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1. We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21,Hebrew 4:12)
2. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, 2 Cor. 13:14)
3. We believe that Jesus Christ, God the Son, is fully God and fully man having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven where He is at the right hand of God the Father. He is now our High Priest and Advocate. (Isaiah 7:14, John 1:1-3, 14; Matthew 1:23)
4. We believe that the Holy Spirit places the believer in the Universal Church, the Body of Christ, at the moment of salvation. There is only one baptism of the Holy Spirit that occurs at the time of regeneration (1 Cor. 12:13).The gifts of the Spirit are given to believers for the purpose of building up the Church (Eph. 4:11-12; Romans, 12:4-5, I Cor. 12). During the foundational era of the Church (under the authority of the apostles) God gave unique gifts, for example, tongues, healings, miracles, as temporal gifts that witnessed to the validity of those bearing new
revelation (1Cor. 13:8-10, 2 Cor. 12:12,, Eph. 2:20).
Beacon Bible Church recognizes the difference between permanent and temporal spiritual gifts. Although we cannot be sure when the temporal gifts ceased to exist, it the position of this church that they have ceased (1 Cor. 13:8, 14:22, Heb. 2:3,4).
5. We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and , of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Geneisis1:26,27; Romans, 3:22,23; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3, 12).
6. We believe God has provided salvation through offering His Son on the cross of Calvary, and required His blood to be payment for our sins (Romans 3:24-25).
We are saved and declared righteous when we recognize ourselves as sinners, and we put our trust in Christ as the Son of God and His finished work on the cross of Calvary. Salvation is by grace through faith plus nothing (Eph. 2:8, 9; Romans 3:24; John 5:24).
We believe once saved we cannot be lost. We are eternally secure in Christ (John 10:27-29; I John 5:11-13).
7. We believe that the Bible teaches us to live in a way that pleases God, looking for the blessed hope of the return of Jesus Christ, setting our minds on things that please God and not on ourselves, living our lives as those who have been set apart to fulfill God’s purposes (Titus 2:11-14).
8. We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8, 2 Cor. 5:19, 20).
9. We believe that the New Testament teaches the establishment of local churches.
We believe in the self-government of the local church under the headship of Jesus Christ, free from external authority or control (1 Cor. 1:2).
We recognize the following symbolic acts commanded in Scriptures:
a. Believer’s Baptism to show a person’s identification with Jesus Christ (Acts 10:48).
b. The Lord’s Supper to remember Christ’s death and look for His coming again (1 Cor. 11).
10. We believe that the Bible must be interpreted literally and within its grammatical and historical setting according to the immediate and wider contexts (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We believe that interpreting the Bible literally reveals divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibility in successive ages.
11. Satan is an angel created by God, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open
and declared enemy of God and man; and , that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire
(Job 1:6,7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11, 25:4; Rev. 20:10).
12. We believe in the “Blessed Hope,” the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones and in His subsequent return to earth with His saints to establish His millennial kingdom (I Thess. 1:10, 4:13-18. 5:9; Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 3:10, 19:11-16, 20:1-6).
13. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25, 26; Rev. 20: 5 ,6, 12, 13).
We believe that the souls of the redeemed are at death absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23;43; Rev. 20:4-6; 2 cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23, 3:21; I Thess. 4:16,17).
We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-26; Matt. 25:41-46; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6 and 7; Mark 9:43-48; Rev 20:11-15).
14. We believe biblical marriage is a faithful union between one man and one woman as genetically defined. Beacon Bible church facilities and pastoral staff will only be involved with marriage ceremonies and related activities that comply with this definition. Marriage is the only legitimate and acceptable context for a sexual relationship (Genesis 2:24-25; I Cor. 6:15-20, 7:3-5: Eph. 5:22-23, 1 Thess.4:3-8). It is still the pastor’s decision as to whether or not he will marry two individuals.
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