Statement of Beliefs for Ministry Leaders
Thank you for serving in a Ministry Role. It is important that we live, teach, and lead with a common vision and commitment to our core beliefs. Please read over the following, check the box at the bottom, and submit.
If you have any questions, please contact your ministry leader. They will be happy to answer any of your questions.
We vision to be a gospel-centered disciple-making community for all people.
Core Beliefs (Baptist Faith & Message 2000)
We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary and lived a perfect life as true God and true man.
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, where He serves as our High Priest and Advocate.
We believe in the hope and future return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual life to all believers, enables them to understand Biblical truth, empowers them for Godly living, gives them spiritual gifts for service and witness.
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in the divine image; that they sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death - which is separation from God; and that, as a result of sin, all human beings are now born with a sinful nature and stand guilty before God.
We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe, repent, and receive Christ by faith are born again by the Holy Spirit and become children of God.
Baptism and The Lord’s Supper
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s death to sin and commitment to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the juice, remember the death of Jesus Christ and anticipate His second coming.
Sharing the Gospel
Christianity and the Social Order
All Christians should seek to make the will of Christ supreme in their own lives and in human society. Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
I have read and understand the Vision Statement and Core Beliefs of Bear Creek Baptist Church. As a leader in a Ministry Role, I agree with and commit to lead, live, and teach in a way that honors the Gospel of Jesus Christ.