Mission – To glorify God by making mature followers of Jesus Christ.
Vision – A gospel-centered church that equips believers for intentional disciple-making ministry in the context of relationships. Our vision revolves around three activities:
- Caring for others actively
- Praying for others fervently
- Proclaiming the word to others consistently
Core Ministry Values – for individuals, leaders, and the church as a whole.
- Gospel message is central in all ministry – we will consistently remind ourselves of the gospel, celebrate the gospel with other believers, and proclaim the gospel to the lost.
- People are the ministers – we will intentionally be equipped and work to encourage and equip the church family to live out the vision and accomplish the mission of the church.
- Proclamation of God’s word is our primary ministry tool – we will seek to have the word living and active in us so we can speak it to others, trusting that God will use it to accomplish his work.
- Prayer is necessary and powerful for the work of gospel ministry – we will pray and encourage and equip others to pray knowing that prayer is needed for spiritually effective ministry.
- Relational ministry is most transformative – we will seek gospel connections and create opportunities for gospel connections in the church knowing that gospel transformation happens in the context of Christ-honoring relationships.
1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
2. We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through Gods saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus, Israel’s promised Messiah was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Work of Christ
5. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
6. We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
7. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lords Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
8. We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With Gods Word, the Spirits power, and fervent prayer in Christs name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christs commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
9. We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
Response and Eternal Destiny
10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.
Revision of Statement of Faith adopted 1/25/09
Beach Bible Church began as a Methodist church plant in the unincorporated community of Beach Park in 1930. The group met in homes, halls, and school facilities, and eventually bought property in Beach Park. During the early years, men from Zion churches and Moody Bible Institute came to minister in the church on Sundays.
In 1950, pastor and businessman, Erwin Radant, became pastor of the church. He brought important organizational practices to the church, including board meetings, adoption of a creed, and a membership list. The cornerstone for the church building on Beach Road was laid in August of 1953.
The first full-time pastor, Rev. Leonard Koutz, was called in 1956. During the late 1950s the church decided to withdraw from the Methodist Church and continue as an independent congregation. In the early 1960s Beach was one of the earliest churches to begin an AWANA program.
By the mid-1980s the church had outgrown the facilities in Beach Park. Land was purchased to build a bigger facility, but the opportunity to buy a building on 21st street in Zion arose. It was decided to sell the original building and the land and purchase the present building, which happened in 1994. A west wing was added in 1997 for use in Christian Education, and an east wing was added in 1998 to be used for the youth group.
On October 12, 2001, Beach Bible Church joined the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) and was received as a Free Church at the Great Lakes District conference in Mason, OH.
Beach Bible Church now shares the vision of the EFCA to glorify God by reaching people with the good news of the love of Jesus Christ, both locally and worldwide. Our focus is to proclaim and live out the life-giving word of God in all we do and to equip believers to serve Christ.