WHAT WE BELIEVE
SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS ACCEPT THE BIBLE AS THE ONLY SOURCE OF OUR BELIEFS. WE CONSIDER OUR MOVEMENT TO BE THE RESULT OF THE PROTESTANT CONVICTION SOLA SCRIPTURA—THE BIBLE AS THE ONLY STANDARD OF FAITH AND PRACTICE FOR CHRISTIANS.
Currently, Adventists hold 28 fundamental beliefs that can be organized into six categories—the doctrines of God, man, salvation, the church, the Christian life and last day events. In each teaching, God is the architect, who in wisdom, grace and infinite love, is restoring a relationship with humanity that will last for eternity.
Pastor Luke Steen was previously Associate Pastor at Marietta Adventist Church, and is a graduate of Southern Adventist University. Pastor Luke is passionate about empowering Christians to serve God with their individuality and talents. Luke is married to his beautiful wife Carissa, who teaches 2nd grade. Both Luke and Carissa descend from Adventist ministers. Luke’s favorite Bible verse is Exodus 34:6 and would love to talk to you anytime about it.
And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Exodus 34:6 NIV
In 1889, a Seventh-day Adventist Church was established in Alpharetta on Church Street and was all but forgotten until it was discovered in 2003.
In 2004, a group of just seven people stepped out in faith to establish an Adventist church in the Alpharetta area. They did not learn of the early church until later that year, but knew at once their presence was divine providence. Meeting in each other’s homes for awhile, they realized they could not grow without an official meeting place, so they rented a facility, and the first organized service took place June 11, 2005 with approximately 180 people in attendance. That day’s offerings exceeded rent for the entire month.
We don’t know why the first church and school disappeared, but we know Alpharetta and its surrounding towns still need our message of hope and love in this crucial time in history. As one of our favorite hymns proclaims:
“…We believe the time is here, when the nations far and near shall awake, and shout and sing Hallelujah! Christ is King! We have this hope that burns within our hearts, Hope in the coming of the Lord.”