At Bethlehem Baptist Church we have the following Core Values and Beliefs:
Our Core Values
At Bethlehem Baptist Church, we believe our assembly was joined together for the sole purpose to honor and glorify our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that we do these things through the power of the Holy Spirit in:
…our individual discipleship,
…our service to the community, and
…our world mission support.
Bethlehem is dedicated to the authority of the Holy Bible as the Word of God. This steadfastly remains our guidance and foundation for our faith and provides spiritual support for us through our walk of life. Our church is blessed with a congregation whose goal is to live a life dedicated to Jesus Christ. Through our love of God, fellowship, and support of the church, we are brought together at Bethlehem to achieve God’s purpose.
If you are seeking a strong relationship with God, through His Son Jesus Christ, and would like a church family where you can grow in your daily walk with God, please visit with us at Bethlehem Baptist Church. We feel confident you will find this a great place to worship and to hear God’s Word preached from his Holy Book.
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. I Peter 3:10-12
Bethlehem Baptist Church is associated with the Sweetwater Baptist Association and the Southern Baptist Convention. At Bethlehem, we believe:
That Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation and eternal life. Each person must make a personal decision to repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer.
That the Bible is the infallible Word of God and everything from from the First word, of the first Chapter, and First Verse of Genesis through the last verse of the last chapter of the Book of Revelation is absolute truth. The Bible has God as its author, salvation as its end, and truth, without error, for its content.
There is only one living and true God and that He reveals Himself to us as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with their own personal attributes, yet without separation of the nature, essence, or being of each.
– The Father rules over His universe, His creatures, and all things human according to the purpose of His grace. God is Father to all those who become children of His through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.
– Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus, as a man, lived a sinless life, died upon the cross as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind. He was buried, arose from the grave, and ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father.
– The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God who convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. The Holy Spirit enlightens and empowers us, as believers, and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Man was created in God’s own image. Man sinned against God, of his own free choice, and therefore brought sin into the human race. Christ died on the cross to provide for man’s salvation from sin, therefore every man is worthy of Christian love.
All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Those who die without faith in Jesus Christ spend eternity in Hell while those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, through faith in Christ, spend an eternity in Heaven.
That the local assembly is a local body of baptized believers with the Lord Jesus Christ as the head.
Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. This baptism is a symbol of the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour. Believers recognize they must be saved from sin and thus require God’s grace. They are immersed, a symbol of dying to the old way of life, and come out of the water to a new way of life. Just as Jesus rose from the dead, the believer, when baptized, rises from the water to embark on a new way of life as one of God’s children.
The Sabbath is the Lord’s Day and commemorates the resurrection of Christ and is a day of worship and spiritual devotion.
A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal. The church and state should remain separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of the church’s spiritual ends.
God has ordained the family as the foundation of human society where marriage is a union of one man and one woman. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship is a model for the way God relates to His people. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.