Verbal Inspiration of Scriptures
The foundational truth upon which all Bethel Baptist Church beliefs depend is that the Scriptures, both of the Old and New Testament, are verbally inspired of God. They are inerrant, infallible, incorruptible, and perfect. Further, we believe that if they are not all of these things they cannot be any of these things. We believe that the pure Word of God in the English language is the King James Bible. The Word of God is preserved by God perfectly so we can have it in our hands today.
(Psalm 12:6-7; Matthew 4:4; II Timothy 3:16; John 10:35; Psalm 119:89; II Peter 1:19-21)
Genesis Account of Creation
We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally. We believe creation was a direct act of God, which included literal days, and that it was both instantaneous and miraculous. Additionally, we believe man was created in the image of God and all reproduction was “after their kind.”
(Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16-17; Job 26:7; Psalm 33:6,9; John 1:3)
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost. These are co-equal, three in one called the Trinity.
(I John 5:7; Hebrews 1:8; Acts 5:1-3; Romans 1:7; Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 2:9; Matthew 3:16,17)
We believe that Jesus Christ was the only begotten of the Father, conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary.
(Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:30-35; John 1:1-15; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:15)
We believe that man, created in the image of God, sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God, and all human beings are born with a sin nature, and those who reach moral responsibility must receive Jesus Christ as Saviour in order to have reconciliation to God.
(Genesis 1:26,27; Romans 3:10-23, 5:12, 6:23; John 3:3)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a substitutionary sacrifice and that all who believe in Him are justified through the shedding of His blood.
(I Corinthians 15:1-4; Luke 24; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 5:8-10; Ephesians 1:20-23; I Peter 3:18)
We believe in the literal resurrection of the crucified body of Jesus Christ, His ascension into Heaven, and His present life there as High Priest and Advocate for us.
(Luke 24:1-7; Acts 1:11; Hebrews 7:24-28, 9:24; John 20; I Corinthians 15:12-28; Romans 4:25)
Salvation by Grace through Faith
We believe that the sacrifice made by Jesus is the only basis of salvation, the only means of reconciliation, and the only ground of justification. Therefore, we believe that all who recognize they are sinners, repent of their sins, and according to the Scriptures receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour are born again of the Holy Spirit becoming children of God and heirs of eternal life.
(Acts 4:12, 16:30-31, 20:21; I Thessalonians 5:9; Hebrews 5:9; John 1:12, 3:3-7, 12:46; John 20:31; Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5-8)
We believe in the eternal security of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, a person who is born again has everlasting life, which never ends and cannot be taken away. Saved forever, God’s children are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation and sealed unto the day of redemption.
(John 10:27-39; I Peter 1:5; Ephesians 4:30; Romans 8:35-39; John 5:24)
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He indwells the believer and empowers the preaching and teaching of the Gospel.
(John 16:7-11; I Corinthians 14:33; Titus 3:5; Romans 5:3-4; Acts 2:4; I Corinthians 3:16; II Corinthians 1:22)
Separation from the World
We believe that all believers should strive for Holiness by separation from the things of the world. We know that people grow at different rates, but they should always be striving to grow in the things of God.
(Romans 12:1-2; I John 2:15-17; II Corinthians 5:17, 6:14-18; I Peter 2:9; II Peter 3:18; II Timothy 2:19; Colossians 2:6)
Second Coming and Future State
We believe in that blessed hope, the personal, pretribulation, premillennial, and imminent return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Further, we believe that this will take place in the calling away, or what we refer to as the Rapture. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in Hell, and the everlasting happiness of the saved in Heaven.
(Acts 1:11; Matthew 24:29-42, 25:31-34; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11 - 20:15; John 14:1-3)
We believe Jesus Christ is the founder of the Baptist Church, and that Jesus started this church during His early ministry (Matthew 16:18). This church was empowered on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4) whose mission is to “go ye 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, even unto the end of the world.”
Baptism and Lord’s Supper
We believe there are two ordinances Jesus left to the local church: Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The Word of God plainly teaches that Believer’s Baptism is done by immersion only and also by the right authority. Baptism has nothing to do with salvation, but is an outward profession of faith in the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Lord’s Supper is done as oft as we do it in remembrance of the breaking of Christ’s body and the shedding of Christ’s blood on the cross. We believe that the Lord’s supper should only be taken if the person is a member of this church and in accordance with the Word of God.
Devil or Satan
We believe in an actual Devil, the old deceiver, a liar from the beginning and the Father of lies, who is still working in the world to destroy the souls of men, and that he will be cast, with all his angels and those who will not receive Christ as their Saviour and Lord, into the lake of fire, to be eternally tormented. Further, we believe that the Devil was Lucifer, a created being, the anointed cherub that covereth, but because of pride he fell and took one third of the angels of Heaven with him.
(Matthew 4:1-3; Revelation 20:1-3, 10; II Corinthians 4:3, 4; I Peter 5:8; Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-17)