Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God. The writings of the Old and New Testaments are fully God-breathed to the extent that God chose the very words from the human writer?s vocabulary so that the Bible is the very word of God, inerrant in all its assertions and teachings. The Bible is, therefore, the only infallible authority for both doctrine and life. The King James Version of the Bible is the only Bible preserved for the English speaking world. (2 Ti. 3:16-17; 2 Pe. 1:19-21; Act. 1:16; 28:25; Ps. 19:7-11; 119:89, 130, 160; Luk. 24:25-27, 44-45; 16:31; Jo. 5: 39, 45-47; 12:48; 17:17; Pr. 30:5-6; Rom. 3:4; 15:4; 1 Pe. 1:23; Rev. 22:19; Is. 8:20; Eph. 6:17)
We believe God is supreme in His person, eternal in His being, absolute in His attributes, and glorious in His perfection. We believe in the Trinity eternally existing in three persons ? Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- each co-eternal in being, co-equal in power and glory. God is personal, spirit, omniscient, sovereign, perfect, immutable, eternal in His being, holiness, love, wisdom, and power. We believe that God is absolutely separate and above the world as its creator, yet everywhere present in the world as the sustainer of all things. God is self-existent and self-revealing in His relationship with His creation. (Dt. 6:4; Is. 44:6-8; Mt. 28:19; 2 Co. 13:14; Jo. 14:10, 26; 16:7-15; 1Jo 5:7)
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, is the second person of the Godhead, God in the flesh, virgin born as no other man has ever been born nor ever will be born. He lived an absolutely sinless life and became the sinner?s voluntary substitute on the Cross of Calvary through His vicarious death for man?s sin. Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day, giving eternal assurance of redemption?s full payment and the satisfaction of God?s righteous indignation toward sin. He ascended bodily into heaven and He will come to rapture His saints to be with Himself. His coming for His saints is imminent and will be personal, pre-tribulational, and premillennial. (Is. 7:14; 9:6, 43:11; Luk. 1:26-35; Jo. 1:1-3, 14, 18, 29; 3:16; 2 Co. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phi. 2:5-11; Act. 2:22-36; Rom. 3:19-25, 5:6-15; Eph. 1:7; Heb. 4:15; 1 Pe. 1:3-5, 2:24; Act. 1:9-10; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 1:3, 7:25, 9:24; 1 Jo. 2:1-2)
We believe the Holy Spirit is a person possessing all the attributes of Deity. He convicts the unbelieving world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He regenerates, seals, indwells, fills the believer and bestows gifts upon believers for service. We believe the Bible repudiates the charismatic emphasis upon the experimental oriented tongues and ecumenical practices as any ministry of the Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit is the Commander-in-Chief of missions and that His testimony is not of Himself but Jesus Christ and the redemptive truths centered in Christ. (Jo. 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Co. 12:12-14; 2 Co. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14; Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 Jo. 2:20, 27; Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Co. 12:4-11, 28; Eph. 4:7-12; 1 Co. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22)
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall of Man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (1 Co. 1:6-7; Is. 14:12-17; Mt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Jo. 8:44; 1 Pe. 5:8-9; Rev. 20:10)
We believe that man was created in the image of God and by choice fell into sin and death. Hence, every person is sinful and under condemnation to eternal judgment. (Gn. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19)
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of the three basic institutions: the home, the church, and the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other; all being equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Rom. 13:1-7; Act. 5:29; Eph. 5:22-24; Tit. 2 and 3; Heb. 13:7, 17; 1 Pe. 2:13-14)
We believe in the salvation of man by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ on the Cross. Salvation is the free gift of God, neither merited nor secured in part nor in whole by any virtue or work of man, but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in Whom all true believers have as a present possession the gift of eternal life, a perfectly righteous standing, and sonship in the family of God by a new birth. We believe that there is no possible salvation outside of Jesus Christ and His shed blood. The Gospel makes the blessings of salvation free, and that nothing prevents the greatest sinner from being saved, except his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel of Christ. (Is. 53:4-5; Mt. 12:31-32; Jo. 1:12; 3:16; Act. 4:12; 1 Co. 15:1-4; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-9; 1 Pe. 1:18-19; 1 Jo. 1:9)
We believe that the true believer is forever secure as a redeemed possession of God. This security is founded on the full payment of the believer?s sin by the Cross of Christ in His substitutionary atonement and God?s proof of receipt of that payment in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The sole condition of salvation is faith in Jesus Christ and His redemptive work. This positive expression of faith has as its negative side repentance and rejection of any other basis of salvation. Therefore, the security of the believer is not conditioned upon his circumstances or emotional experiences or strength, but it is an acceptance of that basis of reconciliation, which has already been accepted by God. (Luk. 5:32; 13:3, 5; Job 42:6; Ez. 14:6; 18:30; Mt. 3:1, 8; Act. 2:37-41; 3:19; 8:21-22; 17:30; 20:21; 26:20; 1 Th. 9-10; 2 Ti. 2:25-26; Heb. 6:1 Rev. 2:5, 16, 21-22; Jo. 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1; 38-39; 1 Co. 1:4-8; 1 Pe. 1:4-5; Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Tit. 2:11-15)
We believe in the eternal blessedness of the saved in Heaven and the eternal punishment of the lost in Hell. (Mt. 25:46; Jo. 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13; Luk. 23:43; 2 Co. 5:8; Phi. 1:23; 3:21; 1 Th. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6; Mt. 25:41-46; Mr. 9:43-48; Luk. 16:19-26; 2Th 1:7-9; Jue. 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15)
We believe that a local church is an organized body of believers immersed upon credible confession of faith in Jesus Christ who is the head of the church, recognizing only two offices (pastor and deacons), sovereign in polity, and bonded together for work, worship, mutual edification, observance of the ordinances and the worldwide proclamation of the Gospel. (1 Co. 12:12-14; 2 Co. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27;Mt. 28:19-20; Act. 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Ti. 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-11;Act. 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; 1 Co. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Pe. 5:1-4; Mt. 3:16, 28:19-20; Act. 2:41-42, 18:18; Rom. 6:4; 1 Co. 11:23-26; 1 Pe. 3:21)
Bethel Baptist Church has been serving the Rota Community since 1973. Since the founding of the church, there has been over 100 full-time Christian servants called into full-time service out of the congregation here at Bethel. God has tremendously blessed Bethel Baptist Church with a rich history and we are trusting God by faith to not only continue our godly heritage, but to increase His blessings upon our church as we go forth serving Him faithfully in this day and time.
In September 2015, Pastor Jason Harvell was voted in as the new missionary pastor of Bethel Baptist Church. He and his family arrived in Spain in December of 2015. They are both from the state of Texas, and graduates of Bible College. Since 2006, they have served at Faith Baptist Church in Kannapolis, North Carolina. In June of 2012, Pastor Harvell stepped away from a career building NASCAR engines and partnered with Baptist International Missions, Inc. as a missionary to win lost souls for Jesus Christ on the mission field. They are eager servants and desire to see the Lord continue to work in and through Bethel Baptist Church; in reaching the lost Spanish and military in this community, and affording Bethel Baptist Church the opportunity to minister to them as they grow is grace and knowledge of the truth.
Pastor Harvell and his family personally invite you to come and visit during one of our services. Coming to a church for the first time can seem intimidating, but do not let that stop you from visiting us. We want you to feel at home as our honored guest, for it is always a privilege to meet new people in our community.