Our Statement of Faith

Section 1:The Godhead

We believe in the one, true God who gives us a general revelation of Himself through His creation and our conscience and a special revelation through His word.(1-2) He exists eternally in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, who are the same in nature and equal in power and glory.(3-5) God is the creator, sustainer and ruler of all that is, both visible and invisible.(6-8) The Lord is all-knowing, all-powerful, self-existent and unchangeable.(9-12) He is Spirit, His presence is limitless, and He is perfect and infinite in His holiness, righteousness, justice, goodness, wisdom, truth and love.(13-21)

1.  General Revelation
Psalms 19:1, Romans 1:18-20, 2:14-15

2.  Special Revelation
Exodus 3:14, 32:15-16, 1 Corinthians 2:13-14

3.  God is Eternal
Genesis 1:1, Psalms 90:2, Isaiah 44:6, Hebrews 1:10-12, Revelation 1:8

4.  The Trinity
John 1:1-4, 10:30-38, 14:8-11, Acts 5:3-4, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 1:3-14, 1 Peter 1:2

5.  The same in nature or essence
John 8:54-58, 14:6-11, 16:15, 17:5

6.  God is the Creator
Genesis 1:1, Job 38:1-7, John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:15-17

7.  God is the Sustainer of all things
Job 37: 3-24, Acts 17:28, Hebrews 1:3

8.  God is the Ruler of all things
Isaiah 6:1-4, Matthew 28:18, 1 Timothy 6:13-16

9.  God is Omniscient (all- knowing)
Isaiah 40:13-14, Psalms 139:1-10

10. God is Omnipotent ( all- powerful)
Job 38:1-7, 42:2

11. The Aseity of God (self existence)
Psalms 90:2, John 5:26, Revelation 4:10

12. God is Immutable (unchangeable)
Psalms 33:11, Hebrews 13:8

13. God is a Spirit being
John 4:24, 2 Corinthians 3:17

14. God is Omnipresent (present everywhere)
Jeremiah 23:24, Psalms 139:7-10

15. God is Holy
Isaiah 6:1-3, Revelation 4:2-11, 5:11-14

16. God is Righteous
Psalms 145:17, Philippians 3:8-9, 2 Timothy 4:8

17. God is Just
Psalms 9:16, Matthew 25:31-46, Romans 3:25-26

18. God is Good
Psalms 136:1, Romans 2:4

19. God is Wise
Isaiah 28:29, Romans 11:33-34

20. God is Truth
Psalms 43:3, John 7:17-19, 14:6,16-17

21. God is Love
Psalms 33:5, John 3:16; Ephesians 3:16-19

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Section 2:The Bible

We believe the Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the living, inspired, and eternal word of God. (1-3) The Bible contains the revealed will of God to humanity and is the only infallible and sufficient guide to our Christian faith and practice. (4-6) We believe Scripture is completely true and therefore free from any falsehood, fraud, deceit or contradiction. (7)

1.  God's Word is living
Hebrews 4:12, 1 Peter 1:24-25

2.  God's Word is inspired
2 Timothy 3:16-17, Galatians 1:11-12, 2 Peter 1:20-21

3.  God's Word is eternal
Matthew 5:17-18, 24:35

4.  The Bible reveals God's will
Exodus 32:15-16, Psalms 119:95-105, 2 Peter 1:20-21

5.  The Bible is infallible
1 Corinthians 2:6-16, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, John 1:1-18

6.  The Bible is sufficient
Joshua 1:7-8, Matthew 4:4-10, Revelation 22:18-20

7.  The Bible is inerrant
Psalms 33:4, 119:97-106, Matthew 4:4, 1 Corinthians 2:12-13

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Section 3:Humanity

We believe God created man and woman in His own image, for the purpose of bringing glory to Himself. (1-2) Because we are created in His image, we understand that God has forever established the sanctity of human life (which begins at conception) and has afforded us the capability of a personal relationship with Him, through His Son Jesus Christ. (3-4) Prior to the fall, Adam and Eve lived in perfect union with the Father and enjoyed an unblemished relationship with each other. (5) This marriage relationship was declared by God to be between a man and a woman, with the expression of sexual intimacy reserved exclusively for the marriage relationship. (6)

Influenced by the temptation of Satan, Adam and Eve willfully violated God's protective command, bringing upon themselves guilt and shame and alienating them from God. (7) As descendents of Adam and Eve, we are born spiritually dead, under the curse of sin and separated from God; unable to save ourselves physically or spiritually. (8)

