ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We get many questions from guests - those new in town, friends, and neighbors of our members.
Here’s a list of the most frequently asked questions and the answers. Our desire is that you become fully informed about who we are, what we believe and to help you get to know Victory Seventh-day Adventist Church
What religion is your church?
Victory is a member church of the global Seventh-day Adventist religion. The Seventh-day Adventist religion is a protestant religion which grew out of the Millennialist Protestant Christian denomination that was founded in the 1860s in the USA. The name Seventh-day Adventist is based on the Church's observance of the "biblical Sabbath" on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. "Advent" means coming and refers to their belief that Jesus Christ will soon return to this earth. Seventh-day Adventists differ in five areas of beliefs from the mainstream Trinitarian Christian denominations. These are:
(1) Sabbath day - the Seventh-day is Saturday and it is the day established from creation whereby we are invited to:
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. (Exodus 20:8-11) [Read More...] ,
(2) the doctrine of the heavenly sanctuary - The book of Hebrews affirms that Christ began His priesthood offering Himself as an atoning sacrifice on the cross of Calvary for the sins of the world (Heb. 8:1-5; 9:11- 28). Having made a complete and perfect sacrifice, He ascended into heaven to become a High Priest “at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens” (Heb.8:1; cf. Zech. 6:13). [Read More...]
(3) the status of the writings of Ellen White, [Read More...]
(4) the doctrine of the second coming and millennium [Read More...] and
(5) the state of the dead . [Read More]
What is the Lifestyle of Adventists?
Adventists live modest lives, with a strong desire to live vibrant, purpose filled and healthy lives. Therefore they don't smoke or drink alcohol, and strongly recommend a vegetarian diet as the most healthy way to eat. Some members exercise the free choice to consume meat, but only following the Biblical commandments on clean and unclean food (See the book of Leviticus, capter 11 in the Bible)d. Outreach work is very important to the Church and all Adventists believe they have a duty to share the love of Christ for all men (good or bad) with others. There are approximately 18 million Seventh-day Adventists worldwide (2014), with perhaps another 7 million people more loosely associated with the Church. No matter where you find a Seventh-day Adventist believer, you will find them adhering to the ideals described by the Bible. Their lives will illustrate both faith in God and the church's commitment to the betterment of all human beings.
What is the organizational structure of the Church?
The Seventh-day Adventist Church operates a democratic organization. The local church membership has the right to vote up (approve) or down (disapprove) any proposal brought before them. The global church is served through its administration of 13 world divisions and two attached fields. The General Conference or G.C coordinates the global ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a body set up under the belief that no man should be governed by the judgment of another, and any decision should be made by an assembly of its members. The General Conference Session is the official world meeting of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, held every five years. At the session, delegates from churches around the world elect the Church's World Leaders, discuss and vote on changes to the Church's Constitution, and listen to reports from the Church's 13 Divisions on activities going on within its territory. The first session was held on May 20, 1863 in Battle Creek, Michigan.
How is the Adventist church involve worldwide?
The Church is heavily involved in education with almost 7,000 schools around the world and over 100 colleges and universities. The Church also operates 785 medical facilities (2005 figures). In 2005 the Church elected a woman as one of its nine vice presidents; the first time a woman has been included in its top leadership. Today the Seventh-day Adventist Church has a presence in more than 200 countries. Its commitment includes satellite television and shortwave radio blanketing the globe, a huge publishing program, thousands of schools, a large network of hospitals and clinics, and hundreds of missionaries. It also includes a worldwide humanitarian work through the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Adventist Community Services (ACS). For more information about Who are Seventh-day Adventists visit our Beliefs page.
Where do I park?
We have parking available on our grounds and on the streets near the church. Please refrain from blocking private driveways and observe city parking signs. The church has two driving entrances - from Burke Avenue (main entrance) and from Gun Hill Road. We suggest using the Burke Avenue entrance for easier navigation and the Gun Hill Road entry as your exit. Our Deacons are on-site to offer verbal assistance on parking. They will be happy to do so.
How do I get to Victory Seventh-day Adventist Church?
Victory is easily accessible from surrounding highways, parkways, subways and local buses. These factors make it easy to get to us. For traveling details visit our directions page. Click HERE
What will I experience in your service?
When you walk into our sanctuary you will see a very diverse congregation. Not only are we a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural church, but we have people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds. This unique blend creates a beautiful, rich environment. During a service, you will experience many genres of music including contemporary and gospel, as the worship team ushers in the presence of the Holy Spirit, followed by dynamic fellowship, prayer and sermons presented by our pastors, visiting speakers or local elders or members. The Power and Presence of God is strongly felt in our services.
Do I have to be a member to participate?
At Victory we encourage participation by members and non-members. Seventh-day Adventist churches practice open Communion, which means if you have accepted the Biblical evidence of Christs's death and resurection for your salvation you are welcome to participate in our Communion Service. We welcome your support and your talents. For some ministries, training and membership is required, but we will support you in any way we can so you can use your gifts and talents to glorify God and be of service to our church and others.
