TENETS OF FAITH AND DOCTRINE
BEECHER ISLAND SUNDAY SCHOOL
We believe, according to 2 Timothy 3:15-17, the Bible to be inspired by God and the only infallible and authoritative Word of God. We believe that the Bible is profitable for teaching; for reproof; for correction; for training in righteousness; and that, through the Scriptures, the believer receives wisdom that leads to salvation, through faith, which is in Christ Jesus.
We believe that there is one God, Creator of all things, eternally existent in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and recognized as the one true Godhead.
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His death through the shedding of blood on the cross, His burial, His bodily resurrection and ascension into Heaven and His personal return to earth, in power and glory.
We believe, according to Romans 3:23, that all men have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and that the sinful nature of man separates man from God, and unless man is saved, by receiving the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, he is eternally separated from the Godhead and condemned to the Lake of Fire (Rev. 19:20; Rev. 20:10-15). We further believe, that God, through grace, provided a way to save man from his sin and spend eternal life with Him. We believe that to be saved, one must be born again (John 3:3-7), believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16), and confess with their mouth before men that Jesus Christ is Lord, and that there is no other way to have salvation but by receiving Jesus Christ in faith, as Lord, and not by human works (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:8- 10; John 14:6).
Though not essential for salvation or church membership, we believe the ordinance of Baptism should be observed, as commanded in the Scriptures, by all who have indeed repented and in their hearts have truly believed on Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus Christ and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matt. 28:19; Acts 10:47; Romans 6:4).
We believe, also, though not essential for salvation or church membership, the Sacrament of Holy Communion should be celebrated, for the edification of the Body and the remembrance of the sacrificed body and shed blood of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sin of those who receive Him as Savior, and that Communion should only be received by those who have previously received Jesus Christ as Savior (1 Cor. 11 :23-29).
We believe marriage is ordained by God and is the union between a natural born male and a natural born female (Gen. 2:24-25, 1 Cor. 7:1-3, Heb. 13:4) and is the only means of marriage consistent with biblical sexual morality. We further believe that any sexual practice outside of this teaching of God cannot be condoned, supported or practiced without committing sin and the consequential results (Rom. 1:18-32, 1 Cor. 6:9-20, Lev. 18:22-25, Lev. 20:13, Jude 1:7). To perform, condone or support such a union is outside the teaching of God’s word. This is a violation of the Beecher Island Sunday School’s religious beliefs and therefore such a union will not be recognized or performed by or at the Beecher Island Sunday School.
We believe the spiritual unity of believers is in our Lord Jesus Christ and that He indwells in us through God the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Cor. 6:16).