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WHAT WE BELIEVE

We (BCWC) Believe…

  1. There is one God, Almighty and Eternal, existent in a Trinity: The Father, The Son (The Word), and The Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit). He is not three Gods, but one God in three eternal Manifestations, Distinctions, or Persons (as the word was originally defined).
  2. God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. He has revealed Himself in Nature, in the Written Word (the Bible) and in His Living Word, (The Lord Jesus Christ).
  3. The Bible is the Word of God, plenary verbally inspired and is the first and final basis and test for doctrine, experience and conduct.
  4. Sin, rebellion and transgression against Gods Word and law, was practiced first by a fallen spirit being, Satan.
  5. Man, male and female, was created in the image and after the likeness of God to fellowship with Him and to reflect His love and power through fruitfulness and dominion over the earth.
  6. Through Satan's influence, man fell from his original position into sin and by sin into death---a state of estrangement and separation from Gods life and nature. All mankind and natural creation suffers as a consequence. This necessitated a redeemer.
  7. Jesus, the Living Word of God, was born of a virgin, into the earth, though He preexisted with the Father as God in eternity past. He is the Only Begotten Son of God who lived a perfect, sinless human life, died a substitutionary death, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended to heaven to the right hand of God the Father, as Lord and Christ. Jesus alone is the Redeemer whose blood is the price for mankind to be restored to fellowship with God.
  8. The Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, is God in unlimited accessible form. It is He who empowered Jesus Christ to fulfill His earthly mission. He is God, perfecting the Church into the image of Christ and performing acts of power to bring glory to Jesus.
  9. Salvation from sin is by grace through faith in the finished redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ: His death, burial, resurrection and exaltation. It is accomplished in the believer by the regenerating work of the Holy Ghost.
  10. All men must believe on and confess the Lord Jesus Christ, must repent of their sins and be baptized in water in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Gods Name for salvation), for the remission of sins and for identification with Christ and His redemptive work.
  11. The baptism and infilling with the Holy Ghost are necessary for all believers with all His accompanying signs, fruits and manifestations.
  12. Bodily healing is a part of the grace provided for all through the atonement.
  13. The church is Jesus Christ's corporate Body, continuing His ministry on the earth. It is the visible part of Gods otherwise invisible kingdom. It may be entered only by the second birth (salvation). Its purpose is to serve and glorify God in Worship, Warfare (spiritual) and Witness. Its means of doing so is to strengthen its present members and to make new disciples of Christ.
  14. The church shall observe ordinances established and confirmed by the Lord Jesus and practiced by the apostles. Among these are water baptism by immersion, The Lords Supper (Holy Communion), foot washing, holy matrimony, the laying on of hands, the dedication and blessing of infants and small children, the burial of the dead.
  15. Believers must live a lifestyle of holiness, demonstrating the compassion of Christ to all they encounter.
  16. Believers must live a lifestyle of love, demonstrating the compassion of Christ to all they encounter.
  17. Believers must give prayer, respect, and concern for the government and all who are in authority. They must exhibit qualities of good citizenship, but must never compromise the standards of their heavenly citizenship for that of the earth.
  18. At death, believers spirits go directly into the presence of God, awaiting the resurrection and glorification of their bodies.
  19. At death, unbelievers go directly to a place called hell, a place of torment, awaiting the resurrection of their bodies and the final judgment when they will be taken out of hell and cast bodily into the lake of fire. Death, hell, and Satan himself will be cast into the lake of fire.
  20. The Lord Jesus Christ will return bodily for believers, raising the sleeping ones from their graves (the first resurrection) and will ultimately rule with them on the earth for one thousand years. There will be a final day in which The Lord Jesus Christ will judge all men and assign their eternal abode based on their acceptance or rejection of Him and His Word. A new heaven and earth await the believers, and a lake of fire awaits the unbelievers.
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