What We Believe

Below is a summary of the core principles we hold on to at Bethel. If you have any questions regarding the doctrines we believe in, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

The Bible

We believe the Holy Scriptures to be the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament from Genesis to Revelation: thirty-nine books in the Old Testament and twenty-seven books in the New Testament.

We believe that God moved Holy Men to pen down His Words, and that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. The Scriptures should be interpreted literally (whenever possible), consistently, contextually, grammatically, dispensationally, culturally and historically (2 Peter 1:19-21).

We believe in the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God, and that the Scriptures are without error, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Word of God is the final authority for faith and practice and no new revelation is needed or accepted.

2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 119:89; Revelation 22:18-19

The Godhead

We believe in one God who is eternal (always was and always will be). We believe that God is the beginning of all things and the Creator of all things. God created the universe by the power of His Word.

Genesis 1:1-3, Psalm 90:1-2, Proverbs 8:22

We believe that God is one in essence and nature and yet composed of three persons; thus there is only one true God but, in the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – who are equal and carry out separate but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

Genesis 1:26; Isaiah 9:6; Revelation 1:8; Exodus 20:2-3; Genesis 17:1; 2 Corinthians 3:17;

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Triune God and therefore He has always been and was never created. He is the Eternal God, The Creator, one with God the Father and God the Holy Ghost.

John 1:1-3, 14; Colossians 1:12-22; Isaiah 9:6; Revelation 1:8

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the divine third person of the Godhead, with the Father and the Son, co-equal and co-eternal. He was active from the beginning of creation. The Holy Spirit convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment; and He indwells and seals all who become children of God throughChrist. He is one of the agents in the new birth; is the infallible interpreter of the Word of God; and He indwells seals, empowers, guides, comforts, aids, teaches witnesses, sanctifies, and helps and fills the believers daily as they yield and surrender to Him. He is ever-present to testify of Christ, and those who worship God must worship God “in Spirit and in Truth.”

John 16:8-15; 14:16, 17; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13

Spiritual gifts

We believe the Spiritual gifts of tongues, healing, raising the dead, and casting out devils were "sign‐gifts" confirming the truth of God’s Word which the apostles were preaching. Biblical Tongues within the New Testament era was first presented and known as spoken languages; each one heard the Word of God in his native tongue. Once the Scriptures were complete from Matthew to Revelation (The New Testament) the confirming signs were no longer necessary and thus ended.

Mark 16:15-20; Luke 16:27-31; Acts 2: 4-13; 1 Corinthians 13:8, 14:21, 22

Salvation

We believe the Gospel is the personal and visible death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe Jesus' death made a full payment for our sin; His voluntary substitution in the sinner's place, the Just dying for the unjust, bearing our sin in His own body on the Cross. There could be NO salvation without His death through the shedding of His blood to cover our sin. Salvation is found in the finished work of the Lord Jesus on the Cross, and He is the only way to God the Father. On the third day after Jesus’ death he rose again, victoriously conquering death and giving the believer the hope of their resurrection from the dead.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Romans 6-8; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:24-27; Romans 3:24, 25; Hebrews 2:14, 9:22; Isaiah 53; 1 Peter 1:18-21, 2:24; 1 John 1:7-9

Heaven & Hell

We believe in the literal reality of Heaven and Hell. People who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Saviour are blood-bought and will be with the Lord in Heaven. At death, a believer immediately is with Christ in Heaven where his works are brought before the Judgment Seat of Christ for the determination of rewards which will take place at the time when Christ comes for His own.

Matthew 25:31-33, 41, 46

The unbelievers that choose to reject Jesus Christ will be judged for their sin and perish in Hell. At death the spirits of the unsaved descend immediately into Hades (hell) where they are kept in fiery punishment until the final Day of Judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, and they shall be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire, the place of final and everlasting fiery punishment.

Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:19-31; Mark 9:42-48; John 14:1-6; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:8-10; 1 Peter 3:22; Revelation 20:11-15

Eternal Security

We believe that those who are truly saved are kept by the power of God, and sealed by the spirit of God, therefore making it impossible to be lost once saved. The Salvation which God bestows on a person is perfect and complete; saved from the penalty of sin, power of sin, and, one day, the very presence of sin. Jesus said “It is finished.”

1 Peter 1:3-5; Ephesians 4:30; John 10:28-30; Romans 8:35-39; Ephesians 1:13; 1 John 5:11-13; Ecclesiastes 4:13