At Bethany Church, we believe that there are some absolute truths upon which we base our ministry. According to the Bible, the following are affirmations we hold:
We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as inspired of God and inerrant in the original writings. This means that all facts i.e., theological, doctrinal, historical, numerical, chronological, scientific, etc., that Scripture intends to affirm are exempt from error in whole and in part. The Scriptures are of supreme and final authority in faith and life. By this we mean that the Spirit of God has exerted supernatural influence on all writers and that guarantees the trustworthiness of all their canonical writings
II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:21
We believe in One God, eternally existing in Three Persons; God the Father; God the Son and God the Holy Spirit: yet being only One God. We believe in God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, and measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves and keeps all who trust His Son for salvation.
We believe in Jesus Christ the second person of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with God. God’s only begotten Son, born of a virgin, sinless in His life; that He died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a substitutionary sacrifice; that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood; that He not only died on the cross for our sins, but that He was resurrected bodily for our justification; that He is now at the right hand of God the Father, acting as our High Priest and our Advocate before the Father; that He is coming again in power and great glory to set up His Millennial Kingdom upon the earth.
We believe in the Person of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with God, who came forth from the Father to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and judgment; to regenerate, sanctify, and seal forever those who have been born again through faith in Jesus Christ.
We believe God originally created persons, male and female, in the image of God and free from sin. We believe all people are sinners by nature and choice and are spiritually dead. We also believe that those who repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe God established marriage to be a lifelong covenant relationship between one man and one woman. Marriage so defined is the only permissible context for intimate sexual expression and is the foundation for the human family. We further believe that human life is precious and should be protected from beginning, at fertilization, until death.
Genesis 1:26-31; 2:7; Matthew 19:4; Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-21; 3:21-26; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 14:1-6; Romans 1:16-17; Titus 3:3-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Genesis 2:24,25; Matthew 19:4,5; 1 Corinthians 7:1-9; Psalm 51; Ecclesiastes 12:7
We believe that each individual is born in sin, and therefore, is a sinner by nature, having nothing whereby he might justify himself before God the Father; that each individual must, therefore, accept the death of Jesus Christ on the cross as for themselves, and must ask His forgiveness for their sins; that having accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior they are spiritually born again and are thereafter children of God and members of the family of God for time and eternity.
We believe that the universal church is composed of all born again believers, beginning at the day of Pentecost and continuing on through the end of this present age, and that the universal Church will in heaven be the bride of Christ; that the local Church is composed of born again believers who have voluntarily united together for the purposes of worshiping God, ministering to the saints (fellow believers), evangelizing the world, and discipling new believers.