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Our Beliefs

At Bear Creek Church, we believe and adhere to the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. Here are some of the key points of theology summarized below:

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 Our Society

  • All Christians should endeavor to make human society flourish by seeking to live righteously in the world; a righteousness rooted in the spiritual regeneration of the gospel and the renewing of the Holy Spirit. 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. We are called by God to treat every human being with love, compassion, and dignity.

 

The Family

  • God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. 

  • 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 relationship, and sexual expression according to New Testament commands, and the means for procreation of humanity.

  • The husband and wife are of equal worth before God since both are created in God’s image. They have equally valuable and complementary roles in the marriage and family (Ephesians 5:21-33).

  • Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead by a godly lifestyle and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children should honor and obey their parents (Ephesians 6:1-4).

Sexual Expression

  • God created marriage to be the place of sexual expression for humanity.

  • Marriage means the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive sexual union, as defined in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25). God intends sexual intimacy to occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Corinthians 6:18, 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4)

  • God foreordained and created each person as either male or female in conformity with their biological gender. These two distinct yet complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Our gender identity is therefore consistent with our biological gender at birth (Genesis 1:26-27).

Read more about Baptist doctrinal beliefs - Baptist Faith and Message 

 

Our Affiliations

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