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What We Believe

The doctrinal statements of Beacon Light Fellowship encompass the core beliefs and teachings that guide the faith and practices of the church.


The Bible

The original writings of both Old and New Testaments, all 66 books, were inspired by God through the means of the Holy Spirit, who chose the words employed. These writings were without error and are of supreme and final authority in the lives of believers in any age and any culture. The Bible says everything God intended to say to humanity regarding sin, salvation and eternal life. The Bible is God’s sufficient and complete manual describing how He wants His people to live in this world.

Matt. 5:17-19; Rom 1:2; II Tim. 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:20, 21


God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit

There is but one true God, eternally existing as three distinct persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the unity of the Godhead each person is co-existent, co-equal, and co-eternal. God is infinite, almighty, sovereign, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, and perfect in holiness. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit share in the work of creation, maintenance of the universe, sovereign control of history, redemption, sanctification of believers, and judgment.

Gen. 1:1; Deut. 6:4, 5; Is. 45; Daniel; Matt. 28:16-20; John 1:1-3; Rom. 8:26-39; I Cor. 12:4-6; Eph. 4:4-6


God the Father

He is the pre-existent, eternal creator of all things and the sovereign ruler over the heavens and the earth He upholds, directs, and governs all things according to the infallible, unchanging counsel of His own purposes and will. He orders and disposes all things for His glory according to His own purpose and grace. He is entirely sufficient in and of Himself, not dependent or in need of anything He has made. God the Father hears, answers, and intervenes prayer according to His love, wisdom, and providence He draws sinful, fallen man to Himself, forgiving sin and delivering from death those who come to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, for salvation.

Psalms 90:2; Isaiah 43:13; Ephesians 3:9; 1 Timothy 1:7; Isaiah 14:24; James 1:17; Isaiah 46:9-10; James 1:17; John 3:16; 1 Peter 1:3; 2 Peter 3:9


God the Son

Jesus Christ, eternal Son of God, was incarnated as man through the fulfilled prophecy of the virgin birth. He became man without ceasing to be God in order to reveal God to man and reconcile man to God. He is the fulfillment of all Messianic prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures. He is the Word, the means of Creation, and the only true light of the world. He was crucified by the will of the Father because of the sin of humanity, paying the full atonement for that sin. He is the only Savior for the sins of the world having shed His blood and died a substitutionary death on a cross thereby reconciling us to God. He was dead and buried for three days, but was physically raised from the dead on the third day, as predicted in the Hebrew Scriptures. All authority in heaven and earth was given to Him upon His resurrection. He is seated at the right hand of the Father in the heavenly realms. Having redeemed us from sin, He rose bodily from the grave, was victorious over death, and ascended into heaven where He intercedes for us. He is the head of the church and rules as Lord over all. The name of Jesus Christ is the only name under heaven by which man can be saved. He lives, he lives in us, and He is our life.

Gen. 3:15; Ps. 22; Is. 7:14, 9:1-7, 52:13-53:12; Jonah 1, 2; Matt. 11:1-6, 27, 28; Luke 1, 2; John 1:1-18, 3:16, 11:25, 26; Acts 2:22-36, 4:10-12; Rom. 1:1-7, 10:9, 10; I Cor. 15; Eph. 1:20-23; Colossians


God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit was always with God, is God, and existed before all things. He was sovereignly active in creation, the incarnation, the written revelation, and is active in the illumination, the work of salvation, the process of sanctification, and the gifting of believers. Bringing about the new birth of sinners in faith, He forms, unites, and completes the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit awakens, transforms, empowers, and equips believers to glorify God. The Spirit indwelled Jesus Christ and empowered His earthly ministry. After the resurrection, He was sent by Jesus on Pentecost to continue Christ’s earthly ministry through believers. He indwells, guides, teaches, and comforts believers, through them convicting the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment. By Him we are adopted into God’s family. By Him we are baptized into and identified with Jesus Christ. He floods our hearts with God’s love. He expresses our deepest needs to our Father. He gives spiritual gifts to all believers. He is the living water of Christ’s life in us, flowing like a river through us. His fruit in our lives is the character of Christ growing in us. Being indwelled by the Spirit of God is what defines us as Christians, and His presence in us assures us we are eternally secure as children of God.

Gen. 1:2; Ex. 31:1-5; Num. 11; Num. 27:18; Judges 6:34; Matt. 3:13-17; John 1:30-34, 7:37-39, 14:16-16:15; Acts 2; Rom. 5:5, 8:2-27, 12:3-8; I Cor. 12; II Cor. 2-5; Gal. 4:4-7, 5:22-25; Eph. 1:13, 14, 4:1-16, 30; II Peter 1:20, 21



Mankind was originally created in the image and likeness of God and is loved by God, but through Adam’s choice, sin and death spread through the race. Each person born throughout history, with the exception of Jesus Christ, has been born in sin and is thus alienated from God. In this condition, man is enslaved to the world, the flesh and the devil, and is under God’s righteous judgment. The only remedy for sin and the only hope for eternal life is through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross. By faith in Jesus Christ, a believer is proclaimed a new creation, is saved from sin and the sting of death, and is destined for eternal glory with Him.

