BEDFORD FIRST ASSEMBLY

OUR MISSION

To Be and to Build a Spirit Led Community of Christ Followers by:
1. Connecting to God through Faith
2. Connecting to One Another in love
3. Connecting to the World through Hope

WHAT WE BELIEVE: 16 FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS

WE BELIEVE. . .

1. THE SCRIPTURES ARE INSPIRED BY GOD
And declare His design and plan for mankind.

2. THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUE GOD
Revealed in three persons. . .Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).

3. IN THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
As God's son, Jesus was both human and divine.

4. IN THE FALL OF MAN
Though originally good, man willingly fell to sin - ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.

5. IN THE SALVATION OF MAN
Every person can have restored fellowship with God through 'Salvation' (trusting Christ, through faith and repentance, to be our personal Savior).

6. IN THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH
A. Water Baptism by immersion B. Holy Communion (The Lord's Supper), as a symbolic remembrance of Christ's suffering and death for our salvation.

7. THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
A special experience following salvation that is for everyone and empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in the early Church.

8. THE INITIAL PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Is 'Speaking in Tongues' as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout the book of Acts and the Epistles.

9. IN SANCTIFICATION
Which initially occurs at salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christlike.

10. THE CHURCH HAS A MISSION
To seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe 'the Church' is the Body of Christ and consists of people who, throughout time, have accepted God's offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ.

11. IN THE MINISTRY
A divinely called and scripturally ordained leadership ministry serves the Church. The Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, and to build up or edify the body of believers - the Church.

12. IN DIVINE HEALING
Divine healing of the sick is a privilege for Christian's today and is provided for in Christ's atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins).

13. IN THE BLESSED HOPE
When Jesus raptures His Church prior to His return to Earth (the second coming). At this future moment in time all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever.

14. IN THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF CHRIST
When Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel and the establishment of universal peace.

15. A FINAL JUDGMENT WILL TAKE PLACE
For those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire.

16. IN NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH
We look forward to what Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth. 'And so shall we forever be with the Lord!'