The following paragraphs simply summarize what we believe as a church family. We believe the Bible and teach it because it is perfectly true. Every belief and teaching of Bethel Baptist flows from God’s Word. For a more detailed account and description of our doctrine, feel free to request a doctrinal statement from the church office.
We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of God and that it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3.16-17, 2 Peter 1.20-21).
God is a Person, eternally existing as a Trinity in unity — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — three Persons and yet one God (Deuteronomy 6.4, Matthew 28.19, 1 Corinthians 8.6).
Jesus Christ, eternally existing, is the only begotten Son of God, Who became a sinless man to redeem us. He was born of a virgin and was both God and man (Luke 1.30-35, John 1.1-15, Philippians 2.5-8).
The local church is a group of believers baptized by water, banded together for edification, exhortation and evangelism as commanded by Christ in the Great Commission, preaching the Gospel to every creature (Mark 16.15, 1 Corinthians 12.12, Ephesians 1.22-23).
Man was created in the image of God but fell, through sin, bringing not only physical death, but also spiritual death or eternal separation from God. Now all of mankind exists as a fallen race with an inherited sinful nature (Genesis 2.16, Genesis 3.16-19, Romans 3.10-23, Romans 6.23).
Sacrifice of Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died as a substitutionary payment for the sins of the whole world. He physically arose from the dead and then ascended into Heaven. Simple faith in this sacrifice is the only way of salvation for mankind (Luke 24, Acts 1.9-11, Romans 5.8-10, 1 Peter 3.18).
Jesus Christ Himself will soon come again in the air to catch up His church to reward their service. The unbelievers left behind will go though a period called the Tribulation, after which Christ will return to the earth to set up His kingdom of one thousand years of righteous rule. After this, the unbelievers of all ages will stand at the Great White Throne to be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire, separated from God forever, while the believers spend eternity in the fullness of joy in Heaven with the Lord (Matthew 24.29-42, 1 Thessalonians 4.16-18, Revelation 19.11-20.13).