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The Hackettstown Seventh-day Adventist Church is part of a world-wide organization with more than 15 million members in countries around the world.  We would be happy to have you join us in worship or at one of the church events listed on our calendar.

About Seventh-day Adventists
Adventists believe a Trinity of three persons--the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit--make up one God. They made salvation possible when Jesus, the Son, came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem and lived a sinless life in accordance with the Father's will. When Jesus was crucified for the sins of the people of the world and arose from the dead on the third day, victory was won for everyone. More >>

 

 

About Our Pastor 

Pastor Jorge Coxaj is filled with a love for God and the fire of the Holy Spirit. Please visit us and get to know him personally. Pastor Coxaj is eager to meet you and share Jesus Christ's love with you! Please check back soon for more details on our pastor. Better yet, come worship with us on Sabbath and meet him in person.
 

About Our Elders

The Board of Elders of the Hackettstown Seventh-day Adventist Church consists of our First Elder Chaplain Carl Bannister, Ramses Acosta and Ryder Ramos. The Elders of the Church have the responsibility of acting as the Assistant Pastors in the local Church.

As Elders our aim is to make the Church as accessible and inclusive as possible to all – that includes current members and friends of the Church, and those who may be interested in getting to know the Church. We are happy to visit at home, or to meet at Church to discuss needs further.
 

What We Believe

 

1. The Holy Scriptures
The Holy Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, are the written Word of God, given by divine inspiration through holy men of God who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (II Peter 1:20, 21; II Timothy 3:16 and 17, Psalm 119:105, Prov. 30:5, 6; Isa. 8:20, John 10:35, 17:17, I Thess. 2:13, Heb. 4:12). 

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2. The Trinity
There is one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons. God is immortal, omnipotent, omniscient, above all, and ever present. (Deut. 6:4, 29:29, Matthew 28:19, II Corinthians 13:13, Ephesians. 4:4-6, I Peter 1:2, I Timothy 1:17, Apoc. 14:6 and 7).
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3. God Father
God the Eternal Father is the Creator, Source, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all creation. He is just and holy, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. (Gen. 1:1;. 4:11, I Corinthians 15:28, John 3:16, I John 4:8, I Timothy 1:17: Ex. 34:6, 7; John 14:9 ).
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4. God Son
God the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ. Through Him all things were created, it is revealed the character of God, made the salvation of humanity and the world is judged. Jesus suffered and died on the cross for our sins and in our place, was raised from the dead and ascended to minister in the heavenly sanctuary in our behalf. He will come again for the final deliverance of His people and restore all things. (John 1:1-3, 14; 5:22, Colossians 1:15-19, John 10:30, 14:9, Rom. 5:18, 6:23, II Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 1:35; Filip. 2:5-11, I Corinthians 15:3, 4, Heb. 2:9-18, 4:15, 7:25, 8:1, 2; 9:28, John 14 :1-3, I Pet. 2:21, Apoc. 22:20). View video (Realvideo 3 minutes).

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5. God the Holy Spirit
God the Holy Spirit, has played an active part with the Father and the Son in Creation, incarnation and redemption. He inspired the writers of Scripture. Power filled the life of Christ. He draws and convicts human beings, and those who show themselves sensitive, are renewed and transformed by Him, in God's image. Extends spiritual gifts to the Church. (Gen. 1:1, 2, Luke 1:35, II Peter 1:21, Luke 4:18, Acts 10:38, II Corinthians 3:18, Ephesians. 4:11 and 12, Acts 1:8; John 14:16-18, 26; 15:26 and 27; 16:7-13, Rom. 1:1-4).

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6. God is the Creator
God is the Creator of all things and revealed in Scripture the authentic account of His creative activity. "In six days the LORD made heaven and earth and all living things on earth, and rested the seventh day of that first week. (Gen. 1, 2, Ex. 20:8-11, Psalm 19:1-6, 33:6, 9, 104, Heb. 11:3, John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:16, 17).

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7. The Nature of Man
The man and woman were made in the image of God with individuality, the power and freedom to think and act. Though created free beings, each is an indivisible unity of body, mind and spirit, dependent upon God for life and breath and everything else. When our first parents disobeyed God, they denied their dependence upon Him and fell from their high position under God. The image of God in them was marred and they became subject to death. Their descendants share this fallen nature and its consequences. (Gen. 1:26-28, 2:7, Psalm 8:4-8, Acts 17:24-28; Gen. 3, Ps 51:5, Rom. 5:12-17, II Corinthians 5 19 and 20).

