(A Graduate College of Theology & Ministry)
Bethel Christian University
(g) The Church and its Missions – The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Holy Spirit with divine appointments for the fulfilment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and the church of the first born, which was written in Heaven (Eph. 1:22-23, 2:22, Heb. 12:23).
Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the responsibility of the Church is:
(1) To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8, Matt. 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16).
(2) To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Cor. 12:28,14:12).
(3) To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Eph. 4:11-16, 1 Cor. 12:28, 14:12).
(h) The Ordinances of the Church – The ordinance of Baptism by immersion in water is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent of their sins and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. This is a declaration to the world that they identify with Christ in His death and have been raised with Him in newness of life (Matt. 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47-48, Rom. 6:4).
(i) The Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion – The Lord’s Supper consisting of the elements – bread and the cup of the fruit of vine – is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death ( 1 Cor. 11:23-31) and is enjoined on all believers “till He come”!
(j) The Baptism in the Holy Spirit – The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance (Acts 2:4). With the baptism in the Holy Spirit comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowal of the gifts or enablements of the Holy Spirit and their uses in the ministry of the Body of Christ (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4, 8, 1 Cor. 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17, 10:44-46, 11:14-15, 15:7-9).
(k) Devine Healing – Divine healing was provided for in the Old Testament (Exod. 15:23-26, Psalms 103:1-3, Isaiah 53:4-5) and is an integral part of the gospel (Matt. 8:16-17, Acts 5:16, James 5:14-16).
(l) The Second Advent of Christ – The Second coming of Christ includes the catching away of the Church (1 Thess. 4:16-17), followed by the actual, visible return of Christ with His saints (the Church) to reign with Him on earth for one thousand years (Zech. 14:5, Matt. 24:27, 30, Rev. 1:7, 19:11-14, 20:1-6). This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel (Ezek. 39:28-29, Zeph. 3:19-20, Rom. 11:26-27) and the establishment of universal peace (Isa. 11:6-9, Psalms 72:3-8, Mic. 4:3-4).
(m) The Final Judgement – There will be a final judgement in which the wicked dead will be raised and be judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angel, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matt. 25:46, Mark 9:43-48, Rev. 19-20, 20:11-15, 21:8).
(n) The New Heavens and the New Earth – “We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13, Rev. 21:22).
Our doctrinal position is purely Evangelical and Pentecostal
TENETS OF FAITH
1. This Religious Organization recognizes that its basis of faith shall be according to the doctrine of Christ found in II John 9-11, “Whosoever transgresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.” The Biblically inspired doctrinal basis of faith which lists the seven principles of the doctrine of Christ found in Hebrews 6:1-2. “Therefore, leaving the principles of the foundation of repentance from dead works, and faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”
Thus we see that these seven principles include the followings:
1. Repentance from dead works.
2. Faith in God.
3. Doctrine of baptisms.
4. The laying on of hands.
5. The resurrection of the dead.
6. Eternal Judgment.
7. The going on to perfection.
2. Obviously, in the New Testament Church, there was not uniformity of belief in all matters, including for example that of circumcision (Acts 15:1). The Apostles did not attempt to resolve the differences in this case. Either side was given liberty of conscience in the matter, but neither was permitted to make it an issue. We, therefore, stand for New Testament liberty of conscience but disapprove of any who would use that liberty to divide brethren.
3. Doctrinal Position – Our doctrinal position is purely Evangelical and Pentecostal in nature, therefore we believe in:
(a) The One True God – The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally Self-existent “I am,” the Creator of the universe and the redeemer of mankind (Deut. 6:4, Exod. 3:14, Isa. 43:10-11). God has further revealed Himself as a triune being manifested as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Isa. 48:16, Matt. 28:19, Luke 3:22).
(b) The Scriptures Inspired – The Scriptures both Old and New Testament, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infalliable, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Tim. 3:15-17, 1 Thess. 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21).
(c) The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ – The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God and as such, shares in the Divinity and Deity of God (Matt. 1:23, John 5:22-23, 2 John 3, Heb. 1:1-13)
(d) Original Sin and the Fall of Man – Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26-27). The first man, Adam, through disobedience fell from the grace of God and thus sin entered into the world and death by sin. Adam’s transgression incurred not only physical death for man but also spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God. (Gen. 2:17, 3:6-24). Man’s propensity to sin because of his sinful nature necessitates salvation from the power of sin and a Savior to provide that Salvation (Rom. 7:13-25).
(e) The Salvation of Man – Man’s only hope of redemption and salvation from the power of sin is through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12, Rom. 5:8-13, 10:9, James 1:21, Eph. 2:8).
(f) Christ The One Shepherd – Jesus is the Good Shepherd (Jn. 10:11) and the Great Shepherd (Heb. 13:20). There is only One spiritual shepherd referred to in the New Testament and Jesus is that one (john 10:16).