What We Believe
We seek to be Word-centered and Gospel-driven.
The ministry of Bethel Baptist Church will, we hope, always keep God's Word central. Why? The Bible is God's written Word—how He's chosen to communicate to us Who He is, what He has been doing, and what He expects of us. The Bible alone holds the ultimate, most trustworthy, most authoritative answers to the questions of life and eternity. Thus, rather than magnifying the ideas of men and women, we look instead to God, trusting that He inspired and preserved His Word for His glory and our good. We believe that the written Word is a reflection of the Living Word, Jesus Christ, and that its contents are our reliable, sufficient rule of faith and practice. When a moral question is raised, or when we face a difficult circumstance, we choose to resort to the Bible for guidance, correction or comfort rather than falling back on our own experiences and opinions.
We seek to be traditional in our message.
We hold to historical Baptist and fundamental distinctives. Specifically, we are fond of The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. We gladly accept broken, unaccomplished, needy sinners like ourselves—but we are not seeker-driven. We do not believe that "doing church" is what God requires of men and women, and we do not believe that it is the local church's responsibility to water down nor add to the gospel of Christ in order to make it a more "comfortable" place to be. Do we want that gospel [good news] to be understandable? Yes. Do we ourselves want to be compassionate and inclusive? Yes. We want the broken people. People, like us, who know their sinfulness. We are here for those who know they need something more than what this life has to offer. We seek not to offer more of the same, but to offer something different. The person and work of Jesus Christ is enough for us. We invite you to come see why.
We seek to be relevant in our vision.
We maintain that the Bible is more than a collection of ancient writings, but rather it contains everything we need to face the problems of life in today's culture. Consequently, our teaching and preaching will include practical application to help us live as we ought. We are not an elite group of "the arrived," and we are committed to continual change. We rest on and submit to the absolute, unchanging truth of the Bible, and it in turn changes us. We hear and meditate on God's Word—and while we do that, we try to be doers of that Word, and not hearers only. We have found that the unchanging truths of the Bible affect our everyday lives, and we pray that we will become more and more like Jesus Christ as we submit to and obey His Word.