Doctrine matters. And it matters because doctrine defines us. It defines what we believe and what we stand for. But more importantly, it matters because it defines who we will become. You see, what we believe about God shapes how we live. So, it is of the utmost importance that we clearly define what we believe at BPCC.
What is the Gospel?
The central message of the Bible is the gospel, or good news, about the person and work of Jesus Christ. It is the good news of God’s grace invading the darkness of this world. More specifically, it is the declaration that Jesus, the promised Messianic King and Son of God came to earth as a servant, in human form (Philippians 2:4-11) and by His death and resurrection, atoned for our sin and secured our justification by grace, not by our works (1 Corinthians 15:3-11). Moreover, on the cross Jesus broke the dominion of sin and evil over us (Colossians 2:13-15) and at His return He will complete what He began by the renewal of the entire material creation and the resurrection of our bodies (Romans 8:18-23).
The cross of Jesus Christ is the glorious centre of the Christian faith. It satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice and appeases His holy wrath. It also demonstrates His mysterious love and reveals His amazing grace. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which men can be saved. Therefore, we want all that takes place in our hearts, ministries and church to proceed from and be related to the gospel.
Statement of Basic Beliefs
The Scriptures are true, authoritative and sufficient (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
There is only one true God, the Creator of heaven and earth, who eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6; 46:9-10; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5)
All things exist for the glory of God (Psalm 148; Proverbs 16:4; Isaiah 61:3; Romans 11:33-36; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 5:15; Ephesians 1:3-14)
All humans are made in the image of God, and so, endowed with intrinsic value, dignity and worth (Genesis 1:26; 5:3; 9:6)
All humanity (Christ excluded), however, is sinful by both birth and action (Genesis 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 5:8, 12-21; 7:18; Ephesians 2:1-3)
The deserved penalty for sin is physical and spiritual death (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:19; Romans 5:12; 6:23; James 1:14-15)
Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin and is both fully God and fully human (Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3)
Jesus Christ died as the sacrificial substitute to pay the penalty for sin
(John 1:29; 10:1-18; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18)
Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and will one day physically return (Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 1:20-21:25; 1 Corinthians 15:12-34; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 9:28; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7)
There will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Only those who turn from sin and to Jesus in faith and repentance will be raised to eternal reward. Those who do not turn from sin and to Jesus will be raised to eternal punishment (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15)
Only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and repentance from sin can one be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy (John 3:18; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Timothy 2:5-6)
That Jesus Christ instituted two sacraments - Lord’s Supper and baptism - as symbols of His saving work, and that those who receive Jesus in faith should participate in the sacraments (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-23; Acts 2:38; 8:13; 9:18; 19:5; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; 12:13; Galatians 3:27; 1 Peter 3:21)
For a more extensive summary of the beliefs and doctrine of BPCC refer to:
The Heidelberg Catechism
The Belgic Confession
The Canons of Dort
The Westminster Confession
The Apostles Creed
The Athanasian Creed
The Nicene Creed