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What We Believe
at Bear Creek Church

Here is a brief survey of the core beliefs that we believe are essential to our faith:

The Bible

  • We believe the Scriptures are inspired by God and are without error in the original writings, and that they are our supreme and final authority in faith and life.

 

God

  • We believe in one God who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

Jesus Christ

  • 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.

 

Holy Spirit

  • 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.

 

Humanity

  • 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.

 

Salvation

  • 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.

 

Eternity

  • We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, everlasting life with God for the saved (heaven), and the everlasting separation from God of the lost (hell).

 

The Church

  • We believe that the New Testament church is a local body of baptized believers in spiritual community which is essential to the spiritual health of any follower of Christ.

 

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

  • It is the responsibility of every Christ-follower to win the lost by verbal witness supported by a Christian lifestyle in harmony with the gospel of Christ.

 

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.

 

The Family

  • 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.

Read more about Baptist doctrinal beliefs - Baptist Faith and Message 

 

Our Affiliations

Southern Baptist Convention,   Southern Baptists of Texas,   Texas Baptist Convention