God: Our Father
There is only one true God, the Creator and Ruler of heaven and earth, who eternally exists as three equally divine yet distinct Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All things, including humankind, exist for the glory of God.
Genesis 1:1, 26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 148; Proverbs 16:4; Isaiah 45:5–6; 46:9–10; John 17:3; Romans 11:33–36; Ephesians 1:3–14; 1 Corinthians 8:4–6; 10:31; 2 Corinthians 5:15; 1 Timothy 2:5; Revelation 4:8–11
Jesus: Our Saviour
Jesus Christ is the eternally existent Son of God, co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and died a substitutionary death; offering Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of humanity by dying on a cross. He rose from the grave three days later to demonstrate His power over sin and death and to vindicate His claim to be the only way of salvation and the only way to know God. He ascended to heaven where He exercises all authority and from where He will one day return to reign and rule forevermore.
Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:20–23; 28:1–20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 2:52; 24:1–53; John 1:1–5, 29; 3:18; 10:1–18; 14:10–30; Acts 1:11; 4:12; Romans 3:21–26; 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1–4, 12–34; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; Colossians 1:15–20; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Timothy 2:5–6; Hebrews 1:1–3; 9:28; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7
Holy Spirit: Our Helper
The Holy Spirit is fully God, not a force but a Person, co-equal with both the Father and the Son. He opens blind eyes and softens hard hearts to reveal our need for Jesus Christ. He also indwells every believer from the moment of salvation and gives understanding of God’s Word, comfort in the midst of trials, reassurance in times of doubt, power to obey God’s commands, and gifts for the upbuilding of the church.
John 16:7–13, 14:16–17, 26; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:22–25; Ephesians 1:13; Titus 3:5
The Bible: God’s Written Word
God has revealed Himself to us through the Bible and it contains all that we need to know God and live for Him. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments comprise the totality of Scripture and were penned without error by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. We believe that all of Scripture ultimately points to and climaxes in Jesus Christ, who is the Word become flesh. Because it is God’s word, it has His authority, and we desire to submit our lives to it, obey its commands, treasure its wisdom, and test everything we do and teach by its standards. This is why at BPCC we place a strong emphasis on preaching, teaching, and studying the Bible.
Psalm 19:7–11; 119; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20–21
Humanity: God’s Marred Masterpiece
All people have been created in the image of God with inherent dignity, value, and worth, and to live in loving harmony with God and one another. However, having chosen to rebel against God, humanity now worship creation instead of the Creator. The Bible calls this rebellious attitude and action sin, which has fractured our relationship with God, one another, and ourselves. We are sinners by nature and choice and as a result we are alienated from God and under His just and holy wrath. We are, consequently, incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through our own efforts, and thus, our greatest need is the undeserved love of God, who alone can reconcile us to Himself and restore us to our intended glory.
Genesis 1:26; 6:5; 9:6; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 5:8, 12–21; 7:18; Ephesians 2:1–3