The following are the core beliefs of Bergheim Christian Fellowship based on the foundational truths taught in the Bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.
One God in three persons (God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit; existing in total unity)
Jesus Christ, the savior of the world who took on the flesh of mankind (while retaining his position in the Godhead), lived a sinless life, died the death that sinful man deserved, was bodily resurrected from the grave and ascended to heaven from where He will one day return to judge the living and the dead. In doing so, He proved that He was the promised and prophesied Messiah and did for mankind what mankind could not do for itself; namely to provide a remedy to sin that could enable reconciliation with God.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is present and active in the life of a devoted Christ-follower. The Spirit’s primary role is to give spiritual sight to the blind, allow communication with the Father through prayer, convict us of sin, and gift us His gifts contrary to human nature; namely love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. Through His indwelling, we live Godly lives.
The Bible is God’s self-revelation to mankind. It was written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit through writers that spanned hundreds of years in a variety of places through a variety of genres (historical, poetic, prophetic). The entirety reveals God’s power, God’s plan, and God’s redemptive work pointing continuously to Jesus Christ. As such, the biblical canon is infallible and stands as the only capable and trustworthy authority for our lives today and until He calls us home.
Mankind is steeped in sin, both by the inheritance of a sinful nature and by willful volition. Salvation from the hopeless and infectious disease of sin is found only by placing one’s faith in Jesus Christ and his death, burial, and resurrection which paid the penalty of sin, once and for all. This is a gift of God, not earned by merit or work. Belief and baptism by immersion are part and parcel to the salvation of sinners as described in Acts and the early church. Once saved, the believer is a new creation in Christ and therefore lives for the cause of Christ and His kingdom for their remaining days on earth; lives marked by generosity, discipleship, love and humility.