What We Believe
The Inspiration of the Bible
We believe the Bible is the “inspired” (meaning “God-Breathed” Word of God, given by God for His people. 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
The Person of Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully human and fully God (divine). Although Christ’s humanity has a beginning, His divinity has always existed. John 1:1, 14, In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
The Virgin Birth (Mary was a virgin at the time of her conception.)
Jesus’ mother, Mary, conceived Christ by the agent of the Holy Spirit. At that moment, Christ’s body was spoken into existence. Read Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18, 20.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a member of the Godhead. The Godhead is: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit (also called the Holy Ghost). The Holy Spirit is eternal, all-powerful, present, and all-knowing. The Holy Spirit is “God in us.” Read Acts 5:3,4; Hebrews 9:14; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14.
The Trinity (3 Natures from 1 Substance.)
We believe in One God. The One God is Father (2 Peter 1:17), the Son (John 1:1, 14, 20:28), and God the Holy Spirit. The three “separate and distinct” persons are the one God – equal in substance, power, and glory.
The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ was literally resurrected from the dead. Jesus died upon the cross at Calvary, but early Easter morning He physically and spiritually rose from the dead. Christianity is a resurrection religion. Read 1 Corinthians 15:1 ff (12-19).
Salvation through Christ Alone
There is no other way for one to enter into heaven except through the doorway of Jesus Christ. Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) Jesus makes it plain, “There is no Plan ‘B’ for one’s eternity outside of Him.”
See Changed Lives for Jesus Christ.
Our Vision: See changed lives for Jesus Christ
Our Mission: See changed lives for Jesus Christ through Worship - Discipleship - Service.
Worship = worship as often as possible at Bethany Church!
Discipleship = become involved in a Sunday School Class, a Life Group, a Bible Study at Bethany Church.
Service = serve in the church and in the community: Summer Lunch Program, House of Neighborly Services (providing resources to people in Monroe County). Serve others in a variety of ways, in the name of Jesus Christ.