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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)

 

FOUR ESSENTIALS FOR A CHILD OF GOD
PRIORITIZE THE LOCAL CHURCH

The local church is not a building, but a body of people who have trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior, been baptized by immersion in water, and have committed themselves to glorify Jesus Christ and to serve one another in love.  The Bible also calls the church a family, whose God is their father and whose sisters and brothers are believers in Jesus Christ.  The Lord Jesus Christ expects every believer to be intimately "plugged into" a local, Bible believing church.

PARTICIAPTE IN SPIRITUAL GROWTH

When sinners trust in Jesus Christ as Savior, they become new creations.  It begins a journey in which God progressively works in their lives to develop Christlike behavior.  This process is called spiritual growth into maturity.  God intends for spiritual growth to occur personally and corporately.  When a believer is vitally connected to a local, Bible-believing church, he or she receives teaching from God's Word as well as encouragement, correction, support, and accountability from the believers in the church. 

PURSUE MINISTRY

When God saves sinners, He transforms them by His grace to progressively become Christlike in their attitudes, words, and actions so that they can minister that same transforming grace to fellow believers.  Ephesians 4:11, 12 states that the church is to be equipped with the truths of God's Word so that they can minister to others.  Ministry is not optional, it is God's expectation.

PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL

In addition to ministry within the body of Christ, the church, God's desires for the church to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ--that Jesus Christ died for sins, was buried, and rose again, and that faith in Jesus Christ as one's Savior is the only way to have one's sins forgiven and receive the gift of eternal life.

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