Beliefs :Bethel Pentecostal Church of God
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What We Believe ?
The Inspired Scriptures.
The Bible consisting of SIXTY SIX BOOKS is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, the infallable rule of faith and conduct. It is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason. (Heb. 4:12; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; 2 Tim. 3:15-17).
The One True God.
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent, self-revealed “I AM”, and has furthur revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association of the Trinity as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 43:10-11; Matt. 28:19; Mark 12:29; Matt. 3:16-17; John 14:16-17).
Man, His Fall, and Redemption.
Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness”. However, man fell by voluntary transgression, and his hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Gen. 1:26-31; 3:17; Rom. 5:12-21).
The Conditions of Salvation.
The grace of God, which bringeth salvation, hath appeared to all men through the preaching of repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ; man is saved by the regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost. Being justified by grace through faith, he becomes as heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:27; Rom. 10-13-15; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7).
The Evidences of Salvation.
The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit. (Rom. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. (Rom. 6:22).
The Baptism in Water.
The ordinance of baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the scriptures by all who have really repented and in their hearts, have truly believed in Christ as Savior and Lord. In doing so, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus, and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in the newness of life. (Matt. 28:19; Acts 10:47; Rom. 6:4; Matt. 3:16). It is baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
The Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements of bread and the fruit of wine, is a memorial of His suffering, death, and prophecy of His second coming. It is enjoined on all believers until He comes. (Luke 22:17-20; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-32).
The Promise of the Father.
All believers are entitiled to, and should earnestly seek, the promise of the Father which is the baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit according to the commandment of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the endowment of power for life, service, and the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-6; 1 Cor. 12:1-31). This wonderful experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the experience of the new birth. (Acts 2:38; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9; 19:2).
The Evidence of Baptism in the Holy Ghost.
The full consummation of the baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is evidenced by the initial, physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. It is also by the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service. (Acts 1:8; 2:4, 42-43; 10:44-46).
The Scriptures teach a life of holiness without which no man shall see God. By the power of the Holy Ghost, we are able to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy”. Entire sanctification is the will of God for all believers and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to the Word of God. (Rom. 8:3-4; 1 Thes. 5:23-24; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; 1 John 2:6; 2 Cor. 7:1).
The Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer born of the Spirit is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the firstborn which is written in Heaven. (Eph. 1:22-23; 2:19-22; Heb. 12:23).
The Ministry and Evangelism.
A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a twofold purpose: evangelization of the world; edification of the Body of Christ. (Mark 16:15-20; Eph. 4:11-13).
Deliverance from sickness is provided in the atonement, and it is the privilege of all believers. (Isa. 53:4; Matt. 8:16-17; Mark 16:18-20; James 5:14-16).
The Blessed Hope.
The Premillennial Second Coming of Jesus Christ, the resurrection, and the translation of those who have fallen asleep in Christ, together with those who are alive and remain until the Second Coming of the Lord, is imminent and is the blessed hope of the Church. (Rom. 8:23; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thes. 4:16-18; Titus 2:13).
The Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ.
The revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ from Heaven, the salvation of Israel, and the Millenial Reign of Christ on the Earth, is the scriptural promise and the world’s hope. (Rom. 11:25-27; 2 Thes. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-7).
The Lake of Fire.
The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever not found written in the Book of Life shall be cast into everlasting punishment into the lake that burns with fire and brimstone (second death). (Rev. 19:20; 20:10-15).
The New Heaven and New Earth.
We, “according to His promise, look for new Heavens and a new Earth wherein dwelleth righteousness”. (2 Pet. 3:13).