OUR CORE BELIEFS
The following paragraphs are a brief statement of Bible Baptist Church's doctrinal beliefs. A comprehensive doctrinal statement will be provided upon request.
We believe the words of the original writing of the sixty-six books comprising the Bible was inspired by God, and the product of Spirit-controlled men. Therefore it is truth without error. The Bible, and the Bible alone, is God's sufficient and absolute authority in all matters of life. ~ 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:3, 19-21; 2 Timothy 2:15
The Bible's promise of preservation exclusively pertains to the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts underlying the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. God has not promised to preserve His Word in an English translation. English translations should be evaluated upon its accuracy of translating the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts.
We believe there is only one living and true God, and that in the unity of the Godhead are three persons: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. They are equal in every divine perfection, executing distinct but harmonious offices. ~ Exodus 20:2, 3; Revelation 4:11; 1 John 5:7
We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He is truly God and truly man, without sin. He died so as to provide salvation for sinners, was physically resurrected, and ascended to the right hand of the Father enthroned in heaven. ~ Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Luke 24:35-48; Hebrews 4:15
We believe man was created in innocence under God's law and that by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless state. All mankind are sinners, not only by constraint, but of choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse. ~ Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 5:12, 19; 3:10-19; 1:18, 32
We believe sinners must be born again. The new birth is instantaneous, brought about solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth so as to secure voluntary obedience to the Gospel. Salvation is by grace alone in Christ alone through faith alone. ~ John 3:3; 1 John 3:6, 7; Acts 16:31; 2 Peter 1:4; Ephesians 2:1-10; Colossians 2:13; John 3:8
We believe the local church is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel. The church is at the center of God's program in this dispensation. The purpose of the church is the edification of the saints which results in the saints of God serving fellow believers and witnessing of Christ to all men. ~ Ephesians 1:22, 23; 4:11-16; Acts 20:17-28; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Colossians 1:18; Acts 15:13-18; Philippians 1:1
We believe God's holiness demands that believers be holy in character, behavior and associations. God's Word commands believers to separate themselves unto God from worldliness, unbelief, ecumenism and ecclesiastical apostasy. Believers are to separate from any organization, entity, church or individual which denies the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ or the authority and sufficiency of the Scriptures. The fruit of New Evangelicalism, which is the repudiation of Biblical separation, is the blending of theological liberalism with fundamentalism, and is contrary to God's Word. Trends such as the charismatic movement and the emergent church are not aligned with Scripture and must be avoided. In order to be obedient and loyal to our Savior, we must also separate from disobedient brethren. We are unapologetic in our stand on the whole counsel of God in the Scriptures, and at the same time graciously speak the truth in love. ~ 1 Peter 1:13-16; Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 5:11, 12; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 7:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:9, 10; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; 3:6-15; 1 Timothy 6:3-5; 2 John 9-11
We believe Jesus Christ will call all the saints of the church age to meet Him in the air (the rapture) and then give an account before the Judgment Seat of Christ for their actions. The rapture will be followed by the seven year Tribulation after which the Lord Jesus Christ will visibly and bodily return to the earth to establish His Millennial Kingdom. After the Millennium, all unregenerate men will stand before the Great White Throne of Almighty God, the righteous Judge. ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12; Revelation 4-19; Luke 1:32; Isaiah 9:6, 7; 32:1; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15
We believe that God created out of nothing the heaven and the earth in six literal days. ~ Genesis 1-2
OUR CORE VALUES
Supremacy of the Bible:
The Bible is God's authoritative and sufficient Word. It is binding upon a persons thoughts, attitudes, words and actions. It contains absolute truths for answering every matter of life through explicit commands and principles. The Bible has been, is, and will always be relevant.
Centrality of the Church:
Since the local church is at the center of God's program for today, it must have sacred preeminence in the lives of God's people. The extent of a believer's spiritual growth, maturity and ability to please the Lord is directly tied to his or her's commitment to the local church as it teaches and preaches God's Word, the Bible. The purpose of the church is the edification of the saints so that they can assist other believers in their walk with God and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our community and throughout the world.
Sanctity of Human Life:
Every human being is created in the image of God. Therefore each one should be treated with dignity, honor and love.
Supremacy of God:
There is only one true and living God who has revealed Himself in the Bible. His children who have been redeemed with the precious blood of Jesus Christ ought to love Him, serve Him and live a life which accords with God's holiness, both personally and corporately as a part of the local church.
Supremacy of the Gospel:
The Gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God for justification, sanctification and glorification. The local church's responsibility is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not reconcile societal problems such as poverty or other pervasive sins which seeks to usher in God's kingdom to the earth.
MEET THE PASTOR
Pastor Brian Demers came to Bible Baptist Church in December of 2018. He had previously pastored a local church in Maine for twenty years.
He was born and raised in Maine, graduating from high school in 1988. He attended Bible college, majored in pastoral studies, and graduated in 1992. He was ordained to the Gospel ministry in May, 2001.
He married Caryl, who was also born and raised in Maine, in 1997. They have three children. Their oldest son is a junior at Faith Baptist Bible College in Iowa.
Pastor Demers' ministry and life is guided by 2 Corinthians 5:9, "We make it our aim to please Him."
In his time away from daily ministry, Pastor Demers enjoys spending time with his wife and children, hunting, fishing, sports, and wood working.