Do I have to be a member to schedule a baptism?
No. You do not have to be a member to schedule baptism. You can schedule a baptism by contacting our pastors, one of our Bible Workers or you can simply submit a request which will be passed to one of our Bible Workers or Pastors who will contact you to discuss this very important step you desire to make in your Christian journey.
What programs do you have for Children?
Seventh-day Adventists place a great emphasis on the full development of youth and children. As an international Christian organization we believe in creating a culture which encourages child development via our youth clubs, summer camps, other outdoor events, international youth gatherings, weekly Sabbath school programs, mission trips, Vacation Bible Schools and a quality educational system from elementary to university level. It is no surprise that kids are an integral part of our ministry at Victory. We offer Sabbath School where they will have the opportunity to worship and learn God's Word in a way they can relate to and understand. While it is not mandatory, we also encourage our kids to get involve and so you will see them participating in all areas from special programs, to greeters or leading out in an entire worship service. Additionally; there is our Pathfinder Club, Adventurers Club, Youth and Children's choirs and other activities purposely designed to help foster in our children and youth respect for self, others and God; and a lasting desire to be of humble service to God and mankind.
Will I be asked to give money?
You give according to your free will. We want you to relax and enjoy the freedom of not being pressured to give. Giving is something we should do as Disciples of Christ cheerfully. It is a tangible opportunity of placing our financial trust in God; honoring Him by the returning of our tithes and offerings.
When are the services and times?
Our major services are on Sabbath (Saturday):
> We begin with our Sabbath School at 9:15 AM. It is an opportunity to share in small groups our blessings, find encouragement and an understanding of God's words as we share reflections on the week's special study (Sabbath School lesson), listen to special mission reports and worship in an atmosphere of thanksgiving to God for His blessings throughout the past week.
> Following the Sabbath School we have our main or "Divine" Worship Service at 11:00 AM.
> Our youth meetings, Adventist Youth (AY) and Adventurer Club, are in Sabbath (Saturday) afternoons at 4:00 PM during the winter period and 6:00 PM during Daylight Saving Times.
> Sundays at 10:00 AM is our Pathfinder Club meeting
> On the 2nd and 4th Sunday we have our Food Pantry service which is offered to members and the community.
You are welcome to participate in any of these services. Visit our Ministries page for additional service ministries you may be interested in.
What should I wear to your services?
At Victory we encourage all attendees to offer the best to the Lord as we gather to worship the great Creator and the King of kings. For some that may mean dressing up in a suit or modest dress, for others who do not have the financial means that may be wearing the most appropriate casual slack and shirt or a blouse and skirt. The key point here is to remember you are coming before the King of all creation, and you should therefore dress accordingly, as best as you can, with that in mind. No it is not about the most expensive clothing, fashion or adornments, rather it is about offering in your dressing the best you have to the Lord. We understand that sometimes your best may be your favorite white T-shirt and a pants for males or a nice blouse and skirt for the ladies, and for others a suite or a dress. If any of the styles above is your honest best then come into His presence boldly to enjoy the presence of God as we worship together !
How do I become a member?
During your visit you have the opportunity to get a visitor's card from our ushers or during the worship service. You need to fill it out stating your interest in becoming a member. Our Church Clerk department or Interest Coordinator personnel will contact you to start the process of becoming a member.
Will I be asked to stand and/or identify myself?
We believe most people feel uncomfortable standing and introducing themselves. So, while we want to get to know you and make you feel welcome, we will never embarrass you in any way. The option of standing is all yours, but if you really don't mind doing so we encourage you to stand and tell us who your are, so we can start the process of building a mutual friendship with you. and you enjoy meeting people at your own pace.
What type of music do you sing?
Our anointed and talented worship teams provide a passionate, contemporary blended style of music. We blend our music with a balance of worship, contemporary and meditative songs intended to help our congregation experience a fulfilling worship experience. We are a contemporary style church, but we value the "old hymns" as well. Most of all we strive for our music to be a reflection of our love for God.
How is the Victory Church involve in its community?
The Victory Seventh-day Adventist Church offers many forms of outreach through its various ministries. Our Community Services Ministry offers a Food Pantry typically on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Our mobile outreach services, Operation H.O.P.E travels throughout our city and other location to bring Hope, Outreach, Prayer and Educational resources to those in need. It is also a certified Red Cross Disaster Response unit, certified by the New York State chapter of the American Red Cross. Our Sabbath School Ministry operates a summer program for children of our church and the community. Our Pathfinder, Adventurer and Adventist Youth Ministries operate various community outreach programs throughout the year. The desire to SERVE others is the desire of our Ministries here at Victory Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is our goal to create opportunities for you to engage with our surrounding community and share God’s love in practical ways. Check out the Ministries page to find out the latest serving opportunities you may be desirous to serve in.
What if I have a prayer request?
You can contact our Pastors directly, visit our church or submit a Prayer Request from the link on our home page.