Bethel Baptist Church is located at 2411 Weeden Creek Road in Sheboygan. Their church does not have a website as far as I know. Their senior pastor is Pastor Dan Babbel.
HOW I RECEIVED THEIR STATEMENT OF FAITH
Bethel Baptist church e-mailed me their statement of faith in the fall of 2010 after I sent them a request through the postal service. I asked them for a summary of belief that included their stance on the gospel, and they responded within days. I appreciate their promptness. The response by Bethel Baptist was very quick and matter-of-fact. It did not seem strange to them that I would want to know what they believed.
ABOUT THEIR BELIEF STATEMENT
The Bethel Baptist Church Statement of Faith is made up of 12 paragraphs consisting of one to four sentences apiece. Their titles, in order, are The Word of God, The Trinity, God the Father, Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit, Regeneration, The Church, Christian Conduct, The Ordinance, Religious Liberty, Church Cooperation, The Last Things. Several of these paragraphs are quoted below verbatim.
THE WORD OF GOD
“We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.”
GOD THE FATHER
“We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He 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. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.”
THE HOLY SPIRIT
“We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.”
“We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice; we are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.”
“We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized upon a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.”
THE LAST THINGS
“We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked.”
ANALYSIS AND CONCLUSION
Bethel Baptist’s belief statement is solid on the gospel. The foundational truths of Christianity are clearly presented. Among other things, it affirms the inerrancy of Scripture, the necessity of salvation, and the reality of heaven and hell. Furthermore, like all good belief statements and creeds, it is centered on the Person and actions of Jesus Christ. It gives assurance that Christ’s death on the cross is sufficient to pay for our sins by emphasizing His virgin birth and resurrection.
I want to personally thank Bethel Baptist church for responding promptly to my request for a belief statement. Some other churches in the area will answer questions about almost everything except about the gospel. But every good church is glad to share the good news.