To be a continuously relevant and vibrantly growing church that is Bible-believing, God-honoring, Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, committed to leading people to Christ and training men and women to significantly influence nations toward Christ, and to be a haven of hope and love to the lost, the poor and the needy, making our world a better place.
To teach, to equip and to mobilize men and women who will go into the community and the nations, armed with the Word of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, in the passionate pursuit of the Great Commission in declaring the gospel to all people, and the Great Commandment to loving all people. In doing so, we champion Kingdom values that His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
We decree that BethanyLife is a Community in pursuit to engaging Almighty God in:
Hosting His PRESENCE
Proclaiming His PERSON
Appropriating His POWER
In BethanyLife, our core values influence our culture and drive our actions both in the public arena and in our individual private space. Our core values are as stated below:
As we devote ourselves to this journey of faith, the Holy Spirit transforms us to the likeness of Christ.
We invest in the lives of others and "do life" together. We believe that life-change happens best in the context of relationships
In all things, the Bible is our guide, authority and conscience. We stand firm where it stands firm and flexible where it is flexible
TRUST & INTEGRITY
We believe in doing the right thing. We value honouring our word and embracing truth in all our engagement with each other
We invite opinions and ideas and value one anothers' unique abilities and gifts. We rally together for common goals and good
Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He has left us here us to do the same. Our lives and corporate efforts will reflect this
We pay fanatical attention to quality and detail. We exceed expectations to whom we serve. We find new ways to improve.
Statement of Faith
WE BELIEVE that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
WE BELIEVE that the scripture of the Old and New Testaments is the fully inspired Word of God and is the infallible standardfor faith and practise.
WE BELIEVE in God the Father; the infinite One Who concerns Himself mercifully and with justice in the affairs of mankind. He hears and answers prayer and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary.
WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh; we believe in His virgin birth,
WE BELIEVE in His sinless life, His miracles and teachings, His vicarious and atoning death on the cross, His bodily resurrection and His ascension.
WE BELIEVE that Jesus is now at the right hand of God and His present mediatory work in heaven in interceding for us.
WE BELIEVE He will personally, visibly return to earth again in power and glory to receive His people unto Himself, to executejudgment and to reign as “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”.
WE BELIEVE in the Holy Spirit, Who was sent to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgement.
WE BELIEVE the Holy Spirit lives in every true believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and comforter.
WE BELIEVE the Holy Spirit desires to express Himself in His fullness in every believer; to develop in us godly character, to empower us and to minister through us in the exercise of all His gifts. We believe that all Biblically stated spiritual gifts exist and should be found in full operation in the church today for significantly more effective ministries.
WE BELIEVE that Man, who was created by God to worship and serve Him, is alienated from Him because of sin. All human beings are sinners by nature and choice and are therefore under God's judgement. This is what is known as being spiritually dead.
WE BELIEVE that the salvation of man from sin and its consequences is entirely an act of God's sovereign grace; it is not accomplished by any meritorious works on man's part.
WE BELIEVE that righteousness is appropriated to man through Christ’s finished work on the cross once man responds through repentance towards God and faith in (commitment to) Jesus Christ and in His redemptive work on the cross.
WE BELIEVE that through the Lord Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, God forgives and transforms by the Holy Spirit those who repent of their sins, embrace Jesus Christ as Saviour and confess Him as Lord. The Holy Spirit then comes to indwell the believer, and in doing so, makes alive man’s spirit. This is what is known as being "born again".
WE BELIEVE in the universal church, the living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and consisting of all who have been redeemed and reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ. It is a universal fellowship in which there is no difference based on race, social standing or sex. It is visibly expressed in local congregations of Christians (local churches) who meet regularly and relate to one another in close fellowship.
WE BELIEVE in commemorating our Lord's death by partaking of the bread, symbolizing Christ's body broken for us, and of the cup, symbolizing Christ's blood. This is commonly called “Breaking of Bread” or “Communion”. Communion is open to all believers.
WE BELIEVE in water baptism as an act of commitment to Christ. This is a demonstration of belief in, and identification with, the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. At Bethany Chapel, we practice baptism by immersion.
WE BELIEVE that when Christ visibly returns to earth a second time, there will be a resurrection of all who have died, when Christ returns in power and glory.
WE BELIEVE in the final judgement of the world, in eternal life for the righteous and eternal punishment for the wicked. We believe in the eternal judgement of Satan and his fallen angels.
The following statements have been prepared for the purpose of making known what we, BethanyLife, believe. It is presented as a means towards declaring the key truths of the Scriptures, as found in New Testament truth and practices
The Bible, comprising the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God and is fully inspired, inerrant, completely authoritative and sufficient. (John 10:35; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 1 Peter 1:10-12; Ps. 19:7-11).
