What We Believe

OUR CHURCH COVENANT

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized by immersion, we do now, in the presence of God, His Angels, and this Assembly, most solemnly and joyfully, enter into this covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

We shall endeavor, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrine; to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; to contribute regularly to the support of the ministry, the expense of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spreading of the Gospel through all the nations.

We shall endeavor to maintain family altar and private devotions; to educate our children in the Christian faith; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings; faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our conduct; to avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.

We hold our testimony for our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ as a dear and precious treasure to be kept pure. Therefore we seek His will and pleasure in every area of our lives, remembering that we are ambassadors for Christ, and that He has called us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We take a stand for the separated life and are opposed to the things of the world……”the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.” I John 2:16. We denounce sins specifically denounced in the Scriptures, (drunkenness, immorality, unnatural affections, idolatry, witchcraft, etc.…). In areas not specifically spelled out in the Scriptures, we rely on the Holy Spirit as the agent of conviction, and we allow room for Christian growth and maturity.

Moreover, we shall endeavor to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to encourage and exhort one another to good works; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offence, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.

Furthermore, we pledge that when we move from this place, we will, if possible, unite with a church where we can carry out the articles of this confession and spirit of this covenant.

ARTICLES OF FAITH

  1. We Believe that the whole Bible is God’s revealed truth to people and that He so guided the writers in their use of their words as they recorded that revelation, that every word they wrote, taken in its context, was the Word of God. The Bible is, therefore, of supreme and final authority in faith and in life. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21)
  2. We Believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-3; John 2:24; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 4:5-6 )
  3. We Believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary and is true God and man. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13)
  4. We Believe that everyone was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God; and all who reach the age of moral responsibility are guilty in thought, word and deed. (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:17; Romans 5:12; Hebrews 11:23-26)
  5. We Believe that the Lord Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. And that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood and resurrection. (Isaiah 53; Matthew 20:28; John 3:16; Romans 3:24-26; Romans 5:1; 1 Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7)
  6. We Believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven and His present life there as High Priest and as Advocate. (I Corinthians 15:4; Hebrews 4:14; I John 2:1)
  7. We Believe in the bodily resurrection of the Just and the Unjust, the everlasting joy of the Saved, and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the Lost. (John 5:28-29; I Corinthians 15; II Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:4-6; Revelation 20:11-15)
  8. We Believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ, that is, repenting to the extent of forsaking the things of the world and determining by God’s grace to live for Christ, are born of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. (John 1:12; Romans 8:15-17)
  9. We Believe that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, imparts faith, regenerates the believer and places him into the Body of Christ at the time of new birth. He indwells every believer for the purpose of comforting, guiding, and empowering for service; this empowering is the result of being filled with the Holy Spirit. (John 16:6-9; Titus 3:5; I Corinthians 6:19-20; Galatians 5:22-23)
  10. We Believe in “That Blessed Hope”, the personal bodily, premillennial, imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:11; Titus 2:13; Philippians 3:20)
  11. We Believe that Christian Baptism is instituted by Christ for the Church and is the immersion of a believer in water, “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect, our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:26-39)
  12. We Believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial service instituted by Christ for the Church which sets forth, in a sacred and symbolic manner, the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on our behalf. The emblems of the Communion Service are not literally the body and blood of Christ, nor do they contain His flesh and blood. Thus the service is for those who understand Christian Obedience, and who are living Spirit-filled lives. We partake of these values only as they are mingled with faith and repentance on the part of each believer. (I Corinthians 11:23-34; Acts 2:41-42; II Thessalonians 3:6; II Thessalonians 3: 11-15)
  13. We Believe and teach that marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenantal commitment for a lifetime.  It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and the Church, and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel for sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.  (Gen. 1:27-28; 2:18, 21-24; Eph. 5:21-30).  Therefore we also believe and teach that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, incest, fornication, adultery, polygamy, and pornography are contrary to Scripture and perversions of God’s gift of sexuality and is unacceptable behavior.  All weddings performed in the facility of Bethel Baptist shall be in accordance with these convictions. No Pastor of Bethel Baptist shall officiate a same-sex marriage or union.