Leadership Team:
 
Pastor
Jack (Marie) Neudorf
 
Deacons
Larry (Linda) Buhler
Bruce (Barb) Harder
 
Elder Board
Darryl (Muffet) Goertzen
Steven (Susan) Thiessen
Kevin (Wilma) Buhler

_______________________________

Conference Statement of Faith

_______________________________

CONFERENCE NAME: EVANGELICAL BERGTHALER MENNONITE CONFERENCE

 

STATEMENT OF FAITH:

 

  1. GOD

We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons – the Father, the

Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having the same nature,

attributes and perfection (Rom. 1:20; Matt. 28:19; Deut. 4:35; John 17:5).

 

2 JESUS CHRIST

We believe in the Personality and Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ; who was

begotten of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is truly God and truly man (Jn. 1:1,14 & 10:30; Matt. 1:20; Lk. 1:30-31; Phil. 2:5-7; 1 Tim. 3:16;

Col. 1:19).

 

  1. HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the Personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit, and that He is the

source and power of all acceptable worship and service, the infallible

Interpreter of the infallible Word, Who indwells every true believer and is ever

present to testify of Christ, seeking to occupy us with Him and not with

ourselves or our experiences (Jn. 15:26; Acts 5:3-4 & 1:8; Rom. 8:8-9,26-27;

1 Cor. 2:12-14 & 3:16 & 12:13; Jn. 16:13-14).

 

  1. THE SCRIPTURES

We believe that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God,” by which we

understand the whole book called THE BIBLE; that it is inerrant in the

original writing and that its teaching and authority is absolute, supreme and

final and that the Holy Spirit guided the holy men of old in all that they wrote

(2 Tim. 3:16; Deut. 4:2; 2 Pet. 1:21).

 

  1. SATAN

We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, ‘that old serpent, called the devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world” (Rev. 12:9; Eph. 6:11-12;

1 Pet. 5:8; Rev. 20:10).


  1. THE CREATION AND FALL OF MAN

We believe that man was created in the image of God and after His likeness, as

stated in the Word of God, but the whole human race fell in the fall of the first

Adam. Not only was his moral nature grievously injured by the fall but he totally lost all spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and subject

to the power of the devil. “The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not

subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then, they that are in the

flesh cannot please God” (Rom. 8:7-8). Therefore, he cannot see nor enter the

kingdom of God until he is born again by the Holy Spirit. And we further believe

that no degree of reformation however great, no attainment in morality however high, no culture however attractive, no humanitarian and

philanthropic schemes and societies however useful, no baptism or ordinance

however, administered, can help the sinner to take even one step toward heaven; but that a new nature imparted from above, a new life implanted by

the Holy Spirit through the Word of God is absolutely essential to salvation

(Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3; Jn. 3:3, 6-7; Titus 3:5).

 

  1. THE SUBSTITUTIONARY DEATH OF CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ became the sinner’s substitute before God and died as a propitiatory sacrifice for the sin of the whole world. We also believe

that He was made a curse for us, dying for our sins according to the Scriptures.

No repentance, no feeling, no faith, no good resolution, no sincere efforts, no

submission to rules and regulations of any church can add in the very least to

the value of the precious blood or to the merit of that finished work wrought for us by Him, Who tasted death for every man (1 Jn. 2:2; Heb. 2:9; Gal. 3:13;

Rom. 3:25 & 4:4-5 & 5:8; Col. 1:13-14,20-21).

 

  1. THE RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION OF CHRIST

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of Jesus Christ; that His body was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures and that He

ascended into Heaven and sits on the right hand of God as the believer’s

High Priest and Advocate (Lk. 24:39; Acts 1:10-11; Eph.4 :10; Heb. 1:3; 1 Jn. 2:1).

 

  1. SALVATION OF SINNERS

We believe that all mankind is lost in sin (Rom. 3:10-18,23), but that all may be

saved by conversion (Matt. 18:3; Acts 3:19 & 15:3) which involves repentance

from sin (Matt 3:2 & 4:17 & 9:13; Lk. 5:32 & 13:3; Acts 3:19 & 17:30 & 20:21) and

believing in the Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 1:15; John 1:12 & 3:15-18; Acts 16:31;

Rom. 4 & 10:9-14), with the result being an ever growing walk of obedience to

the Lord (Matt. 7:21; Lk. 6:46-49; Rom. 2:5-10 & 6:16-18; Gal. 5:7; Heb. 5:9;

Eph. 4:1-3).

