Statement of Faith
ABOUT GOD —
God is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST —
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect payment for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again to earth someday to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11;
1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT —
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians we seek to live under His guidance.
II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
ABOUT THE BIBLE —
The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christians.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160; 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS —
People are made in the image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience (called sin) toward God. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2
ABOUT SALVATION —
Salvation is God's free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. People can only be saved from sin's penalty by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness. When we turn from our self-ruled lives and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his/her life by faith. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY —
A believer is secure in his/her salvation for eternity because God gives them eternal life through Jesus Christ. If a person has been genuinely saved, he/she cannot "lose" it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.
John 10:28,29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
ABOUT ETERNITY —
People are created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God because of sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in a right relationship with God is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; 2:25; 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:31-46
Our Stance On Salvation
At BCA, we firmly believe that salvation in Jesus Christ is a personal decision between each individual and the leading of the Holy Spirit. While the parent is the primary faith trainer, we do seek to work alongside the parent in providing biblical direction. Yet, we would never wish to imply that by simply attending BCA students will come to a decision to follow Jesus. We hope that the students will be challenged to, at a minimum, question the validity of scripture and be provided subject matter that will lead to the examination of their own hearts for what they believe. If a student expresses a desire for salvation or baptism, we will direct the student to have a conversation with his parents or local pastor.