1.  We are made in God's image
Genesis 1:26-27, 5:1

2.  We are created for God's Glory
Isaiah 43:7, John 17:1-2, 9-10, Revelation 5:13

3.  We are precious in God's sight
Exodus 20:13, 21:12, Acts 17:24-28

4.  Reconciliation with God
John 3:16, Ephesians 2:11-18

5.  Created in Perfection
Genesis 1:31, 2:21-25

6.  Marriage
Genesis 2:21-25, Matthew 19:3-6, Romans 1:24-27, Hebrews 13:4

7.  The Fall
Genesis 3:1-24

8.  Original Sin
Romans 1:18-20, 3:9-20, Ephesians 2:1-7

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Section 4:Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus is the promised Messiah, the Christ, our Lord and our Savior. (1-3) Jesus, willingly and humbly, set aside the privileges of deity to take on human flesh. (4) Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary. (5) Jesus, being fully human and fully God, lived an earthly life without sin and fulfilled, perfectly, the righteous law of God. (6-9) We believe that Jesus, out of His love for the world, took upon Himself the penalty for our sin. (10-11) While on the cross, He endured not only physical torment and death, but also God's wrath against sin, fully satisfying God's justice and righteousness. (12-14) Jesus overcame death, being physically resurrected by the power of God, therefore giving us the assurance of eternal life and a bodily resurrection. (15-16) He then ascended to the right hand of the Father where He now reigns over all creation in truth and grace. (17-18) Jesus, in His majesty and power, intercedes on behalf of His people and will one day return to earth in glory and judgment. (19-20)

1.  Jesus is the Messiah
Matthew 16:16-17, John 1:41, 4:25-26

2.  Jesus is Lord
Acts 2:22-36, 1 Timothy 6:13-16, Revelation 19:11-16

3.  Jesus is Savior
Luke 2:11, Acts 4:12, 1 John 4:14-16

4.  The Incarnation
John 16:27-28, Philippians 2:6-11, 1 Peter 1:20

5.  The virgin birth
Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:26-35, 2:6-7

6.  Jesus is fully human
Hebrews 2:14-18, 4:14-16, 1 John 4:2

7.  Jesus is fully God
John 1:1-14, 14:8-11, Hebrews 1:2-13

8.  Jesus lived a sinless life on earth
2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15, 1 Peter 2:21-22

9.  Jesus fulfilled the Law of God
Romans 5:18-21, 8:1-4, Philippians 2:8

10. Jesus is motivated by his love for us
John 3:16, 13:1, 17:24-26

11. Jesus was punished for our sin
Romans 3:25-26, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Colossians 2:13-15, Hebrews 2:17, 9:25-28, 12:2

12. Jesus endured physical punishment for our sin
Matthew 27:27-31, Mark 15:16-20

13. Jesus endured God's wrath against sin
Isaiah 53:4-12, Psalms 90:11, Matthew 27:46, Revelation 14:9-12

14. Jesus work on the cross was a satisfactory atonement for our sin
John 3:35-36, Romans 3:25-26, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, Col1:20-22

15. Jesus was resurrected from death
Luke 24:5-6, Romans 8:11, 1 Corinthians 15:3-6

16. Assurance of eternal life and a bodily resurrection
John 3:16, 14:1-4, 17:24, 1 Corinthians 15:35-49, Revelation 7:9-14

17. Jesus ascended back into Heaven
Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51, Acts1:9-11

18. Jesus Session (He reigns over all creation)
Matthew 28:18-20, Philippians 2:9-11, Hebrews 1:3-4, 10:12-14, 1 Peter 3:22

19. Jesus intercedes on behalf of his church
Acts 2:32-36, Romans 8:34, Ephesians 1:22-23, Hebrews 7:25

20. Jesus is coming back to gather his church and judge the world
Mark 8:38, John 5:25-30, Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

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Section 5:Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit has inspired the writing of all Scripture and illuminates the minds of believers so that we may have the mind of Christ. (1-2) The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and regenerates the souls of the saints, giving us a spiritual rebirth. (3-4) Having believed, the Holy Spirit then dwells within the Christian and serves as a deposit, guaranteeing our eternal inheritance in Christ. (5) The Holy Spirit engages in our sanctification and gifts all Christians with at least one spiritual gift for the building up of the body of Christ. (6-7) He constantly works to bring glory to Jesus and testifies in truth to the reality of our risen Savior. (8)

1.  The inspiration of Holy Scripture
2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21

2.  Illumination, the Holy spirit gives us understanding
1 Corinthians 2:10-16

3.  The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin
John 16:7-15

4.  The Holy Spirit regenerates us or gives us a spiritual rebirth
John 3:3-8, 1 John 2:29, 3:9

5.  The Holy Spirit dwells in us and guarantees our future in Heaven
1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 1:13-14, 2:22

