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Foundations of the Seventh-day Adventist Message and Mission
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Foundations of the Seventh-day Adventist Message and Mission


Andrews University Press 1977

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Gathering Interest


In this indispensable book, P. Gerard Damsteegt explores the origins and basic theological structures that have motivated the Seventh-day Adventist Church for more than a century. Limiting himself to a descriptive historical-theological and missiological approach, Damsteegt analyzes the origin and significance of Seventh-day Adventists’ methods of Bible interpretation; the development of their ecclesiology, soteriology, and apocalyptic-eschatology; their self-understanding of the role they play in the history of the Christian church and salvation history; their views on inter-church relations; their concepts on truth and revelation; and their approach to others.

This study endeavors to contribute an in-depth understanding of Seventh-day Adventists and to lead to improved relations between them and persons of other persuasions. Anyone interested in learning about the history of the Seventh-day Adventist church will find this book a treasure.

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Key Features

  • Provides an understanding of the origins and basic structure of Seventh-day Adventist theology
  • Investigates the origin and significance of methods of Bible interpretation by Seventh-day Adventists
  • Endeavors to inspire improved relations between Seventh-day Adventists and persons of other persuasions


  • The Background for the Origins of the Theology of Mission
  • The Controversy Around the Millerite Apocalyptic-Eschatology
  • The Crisis of 1843-44
  • The Early Development of the Theology of Mission (1844-49)
  • The Basic Structure of the Theology of Mission (1850-74)
  • Toward a World-wide Mission (1850-74)
  • Miller’s Rules of Bible Interpretation
  • Fundamental Principles of SDA in 1872
  • Fundamental Beliefs of SDA in 1970
  • A Reproduction of the 1843 Chart
  • A Reproduction of the 1863 Chart

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About P. Gerard Damsteegt

P. Gerard Damsteegt was born in the Netherlands to Pieter and Anna Damsteegt. He is an avid reader of history, philosophy, and various religions; especially works on existentialism.

Damsteegt served as head of the chaplaincy and health education departments of Bangkok Adventist Hospital and as the senior pastor of the hospital church. Later, he moved to Korea to do full time evangelism, where he established the Far Eastern Division Soul Winning Institute.

Damsteegt serves at the Seventh-day Adventist Seminary at Andrews University in the Church History Department in the area of Adventist studies. He is married to Laurel Nelson, and they have two children, Joelle and Pieter.