A Seventh Day Baptist View on the Sabbath




The Seventh-day Adventist church owes its Sabbath keeping roots to the Seventh Day Baptist movement which began in the 1600's a little over 2 centuries before the SDA church was born. Below is an extract of their official understanding of the Sabbath. You can click the "read more" link at the end to read the rest of this beautifully written article. Thank you Seventh Day Baptists for sharing this beautiful message with us which we hold so dear to our hearts.

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Seventh Day Baptists are Baptists who remember to keep the seventh day Sabbath holy. We are a Baptist church that is a little different.

The Sabbath and Creation

The essence of Christianity is people being brought into right relationship with God. In fact, God created humans, as male and female, in order to enjoy a loving relationship with Him. God created people (Genesis 1:27) and then created the Sabbath (Genesis 2:1-4) as that period of time in which God could have our undivided attention. The Sabbath is God's gift of time for the benefit of humankind.
God created the heavens and the earth. Though the creation of the heavens and earth was complete on the sixth day of creation, there was one thing yet to be created, the Sabbath.
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because in it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done (Genesis 2:1-3).
The story of God's creation of the Sabbath (Genesis 2:2-3) tells us three things that God did with the seventh day, Sabbath. (Though the word "Sabbath" does not appear in the creation story in Genesis, it is clear that the Sabbath was established.
1. God rested on the seventh day, Sabbath.
2. God blessed the seventh day, Sabbath.
3. God sanctified or made holy the seventh day, Sabbath.
God did more than merely rest on that first Sabbath. "God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it" (Genesis 2:3). This was God's final act in His creation week. He took the last day (seventh day) of the creation week and set it apart as a special day by blessing it. The Sabbath is a part of the creation order, and it has its origins there. In the beginning, God created the heavens, the earth, man, and the seventh day Sabbath. Read More

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  1. Following Christ is not always easy as the following story shows. Helena’s father threatened to shoot her if she insisted on being baptised. The day of her baptism the enraged father followed his daughter to the river where the service was to be held. He had a rifle in his hand.
    When her turn came, Helena walked into the water and the pastor lifted his arm and began speaking, “My dear sister, upon your profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His power to save you from sin, I now baptize you—–”
    A shot rang out. Helena collapsed in the water. Another shot, and the pastor fell. By the time friends reached her Helena was dead. The pastor was badly wounded but recovered. Another youthful Christian had surrendered her life for her Lord. In prison a repentant father also found his Savior and, months later, followed his daughter down into the waters of baptism.
    “Be thou faithful unto death,” Christ promised, “and I will give thee a crown of life.” Revelation 2:10.
    Yes sometimes the cost of joining God’s family is high, but despite the price, thousands are taking the step. http://adventistsermonsandmusic.com/2013/08/serving-god-is-not-always-easy/

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