Our Faith

We are a Bible-based Christian community that holds the teachings of Scripture dearer than human creeds and traditions. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation (John 14:6, Acts 4:12) and that the highest goal of education is to prepare students not just for this present life, but also for eternity. Hence, our goal is to instruct children from a biblical perspective and to encourage them in developing a personal relationship with Jesus. We strive to instill in our students a love for God and His Word, a desire to learn more about His world, and a spirit of service. 

"We as a family have received teaching from the Bible and have grown in our relationship with Jesus because of the Christian witness and example of the school community."

- OAPS Parent

The Seventh-day Adventist Church traces its roots to the 1840s with a group of Christians searching for a better understanding of biblical prophecy. They rediscovered the seventh-day Sabbath as Saturday, the day ordained by God at Creation and observed by God's people in both the Old Testament and New Testament eras. Following the example of Jesus, His disciples, and the Early Church, Adventists recognize and observe Saturday as the Bible Sabbath - a day of rest from work and school and a day to worship God. 

In 1863, this group of Sabbath-keepers who anticipated the soon advent of Jesus Christ officially organized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The name, "Seventh-day Adventist" reflects two key doctrines of the church. The above paragraph addresses the "Seventh-day" part of our name. "Adventist" refers to our confidence and hope in the soon return of Jesus Christ.

The newly formed denomination of members worshipping in 125 churches across North America grew quickly. It has since expanded to include over 14 million Adventist Christians (baptized adults) in nearly 120 thousand congregations officially recognized in 203 countries worldwide. With a strong value for Christian education, the Adventist Church operates over five thousand schools from the primary level to the graduate level. The Seventh-day Adventist Church also has strong emphasis on health and healing reflected by the number of hospitals, clinics, and medical institutions it operates. In addition to all this, Adventists reach out to meet the needs of others through the denomination's humanitarian organizations.


If you wish to know more about the Seventh-day Adventists, please visit the links below.


Olney Seventh-day Adventist Church: www.olneysda.org

Seventh-day Adventist Church official site: www.adventist.org

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