Salvation only comes through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8). All people have sinned and need to be saved (Romans 3:23) and Jesus offers His salvation to all who are willing to come (Revelation 22:17). We believe that every believer should be prepared to share their faith with others on a daily basis (1 Peter 3:15).
The Bible is true.
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). Everything at Bellwether University falls under the authority of the Bible, which declares timeless truth for all generations (Psalm 100:5). The Bible is our absolute authority for faith and conduct (John 8:32).
It is the foundation for our understanding of God and our awareness of what He has called us to be in His world (2 Timothy 3:17).
God is Good.
God is loving and kind (Psalm 100:5). He loves all humanity (John 3:16) and doesn’t want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9). God loves showing mercy (Micah 7:18) and He enjoys blessing His children (Matthew 7:11). God, in His goodness, is also just and holds people accountable for wrong-doing (Psalm 9:8). Those who repent of their sins will be forgiven (1 John 1:9).
The Devil is our enemy.
People are not the enemy (Ephesians 6:12). We have a spiritual enemy, the Devil, also called Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4). His purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). A lot of people blame God for bad things that happen, but the Bible teaches us that this whole world, at this present time, is under the influence of the Devil (1 John 5:19). As Christians, we are not afraid of the Devil because Jesus has given us ultimate victory (1 John 4:4). Through the grace of God, we can resist the Devil (James 4:7). We do not attribute to God the evil things the Devil does (Isaiah 5:20).
Every Person Matters.
Your life, and every human life, is sacred and valuable (Psalm 139:14). God has good plans for your life (Jeremiah 29:11) but the only way to realize your purpose in life is through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (Acts 17:28). Our gender identity (Matthew 19:4), proper values (James 1:22), and our sense of purpose (1 Corinthians 2:9) all come from God. Every person deserves the opportunity to become a believer (John 3:16). Every believer belongs in a local church where they can use their God-given talents and abilities to make a positive impact on the lives of others (Ephesians 2:19, Hebrews 10:25). We celebrate diversity, and believe that every person should be treated with kindness and respect (John 13:34).
There are many other beliefs that are foundational to what we do. We believe in Divine Healing (Isaiah 53:5), the Gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8-10), the Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4), the reality of Heaven and Hell (Revelation 20:13-15), and the Second Coming of Christ (John 14:3). For a detailed list of our doctrines, click here
Bellwether University can be placed into the following categories:
We are Evangelical.
Everything we do centers around the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that the mission of the church is to preach the Gospel to the entire world (Mark 16:15). Foundational to Evangelical Christians is the idea that salvation is only by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. Evangelicals are also called “born again” Christians, referring to Jesus’ teaching that one must be born again (John 3:3). All of humanity is spiritually dead because of sin (Ephesians 2:1). When you put your faith in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit gives you spiritual life. This is what it means to be born again (John 3:6).
We are Trinitarian.
We believe that there is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), yet He has revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19, 1 John 5:7), a concept we call the Trinity. God has eternally existed as such (John 17:5). Islam incorrectly labels Christianity as polytheistic, claiming that we worship three gods. According to the Christian faith, there is only one God, revealed in 3 distinct persons. Though it is difficult for the human mind to comprehend, we accept by faith that God consists of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is referred to in the Bible as the “Godhead” (Acts 17:29, Romans 1:20, Colossians 2:9).
We are Pentecostal.
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit, as recorded in the New Testament, is still active in the church today (Acts 2:17). Signs, wonders, and miracles have not left the Church because the Holy Spirit has not left the Church (John 14:16). Just as on the Day of Pentecost, we believe that God still baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by an impartation of power for ministry (Acts 1:8), and by the outward evidence of speaking in tongues (Acts 2:4). While every believer should desire to experience the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13), it is not a requirement for salvation (Romans 10:9).
We are Wesleyan/Armenian.
Our soteriology (doctrine of salvation) is Armenian, a view also held by John Wesley, Methodists, Nazarenes, and Free Will Baptists. We embrace our brothers and sisters in Christ who are Calvinists, but we do not teach Calvinism/Reformed Theology. We believe that the scriptures clearly teach that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world (2 Corinthians 5:15, John 3:16) and that God will save anyone willing to come to Him (Revelation 22:17). No one can be saved apart from the grace of God and the ministry of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3), but every person makes a conscious choice to either accept or reject God’s grace (Acts 7:51). God has given us our own free will, that we might choose life or death (Deuteronomy 30:19). While salvation is unconditional, every believer is expected to live a life of holiness and obedience to God (Hebrews 12:14). It is possible for believers to fall away from the faith (1 Timothy 1:19), but Jesus promised that those who are faithful unto death will receive the Crown of Life. (Revelation 2:10).