Bethel Baptist Church

Services

Lord’s Day: 11.00 am  and 6.00 pm     Thursday Bible Study: Bible Study 7.45 pm

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.            John 3:16

The Scriptures

1.  The Bible is fully and verbally (word for word) inspired by God in each of its sixty-six books.  It is without error!  It is without error in all matters doctrinal, spiritual, historical, geographic and scientific. It is our only authority in matters of faith and practice  (Mt.  4:4; 2 Tim. 3:16,17; 2 Pet. 1:20,21).



2.  God has promised to preserve His Words through the ages (Psa.119: 89,152; Isa. 40:8; Mt. 5:18, 24:35; I Pet. 1:23,25).  Inquiry will show that this preservation process has taken place in the Masoretic Text of the Hebrew Old Testament, and the Received Text of the Greek New Testament.  Investigation will further show that this preservation process for the English-speaking world is accomplished in The Authorised Version (KJV) which is a completely sound and accurate translation of the inspired original Greek and Hebrew Scriptures.  In these respects the AV is shown to be greatly superior to modern versions.  It has a power and life-giving quality far beyond what they possess. The AV has a superior underlying text and a superior translating philosophy.  The translators themselves testified that they “trusted in Him that hath the key of David”; that they “brought their work back to the anvil again and again”; and of “the good hand of the Lord upon them”. The Translators to the Reader.   Only the AV is used at Bethel.



3.  The Bible is the completed and sole revelation of God to man.  All modern pretence of additional revelation through tongues, prophecy, dreams, or church tradition are unscriptural and when tested (Jer. 23:16; I Jhn. 4:1) will be shown to be baseless (Jude 3; Prov. 30:6; Rev. 22:18,19).  

 


4.  The Bible is to be interpreted literally. When symbolical language is used it will be obvious, and is used to heighten and illustrate literal truth. The Scriptures themselves define the literal meaning of the symbol.  In the Bible, symbols never symbolize symbols (Isa. 8:20; Jer. 23:30; Mk 7:13).



5.  There is a dispensational unfolding of truth in the Scriptures.  Seven distinct periods of time are clearly set forth.

 From:

             (1) Creation to the Fall,

             (2) The Fall to the Flood,

             (3) The Flood to the Call of Abraham,

             (4) The Call of Abraham to the Giving of the Law,

             (5) The Giving of the Law to the Cross,

             (6) The Cross to the Day of the Lord and Reign of Christ (Church Age),

             (7) The Day of the Lord and Reign of Christ to the Eternal Ages,

             (8) The Eternal Ages.  

In each age man is given a further revelation or manifestation of the will of God and tested in respect to this.  These are not separate ways of salvation.  During the Old Testament periods man was saved by faith in the coming Saviour (Job 19:25; Jhn. 8:56; Acts 10:43).  Scripture clearly distinguishes between God's program for Israel and the Church. The Church does not as some teach, replace Israel; nor does the Church become the “new Israel” (Isa. 61:1,2 with Lk. 4:16-21; Eph 1:10, 3:9,10; I Cor. 10:32).