Who Are We?
We're the Advent Christian Church. But there's more to us than just a name:
Our name is Advent (which literally means coming) because we believe in the literal, personal, and visible return (the 2nd Coming) of Jesus Christ to earth.
Our name is Christian because we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We seek to live as Christ's disciples in today's world.
Our name is Church because we are a part of the Body of Christ, those who have been called into fellowship with Jesus Christ. We recognize the Bible and its teachings as our guide for living.
But more than that, the Advent Christian Church is people. We're people who want to serve Jesus Christ and make him known. We worship together. We care for our sick and shut-ins. We hurt for those who sorrow. We rejoice with those who rejoice.
Most of all, Advent Christians are people who joyfully celebrate the privilege of knowing Jesus Christ. The Christian life is an adventure in living, working, and worshipping that grows more exciting each day.
Where Did We Come From?
Advent Christians trace their roots back nearly one hundred and fifty years to the life and ministry of William Miller. A farmer and U.S. Army Captain from upstate
His study of the Bible convinced him of the soon return of Jesus Christ to earth.
Captain Miller's work caused evangelical churches to take seriously the Bible's teaching regarding Christ's Second Advent. From 1840 until the turn of the twentieth century, Advent Christian churches were established by traveling pastors and evangelists across the
The Advent Christian Denomination is a small evangelical protestant denomination that has congregations across the
What Do We Believe?
Advent Christians believe Scripture. The slogan of early pastors and evangelists was, "No creed but the Bible."
Advent Christian's take the Bible seriously. We believe that all Christian belief must be rooted in what the Bible clearly teaches. We also try to avoid basing doctrine or teaching on obscure, difficult to understand Bible passages.
We are a member of the National Association of Evangelicals. With other believers, Advent Christians share the teaching of the Apostle's Creed, an early summary of Christian belief produced less than one hundred years after Christ's resurrection. Like other evangelical Christians, we believe that people become Christians only through faith in Jesus Christ.
While we have much in common with other evangelicals, most Advent Christian's hold three distinctive beliefs that we feel are clearly taught in the Bible:
*We believe that people are mortal. Immortality or eternal life is a gift given only to those who receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. 1 Tim 6:15-16; 2 Tim 1:10; Rom 2:7; Rom 6:23; 1 Cor 15:22, 51-54
*We believe that the dead are unconscious until the return of Jesus Christ. Then Christians receive immortality or eternal life. Sinners receive eternal death and are destroyed. Eccl 9:5; Job 14:14; John 5:28-29; Mt 10:28
*We believe that Jesus Christ will return to earth personally, visibly, and gloriously to establish his eternal kingdom on the earth made new. Acts 1:11; 1 Thess 4:16, 17; Rev. 22:12-13
The Advent Christian Church is people, people who have found that real living can be discovered only through a relationship with Jesus Christ. That's why we want to introduce ourselves to you. We hope that you will join us in following Jesus Christ and experiencing the joy in living that our Lord provides.