 

  1. THE BELIEVER’S JUSTIFICATION AND UNION WITH CHRIST

We believe that Christ, in the fullness of the blessings He has secured by His earth and resurrection, is received by faith alone and that the moment we trust in Him as our Savior we pass from death into everlasting life, justified from all sin, accepted before the Father according to the measure of His acceptance, loved as He is loved and made one with Him. At the time of acceptance of Christ as Savior, He comes to dwell within the believer and to live out His life of holiness and power through him (Heb. 9:15; Jn. 5:24; Rom. 3:28 &

4:3,23-25; Eph. 1:3; Jn. 17:23; Gal. 2:20 & 4:6-7 & 5:16; Acts 1:8).

 

  1. ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

We believe that the Scriptures teach that believers may have assurance of their

own salvation (Jn. 11:26; 1 Jn. 5:9-13; Rom. 8:16; 2 Cor. 13:5).

 

  1. BELIEVER’S BAPTISM

We believe that all born-again believers should experience a water baptism

signifying their being born again spiritually by dying with Christ and being4 raised to new life in Christ (Rom. 6:3-5; Matt. 28:19; Acts 10:44-48; Gal 2:20).

 

  1. THE LORD’S SUPPER

We believe in a communion service, repeatedly observed, whereby the Lord

Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on our behalf is remembered through partaking

of bread, representing His body broken for us and the partaking of the fruit of

the vine, representing His blood shed for us (Matt. 26:26-28; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).

 

  1. CHRISTIAN CONDUCT

We believe that all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ are called into a life of

separation from worldly and sinful practices and should abstain from such

amusements and habits as will cause others to stumble or bring reproach upon

the cross of Christ. Believers are created in Christ Jesus unto good works. “As

we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto

them who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:10; 1 Jn. 2:15-16; Rom. 13:14 & 14:13; 1 Cor. 10:31; Eph. 2:10; James 4:4).

 

  1. HOMOSEXUALITY

We believe that homosexuality is a grievous sin (Lev. 18:22 & 20:13; Rom. 1:27;

1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:8-10), and any church member taken with this vice must confess and forsake this sin or be excommunicated from the fellowship of

believers (1 Cor. 5).
 
 
  1. SANCTITY OF LIFE

We believe that abortion is entirely unscriptural in every case because scripture

teaches that at the moment of conception the entire person comes into being

(Song of Solomon 3:4; “…conceived me…”), the personal pronoun ‘me’ being a

reference to the person who possesses all the parts; body, soul and spirit

(1 Thess. 5:23). Luke 2:21 says of Jesus that “before He was conceived…” It was

the Person of Jesus Christ, referred to the personal pronoun ‘He’, that was

conceived. The personal pronoun ‘He’ is reference to the entire person and his

possessions; body, soul and spirit, (1 Thess.5:23; Ex. 21:22-24). Thus, abortion

at any time after conception is murder; murder being the premeditated

termination of a person’s life for any reason which is not sanctioned by God

(Ex. 20:13).



  1. EVANGELISM

We believe in the evangelization of the world; that the supreme mission of the

people of God is to preach the Gospel to every creature (Matt. 28:18-20;

Mk. 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:18-19).



  1. THE CHURCH

We believe that the church is composed of all those who truly believe on the

Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. The Church is the body and bride of Christ. We

further believe that every believer, whether Jew or Gentile, is baptized into the

body of Christ by the Holy Spirit and having thus become members of one

another we are responsible to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,

loving one another fervently, with a pure heart (Eph. 1:22-23 & 2:19-22;

1 Cor. 12:22-27 & 1:10-13; Rom. 12:4-5; Eph. 4:3-6 & 5:32; Phil. 2:1-5;

Gal. 5:13-15).

 

  1. DESTINY OF THE BELIEVER AT DEATH

We believe that the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for

salvation do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in

conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when the

reunited soul and body shall be with Him forever in glory (Lk. 23-43; 2 Cor.5:8;

Lk. 16:22,25; Phil 1:23; 1 Thess. 4:15-18; 1 Cor. 15:42-45).

 

  1. DESTINY OF THE UNBELIEVER AT DEATH

We believe that the souls of the lost after death remain in torment until the

final judgement at the great white throne, when soul and body reunited at the

resurrection shall be cast ‘into the lake of fire’ which is the ‘second death’, to be

‘punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from

the glory of His power’ (2 Thess. 1:8-9; Lk. 16:22-24, 27-28; Heb. 9:27;

Rev. 20:5,11-15).

 

  1. THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST

We believe in the personal return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and that

the coming again of Jesus Christ is the ‘blessed hope’ set before us, for which

we should be constantly looking. “Our citizenship is in heaven from whence we

look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:20; Acts 1:1-11;

1 Thess. 4:16-17; Jn. 14:1-3; Titus 2:13; Phil. 3:20-21).