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Our Statement of Faith
What We Believe
• In essential beliefs – We have unity
“There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6 (NIV)
• In non-essential beliefs – We have liberty
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.” Romans 14:1 (NIV)
“Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.” Romans 14:4 (NIV)
“So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.” Romans 14:12 (NIV)
“So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves.” Romans 14:22 (NIV)
• In all our beliefs – We show charity
“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2 (NIV)
The Essentials We Believe
As members of Bethesda Pasir Ris Mission Church, we subscribe to the following doctrines of the Christian faith in accordance with the Scriptures:
1. Concerning the Bible
The divine inspiration and complete reliability of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as originally given, and their Supreme Authority in all matters of faith and practice.
John 10:35; 16:13-15; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 3:15-16
2. Concerning God
a. The unity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in the Eternal Godhead, with the distinctions of Persons in that unity.
Genesis 1:1-2; 26-27; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-2,14,18; 14:16-17; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14
b. The Sovereignty of God in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgment.
Genesis 1&2; Psalm 8; Daniel 2:20-22; Acts 17:24-31; Romans 9:16,18; 10:12-13; 11:29-36; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 2:9-12
3. Concerning Jesus Christ
a. The incarnation, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and the unique combination of the divine and human natures in the sinless Person of Jesus Christ.
John 1:1,14; Matthew 1:20-25; Luke 1:35; Gal 4:4; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:1-13; 2:14-18; 4:15; 1 Pet 2:22; Isaiah 7:14
b. The sacrificial death, as our Representative and Substitute, of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 20:28; John 1:29; Romans 3:25; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 19-21; Hebrews 9:14, 22; 1 John 2:2; 1 Timothy 2:5-6
c. His triumphant bodily resurrection from the dead.
Matthew 28; Luke 24; John 20 & 21; Acts 2:24-32; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 20
d. His ascension and exaltation at God’s right hand and intercession as Great High Priest for His people.
Acts 1:9; 5:31; Ephesians 1:20-23; Hebrews 4:14-15; 12:2
e. His personal return to receive His People, judge the world and establish His everlasting Kingdom.
John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Isaiah 9:6-7; Revelation 21& 22
4. Concerning The Holy Spirit
a. The sending by the Father of the Holy Spirit to bear witness to the Son.
John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:13-15; Acts 1:4-5,8; 2:1-4
b. The Holy Spirit’s work of convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgement.
c. His power for the conversion of sinners, their incorporation into the Body of Christ, the Church, and His indwelling and empowerment of believers for witness and service.
Acts 1:8; 2:38; Romans 8:9-11; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5,12; 6:11; 12:4-11; John 4:17; Ephesians 3:16ff;
d. He unites the church in fellowship.
Ephesians 4: 3-6; Philippians 2:1, 2
5. Concerning Man
a. He was created in the image, and for the glory, of God.
Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7; Psalm 100:3; Isaiah 43:7
b. The universal sinfulness, guilt and lost condition of all mankind since the Fall, making everyone subject to God’s wrath and judgment.
Genesis 3; Romans 3:9-23; 5:12-14; 6:23
c. The formation of a new redeemed humanity, the universal Church of Christ to which all true believers belong.
Romans 8:28-30; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2&3; 1 Peter 2:9-10
6. Concerning Salvation
a. The necessity of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration and sanctification.
John 3:5-7; 16:8-11; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 7-8; 2:13
b. The justification of the sinner solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
Romans 3:21-28; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:4-9
c. The evidence of the new birth and spiritual life in growth, in grace, knowledge, holiness and good works.
Ephesians 2:10; 2 Timothy 2:19; Titus 3:8; Hebrews 12:10-11; James 2:17-18; 1 Peter 1:14-23
d. The eternal life of all true believers in Christ.
John 6:37, 47; 10:27-29; Romans 8:28-39; 1 John 5:5, 9-13
e. The final resurrection and redemption of the saved to eternal blessedness, and the resurrection of the lost to judgment and eternal separation from God.
Daniel 12:2; John 5:27-29; Romans 14:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Philippians 3:20-21; Revelation 20:11-15
7. Concerning the Definition and Nature of the Church
a. The church is not an institution but a community of all Christ Followers, a spiritual family of God. It is defined as all those whom Christ had died to redeem.
b. The church in Greek term is ekklesiazo, “to summon an assembly / gathering”. Systematic Theologian Millard Erickson states that the term usually has reference to a group of believers in a specific city to worship and have fellowship together. Thus we find Paul's letters addressed to the 'the church of God in Corinth and in Galatia'.
1 Cor. 1:2; 2 Cor. 1:1, Gal 1:2
c. The Church is local and universal. In the New Testament, the word “church” may be applied to a group of believers at any level, ranging from a very small group meeting in a private home all the way to the group of all true believers in the universal church.
Romans 16:5, 1Cor 16:19
d. There is one body and it is Christ’s body in which Christ loved and died for irrespective of different gifting and calling of each church tradition or denomination.
Eph 5:25, Eph 4:4
8. Concerning the Ministry and Mission of the Church
a. We can understand the purposes of the church in terms of ministry to God, ministry to believers and ministry to the world.
Col 3:16, Eph 1:12, 5:16-19
b. We minister to God through worship.
Col 3:16, Eph 1:12, 5:16-19
c. The church ministers to believers through encouragement, nurturing and discipling.
Col 1:28, Eph 4:12-13, Heb 10:24-25
d. The church ministers to the world through Evangelism and Mission.
Our Church Practices
Beliefs are not worth much unless they are translated into actions. Based on what the Bible teaches, we subscribe to the following practices of the Christian Faith:
1. Concerning Baptism
The observance of baptism of believers, normally by immersion, on personal confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41; 8:35-38; 10:44-48; Romans 6:3,4
2. Concerning the Lord’s Supper
The remembrance of the Lord’s death in the Breaking of Bread, usually on Sunday being the first day of the week, and the reception at the Lord’s Table of all baptised believers whose conduct is in harmony with their confession of faith.
Luke 22:14-19; Acts 2:42, 46; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
3. Concerning Fellowship and Discipleship
The provision of opportunities for fellowship, prayer and instruction of believers, and for the exercise of spiritual gifts for edification, subject to the Lordship of Christ.
Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12, 13 & 14. Ephesians 4:1-16; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 4:7-11
4. Concerning Evangelism and Mission
The responsibility of the local church, as individuals and collectively as a church, to proclaim the Gospel of Christ in our immediate neighbourhood, to our nation as well as to the world.
Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:44-48; Acts 1:8; 1 Pet 2:9; 3:15
5. Concerning Stewardship
The recognition of every believer’s responsibility and privilege to contribute (according to his gifts, talents and resources) to the work of God and the extension of his Kingdom.
Romans 12:1-13; 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8 & 9
6. Concerning Leadership
Recognition and respect for Church leaders (Heb 13:17), particularly
a. the pastors/elders, whose qualifications for office are specified in 1 Tim 3:1-7, Titus 1:7-9, and whose duties are outlined in 1 Pet 5:1-3; and
b. the deacons, whose qualifications for office are specified in 1 Tim 3:8-13; and whose duties (as indicated in their designation) involve their assisting the elders in the administration and service of the Church (Phil 1:1; 1 Thess 5:12-13; 1 Tim 5:17).