OUR CORE BELIEFS
The following paragraphs are brief statements of Bible Baptist Church's doctrinal positions. A full doctrinal statement is available upon request.
THE BIBLE. We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible in the original manuscripts composed of the 39 Old Testament books and the 27 New Testament books. Through God's providence, the Bible has been kept pure and remains the authentic Word of God. The Bible is inerrant, sufficient, and infallible authority in all manner of faith and practice. The Bible should be interpreted in a dispensational understanding, with a historical-grammatical and normal method of interpretation. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Hebrews 1:1-3; Ephesians 1:10)
GOD. We believe there is only one living and true God consisting of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They are three distinct persons coequal and eternal. They are perfectly united--three persons in One. (Deuteronomy 6:4, 5; Matthew 28:19)
CREATION AND THE FALL. We believe God created all things in 6 successive, literal, 24 hour days. Man was originally created sinless. Adam, by voluntary choice, fell from that sinless state and as a result all who are born after him are sinners by nature and choice. All human beings are under God's righteous judgment, unable to remedy their sinful condition. (Genesis 1-2; 3:6, 7; Romans 5:12; 3:9-18; John 3:36)
JESUS CHRIST. We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He is also fully human, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a human mother, Mary, who was a virgin. He lived a sinless life on earth, died on the cross shedding His blood as the substitutionary atonement for sin, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended to the right hand of God the Father as the believer's advocate and High Priest. (John 1:1; Luke 1:26-38; 1 Peter 2:21-24; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Hebrews 4:14)
SALVATION. We believe salvation is a free gift to all who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. It is a work of God and not dependent upon any work of man. The sinner who trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior is given new life, is righteous before God once and for all, and free from the enslavement of sin. Therefore, all believers are to pursue personal holiness. Holiness also requires separation from sin ecclesiastically. One day, when Jesus raptures the church, the believer will be perfect, free from sin. (Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-10; John 3:16; Philippians 1:6; Romans 8:29-39; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 2 Thessalonians 3:6; 1 Timothy 6:3-5)
END TIMES. We believe in the personal, imminent, pre-tribulational coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His church, called the rapture. Following the rapture is the seven year tribulation. After the tribulation, Jesus Christ will return to earth, with His saints, as King to establish His Millennial Kingdom. (1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11-16)
OUR CORE VALUES
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
The Bible declares that believers have been rooted in Him and to abide in Him, giving Him the preeminence in all things. Jesus--His person, teachings, and example--is to be reproduced in the minds, attitudes, words and actions of God's children.
The Bible is God's authoritative and sufficient standard for man, to be honored and obeyed by all men. With respect to God's children, it is to be loved, read, studied and lived.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is His death, burial and bodily resurrection. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. The sinner who trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior is given the gift of eternal life and is a new creation. As a new creation, the believer is able to please and glorify God.
THE BODY OF CHRIST
The body of Christ, the church, is a family of born again sinners. The local church is a family (body) of born again, baptized sinners. The future hope of the church is that the body of Christ will be perfected and unified when Jesus returns for it at the rapture. Until then, the local church family to build up one another in the faith with love being its chief virtue.