daughters. Through the Holy Spirit we may be born again and sanctified; the Spirit renews our minds and writes God’s law of love in our hearts. Abiding in Him we become partakers of the divine nature and have the assurance of salvation now!

The Church

The Church is the community of believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In it men and women join together for worship, fellowship, instruction in the Scriptures which are the Word of God, celebrate and praise God. We believe that we are a part of the Body of Christ.

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.

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 Ten Commandments, not in 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. Jesus said, "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments" (John 14:15).

The Sabbath

The seventh day of the week, Saturday, is observed as a 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 with one another and a time for rejuvenation. Adventists joyfully celebrate this holy time from Friday evening to Saturday evening, from sunset to sunset, as a special time with God and His creative and redemptive acts.

Baptism

Baptism by water immersion is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord’s Supper - Communion

The Lord’s Supper, or communion, is a participation in the emblems representing Christ’s body and blood as an expression of faith in Him, our Lord and Savior. The Communion Service is open to all believing Christians.

Death and Resurrection

The wages of sin is death. All have sinned. But God will grant eternal life to His redeemed. Until that day death is an unconscious state for all people, where the dead know nothing. When Christ appears, the resurrected believers and the living believers will be glorified and caught up to meet their Lord.

The Final Judgment

Before Christ returns to the earth, Christ, as the Son of Man, comes to the Ancient of Days, God the Father, and stands before Him. Both Christ, and the Father are involved in this Judgment. The Final Judgment, which ratifies the decision as to who will be saved must take place before the Second Advent for at that time Christ returns with His reward. All who have repented and by faith claimed the blood of Christ’s atoning sacrifice have received pardon. Christ and the Father can declare salvation to those who profess to be Christians, not on the basis of how many good deeds they have performed, but because they have accepted Christ’s robe of righteousness. God intends this good news of Christ’s closing ministry to go to all the world before Christ’s return. Central to this message is the everlasting gospel, which is to be proclaimed with a sense of urgency because the "hour of God’s judgment has come" (Revelation 14:7). Jesus Christ, in His twofold capacity of sacrifice and priest, ministers before the Father on our behalf. Because we have a great High Priest, Jesus Christ the Son of God, we need not fear the Final Judgment but can come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in our time of need.

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 worldwide. When He returns the righteous dead in Christ will be resurrected and together with the righteous living will be glorified and taken to heaven for 1,000 years.

The New Earth

After the 1,000 years in heaven, Christ, along with all His angels and followers, will recreate earth and 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.

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