OUR CHURCH


OUR MISSION

The mission of the Bethlehem Community Church is to demonstrate the love of God by going beyond the four walls of our church and into our community. Above all, we are fully committed to seeing souls saved. Whether you’re new to church or have been saved all your life, we believe that everybody is somebody. Come and join our Community! Let’s do life together, All With One Accord!

THE BIBLE

WE BELIEVE THE BIBLE (SCRIPTURE) IS THE MIND AND THE PLAN OF GOD REVEALED. ALL THAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GOD IS WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE. (II TIMOTHY 3:16-17)

GOD

WE BELIEVE IN ONE GOD (STRICT MONOTHEISM). GOD IS THE ETERNAL AND INFINITE ONE. (ISAIAH 42:8; 43:11; 45:5-6)

THE TRINITY

WE EMBRACE THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY AS A PLAUSIBLE BUT NOT A DEFINITIVE EXPLANATION RELATIVE TO THE COMPOSITION OF THE GODHEAD; HOWEVER, WE BELIEVE THAT THE TRINITY IS BEST EXPLAINED THROUGH ONENESS THEOLOGY. THERE IS ONLY ONE ETERNAL "SPIRIT-BEING" GOD (ISAIAH 44:6,24), WHO IS PLEASED TO MANIFEST HIMSELF IN MANY WAYS BUT MOST PARTICULARLY AS THE FATHER (I CORINTHIANS 8:6), THE SON (COLOSSIANS 1:12-20), AND THE HOLY GHOST (ST. JOHN 15:26). GOD IS PERSONIFIED AND DISTINCT IN OPERATION BUT NOT SEPARATE IN THE ECONOMY OF HIS DIVINITY. GOD THE FATHER IS POSITIONAL. HE PRECEDES ALL THINGS AND ALL THINGS HAVE COME FROM HIM. HE IS IMMUTABLE, OMNIPOTENT, OMNISCIENT, AND OMNIPRESENT. THERE IS NO PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE WHERE GOD IS NOT PRESENT. THE SON IS THE ETERNAL WORD OF GOD AND THE VISIBLE MANIFESTATION OF GOD THE FATHER (ST. JOHN 1:1, 14; 14:6-9). THE HOLY SPIRIT IS WHAT GOD IS BY NATURE, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, THE ENERGIZER OF LIFE AND MOVEMENT. WHEN A PERSON IS BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT AND OR RECEIVES THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT HE IS THEN EMPOWERED BY GOD TO DO HIS WORK ON EARTH. THEREFORE THE HOLY SPIRIT INDWELLS, EMPOWERS, AND GUIDES THE BELIEVER INTO ALL TRUTHS (ST. JOHN 16:13-16).

SALVATION

WE BELIEVE THAT SALVATION IS FOR ALL THOSE WHO HEAR, BELIEVE, AND RESPOND AFFIRMATIVELY TO THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. (ST. JOHN 3:16)

NEW BIRTH IS MANIFESTED WHEN ONE HAS BEEN ENABLED TO ACCEPT THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST AND REPENTS OF SIN, AND CONFESSES THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AS SAVIOR. WATER BAPTISM IS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO ACTS 2:38; 19:5-6, MATTHEW 28: 19, AND BEING FILLED WITH THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS AN IMMEDIATE RESPONSE TO NEW BIRTH (NEW BIRTH IS THE ENABLEMENT WHICH ALLOWS US TO HEAR THE PREACHED WORD OF GOD).

BAPTISM

THE PERCEIVED CONFLICT BETWEEN MATTHEW 28:19, ACTS 2:38; 8:16; 10:48; AND 19:5 CONTINUES TO BE PROBLEMATIC WITHIN MANY CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS. WE BELIEVE THAT WATER BAPTISM IS A DIVINE REQUIREMENT AND THAT THE NAME OF JESUS SHOULD ALWAYS BE INVOKED OVER ALL BELIEVERS WHEN THEY ARE BEING WATER BAPTIZED. NEITHER MATTHEW 28:19 NOR THE SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES RELATIVE TO WATER BAPTISM IN THE BOOK OF ACTS ARE INAPPROPRIATE OR CONFLICTING STATEMENTS. THEREFORE, THIS VARIANCE OVER WHICH NAME TO USE WHEN WE BAPTIZE IS RESOLVED BY INVOKING: "I NOW BAPTIZE YOU IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY GHOST." PLEASE NOTE, THAT THIS IS A RESOLUTION; BY INCORPORATING THESE SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES WE HAVE NOW MOVED AWAY FROM THIS AGE OLD CONFLICT.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

THE ULTIMATE SIGN OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT IS WHEN ONE SUPERNATURALLY SPEAKS IN TONGUES (OTHER LANGUAGES) AS THE SPIRIT OF GOD GIVES THE UTTERANCE. (ACTS 2:4; 10:44-46)

SANCTIFICATION

THE BELIEVER SHOULD STRIVE TO LIVE A VICTORIOUS LIFE THROUGH HOLINESS AND SANCTIFICATION OF ONESELF. (HEBREWS 12:14)

THE RAPTURE

WE BELIEVE IN THE RAPTURE, THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST, AND THE FINAL JUDGMENT OF THE QUICK (LIVING) AND THE DEAD. (I THESSALONIANS. 4:16-18; II TIMOTHY 4:1; REVELATIONS 20:1-5, 20:7-15)

ETERNITY

Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. (John 3:16, 36; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15)

OUR BELIEFS

 

FAQs

WHAT ARE YOUR WEEKEND SERVICES LIKE?

EVERY SUNDAY, WE BEGIN OUR EXPERIENCE WITH SUNDAY SCHOOL, WHERE WE OFFER CLASSES FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND ADULTS. FOLLOWED BY OUR WORSHIP EXPERIENCE WHICH BEGINS WITH PRAYER, PRAISE AND WORSHIP, AND ENDS WITH THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL.

WHEN AND WHERE DO YOU MEET?

OUR CHURCH IS LOCATED AT 77 NORTH 14TH STREET, EAST ORANGE, NJ. ON SUNDAYS, WE MEET FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL AT 9:30 AM. THE MAIN WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BEGINS AT 10:30 AM. ON WEDNESDAYS, WE OFFER A PRAYER LINE WITH OUR PARTNER CHURCH STRONG TOWER MINISTRIES FROM 8 - 8:30 PM. WE HAVE PRAYER AND BIBLE STUDY ON THURSDAYS FROM 7:30 - 9 PM. BEGINNING MARCH 2019, EVERY THIRD SATURDAY, BCC WILL HOLD ITS COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY IN ADDITION TO ITS MONTHLY CLOTHING DRIVE.

WHAT DO I WEAR TO ATTEND YOUR SERVICE?

WE'RE A CHURCH FOR PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE. SO YOU’LL FIND EVERYTHING FROM CASUAL CLOTHES TO BUSINESS SUITS AT OUR SERVICES. COME IN WHATEVER YOU DEEM COMFORTABLE AND APPROPRIATE.

HOW CAN I MEET OTHERS AND GET CONNECTED?

OUR CHURCH OFFERS VARIOUS MINISTRIES IN WHICH MEMBERS AND VISITORS MAY GET INVOLVED. IN EACH OF THESE, YOU CAN BUILD FRIENDSHIPS, LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LIFE OF OUR CHURCH, AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW IN YOUR FAITH.

HOW DO I JOIN THE PRAYER LINE?

TO JOIN OUR WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAYER LINE, PLEASE CALL 1-(515)-739-1227. PASSCODE: 918477#. THE PRAYER LINE RUNS FROM 8 - 8:30 PM.