A lot has changed in the 165 years of Bethesda Baptist Church, yet, through it all, the Lord has proved Himself faithful. Bethesda was organized in February of 1851, and in the early days of the church, pioneers would meet in a log school house. Today, Bethesda Baptist Church looks to reach Brownsburg and the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through many areas of ministry and outreach. Globally we seek to advance the Gospel through partnering with approximately 27 missionary families. We regularly have Send Me Journeys in which our local congregation partners with various missionaries throughout the world. Locally, the Lord has graciously allowed Bethesda to take part in planting and saving 10 churches in the greater Indianapolis area over the past 25 years. Ultimately, our goal is to serve Christ where He has placed us in our everyday lives. Thus, we seek to reach the town of Brownsburg for His glory. One of the ways we do this is through the equipping of the saints on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday nights. We also believe that we must make a mark on our community and try to do this through the Storehouse, which is a ministry that reaches people for Christ by feeding and clothing them. Another ministry is Bethesda Christian Schools, which recently celebrated 50 years of Christ-centered education. BCS reaches children PreK – grade 12 by “Teaching the mind, reaching the heart.” God has done great things in the lives of His people at Bethesda and we praise Him for continually using this church for His glory!
Article 1. Of the true God: We believe that there is one and only one true and living God, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth, worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; revealed under the personal relative distinctions of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection and execution; distinct but harmonious; operative in the great work of redemption (Exodus 20:2‐3; Revelation 4:11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 John 5:7; Ephesians 1:3-14; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Jude 20-21; Colossians 1:16-17).
Article 2. Of the Scriptures: We believe that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, the whole Bible being inspired in that holy men of God “were moved by the Holy Spirit” to write the very words of Scripture. We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of these writings (39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books). We believe that the whole Bible in the original writings is without error. We also believe that all the Scriptures were designed for practical instruction and are the final authority of all doctrine and practice (2 Timothy 3:16‐17; 2 Peter 1:2‐4,19‐20; Luke 24:44).
Article 3. Of creation: We believe that the material universe and all that exists therein was created by the Word of God from nothing. We believe that creation was accomplished in six literal days (John 1:1‐3; 2 Peter 3:5; Genesis 1; Exodus 20:11).
Article 4. Of the fall of man: We believe that God created man pure, innocent, and undefiled, but man by voluntary transgression fell, and in consequence all mankind are sinners and therefore under just condemnation. We believe man’s sin corrupted all creation (Genesis 3:1‐6, 24; Romans 1:18; Romans 5:12, 19).
Article 5. Of marriage and sexuality: We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4; Mark 10:7; Ephesians 5:31).
We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman (1 Corinthians 6:9‐20; Matthew 15:19; Acts 15:20, 29; Romans 13:13).
We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God (Romans 1:21‐27; 1 Corinthians 6:9‐20).
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, including those listed above, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
We believe that every person, regardless of their beliefs, must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with scripture nor the doctrines of the church.
Article 6. Of salvation: We believe that the salvation of sinful man is wholly of grace through the mediation of the Son of God, Who took upon Himself our nature, yet was virgin‐born, without sin, and made atonement for our sins by His death, being raised from the dead and enthroned in heaven. We believe that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ Who was made to be sin, dying in our stead. The way of salvation is wholly of grace. We believe that the new birth of the believer comes only through faith in Jesus Christ and that repentance is a vital part of believing. We believe it is God’s divine desire for all men to be saved. He extends salvation freely to every man (Ephesians 2:8‐9; 1 Peter 2:24, 3:18; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4).
Article 7. Of justification: We believe that the Gospel blessing, which Christ bestows on those who believe in Him, is justification. Justification is the pardon of sin and is bestowed not in consideration of any works which we have done, but solely through His own redemption and righteousness (Romans 4:5; Romans 5:1; Romans 5:9)
Article 8. Of God’s purpose of grace: We believe that election is the gracious purpose of God according to which He regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners (Ephesians 1:4-7; 1 Peter 1:2-4; John 6:41-51).
Article 9. Of the security of the believer: We believe that all who take Christ as their Savior are born from above and are eternally secure in Christ. We do not believe this doctrine gives license to sin, but admonishes us to holy living (John 10:28-30, Titus 2:11-12, 1 Peter 1:5).
Article 10. Of the local church: We believe that it is an assembly of baptized believers, independent and self-governing, which should fellowship with other churches of like faith and practice. It is the responsibility of the local church to edify itself and evangelize the world.
We believe that the church is responsible to carry out two ordinances: believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that the only biblical mode of baptism is immersion, and that it is to be administered in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The ordinance of baptism is for believers only and is a prerequisite for church membership (Acts 2:41; Acts 8:38).
We believe that the local church has two divinely established offices: Pastor and Deacon, whose qualifications and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-11; Acts 20:28)
Article 11. Of the Lord’s Day: We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day and should be used to honor Him in personal, family, and corporate worship (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2)
Article 12. Of the return of Christ: We believe in the personal, premillenial, pretribulational, and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that this blessed hope has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-31; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; Matthew 25:46).