OUR BELIEFS & VALUES 

CORE BELIEFS

THE BIBLE

We believe that the original manuscripts of the Old and New Testament comprise the full, word-for-word, truthful, inerrant word of God which is the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice. (Isaiah 40:8; Hebrews 4:12)

THE TRINITY

We believe in one God eternally existing in three equal persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who have the same nature and attributes, but who are distinct in office and activity. (Deut 6:4; Isaiah 48:16; Jer 10:10; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; II Cor 13:14; Hebrews 1:8)

THE FATHER

We believe that as eternal Father, He is the Father of all men in the non-salvation, Creator sense, the Father of the nation of Israel, the father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the disciplinarian of His children. (Exodus 4:22; Psalms 2:7-9; John 5:37; Acts 17:29; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 1:3-6; Hebrews 12:9; I Peter 1:3)

THE PERSON AND WORK OF JESUS CHRIST


We believe Jesus Christ is God incarnate, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, completely God and completely man. We believe in His pre-existence, His sinless life, His substitutionary atonement, His bodily resurrection from the grave, His ascension into heaven, and His bodily return from heaven. (Luke 1:35; John 1:1,14,18; Romans 3:24-26; Ephesians 4:11-16; I Thess 4:13-18; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 7:23-25; I Peter 2:3-5; I John 2:1-2)

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells, baptizes, seals, and bestows spiritual gifts upon all believers at the time of their conversion. Experientially, He fills, teaches, leads, assures, and prays for believers.(Jn 14:26; Jn 16:6-15; Acts 1:5; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 11:1-18; Rom 8:14-16, 26-27; I Cor 6:19; 12:7-11,13; Eph 1:13-14; Eph 5:18; II Thess 2:1-10; Titus 3:5)

MAN AND SIN

We believe man was created in the image of God; that he sinned in Adam and thereby incurred both physical and spiritual death (separation from God); and is now a sinner, by nature and by choice; in need of salvation. (Gen 1:1, Gen 27; Gen 2:17; Gen 3:1-19; Isa 14:12-14; Lk 20:36; Jn 1:1-3; 8:44; 12:31; Rom 5:12-21; Eph 2:1-3; Col 1:16-17; Heb 1:13-14; Heb 2:5-8,14; I Pet 2:4; Rev 20:10)

SALVATION

We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ's substitutionary payment for our sins, not based on human merit, works, or religious ceremony. We believe that anyone who has placed their faith in Christ is eternally secure, has everlasting life, will not come into condemnation, and shall never perish. We believe that assurance comes to the believer from three primary sources: trusting the Word of God's promises, the witness of the Holy Spirit, and a persevering walk with the Lord. (Dan 12:1-2; Mt 25:31-46; John 1:12; John 2:3,16; John 3:16,36; John 5:24; John 10:28-29; John 11:25-26; Rom 8:28-39; II Cor 5:17-21; Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7; I Jn 4:11-13; Rev 20:12-15)

THE CHURCH

We believe in the church, both universally and locally, as the spiritual body of which Christ is the Head, and in the practices of water baptism of believers and the Lord's Supper as the ordinances of the local church. (Mt 16:18; Acts 1:5; Acts 11:15; I Cor 12:13; Eph 1:22-23; Eph 4:11-16; Eph 5:22-33; Col 1:18)

THE GREAT COMMISSION 

We believe that those whom God has saved are sent into the world by Christ as He was by the Father. Those so sent are ambassadors, commissioned to go make disciples and make Christ known to the whole world. We also believe that everyone should have an opportunity to carefully examine the facts about Christ and have a chance to make an intelligent decision about Him. (Mt 28:18-20; John 18:8; John 17:18; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Rom 10:14-15; II Cor 5:18-20; Col 4:2-6; II Tim 2:14-26)

ETERNITY

We believe in the physical resurrection of the human body (at the second coming of Christ); in the eternal conscious existence of all individuals in either heaven or hell; and in the rewards of the saved and the punishment of the lost for eternity. (Luke 16:19-31; I Cor 3:11-15; 15:1-58; II Cor 5:8-10).

VALUES

WORD SATURATED

The Bible is truth, and therefore has meaning for all of life. It is not just something to ‘know,’ but something that should penetrate every aspect of our lives and ultimately change us to become more like Jesus. This is why we read, talk about, meditate on, obey, apply and creatively express the Word of God, allowing it to rule over every area of our lives. Everything we are and everything we do is Word Saturated.

