Statement of Faith – What Kind of Church?
Statements of Faith are important. They help us know and understand what the church teaches. Unfortunately, they can often work to divide instead of unifying. As you read BACC’s statements of faith, realize that we have narrowed these statements to only essential elements of the Christian faith. We would welcome the opportunity to share with you and discuss any of these beliefs in greater depth.
All of our beliefs are based on God’s Word (the Bible)
We believe that the Bible is God’s revelation of truth, His will and purpose, His actions in the creation of the universe and throughout history. The Bible was written by human authors and reflects their personalities but under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is, therefore, perfectly accurate, authoritative, and complete. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; James 1:22-25; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Revelation 22:18-19)
What the Bible Says About God
He is the creator and sustainer of all things, the Lord of all that exists. He is eternal– no beginning, no ending–the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is one but also exists in three personalities: Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1-2; John 1:1-4; Acts 17:24-29; Deuteronomy 6:4-5)
What the Bible Says About Jesus Christ
He is God’s only, unique, eternally existent Son, co-equal with the Father. He lived on earth in human form by miraculous conception and virgin birth. Jesus lived a sinless life and was the promised Messiah who gave His life as a willing sacrifice for our sins by dying on the cross. His resurrection from the grave provides an opportunity for all to receive the gift of eternal life in heaven through faith in Him. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (John 3:16-17; 14:1-6; 1 Timothy 6:13-15)
What the Bible Says About the Holy Spirit
He is personal, with characteristics of a person, and is the one who comes to live within every believer at conversion. He provides the believer with all that is necessary (direction, gifts, fruit) to live according to the will and purpose of God. (Acts 2:38-39; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; Romans 12:4-8; Galatians 5:22-23)
What the Bible Says About Human Beings
All men and women of all races and nationalities have been created by God in His own image to be like Him and to have a personal faith in and a relationship with Him. All have the potential for good, but all have sinned against God and stand in need of forgiveness and salvation. (Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:22-24; Galatians 3:22)
What the Bible Says About Salvation
It is purely the act of God. No one can save himself (or herself) through good deeds, charitable gifts, or self-improvement. Salvation (forgiveness of sins, reconciliation with God) is an act of God’s love and grace. This gift is free to any person who chooses to follow Jesus Christ in faith and then demonstrates that faith by obedience to Jesus as Lord. (Romans 5:8; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16)
What the Bible Says About the Church
God has always desired to have a people in fellowship with Him. In the Old Testament times, God permitted the Israelites to be His chosen people to live according to His laws and teachings. Since Jesus’ coming, the church–the people of God through faith in Christ Jesus–are those who live for Him and share His truths with others all over the world. (Ephesians 1:3-10; 5:23-27; Matthew 16:18; 28:19-20)