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This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (June 2011) The Sabbath Rest Advent Church is a Christian church which has its spiritual roots in the Protestant tradition. Contents 1 The Name 2 Origin 3 Countries in which the church has been active so far 4 Current church centers 5 Structure 6 How does the message of the Sabbath Rest Advent Church develop? 7 What are the messages of the Sabbath Rest Advent Church? 7.1 The Character of God 7.2 Sabbath Rest 7.3 The Rebirth 7.4 The Return of Christ (Advent; see lat. adventus = coming) 8 External links The Name Sabbath Rest: The personal connection to God as Plan Maker and Problem Solver combined with an intelligent co-working with Him. Advent (from the lat. adventus = coming): the active expectation of Christ’s return. Origin In the message of righteousness by faith which was preached in the Seventh-day Advent Church especially in 1888. This message was taken up again in the middle of the twentieth century, amongst others by F.T. Wright who preached it in New Zealand, Australia and later in North and Central America, Europe, and Africa. The worldwide church assumed the name of Sabbath Rest Advent Church in 1989. Countries in which the church has been active so far Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Solomon Isles, USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and other Caribbean islands, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Columbia, India, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, United Kingdom, Norway, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Rumania, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Cyprus. Current church centers Germany, USA, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, and South Africa. Structure Christ is the Head: It is His message that unites the members. How does the message of the Sabbath Rest Advent Church develop? The church considers the whole Bible, the revealed word of God, as the foundation for its faith. But the understanding of this word is not something static—rather, it grows and deepens. In the past, God has repeatedly chosen messengers in order to effect this growth: John the Baptist, Paul, Peter, Luther, Wesley, and many others. They served as channels through whom God gave messages to the church. It was not their task however, to ensure that the message was practically applied. The task of testing the message lies with each individual who has a personal relationship with God and is led by the Holy Spirit. Each individual is personally responsible to God. Since the knowledge of the word of God is continually progressing, the Sabbath Rest Advent Church is open to any further knowledge which is in harmony with the word of God. In the history of the Sabbath Rest Advent Church, F.T. Wright (1923–1997) and Andreas Dura have been messengers. What are the messages of the Sabbath Rest Advent Church? Apart from the spiritual foundation of Protestantism, the following points form the heart of the message: The Character of God The condition for a close and trusting relationship with God is a correct understanding of His loving character. God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the three personages of the deity and they are One in character. There is no difference between the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament. Jesus has shown us that God is not a destroyer but a loving Father who both gives and maintains life. Suffering and death are the unavoidable consequences of transgression of the moral and natural laws, but not the work of God. Sabbath Rest When our personal relationship with God is molded by the trust that He, as our loving Father (see Matthew 6:9) and Creator of this world, knows best what is for our good, we experience a deep peace. We have the assurance that we can cooperate with Him in every kind of situation. This is the Sabbath Rest of which the Bible speaks (see Hebrews 4:9). The Sabbath, as the divine day of rest (the seventh day; see Genesis 2:2, 3; Exodus 20:8–11), is a sign of this trust in God’s creative power. And it is also a means of achieving this experience. The Rebirth In the Bible, “sin” is described on the one hand as an action, namely as the transgression of the law (see 1 John 3:4). On the other hand, it is also declared to be a condition of slavery: “Whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.” John 8:34. This bondage is the real problem; the actions are only the results of it. That is why God does not condemn the sinner but offers deliverance from bondage. This is apparent in the way Jesus dealt with the adulteress. The Pharisees had already judged her guilty, but Jesus set her free with the words, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” See John 8:1–11. The deliverance that God offers is not merely the remission of guilt for actions committed, but also deliverance from the condition that repeatedly leads to transgression of the law. This is what Christ has made possible for every person through His death and resurrection (see Romans 6:5, 6). How do we accept this offer of deliverance? By believing in what God has promised: a change of our nature (see Ezekiel 36:26, 27)—a rebirth. As Jesus said: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3. By this deliverance from the ruling power of sin, the believer is enabled to follow Christ. In His life, Jesus has given us a living example of what each born-again Christian can become in character. The Return of Christ (Advent; see lat. adventus = coming) When Jesus ascended into heaven His disciples were comforted with the words, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11. The future does not lie in man’s ability to solve problems, but in salvation through the second advent of Christ. Before Christ can come again certain conditions, laid down in the word of God, must first be met. These conditions are a revelation of the character that Jesus manifested when He lived on earth (see 2 Peter 3:11–13; 1 Thessalonians 3:11–13). Therefore, waiting for Christ’s return is not a passive but an active task. Christ’s followers will do the same works of love that He did when He first came to this earth two thousand years ago. This information is based on the publication, An Introduction to the Sabbath Rest Advent Church and The History of the Sabbath Rest Advent Church, published by the Sabbath Rest Advent Church. External links