What we believe?

Freed by Jesus Christ!

We believe that God created the Earth and that we are part of his creation. And we believe that mankind cannot live agreeable to God innately.

We believe that God sent his son to Earth to give mankind a new direction.
We believe in life after death and that everyone who follows Jesus has the prospect of this life.

We believe that God sent us his Holy Ghost who accompanies us every day, always.

Believing - that means to us: having faith in God.

 

  • The Apostles' Creed

    connects us with all Christians in the world:

    I believe in God,
    the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth.
    I believe in Jesus Christ,
    God’s only Son, our Lord,
    who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
    born of the Virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, died, and was buried;
    he descended to the dead.
    On the third day he rose again;
    he ascended into heaven,
    he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
    and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
    I believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy christian Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen

  • The Baptist Principles

    describe the common basic beliefs of all Baptist Churches allover the world:

    • The Bible as God's Word, therefore sole rule and guideline for faith and life
    • The community of all believers, therefore the necessity for mission and evangelization
    • Baptism on the religious denomination, therefore the connection between baptism and membership of the church
    • The priesthood of all believers, therefore no hierarchy of authority
    • Independence of the local church, therefore no clerical structure from the top with special authorization
    • Freedom of faith and conscience, therefore separation of Church and State

     

  • Confession of Faith

    summarizes the concordantly creed of all the German speaking baptists:

    'Rechenschaft vom Glauben' (only in German)

  • Bethelkirche – at a glance
  • We are the Bethelkirche:
    The word "Bethel" is hebraic and means: house of God. It indicates our building. Our church shall be a place where people can live community with God and with each other.
    The word "Kirche" is German for "church". It indicates the people who enter the building. "Kirche" is derived from the Greek word "kyriaké" which means: that belongs to the Lord.
    We are an
    Evangelical Free Baptist Church:

    We are evangelic(al), because we want to pass on the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ and the love of God, to all people with words and actions. That means, the Bible and especially the New Testament are an important benchmark for our life. We believe that the Bible is an aid for our life – while being in private, with each other and with God.

    Look up 'Gospel' in Wikipedia
    Look up 'Evangelic' in Wikipedia

    The free choice of the individual is important. In our church only those people become members who decided for themselves to do so. Also as a local congregation, we are self-dependent, that means free of any church hierarchy.

    Look up 'Free church' in Wikipedia

    Only people get baptized who decide for themselves to do so, and who believe with us in the God the Bible gives account of. This baptism, the believer's baptism, has given the Baptists their name. "Baptisma" is Greek for baptist.

    Look up 'Baptists' in Wikipedia
    Look up 'Baptistery' in Wikipedia

    "Alone you wither...". That's also valid for the faith. We don't want to live our faith alone, but celebrate together with God (worship service), learn from Jesus and follow him (as disciples), pass on the good news (evangelization), help other people (social welfare), and share our experiences, problems and joys with other people (community/congregation).