What we believe at Bayside about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church

Our Beliefs

we believe in god

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He always existed. The Father, the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit are three persons, co-equal in one God.

Genesis 1:1,26,27; Genesis 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

we believe in jesus christ

Lovingly, God did all the work to make a relationship with Him possible. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, the exact representation of Himself. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people. Christ physically rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. Because He walked this earth as we do, He understands our struggles and responds to our needs.

John 14:6; Acts 4:11-12

We Believe in The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son, as God. Sent by God to live in every Christian, the Holy Spirit guides us in doing what is right and teaches spiritual truth. The Holy Spirit empowers believers with the unique abilities to serve and build up the body of Christ, the Church.

Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:18; Luke 11:13

We Believe in God's Written Word

The Bible is God’s love letter to all people. Written by human authors under supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, it is the ultimate authority for Christian beliefs and Christian living. Though truth may be found in other places, only the Bible can be trusted for complete accuracy.

2 Timothy 3:16


People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2


As believers we are not on our own anymore. We are bound together in His body the church. Each of us finds our meaning and function as part of His believing community. The church is designed to function by honoring God through worship, fellowship, encouraging one another to grow spiritually, meeting needs and spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.  

Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 2:19-22; Ephesians 4:16; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23


We can never make up for sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by personally trusting in Jesus Christ and God’s offer of forgiveness, can we be saved from permanent separation from God. Just as relationship is received, it is kept by the grace and power of God, not by the self effort of the Christian. Once established, the relationship with God is permanent.  

Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Romans 5:8; Romans 10:9-10; John 3:16; John 10:29


Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

the future

We expect the bodily return of Jesus Christ. He will establish His Kingdom on earth, ruling over all humanity. Eventually God will judge all who have lived. Those who have a relationship through faith in the Lord Jesus will spend eternity with God. All others will spend eternity separated from Him.

Matthew 24:30; Matthew 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7


People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; John 14:7; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 2 Corinthians 2:7-9

water baptism

Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  

Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:1-4

the lord's supper

A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross.  

Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 10:16; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25


We believe marriage is defined in the Bible as a covenant, a sacred bond between one man and one woman, instituted by and publicly entered into before God.  

Matthew 19:4-6; Genesis 2:24; Hebrews 13:4

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