Statement of Faith
STATEMENT OF FAITH.
THE BETHEL UNDENOMINATIONAL CHURCH.
Statement of Fundamental Doctrines incorporated in the Trust Deed in respect of the church building situated in Christian Street, Ramsey.
1.The divine inspiration, authority and sufficiency of the Bible, which is the written Word of God.
(2Tim. 3:15 - 17, 1 Pet, 1:10 -12, 2 Pet.1:20-21, Psalm 19:7-11.)
2. The unity of the Godhead, with the distinction of persons in that Unity, namely the Father, Son and Holy Sprit, co-equal and co-eternal, to whom equal honour is due.
(Deut. 6:4, Gen. 1:2 &26, John 1:1-2, John 5:22-23 ; John 14: 25,26;
John 16 :7 & 27-28, Phil. 2 :6, Hebrews 1:1 -3, & 8.)
3. (a) That the Son of God truly became man, being begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, that He was born sinless and lived a sinless life, and that His righteousness is imputed to all believers.
(John 1:14, Rom. 4:22-24, Rom. 8:3, Gal. 4:4, Matt. 1:20-25.)
(b) That His death was a sufficient sacrifice to God, and a propitiation for the remission of the sins of His people.
(Rom. 4: 25 , 2 Cor. 5:21, Heb. 9:24-28, Heb.10:12-14.)
(c) That he was raised from the dead .
(Matt. 28:5-7, 1Cor.15:20.)
(d) That He ascended to the right hand of God the Father, and is now the all–sufficient High Priest of His People , the believers Advocate with the Father and the one and only Mediator between God and Man .
(Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-51, Acts 1:9, Eph. 4:8-10, Heb. 4:16, Heb . 7:25, 1 John 2:1, 1Tim. 2:5.)
(e) That He will come again to receive His people to Himself and to set up His Kingdom.
(John 14:3, 1Thess. 4:13-18, Luke 1:32-33, Isaiah 9:6-7, Dan. 2:44-45, Dan 7:13-14, Acts 1:11.)
4.That in consequence of the fall of Adam, man became lost and at emnity against God; that he is also "without strength" to do the will of God without Divine help.
( Psalm 53:2-3, Luke 19:10, Rom 3:19, Rom 5:6 & 12-19, Rom 8:5-7.)
5. (a) The need of the Holy Spirit’s work in regeneration and
(John 3:5-8, John 16:8–11, Titus 3:4-7, 2 Thess. 2:13-14, 1Peter 1:2.)
(b) Sanctification is a state to be coveted, but the doctrine of perfection in the flesh is contrary to the teaching of Holy Scripture.
(2Tim 2:21, 1John 1:8.)
6. (a) That justification of the sinner before God is by faith alone.
(Rom.3:21–26, Rom.4:4-5, Rom.5:1, Gal.2:16.)
(b) That every justified one is also born of God.
(John1:12-13, James1:18 , 1Peter 1:23.)
(c) That such new birth should result in and be made evident by
holiness of life and good works.
(Eph. 2:10, Eph. 4:24, Titus 3:4-8.)
7. (a) That at death the spirit of man does not cease to exist.
(Eccl. 12:7, Luke 16:19–31, Luke 23:43, 2 Cor. 5:6-8.)
(b) That the dead will be raised either to life or to condemnation and that the blessedness of the righteous and the punishment of the
unrighteous will alike be eternal.
(1Cor. 15:51-57, Phil. 3:20-21, Rom. 14:9-10, 2 Cor. 5:10,
Dan. 12:2, Acts 17:31, Rev. 20:11-15.)
8. That Satan is a real personality; he was created perfect by God and given power, but through pride he fell and became the father of sin, the arch - enemy of God and the souls of men.
(Job 1:6-7, Ezek .28:14-15, Isaiah 14:12-13, 1 Peter 5:8.)
9. The Church owns no denominational bonds, but regards all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ as members of the one Body of Christ in
common with themselves and therefore welcome in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit all believers in Christ, irrespective of race, provided they are sound in the faith and seek to live Godly in Christ Jesus.
10. The Church supports the work of the Seaman’s Christian Friends Society and all other organisations which seek to spread the true gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in accordance with the Word of God.
11. The Church meets on the first day of the week to remember the Lord in the Breaking of Bread, believing this to be the pattern of corporate worship as revealed in the New Testament and exercises such other functions of a Church in so far as it is enabled by the power of the Holy Spirit in accordance with New Testament teaching, including pastoral work, evangelisation and teaching.
(1Cor. 11:24-26, Acts 20:7, Eph. 4:11.)
12. The Church encourages believers to be baptised by immersion,
understanding this to be in accordance with the Lord’s command and in conformity with the practice of the early church..
(Matt. 28:19, Acts 2:41, Acts 8:38.)
13. The Church accepts the principle of oversight by Elders who are qualified in accordance with 1Tim. 3, and the conduct of the business affairs of the Church by Deacons, similarly qualified.
14. While welcoming all who wish to attend its services the Bethel regards as "in fellowship" those believers who declare their acceptance of this Statement of Fundamental Doctrines, and are not members of any other local Church. While recognizing that every Christian must exercise his or her spiritual gifts as directed by the Holy Spirit, the Church expects those "in fellowship" to assume a special, responsibility towards the activities of the Bethel.