Our Beliefs

 

At BSOP We Believe:our beliefs

 

The Bible is God’s Holy word; written by men, as they were inspired by God.  Jesus Christ was the Word made flesh and demonstrated the power of the Word on this earth.  The Bible is our authority for truth, doctrine, correction, and instruction.  [2 Peter 1:20-21; John 1:1,14;  2 Timothy 3:16]

In the Trinity.  God is eternal, (that He always was, and always will be). Furthermore, that God is a triune being, existing in three persons; namely, God (the Father), Jesus (the Son), and Holy Ghost (the Spirit).  That God is all-powerful, ever present, and that He knows and understands all things. [1 John 5:7; Matthew 28:18-20; Psalm 139:8; Isaiah 55:8-9]

That Jesus Christ is the only Son of God the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary. That He lived a sinless life and offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins.  That He was crucified on the cross, buried in a tomb, but then raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven, and is at the right hand of the Father as our Intercessor.  Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father and to Heaven.  [Luke 1:30-35; Hebrews 4:14-15, 9:27-28; John 10:14-18; Hebrews 12:2; 1 Timothy 3:16, 2:5-6; John 14:6]

In Salvation.  We are all in need of a Savior, namely Jesus Christ!  Forgiveness of sin is available onlyby the shed blood of Jesus Christ!  Salvation is the first step in our walk with God, and it is a requirement to go to heaven.    [Romans 3:23, 5:12; 1 John 1:8-10, 2:1-5; Romans 10:9-11; Matthew 10:32-33]

That repentance is not only being sorry for sinning, rather it is the complete turning away from our sinful desires, and the wholehearted pursuit of God’s will for our lives.  True repentance will affect every area of our lives.  It is commanded by God for everyone, and provides for our continued spiritual development.  We cannot be repentant, and continue in a lifestyle of sin.  [John 5:14; Hebrews 10:26]

That justification, which is being restored to a pre-sinful condition in the eyes of God; and the new birth, which is to be spiritually reborn; are attained by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ. It is only through His sacrifice and our submission to His Lordship, that we may begin a new Christian life.  [Romans 5:1,9; James 2:21-26; John 3:3-21; 2 Corinthians 5:17]

In sanctification.  After salvation, the new Christian must begin to develop and model Christ’s nature.  This can only be accomplished by the application of Christian principles taught in the Bible, coupled with the power of the Holy Ghost living within us.  [1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, 5:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; Romans 12:1-2]

Holiness is God's standard of living for His people. The Christian experience must impact every part of our daily life; and we must live in a way that brings honor and glory to God.  It is not a matter of personal preference, but one of Christian testimony and servant-hood.  [Romans 6:19, 22-23; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 4:22-24; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; 1Corinthians 6:15-20]

In the baptism with the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is God’s promise to the believer.  The Holy Ghost provides both, the power to be an effective witness for Jesus Christ, and a supernatural ability to live a holy lifestyle.  Furthermore, He is the vehicle through which all Spiritual Gifts operate, and Spiritual Fruit is produced.  The baptism with the Holy Ghost is distinctly separate from the salvation experience.   [Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-4; Ephesians 1:13-14; Acts 2:38-47, 1 Corinthians 12:1-7; Galatians 5:22-25; Acts 8:14-22; Act 10:30-33, 44-48; 11:15-18, 19:1-6]

Spiritual Gifts.  The baptism with the Holy Ghost provides access to all Spiritual Gifts.  The Gifts are for the edification of the church and the individual.  They also benefit unbelievers.  Every Christian is commanded by God to pursue Spiritual Gifts.  God is a God of order; therefore a true manifestation of a Spiritual Gift will always work in harmony with the Bible, with the other Gifts, and operate only through Christian love.  [1 Corinthians 12:8-14, 27-31, 14: 1-5, 12, 22, 24-25, 39; Romans 12:4-21; 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 13]

The Fruit of the Spirit reveals the nature of God through us.  Therefore, it must be every Christian’s desire to produce this Fruit.  The presence of Spiritual Fruit in the Christian’s life is an enduring evidence of the Baptism with the Holy Ghost.   [Galatians 5:19-25; Romans 8:1-14; 28:18-20; Acts 2:38, 8:35-38]

Divine healing was purchased by Jesus; on His way to the cross.  It is also listed as one of the Gifts of the Spirit.  [Matthew 4:23, 10:1, Acts 8:6-8; James 5:14-16; Isaiah 53:3-5; 1 Corinthians 12:9]

In Water Baptism by Immersion In baptism we are following Jesus Christ’s example when He was baptized by John.   The Greek word for baptize, is baptidzo which means “to immerse.” Baptism consists of three main precepts: immersion, submersion and emergence. To baptize is to totally immerse an object in another substance and then bring it out again.  Water baptism symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and our death and burial to sin and resurrection into a new life in Jesus.  Water baptism is commanded as a testimony of our born-again experience. Water baptism does not save anyone.  ONLY the blood of Jesus has the power to forgive sin.  Immersion shows our total surrender to Christ and that no area of our life remains untouched by Him. [Mark 1:9-11; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38]

In the Lord's Supper and developing servant-hearted attitudes toward one another.  The Lord’s Supper is an observance of the broken body of Jesus and His shed blood.  The Bible instructs us to be worthy of this sacrament.  We must also serve one another as though we are serving Christ.  [Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30]

In the pre-millennial Rapture of the church.  Jesus Christ will return in the clouds and catch away His bride.  Both, the dead in Christ, and Christians who are living at that time, will be caught up to be with the Lord.  [1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, John 14: 1-3]

Millennial reign, when Jesus will establish His earthly kingdom and reign on the earth for a thousand years.  Christians which were caught away in the rapture, will have received glorified bodies, and will rule and reign with Him during this period.  [Revelation 5:6-10]

The Lake of fire is a place prepared for Satan and his fallen angels.  It was never designed for humanity, however, people who reject the sacrifice of God’s son Jesus, choose this place as their final destination.  It is a place of complete pain and agony.  Hell, and all who reject Christ will even be thrown into this place as an eternal punishment.  [Revelation 20:10-15, 21:8]

Heaven is a place prepared for all who have received Christ as their Lord and Savior.  It is a place of perfect peace and rest.  Christians will reign with Christ throughout eternity.  [John 14:Revelation 4: 1-11; Revelation 21:1-27, 22:1-3]