Doctrinal Statement

Our church's teaching and living is based upon the following foundational truths:

 

The Bible

The Canon, which is the 66 books of the Bible, is the inspired Word of God; it is God breathed. We also believe the Bible is without error in its entirety; as is in the original manuscript, it is the final authority for faith and living. (Ps. 19:7-8, Matt. 5:18, 2 Tim. 3:16-17, Heb. 4:12, 2 Pet. 1:20-21)

The Trinity

God exists eternally as three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  (Matt. 28:19, 1 Cor. 12:4-6, 2 Cor. 13:14, Heb. 9:14)

 

God the Father

The Heavenly Father, the first person of the triune Godhead, in His great love for the world, sent His beloved only begotten Son into the world as the Savior of mankind to provide everlasting life and Fatherhood for each believer. (John 3:16, Rom. 8:14, 1 John 4:14)

 

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God; was manifested in the flesh by a virgin birth; was crucified as the only acceptable sacrifice for our sins; arose bodily from the grave; is preparing a place for us; and will return for us. (Luke 1:35, John 1:1 & 14, John 14:1-6, Acts 1:9-11, 1 Cor. 15:3-19, 1 Pet. 2:24, 1 Pet. 3:18)

 

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit persuades us to confess Jesus as Savior from our sins and Lord of our lives, indwells us from the time of salvation, and empowers us to live Godly lives. (John 16:7-14, Acts 5:3-4, Rom. 8:9, 1 Cor. 12:13, Eph. 5:17-21)

 

Condition of Man

Every person is a sinner and separated from God until repenting of his sins and receiving God's gift of eternal life by trusting in Jesus Christ alone as Savior and Lord. (Acts 4:12, Rom. 3:23, Rom. 6:23, Eph. 2:8-9, 1 Pet. 1:18-21)

 

Security of the Believer

Believers are eternally safe and secure in Jesus and give evidence of genuine faith by a life of good works. (John 3:16, John 10:27-29, Rom. 8:38-39, James 2:14-17)

 

The Church

The church is the living body of Christ on earth comprised of all believers in Jesus Christ, and is manifested through local assemblies which are devoted to worshipping God, maturing believers, and reaching unbelievers with the Gospel. (Matt. 16:18, Matt. 28:19-20, 1 Cor. 12:27, Eph.  1:22-23, Eph. 4:11-13, Heb. 10:25)

 

Eternity

The future life of believers is a blessed eternity with God in heaven, but unbelievers face eternal suffering apart from God.  (Matt. 25:46, John 3:16, 2 Cor. 5:8, 1 Thess. 4:13-18, Rev. 20:11-15)

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Bethel Temple

Community Bible Church

228 East Allegheny Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19134

Tel: 215-423-0986
 

Fax: 215-427-1811