What We Believe

God

God is the Creator of everything! He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

The Father  He is all-powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. He reigns with     providential care over the universe and the flow of human history  goes according to His purposes and plan.

The Son (Jesus)   Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus has   eternally existed and became man at His incarnation.  He lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sins by dying on a cross. He bodily arose from the dead after three days to prove His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings  and Lord of Lords.

The Holy Spirit   He is the third person of the Trinity. He guides men into all truth,      exalts Christ, convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment, cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, bestows spiritual gifts by  which believers serve God and seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the lives of believers is the assurance of  God to bring us into the fullness of the stature of Christ.

Scripture

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It is sufficient as our single-source on how to live; it is authoritative as the un-mixed Word of God; it is our Father’s clear and comprehensible Word to His children.

Salvation

Salvation is God’s free gift to us that no amount of self-improvement or good works can deliver. Only by trusting Jesus can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. Then out of gratitude we turn from our self-ruled life to one of following Jesus. Eternal life begins the moment we are saved.

The Church

The Church is the Bride of Christ. It is also a local band of followers who collaborate by their common faith and fellowship with Jesus Christ. Joined together, they work to discover their calling, and then strive to express it through employing their talents in service to Christ’s mission. Jesus’ instructions to the New Testament Church were to make disciples and bear witness of Jesus’ redemptive work.

Love and Unity

Love is a choice, an act of will. Love is also a Person. Christians are commanded to love God and love mankind as the foundation of their obedience to God. Part of loving like Jesus means Christians are to also choose to live in responsible harmony with one another, placing other’s needs above their own, and showing greater respect to weaker members. Love and unity define Christian reality.

Other Tenants of Faith and Practice

We report these essential truths so that you can prayerfully discern if we are a congregation God is calling you to join. If you need more information, please contact our Pastor at pastor@belleviewbc.org

 

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