Becoming a Member
Whether raised as a Seventh-day Adventist, a member of another faith or in a non-religious environment, the steps to becoming a Seventh-day Adventist are all about the same.
Being born into a Seventh-day Adventist family doesn't automatically make you an Adventist. Some people have amazing circumstances that lead them to joining the church -- others just turn up at the door so they can work it out for themselves. Either way, we believe deciding to follow Jesus is an important decision you must make yourself.
You're never too old to become a Seventh-day Adventist. But the decision should be your own, and you must make it thoughtfully, with an understanding of how it will affect your life.
Most people do some research before joining a club or becoming members of a community. Joining the Seventh-day Adventist Church can be a similar experience. You should find out all you can about what we believe and what we can offer.
The information on this website can help, or you may wish to talk to a minister of a local Adventist church. We can arrange for a local church minister to contact you. Simply email us your contact details. We will respect your privacy.
After you have gathered some basic information about the Seventh-day Adventist Church, you will have to make your first decision: "Do I want to explore this more and give it a go?"
Remember, only you can make this decision. This is a simple step, but it sets the framework for how to approach the next step.
Seventh-day Adventists value the study of the Bible. It is an important aspect of our faith because we base all our beliefs on what the Bible teaches.
A local Adventist minister can help you study the Bible. Our ministers have a variety of studies at many different levels and can guide you to an area in which you have an interest. Alternatively, you can study the Bible by correspondence or online. View the Bible-study section to find different Bible-study guides.
Should you feel impressed to accept Jesus as your Saviour and join the Adventist Church, it is time to take the most important step -- making the final decision.
Making the Decision
Jesus Christ accepts all people despite their circumstances. You are never too unworthy to become a Christian. When you believe in Him and allow His teachings and His love to influence you, you will experience a positive transformation in your life.
Baptism is a symbol of your decision to accept Jesus' teachings and His gift of eternal life. You are declaring you accept Jesus died on the cross for your sins. Once baptized, you will become a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
What is Baptism?
The concept of baptism is not new. Jesus was baptized to show He was making the choice to serve God, His Father. Baptism involves the physical immersion of your body under the water. Is is a symbol of a new life. (Read the Seventh-day Adventist beliefs about baptism)
Accepting Jesus as your Saviour does not mean you have immunity from pain and suffering. It does mean you will always have a Friend to help you endure pain and suffering.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16, KJV
The next step is to enjoy your life with Jesus.