Gen. 1-4; Rom. 1:18-8:39; I Cor. 15; II Cor. 5:17-21; Eph. 2


The Cross of Christ

Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is the crux of our faith, the axis of the Scriptures, the pivot point of human history, and the defining moment of God’s redemption history. Fulfilling all the promises of the Hebrew Scriptures for a divine solution to man’s terrible problem of sin, Jesus Christ humbly submitted Himself as a sinless substitute to die on a cross for sinful man across all time. His sacrifice alone satisfies God’s holy requirement for atonement for man’s sin. God’s acceptance of His sacrifice was seen in Christ’s resurrection on the third day. Only through the cross of Christ is sinful man reconciled to God, and because we have been crucified with Christ, we are fully identified with Him.

Gen. 3:15, 22:1-19; Ex. 12; Lev. 16, 17; Num. 21:1-9; Ps. 22; Is. 52:13-53:12; Matt. 26-28; John 15:12, 13; Acts 2:22-36; Rom. 1:18-6:11; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 5:18-33; I John 3, 4



Salvation is a sovereign gift of God and is received through a personal faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It is only through Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross in which complete payment for our sins can be made, completely satisfying the demands of God’s holy justice. This free gift of salvation is provided by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. Salvation is apart from works and no man is justified in the sight of God partly by Christ and partly by works. Jesus Christ is the only means of salvation and that no one is saved apart from a conscious, personal decision to trust in Christ as our one and only Savior. All true believers, once saved, are made a new creation by the Holy Spirit, declared righteous before God, and are eternally secure in Christ forever.

John 6:44, Romans 3:23, Colossians 2:13-15, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-10, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Romans 10:9-10, John 10:27-30, 1 Peter 1:3-5, Romans 8:28-30


The Church

The Church is the body of Christ on earth, consisting of all who have been redeemed by the blood of Christ and regenerated by the indwelling Spirit. This body finds expression as local churches, operating under the direction of Jesus Christ as Lord and Head of His body, through elders, pastor-teachers, and evangelists, who equip the saints for the work of the ministry. Each believer is responsible to utilize his or her spiritual gifts for the common good of the body. Each believer is His witness in the world and is to participate in the call of making disciples of all nations. Each believer is to remember the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ by observing the Lord’s Supper until His return. Each believer is spiritually baptized into Christ through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, yet each believer is commanded to be water baptized as an observable symbol of the more profound but invisible baptism of the Spirit. Neither the Lord’s Supper nor water baptism is a means of salvation, but both are physical symbols designed to enhance our appreciation of our spiritual riches in Christ. We practice water baptism by immersion as the clearest symbol of being baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ through the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Matt. 28:16-20; Acts 2:42-47, 4:32-37; Rom. 6:1-11, 8:16, 17, 12:3-8; I Cor. 11:23-12:31; Eph. 4:1-16; I Peter 3:21, 4:10, 11


Baptism and Communion

The ordinances of water baptism and the Lord’s Supper ( i.e. Communion ) were instituted by Christ and are to be observed by believers, within the church, until Christ’s return. Baptism is the water immersion of a believer in the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. We do not believe that baptism is required to receive salvation, but that Christian baptism an obedient response and a public declaration of a believer’s decision to follow Christ as his or her personal savior identifying with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection
(Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:38-41, 1 Corinthians 11:26, Romans 6:3-6, Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:29-34, Acts 8:35-39).
The Lord’s Supper is a regular reminder of Christ’s death through the sacrifice of His body and the shedding of His blood on the cross. It is a rite for every believer, in anticipation of His second coming, and should be preceded by a time of solemn self-examination. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are significant expressions of salvation, worship, and submission to God for the believer.

1 Corinthians 10:16, Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29


The Future; Christ's Second Coming

The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal and visible. This is the believer’s blessed hope and is vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all mankind for judgment. Believers will be judged, but will be found blameless because of the covering of the blood of Christ, and will enjoy eternal life with God. Unbelievers will be judged according to what they have done and will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Acts 1:9-11; Titus 2:13; I Peter 1:13; II Peter 3:11
1 Thessalonians 4:16 ,Revelation 20:4-6 & 21:1-8, Galatians 5:19-21 , John 5:28-29 Daniel 12:2


Marriage, Relationships and Sexuality

God is the Creator of marriage, and the only authority in matters of marriage and sexuality for all people, and the term “marriage” only has one meaning in Scripture: a sacred covenant between one man and one woman joining together in an exclusive, complementary, and permanent bond. This union is to represent the beautiful, eternal covenant between Christ and His Bride ( The church) (Genesis 2:18-24; Matthew 19:1-9: Ephesians 5:31-33), therefore intended not to be broken.
Jesus teaches us that marriage was created by God from the beginning, so no human institution has the authority to redefine marriage any more than a human institution has the authority to redefine Scripture (Mark 10:5-9).
Sex is a gift from God to be enjoyed solely within the covenant of the marriage relationship. The exercise of sexual expression outside the Biblical definition of marriage, specifically sexual immorality does not align with God’s design for sexuality and marriage.

Romans 1:18-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-20, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7, Hebrews 13:40

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