What We Believe

Our vision

Our vision is to reach our community with the Gospel, connect people to Jesus, and become fully devoted followers of Christ

Our Mission

Bedford Church of God exists to care for God’s people and reach the lost.  As the body of Christ, joined together in unity, it is our goal to reach our community with the love of Christ.  We at the Bedford Church of God are committed to seeing people through God’s eyes and not our own and we commit ourselves to the Great Commission that Christ set forth in Matthew 28:19-20 as the Holy Spirit enables us.

DOCTRINAL COMMITMENTS

The following Doctrinal Commitments represent the core beliefs of the denomination as outlined in Scripture.

Repentance
Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3; Acts 3:19.

Justification
Romans 5:1; Titus 3:7.

Regeneration
Titus 3:5.

New birth
John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 3:9.

Sanctification subsequent to justification
Romans 5:2; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Hebrews 13:12.

Holiness
Luke 1:75; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; Hebrews 12:14.

Water baptism
Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9, 10; John 3:22, 23; Acts 8:36, 38.

Baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to cleansing; the enduement of power for service
Matthew 3:11; Luke 24:49, 53; Acts 1:4-8.

The speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance as the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Ghost
John 15:26; Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:1-7.

The Church
Exodus 19:5, 6; Psalm 22:22; Matthew 16:13-19; 28:19,20; Acts 1:8; 2:42-47; 7:38; 20:28; Romans 8:14-17: 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17; 12:12-31; 2 Corinthians 6:6-18; Ephesians 2:19-22; 3:9, 21; Philipians 3:10; Hebrews 2:12; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 1:6, 7; Revelation 21:2, 9; 22:17.

Spiritual gifts
1 Corinthians 12:1, 7, 10, 28, 31; 1 Corinthians 14:1.

Signs following believers
Mark 16:17-20; Romans 15:18, 19; Hebrews 2:4.

Fruit of the Spirit
Romans 6:22; Galatians 5:22, 23; Ephesians 5:9; Philippians 1:11.

Divine healing provided for all in the Atonement
Psalm 103:3; Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:17; James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24.

The Lord’s Supper
Luke 22:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.

Washing the saints’ feet
John 13:4-17; 1 Timothy 5:9, 10.

Tithing and giving
Genesis 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Malachi 3:10; Luke 11:42; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; 16:2; Hebrews 7:1-21.

Restitution where possible
Matthew 3:8; Luke 19:8, 9.

Premillennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the dead saints and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air
1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1

Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years
Zechariah 14:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Jude 14, 15; Revelation 5:10; 19:11-21; 20:4-6.

Resurrection
John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 20:5, 6.

Eternal life for the righteous
Matthew 25:46; Luke 18:30; John 10:28; Romans 6:22; 1 John 5:11-13.

Eternal punishment for the wicked. No liberation nor annihilation
Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 3:29; 2 Thessalonians 1: 8, 9; Revelation 20:10-15; 21:8.