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:
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.
Mission of our Church
The mission of the Hot Springs Seventh-day Adventist Church is to work cooperatively with the Spirit of God in the transformation of human lives through the Grace of Jesus Christ.
This mission is carried out in four primary ways. It is accomplished, first, through calling people to and aiding them in the act of worshipping God. The worship of God is the preeminent act to which all are called. Thus, the angel in Revelation calls out to those living at the dusk of earth’s history, “Fear God, and give Glory to Him; for the hour of His Judgment is come: and worship Him That made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation 14:7).This worship is to happen on the individual level, in the home with the family, and in the corporate worship of the entire church.
The second means through which this mission is accomplished is through deepening our understanding of the Mind and Will of God. Scripture is the primary means through which we understand God more deeply. The psalmist said, “Your Word is a Lamp to my feet and a Light to my path” (PsaIm119:105). Therefore, personal, small group, and church-wide study of the Bible and its meaning and application to our lives is given prominence.
The third means of accomplishing our mission is through nurturing the believers in the body of Christ. Small groups, educational opportunities, children and adult ministries, and counseling are just a few of the ways in which this is accomplished. This is done so that “we…be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine,…but speaking the truth in Love, may grow up into Him in all things, Which is the Head, [even] Christ: ” (Ephesians 4:14-15).
The fourth means of accomplishing our mission is through reaching out to serve the world around us. There are two ways in which such outreach can be accomplished. First, there is Word-based outreach. This outreach includes the sharing of our faith with others in both personal and corporate ways. This is done in fulfillment of Christ’s Great Commission: “Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All Power is given to Me in heaven and in earth. Go, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And, lo, I am with you always, to the end of the world. (Matthew 28:18-20).
The second kind of outreach is need-based outreach, and includes seeking to meet the physical, emotional, and relational needs of those around us. This can be done through sharing God’s gifts to us with needy persons (directly or through ministries such as ACTS), the mentoring of adolescents and teens (through ministries such as EXCELL), feeding the hungry, and a variety of other ways. The importance of this kind of outreach is underscored by the Words of Jesus, “Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these My brethren, you have done it to Me” (Matthew 25:40). It is as we participate in these disciplines that the Spirit of God transforms human lives—our lives and the lives of others by the Grace of Jesus Christ.
So you get to know us better THIS IS OUR STORY
The Hot Springs Seventh-day Adventist Church was formally organized on December 5, 1908, by Elder Amos Hacock. Charter members were Elder Amos Hacock, C.J. and Mrs. Dart, Mary Belding, Earnest and Florence Spring, and Will and Molly Cathey. Church services were first conducted in the home of Mary Belding on Millcreek road. Later the church rented the second floor of the Carpenter’s Union Building at 307 Pleasant Street. In 1909, Mrs. Florence Spring began a six-student church school in her home. In 1917, the congregation rented the Borchers Building on Malvren Avenue. Under the leadership of Pastor Ellington Hopkins, in 1920 a church was build at St. Louis and Central Avenues. At this location, a church school opened its doors under the tutelage of Erma E. Hooten. During he Great Depression of the 30’s, the school was closed, reopening in 1940. On the morning of September 4, 1955, the church building was nearly destroy by fire. The congregation rented the Nazarene Church on Third Street while repairs were made.
Property was purchased on Gardner Street and a new church building was completed in 1957 and dedicated March 26, 1960, under the leadership of Elder Martin Shane. An education/recreation/welfare building was dedicated in 1965. The school continued to grow and was moved to a rural Sunshine Road location. Later the school merged with Bonnerdale for a period of two years. In 1983, the school reopened at Gardner Street location.
Bob Forbes, formerly Patient Counselor at the West shore Medical Clinic, pastured the church from 1989 until 1996, when Andrew Adams become pastor. During these years the church was beginning to outgrow the Gardner Street property. Pastor Forbes served as advisor when the new Weston Road property was purchased. Under the leadership of Pastor Adams- 1992-2000 and Pastor Richard Hall from 2000-2008, construction of the new church and school facilities was completed in three phases over a four-year period: first the fellowship hall, then the school,and finally, the sanctuary, which was completed in 2001. The school serves yearly between 40 and 60 students in a well-equipped, modern facility which includes a kitchen, library, gymnasium, classrooms, pre-school, and kindergarten. The spacious sanctuary, well appointed and decorated, is home to 348 members now under the leadership of Pastor Ron Ray An outstanding youth complex completed in 2006, now serves the youth of the church.
Adventist church members are grateful for the many gifts of time, labor, and love that have made their church home possible. The mission of the Hot Springs Adventist Church family is to honor Christ in their community. The church sponsors community service projects, as well as cultural and lifestyle programs of interest to the residents of Garland County. The doors of the new facility are open to all, for their place of worship is first and foremost “ an house of prayer for all people”.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
How to Find Us
- 401 Weston Rd
- Hot Springs, AR 71913-5356,
United States of America
- Hot Springs Seventh-Day Adventist Church