WHAT WE BELIEVE
Everyone is welcome here at Bethel, regardless of whether our beliefs are the same or not. We want you to know that you can belong before you believe!
You will find that our beliefs listed below affect everything we do at Bethel. They shape our singing, teaching, ministries, mission and culture.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has existed eternally in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and will return again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
About the Bible
The Bible is God's Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the ultimate source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
Humanity is made in the image of God. Although God designed us to have fellowship with Him, we became alienated from God through disobedience. As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and choose to sin against God. We are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through our own efforts – so God had to make a way for us to return to fellowship with Him through Jesus’ sacrifice.
Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23, Colossians 1:21, Isaiah 59:1-2
You were created to exist forever. We believe that forever is spent in one of two places: eternally separated from God because of sin or in union with God because of His forgiveness and salvation. When you die, you will either spend eternity in heaven or hell. Eternal separation from God happens in hell. Eternal union with God occurs in heaven.
John 3:16, 1 John 2:25, 1 John 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9
Salvation is God's gift to you if you'll accept it. We can never make up for our sin with self-improvement or good works. It is only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness that you can be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment you receive Jesus Christ into your life by faith.
Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6, John 1:12, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1
About Eternal Security
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and eternal power of God that gives this security.
Prayer is simply talking to God. Prayer is more about getting us in line with what God wants than about us getting God in line with what we want. As we consistently go before God to praise Him and acknowledge Him as the Creator, Provider, Sustainer, and Ruler of our lives, we grow closer to God and become more aligned with His Will. His will is to have an intimate relationship with us, and consistent communication is a part of any healthy relationship!
2 Chronicles 7:14; Matthew 5:44; Matthew 6:5; James 4:8; Romans 8:26; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; James 5:13-16; Philippians 4:6; 1 Peter 3:12
Worship is celebrating and elevating God to His rightful place. Worship music is an important part of what we do, and a God-ordained act that helps teach us and align us to God’s will. But worship is much more than just music – it is a lifestyle. God’s will is that we celebrate Him not just in the songs or the style in which we sing, but the way that we treat our neighbors, the way we represent Him at work, the way we steward our finances, and every other area of our lives. God wants us to celebrate Him and elevate Him to His rightful place in every area of our lives, not just on Sunday mornings.
1 Peter 2:9; Zephaniah 3:17; Psalm 100; Psalm 46:7; Psalm 30:4; James 1:22; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Matthew 28:19-20
Baptism is going public with your relationship with Jesus! Baptism does not save you or give you good luck. It is an outward symbol or display of an inward decision that has already been made to follow Jesus and live the rest of your life in relationship with Him. We baptize by immersion, because it visually displays the symbolism of a person dying to the old self, being buried with Christ, and then raised back up to new Life with Him.
Romans 6:3-4; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 12:13
About the Church
The Church is God’s “Plan A” for accomplishing His mission of reaching the world. There is no “Plan B.” God loves the Church and refers to it as His bride. We are to be a community of believers who are known for their love for one another. But we are not to be satisfied with only loving other believers. We are called to accomplish a mission, stated clearly in the Great Command and the Great Commission:
Matthew 16:18; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Luke 6:32-35; 1 Corinthians 14:26
The Great Commission: Matthew 28:19-20
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The Great Command: Matthew 22:37-40
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”