bethany Church Doctrinal Statement

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are verbally and plenarily inspired by God, are inerrant in the original writings, are the Word of God, and final authority in faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)

We believe in one God, the Creator of man and all things, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 29:19)

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, was fully God and fully man. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; John 1:1, 14)

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God; that the whole human race is born dead in sin through Adam. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 5:12-21)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and all who trust Him in faith are freely justified before God and stand before Him accepted in the character and merit of Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17-21; Ephesians 1:7)

We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, in His ascension into Heaven, and that He is the Head of the Church, the Great High Priest and Advocate for all believers. (1 Corinthians 15:4; Acts 1:9; Acts 2:33; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 4:14)

We believe that all who by faith receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are born of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God and are made a "new creation" and a part of the Body of Christ on the Earth. (2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Corinthians 12:13)

We believe that God is the spiritual Father of only those who trust Jesus Christ as Savior, and that only those saved through faith in Christ are spiritual brothers. (Romans 8:29; John 5:23)

We believe in baptism by immersion and we encourage all members to follow the Lord's example and command to be baptized. (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 3:16; Acts 8:36-39)

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust: in everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the unsaved. (John 5:29)

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one's gender by surgery or appearance. (Genesis 2:24; 19:5,13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Matthew 15:18-20; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)

We believe that the only Scriptural marriage is the joining of one man and one woman as the gender that created them at conception. (Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2; 1 Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23)

We believe in the personal, imminent, pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial coming of Christ for His Church, and in His reign on the earth for 1000 years. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Actrs 1:6; Acts 15:16)