Our beliefs as a church family are simply based on what God has said to us in His book, the Bible.
We have adopted the following motto in reference to that, "The Bible says it, we believe it, and that settles it."
That simple truth brings every believer under His good plan for our life, through Jesus Christ, the way He intended.
The following statements have been written with that in mind.
We Believe that Jesus Christ is exactly who He said He was, the Son of God.
We Believe that Jesus bared the sin of the world on the cross and purchased salvation for every person through His resurrection.
We Believe that Jesus is the only door to Heaven through salvation, which can only be received by grace through faith, by calling on the name of the Lord and confessing Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior.
We Believe that once saved, it is the responsibility of every believer to grow in the knowledge of God's will, in the Word of God, and to walk in the knowledge therein.
We Believe Jesus has given ministry gifts to men such as pastors and teachers for the express purpose to help believers to grow in the Lord to be equipped to serve as His body.
We Believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine person of the Godhead and has made His home in every believer. He is in us to help us develop and bear the fruit of God's character and to flow through us to help others as in the book of Acts.
We Believe that Jesus has raised up the local church for three primary reasons:
1. To provide a place of refuge, encouragement and source of Heavenly supply to his children and family
2. To provide a body where believers are joined arm in arm using their talents and abilities He gave them for His cause
3. To be a light and a voice in our community and the world, helping them to see and receive the truth of God's love for them through His Son.
In stating what We Believe, it is important for each of us to know that God has a plan and purpose for our lives. Salvation is just the first step in discovering and pursuing that plan.
It is our prayer for you that you find your pastor and the church he serves in, so you can continue to grow in His grace and fulfill God's great plan for your life.
Pray this prayer.
"Heavenly Father I ask you in the name of Jesus to reveal the pastor you have given to me to grow in the knowledge of you. Influence my steps that will lead me to my shepherd and my church family. Amen."
The following is our statement of Faith as recorded in our Bylaws.
BERTHOUD FAMILY CHURCH
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Berthoud Family Church is an Associate Church of Rhema Bible Church. The programs and activities of all Rhema Associate Churches shall be based upon and at all times shall be consistent with the following Statement of Faith:
1. THE SCRIPTURES: The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in the matters pertaining to conduct doctrines (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
2. THE GODHEAD: Our God is one, but manifested in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal (Phil. 2:6). God, the Father, is greater than all; the sender of the Word (Logos) and the Begetter (John 14:28; John 16:28; John 1:14). The Son is the the Word, flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John1:1; John 1:18; John 1:14). The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son, and is eternal (John 15:26).
3. MAN, HIS FALL, AND REDEMPTION: Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world. "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." "As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one." Jesus Christ, the son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Rom. 5:14; Rom. 3:10; Rom. 3:23; 1 John 3:8).
Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Eph. 2:8).
4. ETERNAL LIFE AND THE NEW BIRTH: Man's first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that worketh repentance. The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced produces eternal life (2 Cor. 7:10; 1 John 5:12; John 3:3-5).
5. WATER BAPTISM: Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian's identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:36-39).
The following recommendation regarding the water baptismal formula is adopted: to wit: "On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by His authority, 'I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.'"
6. BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST: The Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the New Birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance. (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38,39; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4).
7. SANCTIFICATION: The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation and Christ's return (Heb. 12:14; 1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Cor. 3:18; Phil. 3:12-14; 1 Cor. 1:30).
8. DIVINE HEALING: Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the church today. (Mark 16:18; James 5:14-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Matt. 8:17; Isa. 53:4-5).
9. RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD: The angels said to Jesus' disciples, "This same Jesus shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven." His coming is imminent. When He comes, " ...the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air..." (Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16-17).
Following the tribulation, He shall return to Earth as King of kings, and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years (Rev. 20:6).
10: HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION: The one who physically dies without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire, and therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms "eternal" and "everlasting" used in describing the duration of the punishment in the Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presenece of God (Heb. 9:27; Rev. 19:20).