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 (the Bible) 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. 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. We believe that Jesus is God’s only begotten Son, who was born of a virgin and sinless in His life. We believe, according to the Scriptures, that He died for our sins, as a substitutionary sacrifice and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. We believe 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; and 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 and who is at work 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 also believe all people are sinners by nature as a result of original sin and, thus, are born spiritually dead. We believe that those who repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe that human life is precious and should be protected from beginning, at fertilization, until death. We believe that God wonderfully foreordained and immutably created each person as either male or female in conformity with their biological sex. These two distinct yet complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. 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.
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. Therefore, we believe that each individual must accept by faith the death of Jesus Christ on the cross as for themselves, and must ask His forgiveness for their sins, having accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior; then 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 through to the end of this present age, and that the universal Church will in heaven be the bride of Christ. We believe 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.