Church of the Advent Hope

A Seventh-day Adventist Congregation on the Campus of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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What we believe
We believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, three beings so united in thought and purpose that they are one God, eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful, and good. 
We believe that the Bible is God’s revelation of himself to the human race.  It records his acts in history, demonstrates his love, explains the conflict between good and evil, and describes the meaning of human existence.  It is an authoritative guide for human belief and behavior.

We believe that God created the universe as a good and harmonious place.  After our earth’s creation, God instituted the seventh day of the week as a day of worship and rest from our daily work.

We believe that evil originated as pride and selfishness in the mind of a created being who held a position beside God’s very throne.  Through exercise of their God-given right of free choice, our first parents allied themselves with this being, now called the devil or Satan, in distrust of God’s goodness and justice.  As their descendants, we are born with tendencies toward evil that separate us from God.

We believe that in mercy, God the Son became a man like us; his perfect life, his death on our behalf, and his resurrection restore all who believe in him to a right relationship with God.  Jesus now serves as our priest in heaven, interceding with God for us.  We look forward with joy to Jesus’ second advent when he will come in power and glory to reunite his people with God for eternity.  With his goodness vindicated at last, God will bring an end to evil by destroying the devil and all the results of his rebellion and by creating a new earth.

We believe that the church was established by Jesus Christ.  Its purpose is to worship God, to communicate the truth about him to the world, and to strengthen believers’ faith through fellowship.  In the church, we receive baptism to symbolize the death of our old life and the beginning of Christ’s life in us.  By participating in the communion service, we gratefully acknowledge Christ’s death on our behalf and serve one another in unity and humility.  Believers respond to God in thankful obedience and in careful stewardship of their time, health, and possessions.  Empowered by the Holy Spirit, they use their gifts to build up the church and to engage in service that demonstrates God’s goodness and love.
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Church of the Advent Hope