Our Statement of Beliefs…
The Bible is our ultimate statement of faith.
Therefore, we assert the following:
• In essential beliefs – we have unity. (Ephesians 4:4-6)
• In nonessential beliefs (Not essential to our Eternal Destiny) we have liberty. (Romans 14:1,4,12,22)
• In all our beliefs-we express love. (I Corinthians 13:2; Ephesians 4:15)
What We Believe About:
… There is only one, true God, eternally existing in three distinct personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and are therefore worthy of the same worship and obedience. God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of the universe. Genesis 1:1,26-27; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Timothy 2:5; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Corinthians 13:14
2. JESUS CHRIST
… Jesus Christ is the Son of God, meaning He is coequal with the Father. He is the expressed image of the invisible God and Creator of all things. He became a man, being born of the virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life. Consequently, Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose bodily from the dead after three days, demonstrating His victory over sin and death. He ascended to heaven, is seated in authority, and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. John 1:1-5,14; 5:18; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; Philippians 2:5-11; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:9-10
3. THE HOLY SPIRIT
… The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son. He is Creator, and is present in the world to convict people of their sin and make them aware of their need for the Savior-Jesus Christ. People are born again or born from above by the Holy Spirit, and He lives in believers to manifest the character of Christ. He provides believers with power for life, witnessing, praying, praising, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance. He also gives Christians spiritual gifts, so they might serve the church and the world in a manner that surpasses their own natural abilities and limitations. The victorious Christian life must be lived under His daily leadership. Genesis 1:2; John 14:16-17; 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 12:3-11; II Corinthians 3:17-18; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18
… People are created in the image of God, and are designed to reflect His character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation and love. Through willful transgression and disobedience, people have fallen from their originally created state of righteousness, peace, and joy into a state of separation from God. Being separated from the source of life, love, and joy has resulted in bondage and death. People are unable to deliver themselves from their sinful condition, but are totally dependent upon the power of God as presented in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; 59:1-2; Romans 3:23; 5:12-21
… Because people are unable to save themselves from their sinful condition, salvation is altogether the work of God. Neither good works nor self-improvement can make up for our sin. Salvation is the free gift of God. However, like any gift it must be received. This gift is received by faith, or by believing and trusting in Jesus Christ who died as our substitute that we might live. Through repentance from sin and faith toward God, we turn from our self-ruled life to trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. John 1:12; 14:6; Romans 5:6-21; 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5
6. THE CHURCH
… The church is composed of all who have experienced, through faith in Christ, the new birth into the family of God. All true believers are then members of the universal church, the body of Christ. Since the New Testament exhorts believers to gather for such purposes as worship, prayer, fellowship, sharing the Lord’s Supper, teaching of the Word, ministry to fellow Christians, and evangelism, the local church is an indispensable part of God’s plan for His people and the world. The work of parachurch groups is appreciated, but the local church is God’s chosen instrument for both the nurture of Christians and world evangelism. We believe in the spiritual unity of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and in cooperating with one another for the causes of evangelism, social action, and missions. Matthew 16:16-18; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:4-6; 9-16
7. ETERNAL DESTINY
… God created people to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. Eternal separation from God is Hell. Eternal fellowship and union with God is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. John 3:16; Matthew 25:31-46; 19:29; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15.
To help people become fully devoted
followers of Jesus Christ by Including,
Instructing, Involving and Investing
them into the harvest.
People Building Process
At BVCC we not only have a mission statement, we have a mission strategy. Our strategy for helping people become “fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ” is to provide them with learning and growing paths that are captured in our baseball diamond picture/paradigm.
First Base – Class 101: The Membership Class, connecting with God, and others in God’s family, is the focus of Class 101. In a society that is becoming more crowded, but less connected, Class 101 offers real solutions to some of our deepest needs.
Second Base – Class 201: The Maturity Class, “Habits make us or break us!” In this second base class opportunity, our focus is on the four essential spiritual habits that produce stability and strength in our spiritual formation. These habits will make us, not break us!
Third Base – Class 301: Discovering My Ministry Class, in this 3rd base seminar, you will discover how God has uniquely shaped and equipped you for ministry.
Fourth Base – Class 401: The Mission Class, discover what it means to make a commitment to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others. Learn how to share your faith story.