What We Believe

 

Affirmation of Faith

The Word of God.  We believe that the Bible is the word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (Matthew 5:18; John 17:17; Romans 15:4, II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21).

The Trinity.  We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three Persons; that they are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. (Genesis 3:22; Matthew 28:19; John 16: 14-15; I Corinthians 12:4-6).

God the Father.  We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (John 4:24; Acts 4:24-30; Matthew 5:48).

Jesus Christ. We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in his virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-3, 14; John 17:5; Acts 4:12; Romans 8:34; I Corinthians 15:3-8; Philippians 2:5-11; Revelation 1:17-18).

The Holy Spirit. We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is an abiding helper and guide. (John 14:26 and 16:7-15; Romans 8:9, 26-27; I Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 1:13-14).

Regeneration. We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 3:1-24; Psalm 51:5; John 3:16-18, 36; Romans 3:23-24, 5:12-21, 8:28-30; Galatians 3:22; I Timothy 2:5; Titus 3:5-7).

The Church. We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. (Matthew 16:16-19, 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47; Romans 12:4-5; I Corinthians 12:12-31; Ephesians 3:7-13).

Christian Conduct. We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. (I Corinthians 4:1-2, II Corinthians 9:6-8; Galatians 5:22-26; Philippians 2:14-15; Colossians 3:17-23; I Thessalonians 5:12-22).

Christian Marriage. We believe that God created man and woman in His own image to complete one another as husband and wife (Genesis 2:24). We further believe that at the time God created man and woman He created the institution of marriage (Genesis 2:20-24, Mark 10:6-9). Bethel Baptist Church defines marriage as a sacred union ordained by God between one biological man and one biological woman (Matthew 19:4–5).

The Ordinances. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church; baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for the commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 22:14-20; Acts 2:41-42; I Corinthians 11:23-24).

Religious Liberty. We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictations or patronage of the other. (Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29; I Corinthians 5:12-13, 10:23-24; II Corinthians 5:9-10).

Church Cooperation.  We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization whether a regional or district conference exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with inter-denomination fellowships on a voluntary independent basis. (I Corinthians 16:1-4; II Corinthians 8:23-24; Titus 1:5).

The Last Things.  We believe in the personal, visible and imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His Kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the saved, and the endless suffering of the lost. (Matthew 24:30; Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; I Corinthians 15:42-44; II Corinthians 5:10; I Thessalonians 4:15-17).