What We Believe

Bethel Baptist Church uses the King James Version Bible (why?) and worships the Lord with traditional hymns and music.


Our Purpose

To proclaim both home and abroad God’s saving grace as expressed in the shed blood and finished work of Christ on the cross of Calvary, thereby carrying out the Great Commission as given by the Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in Matthew 28:18-20.

To administer two ordinances of the New Testament, namely Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, as recorded in Acts 8:36-38 and I Corinthians 11:26.

To edify believers through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God, as set forth in the Articles of Faith of this church.

To maintain a place of worship for believers on the Lord Jesus Christ, promoting an atmosphere of Christian fellowship in harmony with God’s Word, the Bible.

Articles of Faith

The Articles of Faith are derived solely from the Word of God and summarized as follows:

1. Scriptures. We believe the Old and New Testaments–that they are verbally inspired of God and inerrant in the original writings, that they are the final and complete revelation of God’s will to man, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life. (Isaiah 8:20I Thessalonians 5:21II Timothy 3:16-17II Peter I:20-21)

2. True God. We believe in God the Father, eternally existing in three persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

A. God the Father. We believe in God the Father, eternally existing, perfect in holiness, boundless in love, infinite in wisdom, infinitely being of independent existence, omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayers; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ, His Son. (Genesis 1:1Exodus 3:14;Psalm 90:2Psalm 119:137Proverbs 15:3Isaiah 59:1-2Jeremiah 23:24Malachi 3:6;Matthew 10:29Matthew 19:26John 3:16John 4:24)

B. God the Son. We believe that Jesus Christ, God the Son, is God, is pre-existent with the Father, begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, sinless in His nature and life, and infallible in His teachings. We believe that His death on Calvary’s cross is the only means of man’s redemption-as ransom, as propitiation for the sins of men, as reconciliation, and as a substitution. We believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension to Heaven, and His presence at the Father’s right hand as our Intercessor and Advocate. We believe that the promise of His Second Coming includes first the blessed hope of the believer, namely the personal, premillennial, and pretribulational return of our Lord Jesus Christ to rapture His Church according to I Thessalonians 4:13-18, and second, His return later to earth with His Saints to set up His millennial reign. (Isaiah 53:6;Luke 1:35John 1:1John 8:58John 20:6-7Acts 1:9,11Acts 2:32-36Romans 3:25;Romans 5:10Romans 8:34II Corinthians 5:18Galatians 3:13Ephesians 3:20Colossians 2:9I Peter 1:18-19I Peter 2:24I Peter 3:18I John 2:1-2I John 3:5)

C. God the Holy Spirit. We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit who convicts of sin, regenerates, illuminates, indwells the believer, sanctifies, comforts, and abides forever. We believe that the gift of tongues, which Biblically is known as languages, has ceased in operation. (John 16:8Acts 5:1-4I Corinthians 3:16I Corinthians 13:8)

3. Man. We believe, according to the Scriptures, that man was created in the image and likeness of God and that he voluntarily sinned by disobeying God and fell, resulting in not only physical but spiritual death, which is separation from God. We believe that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and, upon reaching the age of accountability, become sinners through thought and deed by choice. (Genesis 1:27-31Genesis 3:6-24Isaiah 53:6Ezekiel 18:19-20Romans 1:20Romans 3:9,23Romans 5:12,19)

4. Satan. We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall, that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man, and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Genesis 3:14-15Job 1:6-7Matthew 25:41John 8:44;Revelation 20:10)

5. Salvation. We believe salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the shed blood of Jesus Christ who died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as representative and substitutionary sacrifice and that all who by faith receive Him as their personal Savior are justified on the grounds of His blood shed on Calvary and His resurrection from the dead and are born again of the Holy Spirit, thus becoming children of God. We believe salvation is available to the entire world, but only those who call upon His name shall be saved (Isaiah 53:4-5John 1:16John 3:16John 10:28-29Romans 5:9Romans 10:13;Ephesians 2:8-9Colossians 2:9Titus 3:5Hebrews 2:17-18Hebrews 7:25I Peter 1:18-29I John 2:2)

6. Eternal Security. All the redeemed ones saved are kept by God’s power and thus are secure in Christ forever. (John 10:27-30Romans 8:35-39II Timothy 1:12I Peter 1:5;Jude 1:1,24)

7. The Church. We believe the Church consists of believers who, upon confession of faith have been united by the Holy Spirit to make up the Body of Christ of which Christ is Head. This assembly meets to worship, work, and fellowship according to Article II.(John 3:29;Romans 10:9-10I Corinthians 3:9-17I Corinthians 12:1-31II Corinthians 11:2Ephesians 1:22-23Ephesians 2:20-21Ephesians 5:25-27Colossians 1:18Colossians 2:19)

8. Last Things. We believe in the return of our Lord Jesus Christ to catch up His people to meet Him in the air, the Rapture, is imminent, pretribulational, and premillennial. We believe in the Second Coming of Christ to earth to set up His bodily kingdom. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and the lost–the saved to everlasting blessedness of heaven and the lost to everlasting conscious suffering, woe, and punishment of hell. (Matthew 25:46John 5:29John 14:1-3I Corinthians 15:51-57I Thessalonians 4:13-18;Revelation 20:1-6)

9. Christian Living. We believe that every saved person should manifest the Christian life with a consistent walk so that he may always, in life and word, show forth the praises of Him that called him out of darkness into His marvelous light. We believe that each member of the Church is called to a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices to a life of consecration to God, and to a life of witnessing of Christ, proclaiming the Gospel unto the uttermost parts of the earth, which is made possible by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and yielding of one’s self to the indwelling of Christ. We believe that God’s children are expected to systematically and proportionately contribute to the support of the local church according to the principle laid down in the Scriptures. We believe that the ordinances of the Church are Baptism by immersion, as a mark of identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and the Lord’s Supper, remembering the Lord’s death until He comes. We believe that each active member, in good standing, should be present in the carrying out of these ordinances. (Proverbs 4:14-15Haggai 2:8Malachi 3:8-11;Romans 12:1-2Romans 13:9-14I Corinthians 16:2II Corinthians 6:14-18II Corinthians 7:1II Corinthians 9:7Ephesians 5:11I Thessalonians 5:22II Timothy 2:19James 4:4I John 2:15-16)

10. Church and State. We believe that civil government is of Divine appointment and the leaders should be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed–providing their demands are not contrary to the will of God, as recorded in the Scriptures. We believe that each local church is to be independent and autonomous and must be free from any interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; the Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its God-ordained duties, free from the dictation or patronage of the other. (Daniel 2:37-40Matthew 22:17-21Acts 5:29;Romans 13:1-8Galatians 1:6-9I Peter 2:13-15II John 7,11)