Bethel Christian Schools is committed to developing students into responsible adults who are an asset to their community. We promote academic excellence with the higher purpose of putting the desires of God above our own. Along with college preparatory curriculum, performing arts, and athletics, we instill the Golden Rule of Matthew 7:12, ‘Treat others the way you want to be treated,’ as the foundation for all life decisions.
Statement of Faith
A. The Scriptures
We believe that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, by which we understand that the books which form the canon of the Old and New Testaments, as originally given, are plenarily inspired and free from all error in the whole and in the part. These books constitute the written Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
1st Thessalonians 2:13; 2nd Timothy 3:15-17; 2nd Peter 1:21
B. The Godhead
We believe the one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I Am”, the Creator of heaven and earth, and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, as Triune God.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22
C. The Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and after the likeness of God, that he fell by voluntary revolt, and as a consequence, lost his spiritual life and became subject to the power of Satan. We also believe that this condition of spiritual death has been transmitted to the entire human race, Christ Jesus alone being excepted; and hence that every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature that is inherently corrupt, and which cannot be spiritually changed by mere information apart from divine grace.
Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3:6; Romans 5:12-19
D. The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He was born of a virgin, that He performed miracles, that He lived a sinless life, that He redeemed us by His death, and resurrection, in that He descended into hell, and that He ascended to the right hand of the Father, and that He will personally return in power and glory.
Matthew 1:21-23; Matthew 28:6; Acts 2:22; 1st Corinthians 15:3; Ephesians 4:9-10; 1st Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 7:26;
E. The Salvation of Man
We believe that, owing to universal spiritual death through sin, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless born again. We also believe that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who died as our substitute; and that the new birth comes only through faith in Christ, and that repentance is a vital part of believing.
Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11. Titus 3:5-7
F. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
We believe that all believers are entitled to and should expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service and the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. The baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance.
Luke 24:49; John 20:22; Acts 1:4; Acts 1:5; Acts 1:4-8; Acts 2:4; 1st Corinthians 12:1-31
G. Divine Healing
We believe that deliverance from sickness is provided for in the propitiatory work of Jesus Christ, and that divine healing is the will of God for all believers.
Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16; James 5:14-16; 1st Peter 2:24
H. The Church
We believe the Church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is called to the worship and service of God, the observance of the sacraments or ordinances of water baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and the practice of good works. The primary task of the Church in all ages is to teach all nations and to make disciples, bringing the Gospel to bear on every aspect of life and thought.
Matthew 28:19-20; John 4:23; 1st Corinthians 11:26; Ephesians 1:23; Colossians 3:24; James 2:14-21
I. Gender, Marriage and Sexuality
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. Those two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of God within that person, and that purposely presenting oneself as the opposite sex is an outward manifestation of that rejection. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. God intended sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:18-24; Genesis 2:21-25; Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13; Deuteronomy 22:5; Matthew 19:4-9: Mark 7:20-23; Romans 1:23-2:4; 1st Corinthians 6:9-20; 1st Timothy 1:8-11
J. Christian Role Model
A Christian Role Model is defined as living an exemplary life at all times, both on campus and off campus. This includes, but not limited to, the refraining from such activities as the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs; the use of vulgar and profane language; the involvement with pornography, and the participation in occult activities including Ouija boards, horoscopes, and psychics.
Deuteronomy 13:10-12; Galatians 5:19-20; Colossians 3:17; 1st Thessalonians 2:10(T.L.B.); 1st Thessalonians 5:22-23; Titus 2:7-8 (T.L.B.); James 3:17-18
K. The Consummation
We believe the consummation of all things includes the visible, personal and glorious return of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead, the translation of those alive in Christ, the judgment of the just and the unjust, and the fulfillment of Christ’s Kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. Satan with his hosts and all men outside Christ will be finally separated from the presence of God, enduring eternal punishment. All who have been redeemed by Christ from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light will be in the presence of God forever, giving Him unending praise and glory.
Matthew 24:27-30; 1st Corinthians 15:50-57; 1st Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 14:10-12; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 3:11-13