What We Believe

The Doctrinal Statement of Bethany Baptist Church

Our Beliefs


As a Christian church, the central beliefs surround the person of Jesus Christ. In a word, we believe the following about Jesus

  • Eternal in existence.
  • Present and active in the acts of Creation.
  • Promised in prophecy as the Victor over Satan, the Messiah through Israel, Savior of those who would believe.
  • Born of a virgin, lived a sinless life in a human body: crucified, buried 3 days, and resurrected.
  • Vicariously paid for the sins of those who put their trust in Him and His finished work.
  • The Lord over all by right of creation and purchase.
  • The Judge before whom all will eventually give account.

THE Godhead (Romans 1)

We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things.

  • God exists as 3 co-equal persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost
  • All three are equal in essence and attributes
  • All three are participants in a person's salvation, that is reconciliation to God

The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit of God is a person who has personality and all the attributes of Deity. The Holy Spirit is the source of the inspiration of the Bible, and works in the following ways with man:

  • reproving the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
  • regenerating, sanctifying, sealing, and filling all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit testifies of Jesus Christ.

God's revelation of Himself - the Holy Scriptures or the Bible

God has chosen to reveal His person, plans, promises, and provision to us via the written Word,. The Bible, written by holy men, whom God provided clear and precise words that both were written and are preserved for us so that we can KNOW God.

  • The Scriptures are written to teach us who God is and how we are to live
  • The Scriptures are written to show us we are not righteous or holy, and need reconciliation to God.
  • The Scriptures are written to show us how to get walking in righteousness
  • The Scriptures are written to tell us how we can walk righteously
  • The Scriptures are written to make us mature and to equip us to serve God.

As such, the Scriptures are to rule our faith and practice.

Regarding translations in the English language, we believe that the King James version is preserved and therefore trustworthy and use the King James version.

THE Redemption of Man (Salvation)

Because every man is a sinner by birth and by choice, and because God is holy and does not tolerate sin, and because God is not willing that any would die and go to Hell, there needs to be a way that each man can be reconciled to God. This reconciliation is made possible by the sinless Son of God, Jesus Christ, who lived a sinless life as a man and was crucified for the sin of man, providing the complete reconciliation to God (propitiation).

This redemption also is described with the following:

  • salvation
  • the new birth
  • eternal life
  • forgiveness

This redemption is available to all who will

  • Confess (admit) that they are sinners and without any hope of reconciliation through any works by themselves or others (religion, etc) in their behalf.
  • Believe - that is place their entire trust for reconciliation - in Jesus and His completed work ONLY

The Church

God forms His church locally by adding those He designed to fit in a particular local assembly. The head of the church is Jesus Christ, and any other leadership within the church is under His direction via Scripture and the Holy Spirit. Local churches are identified by

  • Active participation in the spreading of the Gospel to their local community and the world,
  • Active teaching and preaching of the Scriptures,
  • Gathering together for worship - giving God His due place,
  • Gathering together for prayer - intercession, supplication, and giving of thanks,
  • Gathering together for the mutual encouragement of each other, and
  • Following the ordinances for the church
  • Baptism by immersion of those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation
  • the Lord's Table, or communion.

Local churches, like the people who comprise them, are individual and have preferences for their meetings: different schedules, different order of the services, etc. However, God's church has worship of God at it's center, and is not a center for entertainment.

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