the Scriptures

We believe in the Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct....

the Trinity

We believe in One God existing eternally in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit....


We believe in Our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His personal returning power and glory....


We believe in the salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit....

the Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ....

the Church

We believe in the unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ....

the Last Things

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation...

Who We Are

Bethel Baptist Church of Vilas, NC is Pastor-led, Deacon-served, Committee-operated, and congregationally approved.  By doing so, our desire is to follow God's plan for His best and His blessing.


Pastor-led as God calls men who live out the biblical qualifications of pastor to provide leadership for the church. 


The pastor's role is to edify the saints through:


Teaching - accurate teaching of God's Word

Leading - equipping and moblizing members for ministry

Shepherding - protecting and nurturing the flock so that the church functions as a healthy and unified body.

(I Peter 5:1-4; Acts 20:28; I Timothy 3:1-6; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 13:7,17)


Deacon-served through the affirmation of the pastor and the church, men are chosen whose lives exemplify the Biblical qualifications for the role of deacon.  Deacons are appointed primarily for the purpose of helping the church by freeing the pastor to prepare to teach, to lead and shepherd.  They keep the body clear of anything that would prevent it from functioning in a healthy way.  They resolve problems, meet needs, and minister to the church.

(Acts 6:1-10; I Timothy 3:8-13; Philippians 1:1)


Committee-operated.  Ephesians 4 teaches that the members of the church are to perform the work of the ministry. The Bible says much about commitment and operating in harmony with others of common commitment.  We seek to use members in the areas of their spiritual giftedness.

(Acts 6:1-7; Numbers 13:1-2)


Congregationally approved.  The congregation invests trust in the leadership of the church to make a multitude of operating decisions.  The leadership, together with the affirmation of the congregation, approves major decisions affecting the direction of the church.  All official actions of the church, its officers, employees and agents are subject to the discretion of the membership.

(Acts 1:26; Acts 6:3; Acts 15:22; I Corinthians 5:4; Matthew 18:17)


Our purpose will be to live out Acts 1:8, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth".

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