WHO WE ARE
We are glad you have chosen to find out more about Bethel House of Prayer Church, we are a multi-cultural non-denominational church family, and we follow a Pentecostal orthodoxy. The church is guided by its mission of teaching the unadulterated word of God with emphasis on the resurrection power of Jesus Christ to bring conviction and revival among the body of Christ to be Christ centered in other to bring healing and deliverance among the church family, and devoting ourselves to intensive prayers.
OUR CHRISTIAN COMMITMENT AS A CHURCH
Many Christians drag on in the Christian life year after year in partial commitment to God. But in the Bible, partial commitment is no commitment at all. The Lord Jesus says, “I wish that you were cold or hot” (Rev.3:15, HCSB). For that matter, many Christians are crippled in their Christian lives because of half-hearted commitment. They don’t experience the joy and peace of the Christian life. They can’t communicate with God, and God doesn’t listen to their prayers. The problem is that their commitment has not been settled: they are not totally committed to God.
Therefore, at Bethel House, our Commitment means to Love God with our Whole Being. We are committed to Love the LORD our God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength.
Jesus is telling us that every fiber of our being, every facet of our lives must be committed to loving and serving God. This means that we must hold nothing back from Him because God holds nothing back from us (John 3:16).
HOW DO WE MAKE THIS COMMITMENT?
- Passion: Loving God and others with all of our heart
- Purity: Living our lives by every Word of God
- Power: Ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit
- Prayer: Partnering with God by praying without ceasing
OUR CORE VALUES
Values are what we consider important and worthwhile. Commonly held Core Values are the key to unity and are the foundation upon which all activity must be based. Paul encourages us to be “like-minded” and “one in spirit and purpose” (Phil.2:2). We are committed to developing and pursuing Biblical Kingdom values. The following core values define who we are and what we are committed to:
- Jesus Christ – We Are a Christian Church: The person of Jesus Christ is central to all we do and through Him we have relationship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit.
- The Bible – We are a Bible-Based Church: We are committed to the Bible as the Word of God and our final authority for rule and practice.
- The Ministry of the Holy Spirit – we are a Spirit-filled church: We believe that each Christian should develop the fruit of the Spirit and seek to use the gifts of the Spirit for the benefit of others.
- Discipleship – we are a maturing church: Our goal is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
- Prayer – we are a praying church: Our goal is become a house of prayer for all nations.
- Worship – we are a worshipping church: Our goal is to express our devotion to God through joyful praise and intimate worship.
- Loving Relationships – we are a loving church: Our goal is to see every person loved and cared for in such a way that they feel accepted, valued and have a sense of belonging.
- Servanthood – we are a serving church: Our goal is to see every member developing their God-given abilities and using them to serve others.
- Outreach – we are an evangelistic church: Our goal is to reach lost people both near and far and influence our community for righteousness through evangelism, community outreach, missions and church planting.
- Relevance – we are a contemporary church: Our goal is to present the message of Christ in a way that is meaningful to regular attenders and comprehensible to outsiders.
- Diversity – we are a unified church: Our goal is to bridge racial, cultural, gender, socio-economic and generational gaps so as to create a community where all people can relate together in a spirit of love and unity.
- Excellence – we are a quality church: Our goal is to pursue excellence in all aspects of church life in order to bring glory to God.
STATEMENTS OF FAITH
A) The Scriptures
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and is the absolute authority in determining the faith and practice of God’s people. We affirm that the 66 books of the Bible are inerrant, divinely, and uniquely inspired, and are given to mankind as the Spirit of God inspired them. These Scriptures are divinely intended for personal study through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21
B) The One True God
We believe in only one true and living God, the creator and sustainer of all things, who is infinite, eternal, unchanging, and is revealed to us as the Father, the Head of the Trinity, into whose hands finally the kingdom shall be given up.
We believe in God, the Son, who is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament, who was born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit, given to reveal God the Father; who died to redeem man, rose from the dead on the third day, who is now seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for all believers, and who will one day return in a visible, personal and bodily form as the glorious Lord of lords and judge of all mankind to receive His Church unto Himself at a time the Father has reserved for Himself alone.
We believe in God, the Holy Spirit, a person sent from God the Father to convict the world of sin; to regenerate and cleanse the believers from sin; to teach, guide, strengthen and perfect every believer.
We believe God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit is three in one.
C) The Sinful Nature Of Man
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that being tempted by Satan, he sinned, and since that time all men have been born in sin. The original tempter was Satan, the personal evil, who with his angels has been working iniquity among the nations of the world. Sin is nonconformity to the will of God, which leads to physical and spiritual death, and eternal separation from God in a physical Hell that will one day deliver its inhabitants up for final judgment and ultimately into the Lake of Fire.
D) Christ Our Atonement
We believe that God provided a way for our reconciliation to Him by ransom from our sin and that the way provided is Jesus Christ. Jesus atoned for our sins with His death on the cross, and through His blood atonement, we can become joint heirs with Christ, thereby escaping the condemnation and wrath of God. Christ’s atonement is applied to the believer by the grace of God through the faith of man in the person and finished work of Jesus Christ.
E) Christ Our Saviour
We believe every individual is condemned through his or her sins and without Jesus Christ salvation is impossible. We believe for anyone to be delivered from condemnation, he must of a free will accept the gospel and Jesus Christ as Saviour. We believe that those who do accept Him as Saviour and hold on to their faith are eternally secure. We don’t believe in the doctrine of one’s saved forever save. We further believe that each believer is obligated to present the gospel to all mankind.
F) The Baptism In The Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church.
With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke24:49; Acts1:4, 8; 1Corinthians 12:1-31).
This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16 ;). With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His Word, and for the lost (Mark 16:20).
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1, 2; 1Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). Scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).
By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15, 16). Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-11,13;8:1,2,13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12,13; 1 Peter1:5).