The Scriptures set forth the eternal Trinity, that is, the Unity of Godhead, which has ever existed in three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Ex. 3:14; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 8:58; Gen. 1:2,26; John 1:1-2, 5:17-23; 15:25-26; 16:7, 27-28; Phil. 2:6;
Heb. 1:1-3, 8).
This one God is infinite in knowledge, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, truth and love and is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. (Acts 17:24-28; Rom. 11:33-36; 1 John 1:5, 4:8).
The Scriptures teach the Deity, virgin birth, true humanity and absolute and essential sinlessness of the Lord Jesu sChrist. (Matt. 1:23; John 1:1-4; 1 Tim 2:5; Heb. 4:15; 1 John 3:5; Rom. 8:3; Gal. 4:4; Matt. 1:20-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14).
Christ died as a sacrifice for our sins, was buried, and rose bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of God the Father where He ever lives to make intercession for His people. (1 Cor. 15:3-4; Eph. 1:20; Heb. 7:25; Heb. 10:12; Rom. 4:25; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 9:24-28; Matt. 28:5-7; Mark 16:19-20; Luke 24:50-51; Acts 1:9: Eph. 4:8-10; Heb. 4:14-16).
Christ will come again to receive all His own and subsequently to set up His kingdom on earth. (John14:3;1Cor.15:23;1Thess.4:13- 18; Rev. 19:11-16; Luke 1:32-33; Isa, 9:6-7; Dan. 2:44-45; 7:13-14).
There will be a resurrection of the just and later of the unjust; the portion of the believer will be everlasting life and the portion of the unbeliever will be everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:46; John. 3:16; Acts 24:15; 2 Thess. 1:8-9; Rev. 20: 4-15).
Man is fallen and guilty, he is sinful by nature and by choice, and cannot save himself. (John 3:19; Rom 3:9-23).
Salvation is only by grace that is by God's free favour without human merit; this salvation is on the ground of the blood of Chris and is received by faith in Him. (Rom. 3:22, 5:9; Eph 2:8; 1 Peter 1:19).
None can see or enter the kingdom of God unless he is born again; the new birth takes place by the operation of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God when he accepts Jesus Christ as his Saviour, Lord and Master. (John 3:3-6; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1: 23).
Those who repent of their sins and believe in the Gospel of Christ receive the forgiveness of sins and have redemption, and are fully and freely justified before God. Thus justification of the sinner before God is by faith in Christ alone. (Luke 24: 47; Acts 13:38- 39; Acts 20:21; Rom. 3:21-26; Rom. 4:4-5; 5:1; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14; Gal.2:16).
The claims of Christ as Lord of the believer extend to his whole person, spirit, soul and body; to his gifts and abilities, his time, money and possessions, and to all departments of his life. (John 13:14, 20:28; Acts 10:48; 1 Cor. 7:39, 12:3; 2 Cor. 4:5, 10:5; 1 Thess. 5:23; Eph. 4:5; 1 Peter 3:15).
By virtue of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, all believers are incorporated into the church which is the body of Christ. (1Cor.12:13; Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 4:4).
The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a one-time occurrence and happens upon our invitation to God to come and reside in our lives. The Holy Spirit then comes as a seal and a deposit of guarantee of our salvation (Eph. 1:13-14; Rom 8:9b). It is the Presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives that transforms us and begins the sanctifying work (2 Cor. 3:18) of changing us into the image of Christ. (John 10:28-29; John 15:7, 16:4, 15; Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30, 6:17; Col. 3:16; 1 Peter 1:14-17, 2:1-2).
The believer is also commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18), a subsequent experience that begins when we cross the threshold of yielding our inner selves to the pre-existing Presence of the indwelling Spirit. When this happens, what is within us is stirred up and overflows as pictured in Jesus’ prophecy given to His disciples in John 7:38-39.
The infilling, unlike the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, is a continuous experience (Eph. 5:18) and enables us to live and serve God more effectively through spiritual gifts that He equips the believers with for the building of the local church and the Body of Christ. (Eph. 4:11-13).
The Holy Spirit’s empowerment in a believer’s life also equips us to fulfill the Great Commission more effectively (Acts 1:8)
God in His sovereignty has chosen according to His perfect will, but man is responsible to God, and the Gospel message is for"whosoever will". (John 3:16; Rom. 8:28-30, 9:14-23; 1 Peter 1:2).
The Christian is not of this world, and his real citizenship is in heaven, but it is his duty to obey all lawfully constituted authority and to do good to all men. (John 17:14; Acts 5:29; Gal. 6:10; Phil. 3:20; 1 Peter 2:13, 14).
The Scriptures teach the personality, power, malignity and final doom of the devil, called Satan. (Job 1:6-12; Matt. 25:41; John 8:44; Eph. 6:11-12; Jude 9; Rev. 20:10).