What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

Core Beliefs

The following are the core beliefs of Bethany Community Church based on the foundational truths taught in the bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.

God

We believe that there is one God and only one living and true God, an intelligent, spiritual and personal Being, the Creator, preserver, and ruler of the universe, infinite in Holiness and all other perfections to whom we owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.  He is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit each with distinct personal attributes but without division of nature, essence, or being.
(Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; 1 Cor. 8:6; John 17:3; John 4:24; 2 Cor. 3:17; Rev. 4:11; Isaiah 40:28; Jer. 10:10-12)
The first person of the Trinity orders and directs all things according to His own purpose, pleasure, and grace. He created the universe. He has decreed all things that come to pass for His own glory. He graciously involves Himself in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Matt. 6:9, John 5:19-24, Eph. 1:3-6
Jesus Christ is both the eternal Son of God and born of a virgin. Fully God and fully man, He surrendered nothing of His deity during His earthly life. Having led a sinless life, He satisfied the Father’s justice concerning sin by His substitutionary death. We believe in His substitutionary death, His bodily resurrection, His physical ascension, and His visible return to this Earth to establish His earthly kingdom.
John 1:14-18, 1 Cor. 15:1-7, Heb. 2:17-18, Rom. 3:23-26, Col 2:9.
The third person of the Trinity executes the will of God in the world of men. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. It is the Holy Spirit who empowers the church to live a lifestyle pleasing to God, endowing it with special gifts which equip believers to accomplish distinct ministries, planned beforehand by God the Father.
1 Cor. 12, Eph. 2:10, John 16:5-15, Eph. 1:13-14, Gal. 5:16-25

Mankind

We believe that man was created by a special act of God as recorded in Genesis. He was created in a state of Holiness under the law of his maker, but through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherited a nature corrupt, and in bondage to sin, under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action become actual transgressors.
(Gen. 1:27; Gen 2:7, Gen. 3:1-24; Rom. 3:23; Rom. 5:12,19; 1 Cor. 15:21-22; Psa. 51:5; Rom. 5:12, 16)

The Scriptures

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of Heavenly instructions; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter.  The scriptures reveal the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
(2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matt. 4:4; Ps. 138:2; John 17:17; John 20:30-31; Rom. 2:12,16)

Salvation

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the mediatorial offices of the son of God (prophet, priest, king), who by the Holy Spirit was born of the virgin Mary took upon him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by his personal obedience and made atonement for our sins by his death. Being risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven, and united in HIS person, the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections. He is in every way qualified to be a compassionate and all sufficient savior.
(Eph. 2:8; John 3:16; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 8:6; John 1:14; Phil. 2:7, 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:22; Isa. 53:8-9; Matt. 20:28; Rev. 1:20)

The Church

We believe the Scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His word; that its only Scriptural officers are Pastors,  Elders, and Deacons whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the epistles of Timothy and Titus.
(Acts 2:41-42; 1 Tim. 3; Titus  1:5; Acts 6)

Resurrection

We believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ; that Christ rose bodily on the third day according to the Scriptures. That He ascended to the right hand of the throne of God, that He alone is our merciful, and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God; that this same Jesus which is taken up from you in to heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven, bodily, personally, and visibly. That the dead in Christ shall rise first, that the living saints shall be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump; that the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David; that Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteous until He has put all enemies under His feet.
(Matt. 28:6-7; Acts 24:3-9; Mark 16:6; Luke 24; John 20; 19-29; John 10:17-18; Romans 6:4)

The Future

We believe that the next great event of human history will be the personal return of Jesus Christ. This is the Blessed Hope, which all those who love Jesus Christ yearn for. Though the time of Christ’s return is a mystery, known only the Father Himself, we believe it is as sure as Jesus’ first coming was fact.
1 Thess. 4:15-17, John 14:1-3, Matt. 24:36

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