We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible, which is, therefore, inerrant and infallible in the original autographs. We believe in the sole authority of the sixty-six books of the Bible. (Ps 107:11; 119:160: Mark 7:6-13; John 10:35; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 1:1-3; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe that there is one infinite and perfect God (Deut. 6:4; Lev. 19:2; Deut. 33:27; Isa. 6:1-3; 40:28-31; Acts 17:24; Ps. 90:2), eternally existing in three distinct and equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each possesses the characteristics of personality as well as the nature and perfections of deity. (Matt. 28:19-20; John 1:1-3; 15:26; 16:12-15; Col. 1:15-20; Heb. 1:1-4).
We believe that God is sovereign and created all things for His glory. (Gen. 1-2; Job 38-41; Ps. 19:1-4; Isa. 37:16; Jer. 10: 11-12; Rom. 4:17; Heb. 11:3)
ADAM & EVE
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image and likeness (Gen. 1-2). Through Adam’s sin, all people are born guilty before God with a nature in rebellion against Him (Gen. 3; Rom. 3:10-18, 23; 5:12-21; Eph. 2:1-3).
We believe that God made an everlasting and irrevocable covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Gen. 12:1-3; 15:9-21; 17:1-8). It includes the unconditional election of Israel as God’s chosen people, the gift of the land of Israel, and the promise of the Messiah through whom all the families of the earth will be blessed (2 Sam. 7:6-16; Jer. 31:23-40; Rom. 9-11; Gal. 3:6-4:7).
We believe that God the Son preexisted as the eternal Word, took on human nature, and was known as Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah (John 1:1-18). We believe in His full deity (Is. 9:6-7; John 10:30; 20:28; Acts 2:14-36; Col. 2:9), His virgin conception (Isa 7:14; Matt. 1:18:25; Lk. 1:34-35), His full humanity (Heb. 2:14-18; 4:15), and His sinless life (2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15; 7:26; 1 Pet. 2:22 [Isa. 53:9]).
We believe Jesus the Messiah revealed the mind of God (Deut. 18:15; Acts 3:22-24; Matt. 13:57; John 1:18; Heb. 1:1-4), offered Himself once and for all as the only atoning, substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of humanity (Heb. 4:4:14-5:10; 7:1-3; 9:6-10:18; 1 John 2:2; Rev. 1:5), and continues to intercede for His people (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25; 9:24). As the risen Messiah, He exercises divine authority from God’s right hand and will return to reign from David’s throne (2 Sam. 7:12-16; Matt. 2:1-11; Luke 1:32-33; Acts 2:30-36).
We believe in the full deity and personality of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; Eph. 4:30). He bears witness to Jesus through the Word of God (John 14:25-27; 16;13; 1 Cor. 2:10-11). He convicts (John 16:7-11), regenerates individuals (John 3:3-5) and baptizes them into the Body of Messiah (1 Cor. 6:11; 12:13; Titus 3:5). He indwells, fills, guides, helps, gifts, and produces in believers the fruit of the Spirit (John 14:15-21; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph. 1:13-14; 5:18). We believe that no particular gift is given to every believer (Rom 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31; Eph. 4:11).
We believe that salvation for both Jews and Gentiles is available only through Jesus and His finished work (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). This salvation is a gift from God, received through faith alone and not by works (John 10:28-30; Rom. 8:28-30; Eph. 2:8-9; Rom 3:21-4:25; Heb. 13:5). True believers in Messiah are sealed by the Spirit for the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13-14).
UNITY OF THE BODY
We believe that the Church is comprised of both Jews and Gentiles who have accepted Jesus as the promised deliverer (Eph. 2:11-3:6). Gentiles who have come to faith in Messiah Jesus are fellow heirs in the kingdom of God with Jewish believers (Eph. 3:6; Gal 3:1-4:6). This belief in the universal body of Messiah encourages both Jews and Gentiles to worship and serve together in unity (Acts 14:23; 15:24-28; Rom. 14:1-15:21; Col. 2:16-23; Heb. 10:24-25). We also affirm the right of individual congregations to express their cultural diversity and the importance of Gentiles reaching out to Jewish people in evangelism as part of their call from God (1 Cor. 9:20-21).
We believe that Messiah will return to earth to reign from Israel over the millennial kingdom (Dan. 9:27; Matt. 24:29-31; Mark 13:24-27; Luke 21:25-27; 1 Thess. 1:10; 2 Thess. 2; Rev. 20:1-6). When all His enemies are put under his feet, He will hand over the Kingdom to the Father (1 Cor. 15:20-28).
We believe that the final state of those who have trusted in Messiah will be eternal blessedness in the presence of God. We believe that the eternal state of those who have not trusted in Messiah will be one of conscious suffering in hell. (Matt. 25:46; John 3:36; 2 Thess. 1:8-9; 2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 14:11; 20:11-15; 21:1-22:6).
Bethel Bible Church
PO Box 4646
Wichita Falls, TX 76308