What We Believe

Statement of Faith

As a church, we believe in:

The Bible

The Bible is the inspired Word of God, authoritative in all matters of faith and practice. Authored by human hands under the divine influence of the Holy Spirit, it transcends earthly wisdom, offering divine truths without error. The Bible remains relevant, providing enduring principles and wisdom for believers to navigate their spiritual journey.

The Trinity

God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ and God the Holy Spirit – one God in three persons. In perfect unity, these three persons share the essence of divinity, each possessing equal power and authority.

The Father

He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, Holy: distinct and unique. It is in Him that we live, move and exist.

The Son

Jesus Christ came to earth completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only solution for humankind to come into right relationship with God.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ, convicting of sin, righteousness, and imminent judgment. Providing comfort, bestowing spiritual gifts, and molding believers into Christ’s likeness, the Holy Spirit assures us of our connection with Christ.

Salvation

The sinless blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation for humankind through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people repent of their sin and place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.

Baptism

Baptism is a symbolic act of obedience and a public declaration of faith. Through immersion in water, believers demonstrate their union with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, and their cleansing from sin. Baptism is not a means of salvation but a visible expression of an inward transformation.

Eternity

Humankind was created by God to exist forever. We will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation.

As a church, our primary aims and functions are:

Glorify God

We aspire to honour God and serve as a tangible representation of His character and Kingdom in the world.

Meet regularly for worship

We meet regularly for worship, prayer, biblical teaching, encouragement, and fellowship, fostering spiritual growth and unity among our members.

Encourage congregational partnership

We actively encourage a sense of congregational partnership, promoting the mutual care of each other’s spiritual and physical well-being, thereby nurturing a community characterised by love and support.

Engage in the task of mission

Aligned with the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), we are committed to participating in the mission of reaching out to the local community, the nation, and the world.

Seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ

In every conceivable way, we strive to make disciples of Jesus Christ, inviting and guiding individuals into a transformative journey within the fellowship of His church.

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Sunday Morning: 8:30am & 10:00am

P | (07) 576 2344
E | bbc@bethlehem.org.nz
A | 90 Bethlehem Rd, Bethlehem, Tauranga