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8. The Great Controversy
All humanity is now involved in a great controversy between Christ and Satan regarding the character of God, His law and His sovereignty over the universe. This conflict originated in heaven when a created being, endowed with freedom of choice, in self-exaltation became Satan, God's adversary, and led to a rebellion of the angels. He introduced the spirit of rebellion into this world. Observed by the whole creation, this world became the scene of the universal conflict, out of which will ultimately be vindicated and the God of love. (Rev. 12:4-9, Isa. 14:12-14, Eze. 28:12-18; Gen. 3; Gen. 6-8, II Peter 3:6, Rom. 1:19-32; 5 :19-21; 8:19-22, Heb. 1:4-14, I Corinthians 4:9).

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9. Life, Death and Resurrection of Christ
In Christ's life of perfect obedience to God's will, His suffering, death and resurrection, God provided the only means of atonement for human sin, so that those who accept this atonement, through faith, may have eternal life, and the whole creation may better understand the infinite and holy love of the Creator. (John 3:16, Isa. 53, II Corinthians 5:14, 15 and 19-21; Rom. 1:4, 3:25, 4:25, 8:3, 4; Filip. 2:6-11 , I John 2:2, 4:10, Colossians 2:15).

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10. The Experience of Salvation
In infinite love and mercy God made Christ to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we acknowledge our sinfulness, repent of our transgressions and we have faith in Jesus as Lord and Christ, as Substitute and Example. This faith which receives salvation comes through the power of the Word and is the gift of God's grace. Through Christ we are justified and freed from the dominion of sin. Through the Spirit we are born again and sanctified. Abiding in Him we become partakers of divine nature and have the assurance of salvation now and in the Judgement. (Ps. 27:1, Isa. 12:2, Jonah 2:9, John 3:16, II Corinthians 5:17-21, Gal. 1:4, 2:19 and 20, 3:13, 4: 4-7, Rom. 3:24-26, 4:25, 5:6-10, 8:1-4, 14, 15, 26 and 27, 10:7, I Corinthians 2:5, 15:3 and 4, I John 1:9, 2:1, 2; Ephesians. 2:5-10, 3:16-19, Gal. 3:26, John 3:3-8, Matthew 18:3, I Peter 1:23, 2:21, Heb. 8:7-12).

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11. Growing in Christ
By His death on the cross Jesus triumphed over the forces of evil. He who subjugated the demonic spirits during His earthly ministry has broken their power and made certain their ultimate doom. Jesus' victory gives us victory over the evil forces that still seek to control us as we walk with Him in peace, enjoyment and safety of His love. Now the Holy Spirit dwells within us and empowers us. Continually committed to Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we are freed from the burden of our past actions. We no longer live in darkness, in fear of evil powers, ignorance, and meaninglessness of our former way of life. In this new freedom in Jesus, we are called to grow into the likeness of His character, communing with Him daily in prayer, feeding on His Word, meditating on it and on His providence, singing His praises, gathering together for worship, and participating in the mission of the Church. As we give ourselves to His loving service to those around us and in witnessing to His salvation, the constant presence of the Lord in us, through the Spirit transforms every moment and every task into a spiritual experience. (Ps. 1:1,2, 23:4, 77:11,12, Colossians 1:13, 14, 2:6, 14.15; Luc. 10:17-20, Ephesians. 5:19, 20 , 6:12-18, I Thess. 5:23, II Peter 2:9, 3:18, II Corinthians 3:17,18; Filip. 3:7-14, I Thess. 5:16-18; Matthew 20:25-28, John 20:21, Gal. 5:22-25, Rom. 8:38,39; I John 4:4, Heb. 10:25.

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12. The Church
The church is the community of believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We unite for worship, for fellowship, for instruction in the Word, to celebrate the Lord's Supper, for service to all mankind and for the worldwide proclamation of the Gospel. The Church is the Family of God. The Church is the body of Christ. (Gen. 12:3, Acts 7:38, Matthew 21:43, 16:13-20, John 20:21 and 22, Acts 1:8, Rom. 8:15-17, I Corinthians 12:13 -27; Ephesians. 1:15, 23; 2:12, 3:8-11, 15; 4:11-15).

