About Berkshire Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church
Pittsfield is the birthplace of William Miller in 1782. Miller became a devout Bible student and preacher who believed that Bible prophecy indicated Jesus would return to earth about 1843-1844. When that understanding of prophecy proved to be incorrect some of the Millerites, as they were commmonly known, continued to study, pray, and discuss the Bible together. One of these groups eventually organized formally as the Seventh-day Adventist denomination in 1863. The founding members had come from a variety of denominations including Methodist, Baptist, and Christian Connection. There has been an Adventist presence in Berkshire County since the 1800's. For many years our church and school were located in Pittsfield on Wendell Avenue. We have been at our current location in Lansboro since 1974. Our church and school serve all of Berkshire County from North Adams on the Vermont border to Great Barrington in the south.
It is the intention of the members of the Berkshire Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church to follow Christ’s method alone in achieving true success in reaching people. This method is described as follows:
1. Mingle with the community as people who desire their good.
2. Show sympathy to our community.
3. Minister to the needs of our community.
4. Win the confidence of our community.
5. Invite those with whom we’ve mingled, to whom we’ve shown sympathy, whose needs we’ve ministered to, and who as a result have confidence in us, to become disciples of Christ.
We believe that love is the essence of God's character, that loving one another fulfills the law, and that we are called to be loving and compassionate, as well.
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad,
as sheep having no shepherd. Matthew 9:36
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. I Peter 3:8
About Seventh-day Adventists
Adventists believe in a triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, as Christ spoke of in Matthew 28:19. They made salvation possible when Jesus took human form and was born as a baby in Bethlehem, living 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 >>
What Seventh-day Adventists Believe
As a Christian church, Seventh-day Adventists are a faith community rooted in the beliefs described by the Holy Scriptures. Adventists describe these beliefs in the following ways: More >>
Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as their only creed and hold certain fundamental beliefs to be the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. These beliefs, as set forth here, constitute the church's understanding and expression of the teaching of Scripture. More >>
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