our core beliefs

THE PURPOSE AND THE PLAN OF GOD

We believe that the Bible records the scope of God's eternal purpose to redeem and restore humanity and all creation ... "I will be their God, and they will be My people.” 
Ephesians 1:9-10; Romans 9:24-26


THE TRIUNE GOD
We believe in one living and true God, who is eternal, infinite, and perfect in glory and beauty, and in holiness, righteousness and truth, and in goodness and love. This one God is the sovereign Creator and sustainer of all that exists. In the unity of God, there are three co-equal and co-eternal persons  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:1; Matthew 28:16-20

a. The Father: We believe in God the Father Almighty, the Creator and Ruler of the universe, who reigns with providential care over all of His creation and over the entirety of history. He is the all-loving, all-powerful, all- knowing, ever-present, and relational God who hears and answers prayer. Genesis 1:1; Psalm 90:2

b. The Lord Jesus Christ: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only Son of God, who is co-equal with the Father, who lived a sinless life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all who would place their faith in Him. He will return, and He will reign forever as its undisputed Sovereign, King of kings and Lord of lords.
Matthew 1:20-23, 26:64; John 1:1-5; I Thess 4:16-17

c. The Holy Spirit: We believe in the Holy Spirit, who is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make human beings aware of their need for Jesus Christ, and He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.
John 14:16-17; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 Corinthians 3:16


The Bible
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word to us; it was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit; and it is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
2 Timothy 3:16, 1:13; 2 Peter 1:20-21


THE CREATION AND THE FALL

a. The Physical World: We believe that God created all things by His perfect will for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness. Death and corruption entered into God's creation through the sin of Adam and Eve; and as a result, the whole creation is cursed and awaits the day of its redemption
Genesis 3:17-18; Colossians 1:16

b. Angels, Satan and Demons: We believe that, in addition to the created, material universe, there exists a spiritual realm in which dwells an innumerable company of angels  spiritual beings who were created by God. Certain angels, called demons, Satan being their chief, through deliberate choice revolted against God and fell from their exalted position. Matthew 4:1-11; 1 Peter 5:8

c. Humanity: We believe that God created each person, as either male or female, in His spiritual image, to be like Him in character and people are the supreme object of God’s creation. All mankind is marred by sin, and it is what separates us from God.
Genesis 5:1-2; Romans 3:23


SALVATION

We believe that salvation is God’s free gift to us, but each person must individually accept it. Only by trusting in and accepting Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9


THE CHURCH
a. The Universal Church: 
We believe that the Church is an invisible, living, spiritual body of all people who are in union with Jesus Christ, who is the great and only head of the Church.
Matthew 16:15-18; Ephesians 2:19-22

b. The Local Church

We believe that a local church is a community of born again believers who have been baptized on the basis of their own personal confession of faith in Jesus Christ and who commit to unite together in a given location for the purposes of worshipping God, proclaiming and extending the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Acts 2:41-47; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7; 1 Peter 5:1-4

c. Ordinances of the Church (Baptism and Communion)

We believe that there are only two ordinances of the church, which are normally observed in the new covenant in the following order:

  • Baptism, which is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, is an act of obedience by which believers publicly signify that they have faith in the crucified and risen Christ.

  • Communion, or The Lord's Supper, which consists of bread and wine (or grape juice as a practical substitute), is a means by which believers thankfully remember the death of Christ for their sins.
    Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:17-32


MARRIAGE, SINGLENESS, AND HUMAN SEXUALITY
a. Marriage and Singleness: We believe that marriage is the permanent, exclusive, heterosexual, and conjugal “one flesh” union and covenant between one man and one woman, ordained and sealed by God. We believe some believers are called to singleness that is God's blessed will for their lives so that they may serve God wholeheartedly.
Genesis 1:26-28, 2:18-24; Leviticus 18; 1 Corinthians 7:1-8


b. Divorce and Remarriage: 
We believe that God has made it clear in Scripture that He hates divorce; however, because of the hardness of the heart of man, He permits divorce under two (2) circumstances: adultery and abandonment by a unbelieving spouse. Under either of these 2 conditions, we believe that the non- adulterous spouse and the abandoned believer are both free to remarry. We further believe that there are real world circumstances that may necessitate that a husband and wife be separated, e.g. abuse, addictions, etc. with the hope that God will provide a path for restoration. Malachi 2:16; Matthew 19:7-9; 1 Cor 7:10-17

c. Sexual Immorality: We believe that sexual acts outside marriage are prohibited as sinful. Scripture also says that we all stumble in many ways; therefore, any person who is caught up in any form of sexual immorality, is encouraged to cultivate a mindset of pleasing God rather than self.
Leviticus 18:7-23; 1 Corinthians 6:9-13; Ephesians 4:17-19

d. Gender Identity: We believe that God created mankind in His image: male (man) and female (woman), sexually different, but with equal personal dignity.
Genesis 1:26-28;1 Corinthians 6:9-11

e. Sexual Orientation: We believe that God created and ordered human sexuality to the permanent, exclusive and conjugal “one flesh” union of man and woman, and all believers are to resist any and all same-sex sexual attractions and refrain from any and all same-sex sexual acts or conduct. Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Corinthians 6:9- 11

HUMAN LIFE

We believe that God has created mankind in His image and that human life begins at fertilization. Each person is fearfully and wonderfully made, and God has ordained all the days of each person’s life before they came to be.
Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 139:13-16


CIVIL GOVERNMENT AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
We believe that Christians are to honor, pray for and submit to their political leaders so that they rule wisely and justly. Christians are called to obey the law, although civil disobedience is a legitimate response to demands that oppose the will of our Lord Jesus Christ as revealed in Scripture.
Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-4


ETERNITY AND THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
We believe that people were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. Those who are eternally separated from God will exist in the lake of fire. Those who are eternally in union with Him will exist in heaven. Heaven and the lake of fire are real places of eternal existence.
Matthew 25:31-46; Mark 13:32; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

The Beach Church Statement of Faith (or Core Beliefs in this case) does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe.