Our Basic Beliefs
1. We believe that there is one God eternally existing in three persons without division of nature, essence, or being--The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit--The Holy Trinity.
2. We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ, his virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death on the cross to provide for our redemption, bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven, present ministry of intercession for us, and his future return to earth in power and glory.
3. We believe in the personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit, that he performs the miracle of the new birth in an unbeliever and indwells believers, enabling them to live a godly life.
4. We believe that the Bible is God's written revelation to humanity and that it is verbally inspired, authoritative, and without error in the original manuscripts.
5. We believe that humankind was created in the image of God, but because of sin, was alienated from God. That alienation can be removed only by accepting, by faith alone, God's gift of salvation through the atoning death of Christ on the cross.
6. We believe baptism by immersion is an Ordinance of the Church symbolizing Christ's death, burial, and resurrection; and the individual's public profession of faith in Christ as Savior and Lord.
7. We believe the Lord's Supper is an Ordinance of the Church established by Christ. The partaking of the bread and the cup is a reminder of Christ's death for us, an anticipation of his Second Coming, and a renewal of our commitment to him.
8. We believe the mission and purpose of the Church is to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and the Great Commandment (Mark 12:29-31).
9. We believe in working with other churches that uphold the Lord Jesus Christ and adhere to the teachings of Scripture.
Having been redeemed by the grace of God and made one Body through the blood of Jesus Christ, we the members of Bethesda Baptist Church desire to:
1. Reach Heavenward--through God-glorifying worship and prayer,
2. Reach Inward--through Christian education, fellowship, and mutual care,
3. Reach Outward--through personal and congregational witness, local and global mission, and community ministry.