6.  Sanctification, the Holy Spirit helps us in following Jesus and becoming more like Him
Romans 8:9-13, 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

7.  The Holy Spirit gives Christians spiritual gifts to build up the church
Romans 12:5-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

8.  The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus and testifies about Him
John 15:26, 16:13-15, Hebrews 10:15

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Section 6:Salvation

We believe we are justified before God by grace, through faith, and in Christ alone and "if you confess with your mouth 'Jesus is Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." (1) We believe we are forgiven for our sin and through Christ's life, death and resurrection are adopted as children of God so that we are now not our own. (2-3) We have been "bought at a price," and are clothed with the righteousness of Jesus. (4) An individual''s conversion to Christ is demonstrated by a changed life; a turning toward a life of obedience and the things of God. (5) Jesus calls us to be holy. (6)

Our sanctification is a cooperative effort between us and the Holy Spirit and as we grow in grace, the Holy Spirit will produce in us the fruit of the Spirit. (7-8) Jesus has promised our Christian life to be one of abundance and victory. (9) Jesus is also clear that living out our faith will involve overcoming obstacles and burdens. (10) However, while enduring hardships, we shall have the "peace of God which transcends all understanding." (11) Ultimately, we look forward to our perfection and glorification, as we will one day see our Lord face to face. (12)

1.  Our justification as sinners before a Holy God
John 14:6, Acts 4:10-12, Romans 1:16-17, 3:21-28 4:1-8, 10:8-13, Ephesians2:3-10

2.  We are forgiven for our sin
Luke 1:77, Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:13-14

3.  We are adopted into the family of God
John 1:12-13, Romans 8:16-17, 23, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

4.  Imputation, (we are covered by Christ's righteousness)
Romans 4:18-25, 5:18-19, 1 Corinthians 1:30-31, Philippians 3:8-9, Revelation 7:14

5.  We are called to repentance
Luke 9:23-26, 13:2-5, Acts 26:20, 2 Corinthians 7:10

6.  Sanctification, we are called to live a holy life and grow in likeness of Jesus
Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 4:17-5:21, 1 Peter 1:13-16

7.  Our sanctification is synergistic, (we need to cooperate with the work of the Holy Spirit)
John 15:4-8, Romans 6:11-14, 8:9-14, Ephesians 4:22-24, Philippians 2:12-13, 2 Peter 1:5-11

8.  Our faithfulness and yielding to the guidance of the Holy Spirit results in the Fruit of the Spirit
Galatians 5:16-26

9.  Abundance and victory
John 10:10, 16:33, Romans 5:1-11, 1 Peter 1:3-11

10. Obstacles and burdens
Romans 8:17, Philippians 3:7-11, 1 Peter 2:19-22, 4:12-14

11. God gives us peace in all circumstances
Matthew 11:28-30, Philippians 4:4-7

12. Perfection, glorification and Heaven
Romans 8:18, 28-30, 1 Corinthians 13:10-12, 15:40-44, Hebrews 10:14, Revelation 7:17, 22:4-5

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Section 7:The Church

We believe God the Father, in His perfect plan of redemption and out of His perfect love for His Son, gave Him the Church; the Bride of Christ. (1) Jesus is the head of the Church and He uses His Church to make visible here on earth his invisible kingdom in Heaven; we are citizens of his kingdom. (2) We believe He brings Christians into fellowship with one another in the form of the local church, for the building up of that kingdom. (3) We practice the sacraments of baptism and communion, which the Lord Himself instituted as signs and seals of our covenant relationship with Him. (4) The Lord's call on Bethany Church, through devotion to prayer, is for us to be faithful in fulfilling both His Great Commandment and Great Commission. (5-6) We are confident in Jesus' proclamation; "I will build my church and the gates of Hell will not overcome it." (7)

1.  The covenant of redemption and intra-Trinitarian love
Genesis 3:15, John 3:35,5:20-21, 6:35-40, Ephesians 1:3-12, Colossians 1:15-17

2.  Citizenship in God's Kingdom and the role of the Church
Ephesians 1:18-23, 2:19-22, 3:2-12, 5:23

3.  The local church
1 Corinthians 1:2, 12:12-27, Hebrews 10:25

4.  The Sacraments
Matthew 26:26-28, 28:19, Acts 10:47-48, Romans 6:3-4, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

5.  Prayer
John 15:16, Acts 1:14, 2:42, 4:24, Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 4:6-7

6.  The great commandment and great commission
Matthew 22:34-40, 28:18-20, Mark 12:28-31

7.  Jesus' proclamation concerning his Church
Matthew 16:18



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