Pastor Julio attended Emmaus Seminary in Cap Haitien for four years and after graduating from seminary he ministered to children in his church for four years. When he and his wife were married in 1997 they moved to the Madeline neighborhood where they began Bethesda Church with about ten people. Over the years the church grew and now they have approximately 500 in attendance each Sunday.
THE WAY TO SALVATION: We believe that the only way to salvation is by receiving Jesus by faith, apart from any works, and that all who receive Him are forgiven all their sins, made a child of God, given the indwelling Holy Spirit, and will spend eternity in heaven with the Lord.
SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER: We believe that once an individual receives
Jesus as their Savior, they are completely forgiven of all sins in the past,
the present, and the future and the Holy Spirit indwells them and holds them
securely so that they will never be lost. True believers will sin and may
wander from Him but they will never deny Him completely or lose their
relationship with the Lord.
SINFULNESS OF MAN: We believe that all men are by nature sinful and rebellious
to God’s standards as revealed in the Bible and that this sin separates them
from God, who is sinless, but Holy Spirit convicts men of their sin and seeks
to bring them to repentance and faith in Jesus.
NATURE OF MAN: We believe that heaven and hell are real places and after
life on earth, every person will spend eternity in one of them. The determining
factor in going to heaven is whether the individual accepts Jesus personally as
their Savior and those who reject Jesus will stand before the judgment seat of
Christ and then will suffer eternally in hell.
THE LOVE OF
GOD: We believe that God personally loves each individual so much that He
sent His Son, Jesus, to die for their sins so that all who believe on Him may
be saved. He is not willing that any should perish and He desires all men to
come to repentance and salvation.
T HE WAY TO SPIRITUAL MATURITY: We believe that Christian growth and maturity comes as a believer allows his mind to be renewed through the truth found in the Word of God, through submission to the Holy Spirit, and through prayer and fellowship with other believers.
THE BIBLE: We believe the Bible is God’s inerrant Word, as contained in the original manuscripts and that we have an accurate copy of it today, that has been divinely preserved. It reveals God’s hand in the affairs of men and His perfect will for us today. It is the final authority in all matters.
THE DEITY OF JESUS: We believe that Jesus was the prophesied Messiah, He was born of a virgin, He lived a perfect and sinless life, He performed many miracles, and then He died for the sins of mankind. He was raised to life on the third day after His crucifixion to prove His deity and to secure our forgiveness.
THE NATURE OF GOD: We believe there is one incomprehensible God, who created all things, and who exists eternally in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is also holy, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present, loving and merciful, and has chosen to give men the freedom to choose Him or reject Him.
THE CHURCH: We believe that the church consists of all true believers and that each local church is a miniature of the Universal Church, which is the bride of Christ and is God’s chosen vessel for carrying forth His work in the world. The ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper were given for the church to observe as testimony of an individual’s salvation and as a reminder of the atoning work of Christ.
OF HUMAN LIFE: We believe that all human life is sacred from the point of
conception until death, and that only God has the right to decide when a life
should be ended.
THE SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE: We believe that God created males and females and instituted marriage between one man and one woman. This union is the ideal, God-ordained foundation for a family and society and the union between same-sex individuals is a violation of God’s design. Sexual relations between unmarried individuals or between same-sex individuals is sinful but can be forgiven.