This week’s topic is another huge one: why Seventh-day Adventists worship on Saturday rather than on Sunday like the majority of Christians, and what that means to me personally. Again, this is another really huge topic with many possible directions to go, some of which I’ll be happy to pursue in comments if people would like to. All I’ve tried to do in this video is present my understanding of the Sabbath teaching, which is probably one of the strongest things that makes me identify as a Seventh-day Adventist — Sabbath is very important to my faith and how I understand the world. Despite this, I’ve tried to keep it brief.
The official SDA statement of belief on the Sabbath is as follows:
The beneficent Creator, after the six days of Creation, rested on the seventh day and instituted the Sabbath for all people as a memorial of Creation. The fourth commandment of God’s unchangeable law requires the observance of this seventh-day Sabbath as the day of rest, worship, and ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a day of delightful communion with God and one another. It is a symbol of our redemption in Christ, a sign of our sanctification, a token of our allegiance, and a foretaste of our eternal future in God’s kingdom. The Sabbath is God’s perpetual sign of His eternal covenant between Him and His people. Joyful observance of this holy time from evening to evening, sunset to sunset, is a celebration of God’s creative and redemptive acts.