The Bethesda Worship Center Doctrinal Statement

1.  God is the infinite personal Spirit, who has revealed Himself to mankind in three primary offices – Father in creation and care, Son in redemption, and Holy Spirit in emanation.  The one God fulfills these three offices.

2.  The Bible, including both the Old and the New Testaments, is a divine revelation.  The original writers were inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that the words were kept from error.

3.  Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, which is to say, He is Himself very God.  He took upon Him our nature, being conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary.  He died on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the world.  He arose from the dead in the body in which He was crucified.  He ascended into heaven in that body glorified, where He is now, our interceding high priest.  He will come again personally and visibly to set up His kingdom and to judge the quick and the dead.

4.  Man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin, and in that sense is lost.  This is true of all men, and except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree.  The retribution of the wicked and unbelieving and the reward of the righteous are everlasting and as the reward is conscious, so is the retribution.

5.  The church is an elect company of the believers baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body, each believer living his life in the power of the Holy Spirit.  The church’s mission is to witness concerning Jesus Christ and teach and preach the gospel among all nations.

6.  The entire program of Christian training is evangelical.  It finds its reason for being, and its goal, in bringing the individual to a personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, in helping the Christian grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord, and in equipping Christians for more effective service.