We Believe About...

LOVE

References
1 John 4:7-12, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 1 John 4:16-21, Galatians 3:26-28, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 Corinthians 13:4-13

  • The primary defining attribute of God is love.
  • Love is the primary motivation for all of our actions and the lack of it voids our religion.
  • Love leads us to reach out to people who are different than we are in order to better understand them and be able to live together as blessings to one another.
  • Bammel’s call and mission is to be a place where we strive to model that the love of God is able to transcend all racial, economic, social and political barriers that divide human beings.
  • Love will tear down walls.

God

References
Hebrews 4:12, John 16:5-16, Genesis 1:1-2, Genesis 1:26-27, John 3:16

  • God is a living, active, personal, present God who is all-knowing, all-powerful and all-loving.
  • He exists in three persons – the Father (God), the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit.
  • He created the earth that we live in, everything in it and all the heavens and galaxies around it.
  • He created mankind in His image and gave each person a soul that will live forever, either with Him in Heaven or apart from Him in hell.
  • He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on our behalf because the sin in our lives separates us from Him.

Jesus

References
2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 15:3-5, Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 7:24-27, John 10:7-10, Ephesians 1:22-23

  • Jesus led a perfect life, free from any sin, and became the perfect sacrifice for each of our sins.
  • Jesus was crucified on a cross and was resurrected back to life on the third day after His death.
  • Jesus’ willing sacrifice is a completely free gift that could never be earned.
  • Jesus' willing sacrifice has the total power to save us and completely cover our sin and we are lost without it.
  • Jesus' willing sacrifice allows us the opportunity to live the best life possible, both here on earth and one day with Him in Heaven.
  • Jesus is placed by God as the head of His church.

The Holy Spirit

References
Ephesians 1:13-21, Galatians 5:22-23

  • The Holy Spirit is alive and active, and lives within people who commit their lives to Jesus Christ.
  • The Holy Spirit enables us to grow in the character traits of God: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

The Bible

References
Psalm 119:9-11, 2 Timothy 3:16-17

  • God's Word has the power to transform lives into the likeness of Jesus Christ.
  • God's Word is perfect.

Salvation

References
Acts 17:30, Acts 8:37, Acts 22:16, John 12:26, Mark 12:30, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, 1 Peter 4:10-11, Acts 2:42-47

  • Our response to Jesus' free gift to us is:
    • A humble, broken and repentant heart
    • Confession of Jesus’ being the Son of God and Lord of our lives
    • Baptism by immersion for the forgiveness of our sins
    • A commitment to follow Him for the rest of our lives
    • A commitment to intentionally grow in a personal relationship with God
    • A commitment to share the gift of Jesus' sacrifice with people who don't know Him
    • A commitment to serve people in His name - to be His hands and feet to those we come in contact with
    • A commitment to worship and fellowship with a local church

The Church

References
1 Corinthians 16:19, Acts 2:42-47

  • The church is not a building, but is a group of people made up of followers of Christ. 
  • The church was established by God as the people with whom we worship, fellowship, encourage and serve. 

Worship

References
Romans 12:1, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

  • Our worship is for the purpose of pleasing God, not ourselves.
  • One of the central reasons for worshiping together is to remember the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. 

Christians

References
2 Corinthians 5:17, John 13:14-15

  • Following Christ is not something we do; it is who we are. It is a lifestyle, not a segment of our lives.
  • We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world around us.
 

We Value...

 

THE BIBLE
Commitment to allowing God's Word to transform us

GRACE
As a doctrine and as a lifestyle

DISCIPLESHIP
Living, modeling, and teaching a Christ-centered lifestyle

OUR GIFTS
Using God-given gifts and talents to bless the lives of others

FAMILY
Equipping fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters to reflect Christ in the home

WOMEN
The development of Godly women

MEN
The development of Godly men

THE NEXT GENERATION
Intentionally equipping our children with faith in Christ, from newborns to high school graduates

EARLIER GENERATIONS
Honoring and learning from the wisdom of those who walked the path before us

DIGNITY
The dignity of every human life

ENCOURAGEMENT
Building each other up in all interactions

DIVERSITY
Modeling and living racial and socioeconomic diversity within the church

COMMUNITY
Belonging in a small group for the sake of community and accountability

RISK
Taking risks to serve and love others in unconventional ways

RELEVANCE
Presenting the Good News in a relevant way to our culture

SANCTUARY
Being a safe place for hurting people

TRANSFORMATION
Committing to an ongoing, growing, intentional relationship with God for our own growth and for the sake of others

GOOD NEWS
Bammel is first and foremost a Good News church, committed to living in and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