At Bethlehem, we strive to provide a welcoming home for believers to connect with one another but more importantly to create an atmosphere where all who come can connect with the true and living God.
One part of the Christian life that cannot be ignored is God's expectation of growth. We want to encourage and foster this growth in every believer through our small groups and ministry opportunities.
We believe it is natural for Christians to follow Jesus' example by becoming servants themselves. At Bethlehem there are a number of opportunities to serve Christ and serve others through the ministries of the church.
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are our infallible rule of faith and practice.
There is one living and true God, revealed in nature as the Creator, Preserver, and Righteous governor of the universe; and in the Scriptures as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; yet as one God, infinitely wise and good, whom all intelligent creatures are supremely to love, adore and obey.
Christ is God manifest in the flesh; in His divine nature truly God, in His human nature truly man. The mediator between God and man, once crucified, He is now risen and glorified, our ever present Savior and Lord.
The Holy Spirit
The Scriptures assign to the Holy Spirit all the attributes of God.
The Government of God
God exercises a wise and benevolent providence over all beings and all things by maintaining the constitution and laws of nature. He also performs special acts, not otherwise provided for, as the highest welfare of men requires.
The Sinfulness of Man
Man was created innocent, but by disobedience fell into a state of sin and condemnation. His posterity, therefore, inherit a fallen nature of such tendencies that all who come to years of accountability, sin and become guilty before God.
The Works of Christ
The Son of God by His incarnation, life, sufferings, death, and resurrection effected for all a redemption from sin that is full and free, and is the ground of salvation by faith.
The Terms of Salvation
The conditions of salvation are:
1. Repentance of sin or sincere sorrow for sin and hearty renunciation of it.
2. Faith or the unreserved committal of one’s self to Christ as Savior and Lord with purpose to love and obey Him in all things. In the exercise of saving faith, the soul is renewed by the Holy Spirit, freed from the dominion of sin, and becomes a child a God. 3. Continuance in faith and obedience unto death.
God determined from the beginning to save all who should comply with the conditions of salvation. Hence by faith in Christ men become his elect.
Freedom of the Will
The human will is free and self-controlled, having power to yield to the influence of the truth and the Spirit, or to resist them and perish.
God desires the salvation of all, the Gospel invites all, the Holy Spirit strives with all, and whosoever will may come and take of the water of life freely.
All believers in Christ, who through grace persevere in holiness to the end of life, have promise of eternal salvation.
BAPTISM, or the immersion of believers in water, and the LORD’S SUPPER, are ordinances to be perpetuated under the Gospel. FEET WASHING, an ordinance teaching humility, is of universal obligation, and is to be ministered to all true believers.
God commanded tithes and offerings in the old Testament: Jesus Christ endorsed it in the Gospel (Matt. 23:23), and the apostle Paul said, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him” (I Cor. 16:2a).
The Christian Sabbath
The divine law requires that one day in seven be set apart from secular employments and amusements, for rest, worship, holy works, and activities, and for personal communion with God.
Resurrection, Judgement, and Final Retribution
The Scriptures teach the resurrection of all men at the last day. They that have done good will come forth to the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation; then the wicked will “go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Marriage and Human Sexuality
Based on the teaching of the Scriptures, we believe that sexual activity is to be exclusively practiced within the parameters of biblical marriage, and that marriage is defined in both the Old and New Testaments as an institution ordained by God as a lifelong union of one man and one woman. We believe, based on the teaching of the Scriptures in the Old and New Testaments, that marriage is an institution ordained by God from the foundation of the world and is intended as a lifelong union of one man and one woman. This understanding is supported by the account of creation in Genesis, chapters 1 and 2. Genesis 1:26-27 indicates that God created man in His own image, as male and female. The passage implies that the unity of a man and woman in marriage is in some way reflective of the image of God in mankind.