Our Beliefs

The Bible

We believe the Scripture, all 66 books of the combined Old and New Testaments, is verbally inspired by God. We Believe that the Bible is inerrant in the original writings, and it is the Christian's final authority in faith and conduct.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 16:13-15; Matthew 22:29-31; Psalms 19:7-11; Psalms 119:1-8

God

We believe that there is only one true, living, sovereign, holy, and eternally existent God. God is infinitely perfect and He exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the creator and sustainer of all things, the source of all truth, and is worthy of worship, confidence, and obedience.

Genesis 1:1; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Jeremiah 10:10; Deuteronomy 5:7;

John 5:26; 1 Timothy 1:17; John 14:14-18; John 15:26; Galatians 4:6; Genesis 1:31

Man

We believe that God created man in His image. But man sinned, incurring not only physical death, but also spiritual death (separation from God, which all people inherit from Adam). We believe that man is subject to Satan's power; and that man, within himself, has no means of recovery or salvation.

Genesis 1:17, 31; Genesis 1:27; 2:7; Romans 5:12, 14, 19, 21; 7:23-25; Genesis 3:22-24; Colossians 1:21

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe, by the miracle of the virgin birth - that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. We believe that He became man without ceasing to be God, to reveal God and to redeem mankind from sin. We believe that Christ died for the sins of all people as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that He arose bodily from the dead for our justification. Finally, we believe that He is now exalted at the right hand of God as Head of the Church. Christ is Lord of the individual believer, fulfilling His ministry as our Great High Priest and Advocate.

John 1:1-3, 14; Matthew 1:18-25; Philippians 2:5-9; Colossians 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:11

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that He convicts the world of sin and regenerates the believing sinner, baptizing him into the Church (which is the body of Christ). We believe that He indwells, guides, instructs and empowers believers for godly living and service. We believe that God gives all believers at least one spiritual gift so we can use this gift for the strength and outreach of the Church.

John 14:16-19; 16:7-15; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 8:9, 11,; Titus 3:5

Salvation

We believe that salvation is God's free gift. Salvation is neither merited nor secured in part or in whole by any human virtue, work, ceremony, or effort. We receive God's gift only through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In Christ, all true believers have - as a present possession - eternal life, perfect righteousness, and sonship in God's family. Christians also enjoy every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness, and have the divine guarantee that they shall never perish. God has deliver Christians from all condemnation, and we have eternal security in Christ.

Ephesians 2:8-10, 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:7-10; Romans 1:4, 3:25; Ephesians 1:20-23; Matthew 1:21-25;Luke 1:35, 2:11; 1 Corinthians 1:30-31; Romans 5:1-9; Revelations 22:17; John 3:16; Mark 16:16; Romans 3:23-24

The Church

Regeneration is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit. We believe that the true Church is composed of all who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, through saving faith in Jesus Christ. We also believe that those who are thus members of the true Church are eligible for membership in the local Church.

Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Hebrews 10:25; John 3:1-8; 1:17; Ephesians 2:5-10, 4:30-32; Titus 3:5-7

The Christian Walk

We believe that God calls us - with a holy calling - to walk not after flesh, but after the Spirit. God wants us to live in the power of His indwelling Holy Spirit, so we will not fulfill the lusts of our physical bodies. Therefore, keeping ourselves constantly in subjection to Christ, we must allow God's Holy Spirit to live through us in a daily "walk" of faith. Otherwise, the sinful nature will certainly demonstrate its presence in our lives, to the Lord's dishonor. It is the responsibility and privilege of every Christian to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and to seek and to make growing disciples.

Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; Mark 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:13; Romans 4:16-17

Bethlehem Baptist

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704-739-7487

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Kings Mountain, NC 28086

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