We demonstrate this by:
  • A Chapter A Day daily Bible reading plan
  • Biblical centered preaching at our weekend gatherings
  • Teaching the Word in all of our group contexts (Missional Communities, Women’s/Men’s Groups, Student Community Groups, Children’s Large Groups)
Accompanying Scripture:
  • Isaiah 1:8, Hebrews 5:12-14, Luke 10:38-42

GREAT FAITH

Great faith fuels our growth in Jesus. It all starts with our relationship with Him. The more we know Him, the more we are able to trust Him and exercise our faith. This is why we challenge each other to take big faith steps in order to grow spiritually. Having Great Faith in Jesus helps us take steps of faith with Him. For us, it’s all about having a Great Faith.

We demonstrate this by:
  • Encouraging everyone to take their next step of faith
  • Many discipling others
Accompanying Scripture:
  • Matthew 14:22-33, Daniel 6

BETTER TOGETHER

Every person matters to God and to us. We know our growth and fulfillment happens best in the context of community and relationship. That’s why we strive to help every person feel welcome, get connected, and join in God’s work here. Each person has a significant part to play and we don’t want anyone to miss out. When we’re together, big things happen. This is why we’re Better Together.

We demonstrate this by:
  • Worshipping together in our Gatherings
  • Serving God and one another by using our gifts
  • Building relationships with others in community
Accompanying Scripture:
  • Genesis 1:26-27, 1 Peter 2:9-11, Col 3:12-15, Acts 2:42-47

GENERATIONS TO COME

The future of our faith (humanly speaking) rests in the hands of the next generation. We are just one generation away from extinction. That’s why helping the next generation come to faith early in life and discipling them in the ways of Jesus is a really big deal to us. We’re all about discipling the Generations to Come.
 
We demonstrate this by our:
  • Commitment to discipling children and students through partnering with parents and families
  • Lively and engaging environments for children and students
  • Passionate and faithful staff, leaders and volunteers
Accompanying Scripture:
  • 2 Kings 21, Psalm 145:4-7, 12-13, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Psalm 71:18, Psalm 78:5-9, 2 Timothy 2:1-2

RELENTLESS IN MISSION

The Great commission - proclaiming the Gospel and making disciples - is real for us. Every person, everywhere, should have the opportunity to respond to the gospel. This is why mission is not just something that we do, but something that defines who we are. From here in our neighborhoods to the farthest reaches of the nations, it’s every one, being a sent one (missionary), everywhere, all the time. We are Relentless in Mission.

We demonstrate this by our:
  • Desire to reach the nations through global partnerships and missions trips
  • Commitment to declaring and demonstrating the gospel locally 
  • Being on mission together in our Missional Communities
  • Reaching the region by starting new campuses and planting new churches
Accompanying Scripture:
  • Matthew 28:19-20, John 20:21, 2 Timothy 2:1-4

EXTRAVAGANT GENEROSITY

We have a saying around here: God owns it and we steward it. If that is true, then our role is to be a steward or manager of what we’ve been given, which frees us to be generous and give freely. As we follow Jesus who gave it all for us, so we can give to others. And as we give, so our church multiplies. As a result we are stretched, filled with joy, and grow spiritually. Therefore, as a church we are about Extravagant Generosity.

We demonstrate this by:
  • Embracing the “give, save, live” principle
  • Mobilizing individuals to use their gifts for the benefit of others
  • The amount of resources BACC commits to the community and the nations
Accompanying Scripture:
  • 2 Corinthians 8:9

POSITION PAPERS

Our beliefs fall in line with mainstream, evangelical, orthodox biblical teaching. There are many secondary positions, however, that churches must decide upon. At Bay Area, we have worked hard to “accurately handle the word of truth” and have developed the following Statements of Position (SoPs):


While not essential beliefs of the Christian faith, these SoPs provide Bay Area’s positions on some topics for which there are numerous positions held by others in the body of Christ and, if Bay Area’s position were not communicated, could lead to divisions and discord.  We ask our Ministry Partners to affirm the Statement of Faith and give assent to the SoPs. 

RESPONDING TO CULTURAL TENSIONS

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Guiding biblical principles for navigating cultural issues. In other words, how our decisions about responding to cultural tensions are informed.

EQUALITY ACT

Bay Area's addressing and urging action on the Equality Act in an email to Ministry Partners on March 21, 2021.

MASKING

As announced on January 16, 2022, the Leadership Team has applied guiding biblical principles to inform decisions of compliance with the mask mandates in Anne Arundel County, based on the factors listed in this document.
Any questions related to these responses can be sent to info@bayareacc.org.