What We Believe
Bethany Statement of Faith
THE WORD OF GOD
We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice for the Christian. Romans 10:17; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- God the Father: We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the 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.
- Jesus Christ: We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal, visible return in power and glory.
- The Holy Spirit: We believe in the Holy Spirit who proceeds 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, teacher and guide.
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 born again by the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body in which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, composed of born again, immersed believers, spiritually united for the purpose of edification and evangelization.
We believe that the 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.
We believe that the Lord has committed two ordinances to the local church–Baptism, which is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the Triune God, and the Lord’s Supper, which is the commemoration of Christ’s death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that every human being has direct relationship with God, 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 the Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, and each fulfill its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperation with one another in a denominational organization; our affiliation being that of Converge Worldwide (formerly the Baptist General Conference). Cooperation in a Conference is voluntary and denominational fellowships on a voluntary, independent basis.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.