Church of Bethlehem
What Is the Gospel?
The gospel is the good news of God’s grace invading the darkness of this world. It is the grand narrative of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation ordained by God and orchestrated through the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the gospel. His resurrection is the power of the gospel. His ascension is the glory of the gospel.
CONFESSION OF FAITH
WE BELIEVE IN GOD, THE FATHER ALMIGHTY,
maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; and in the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God.
WE REVERENTLY RECEIVE THE SCRIPTURES
of the Old and New Testaments, and believe them to be the inspired Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
WE BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST,
who, in the beginning “was with God,” and “was God,” and who “Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24).
WE BELIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT
has led us to repent of all our sins, and to turn from them, and to obey Christ where He says, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).
WE BELIEVE THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD,
and in the final judgment of all people. “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him” (John 3:36).
WE BELIEVE THAT WE ARE SAVED “BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH”
in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that good works are the certain fruit of such faith. We therefore offer ourselves for Christian service as a means of expressing our gratitude to Him, and to extend His cause.
WE CHEERFULLY SUBMIT OURSELVES
to the instruction and government of this church, and we promise to promote its purity, peace and welfare by all means within our power, so long as we shall continue to be a member.