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13. The Remnant and Its Mission
The universal church consists of all who truly believe in Christ, but in recent days, a remnant has been called out in order to keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. This remnant announces the arrival of the judgment hour, proclaims salvation through Christ, and heralds the approach of His second advent. (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:18-20, 00:14, II Corinthians 5:10, Apoc. 12:17, 14:6-12, 18:1-4, Ephesians. 5:22 - 27; Apoc. 21:1-14).

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14. Unity in the Body of Christ
The church is one body with many members, called from every nation, tribe, language and people. We are all equal in Christ. Through the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures we share the same faith and hope and reach out in one witness to all. This unity has its source in the oneness of the triune God, who has adopted us as His children. (Ps. 133:1; I Cor 12:12-14, Acts 17:26 and 27: II Corinthians 5:16, 17; Gal. 3:27-29, Colossians 3:10-15, Ephesians. 4:1-6, John 17:20-23, James 2:2-9, I John 5:1).
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15. Baptism
By baptism we confess our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and testify of our death to sin and our purpose to walk in newness of life, being accepted as members by His church. It is by immersion in water and follows instruction in the Holy Scriptures and acceptance of their teachings. (Matthew 3:13-16 and 28:19 and 20, Acts 2:38, 16:30-33, 22:16, Rom. 6:1-6, Gal. 3:27, I Corinthians 12:13 , Colossians 2:12, 13; I Peter 3:21).

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16. The Lord's Supper
The Lord's Supper is a participation in the emblems of the body and blood of Jesus as an expression of faith in Him, our Lord and Savior.The preparation involves the examination of conscience, repentance and confession. The Master ordained the service of foot washing to signify renewed cleansing, to express a willingness to serve one another in Christlike humility, and to unite our hearts in love. (Matt. 26:17-30, I Corinthians 11:23-30, 10:16 and 17, John 6:48-63, Rev.. 3:20, John 13:1-17).

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17. Spiritual Gifts and Ministries
God bestows upon all members of His church in every age spiritual gifts. Given by the agency of the Holy Spirit, who apportions to each member as He wills, the gifts provide all abilities and ministries needed by the church to fulfill its divinely ordained functions. Some members are called by God and endowed by the Spirit for functions recognized by the church in pastoral, evangelistic, apostolic, and teaching.(Rom. 12:4-8, I Corinthians 12:9-11, 27 and 28, Ephesians. 4:8, 11-16, II Corinthians 5:14-21, Acts 6:1-7, I Tim . 2:1-3, I Peter 4:10 and 11, Colossians 2:19, Matthew 25:31-36).

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18. The Gift of Prophecy
One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy. This gift is a characteristic of the remnant church and was manifested in the ministry of Ellen G. White. As the Lord's messenger, her writings are a continuing and authoritative source of truth which provide comfort, guidance, instruction and correction to the Church. (Joel 2:28, 29, Acts 2:14-21, Heb. 1:1-3, Rev.. 12-17, 19:10).

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19. The Law of God
The great principles of God's law are embodied in the Ten Commandments and exemplified in the life of Christ. Expressing love, will and God's purposes and about the conduct of human affairs, and are binding upon all people in all ages. These precepts are the basis of God's covenant with His people and the standard of God's Judgement. (Exodus 20:1-17, Matthew 5:17, Deuteronomy. 28:1-14, Psalm 19:7-13, John 14:15, Rom. 8:1-4, I John 5:3; Matthew 22:36-40, Ephesians. 2:8).

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20. The Sabbath
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 a day of rest, worship and ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath. (Gen. 2:1-3, Ex. 20:8-11, 31:12-17, Luke 4:16, Heb. 4:1-11, Deuteronomy. 5:12-15, Isa. 56:5 and 6, 14 and 58:13, Leviticus 23:32, Mark 2:27, 28).

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21. Stewardship
We are God's stewards, responsible to him by the proper use of time and opportunities, abilities and possessions, and the blessings of the earth and its resources, he has placed in our care. We recognize the right of ownership from God through faithful service to Him and our fellowmen, and by returning tithes and giving offerings for the proclamation of His Gospel and to the maintenance and growth of His church. (Gen. 1:26-28, 2:15; Haggai 1:3-11, Mal 3:8-12, Matt 23:23, I Corinthians 9:9-14).

