Statement of faith


BCBC subscribes to the core faith and ministry commitments of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF), and our statement of faith is adapted from theirs.

What We believe:

  • God is three in one, Father, Son and Spirit. Through the Bible, he shows himself to us as one who saves, speaks to and acts on behalf of sinful people who need his help. This saving, speaking and acting comes to us most fundamentally through Jesus Christ, whose death to atone for our sins and life of obedience on our behalf, and vital current connection to us now through his Spirit and his Word are our eternal hope if we trust in him.

  • All people, those who believe in Jesus and those who do not, are both sinners and sufferers, and we believe the Bible holds life sustaining help for everyone in both their sin and their suffering.

  • This God who saves, speaks, and acts, also calls us to do speak and act by equipping his people for ministry.

  • We affirm the unique authority of Scripture. We also know we need the help of those who have come before us, and we subscribe to the historic creeds of the early church and Reformation (i.e., Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, Westminster Confession of Faith, London Baptist Confession, Heidelberg Catechism).

  • Though we are grounded in the Protestant reformed tradition, we are also ecumenical and seek to minister to and with Christians from a range of theological perspectives.

How We Practice:

These core commitments of historic orthodoxy ought to be applied in ways that are humble and winsome.

  • Because God teaches us to see the world the way he sees it, and to see all things as they exist in relationship to him, we are committed to the complete trustworthiness and primacy of the Scriptures.

  • Because the working of God in human life unfolds historically, we are committed to the narrative perspective provided by redemptive-historical theology, the story line that frames our understanding of systematic theology, practical theology, and church history.

  • Because God’s saving work in Christ Jesus creates a people for his own possession, we are committed to serve the visible church and to help those we counsel do the same.

  • Because there is one Body and one Spirit, we are committed to serve Christians of many different denominational associations.

  • Because God’s ways and words are relevant across time, in all places, and to all peoples, we are committed to cultural sensitivity. Because the church is called to move towards the world redemptively, rather than existing in defensive or hostile isolation, we are committed to cultural engagement.