Seventh-day Adventist Believe Rolls Off Presses
ix weeks after world church leaders voted a new fundamental belief statement, Seventh-day Adventists can now consult a 446-page reference volume offering a deeper explanation of what Adventist Christians believe, and why. The new paperbound volume, titled Seventh-day Adventists Believe: An exposition of the fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, has just been printed by the Pacific Press Publishing Association, an Adventist publishing house in Nampa, Idaho.
The book includes a new chapter on "Growing in Christ," the fundamental belief statement voted by delegates to the church's 58th General Conference session. The chapter explains the rationale for the belief, as well as its expression in the life of the believer. Although only the belief statements are officially voted expressions of Adventist doctrine, the expositions in the book can be used to amplify and deepen members' understandings of those beliefs.
The General Conference Ministerial Association, which is responsible for nurturing pastoral development in the denomination, supervised the revision and publication of the book. It's the first rewrite since the original Seventh-day Adventists Believe appeared in 1988. That volume went through many printings, with nearly 1 million copies in circulation.
Seventh-day Adventists Believe is currently published in English, and editions in Spanish, Portuguese, and French are expected to be available by the end of this year, according to James M. Cress, GC ministerial secretary.
"This single volume shows in detail how each [Adventist] belief is grounded in the Bible and focused on Jesus Christ," stated the book's back cover notes, which were written by Cress. "Adventist church members can use this book to dig down to the roots of their faith--to rediscover the details of truth that excited them when they first found the joy of salvation," he adds.
The book promises "students of any background will discover enriching insights into a fulfilling relationship with God for their individual lives. If you worship in another church, anticipate some fresh perspectives as you read. As a group, all Christians comprise a minority of the world's population. We need to draw close together and grow from each other's spiritual journey."
In North America, the English edition of Seventh-day Adventists Believe will be available at Adventist book centers and the Ministerial Association Web site, http://www.ministerialassociation.com.
--Adventist News Network