statement of faith
We believe that there is one true and uncreated God. He is perfectly good, holy, just, loving, and truthful. He exists and reveals Himself in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Bible is without error in its original manuscript, and remains the only inspired, infallible, living, and eternally reliable Word of God. It is the final authority for us with regard to what is true and how we should live.
We believe that God created mankind in His own image for the purpose of relationship with Him. Man’s heart-choice to disobey God caused us all to fall from a place of God-intended life, righteousness and holiness into a state of sin and total spiritual death. This state of sin and death remains the pervading predicament of all mankind, unless he experiences redemption unto renewed life: salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
We believe that God desires all mankind to be saved. God’s salvation is offered freely through the atoning work of Jesus Christ. This salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No work, ritual, or any other activity is required or accepted for any individual to enter into His salvation.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, His present ministry, His indwelling, His empowering, His impartation of gifts for today, and His transforming power in the lives of all believers which is evidenced foremost by developing Christ-like character.
We believe that the church is not a building, but a body of people in whom Jesus Christ is living and working. We believe that the local church is the hope of the world, and the primary instrument through which God is fulfilling His purposes in the earth.
We believe that God designed the church to be led and equipped by teams that include apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. We believe that women and men are equally called and gifted to serve, lead, and do all the works of the Kingdom.*
We believe in and celebrate the priesthood of all believers. We uphold that every Christian should be actively involved in a local church that expresses the nature and purposes of God to its community.
We participate in The Lord’s Supper and Believer’s Baptism in celebratory obedience and as a testimony of our faith.
We believe that an eternal destination of either Heaven or hell is determined by our response to God’s offer of salvation.
We believe that Jesus will return physically and visibly to earth, as He has promised, to establish His permanent reign at a date undisclosed by scripture.
*Click here to view an open letter to the Church from Bethel Little Rock leadership team on the subject of women in leadership.