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22. Christian Conduct
We are called to be a godly people who think, feel and act in accordance with the principles of heaven For the Spirit to recreate in us the character of our Lord, we engage only in those things which will produce in our life, purity, health and Christlike joy. (I John 2:6, Ephesians. 5:1-13, Rom. 12:1 and 2, I Corinthians 6:19, 20; 10:31, I Timothy 2:9 e10; Lev. 11:1 - 47, II Corinthians 7:1, I Peter 3:1-4, II Corinthians 10:5, Phil. 4:8).

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23. Marriage and Family
Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus as a lifelong union between a man and a woman in loving companionship.For the Christian a marriage commitment is to God and to the spouse, and should only be made between partners who share the same faith. Regarding divorce, Jesus taught that the person who divorces a spouse, except for fornication, and marries another woman commits adultery. God blesses the family and intends that its members shall assist each other toward complete maturity. Parents should educate their children to love the Lord and obey Him. (Gen. 2:18-25, Deut. 6:5-9, John 2:1-11, Ephesians. 5:21-33, Matthew 5:31, 32; 19:3-9, Prov. 22: 6; Ephesians. 6:1-4, Mal 4:5, 6, and 12 Mar. 10:11, Luke 16:18, I Corinthians 7:10, 11).

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24. Christ's Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary
There is a sanctuary in heaven it Christ ministers on our behalf, making available to believers the benefits of His atoning sacrifice offered once for all on the cross. He was inaugurated as our great High Priest and began His intercessory ministry at His ascension. In 1844, at the end of the prophetic period of 2300 days, He entered the second and last phase of His atoning ministry. The Investigative Judgement reveals to heavenly intelligences who among the dead will be worthy to have part in the first resurrection. It also makes manifest who among the living, is ready for translation into His everlasting kingdom. The completion of this ministry of Christ will mark the end of probation for humans before the Second Advent. (Hebrews 1:3, 8:1-5, 9:11-28; Dan. 7:9-27, 8:13 and 14, 9:24-27, Numbers 14:34, Eze. 4:6 , Mal 3:1, Lev 16; Apoc. 14:12, 20:12, 22:12).

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25. The Second Coming of Christ
The second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of the Church. The Saviour's coming will be literal, personal, visible and universal. (Titus 2:13, John 14:1-3, Acts 1:9-11, I Thess. 4:16, 17; I Corinthians 15:51-54, II Thes. 2:8, Mat 24, Mar . 13, Luke 21: II Timothy 3:1-5, Joel 3:9-16, Heb. 9:28).

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26. Death and Resurrection
The wages of sin is death. But God, who alone is immortal, will grant eternal life to His redeemed. Until that day death is an unconscious state for all people. (I Timothy 6:15, 16; Rom. 6:23, I Corinthians 15:51-54, Eccl. 9:5, 6; Ps. 146:4; I Thess. 4:13-17, Rom. 8:35-39, John 5:28, 29; Apoc. 20:1-10, John 5:24).

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27. The Millennium and the End of Sin
The millennium is the thousand-year reign of Christ with His saints in heaven between the first and second resurrections. During this time the wicked dead will be judged. At its close Christ with His saints and the Holy City will descend from heaven to earth. The unrighteous dead will then be resurrected and with Satan and his angels will surround the city, but fire from God will consume them and cleanse the earth. The universe will thus be freed of sin and sinners. (Rev. 20; Zac. 14:1-4, Mal 4:1, Jer. 4:23-26, I Corinthians 6: II Peter 2:4, Eze. 28:18, II Thes. 1:7 -9; Apoc. 19:17, 18 and 21).

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28. A New Earth
In the New Earth in which righteousness dwells, God will provide an eternal home for the redeemed and a perfect environment for life, love, joy, and learning in His presence. (II Peter 3:13; Gen. 17:1-8, Isa. 35, 65:17-25, Matthew 5:5, Revelation. 21:1-7, 22:1-5, 11:15).


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Hackettstown Seventh-day Adventist Church
927 Route 517 | Hackettstown, NJ 07840-4654