Statement of Faith
what we believe at BCC about the big theological themes
There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
2 The Bible
Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.
3 The Human Race
As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please Him.
4 The Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin. He rose from the dead and in His resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all.
Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone and receive eternal life.
6 The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply His work of salvation. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.
7 The Church
The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, for pastoral care and discipline, and for evangelism.
8 Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been given to the churches by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of entry into His Church but does not impart spiritual life. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once and for all.
9 The Future
The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God.