What we believe at Bible Baptist about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church
We believe God has given men his entire and complete Word that has been preserved to every generation (Ps. 12:6-7). Although God’s Word has some of the characteristics of its human penmen, it is God-breathed or completely inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:16). The Bible is the only communication from God to man in our present-day setting, and it is the only authority for our faith and practice (2 Pet. 1:19, 2 Tim. 3:17). God’s Word cannot be added to or taken from; it is final. (Rev. 22:18-19).
We believe in literal interpretation of the Word of God. The Bible is a literal book, but it does contain portions that are clearly defined as allegorical. The proper method of interpretation depends solely on the power of the Holy Spirit to illumine the believer (Jn. 14:26, 2 Peter 1:20). We must also take into consideration the grammar, historical, and complete teaching of Scripture (2 Tim. 2:15).
We are dispensationalists, in that, we believe that God has given His revelation to mankind progressively throughout time. (Eph. 1:9-10, Heb. 1:1-2).
We believe that the Scripture is the sole authority for faith and practice in the local church and in the life of every believer. (2 Tim. 3:16-17, 2 Tim. 4:2, Titus 1:9).
We believe that the Masoretic Text and Received Text or the Textus Receptus is the Word of God in the original languages.
We believe that God has preserved His inspired Word in the English language, through the Textus Receptus, by giving us the Authorized King James Version. This is the only Bible that we believe, and that we would preach or teach out of.
We believe that there is one living God who is personal and triune. (Gen. 1:1, Ex. 3:13-14, Mk. 12:27, Jn. 1:1-2, Heb. 11:6). God forever is existent in three persons – God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit – who have the same power, essence, glory, and divine attributes, but use these in their own distinct offices. (Gen. 1:1, Isa. 6:3, Matt. 3:16-17, Jn. 1:1-5, 33, Jn. 7:33-39, Acts 2:4, 1 Thess. 4:8).
We believe that God can only be known by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. (Jn. 3:3-8, Jn. 4:24).
We believe that love and holiness are the fundamental attributes of God from which stem all other of His attributes. (Jn. 15:13, 1 Jn. 4:7-8, 16, Eph. 3:19, Jn. 3:16, Isa. 57:15, We Pet. 1:15-16, Rev. 4:8).
We believe that God is the Creator of the entire universe and that He created it in six, twenty four hour days. (Gen. 1). He also is currently maintaining His creation. (Heb. 1:3, Col. 1:17).
We believe that God seeks to have a close-knit relationship with each of His children. (John 15). We believe this can only be done through the blood of Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the second person of the Godhead is the person of Jesus Christ, (Matt. 26:63-64) and that He is in equal essence with God the Father. (Jn. 14:9-11, Col. 2:8-9).
We believe that Jesus Christ became a man through His incarnation. (Jn. 1:14). From the moment that He came to this earth in His incarnate body, He possessed in one person both a human and a divine nature, in which He stayed complete and perfect. (Col. 2:9, Luke 24:39, Matt. 26:38). This was only possible by His supernatural birth from the womb of the Virgin Mary. (Matt. 1:18-25). In this manner, He was sealed from the sin of the line of Adam, and He lived a sin free life. (Heb. 4:15, 2 Cor. 5:21). He has always and will always continue to be God.
We believe that Jesus Christ died as a substitutionary death as a sacrifice for each individual man. (Rom. 5:12, 18). After His death, He performed a miracle with a literal physical resurrection, defeating death and hell. (Jn. 20, 1 Cor. 15:3-4, Acts 4:10, Rev. 1:18). After His resurrection, Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven. (Acts 1:9-11). At this point in time, Christ is at the right hand of God as a mediator for all believers. (Rom. 8:34, 1 Tim. 2:5).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. (Lk. 11:13, 1 Thess. 4:8). The Holy Spirit has a personality and is of the same essence as the Father and the Son. (Mt. 28:18-20, 1 Cor. 2:11).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is not just influential but an equal part of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit teaches (Jn. 14:26), reproves (Jn. 16:7-8), guides (Rom. 8:14), commands (Acts 8:29), restrains (Gen. 6:3), and intercedes (Rom. 8:26).
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit to the believer at the time of conversion includes regeneration (Titus 3:5), baptism in Christ’s body (1 Cor. 12:13), indwelling permanently (Jn. 14:16), and sealing of the believer (Eph. 1:13-14).
We believe that angels are created beings that are ministering spirits to the saints. (Heb. 1:13-14, Ps. 104:4, Matt. 4:11). These beings were created without sin, but they are given the choice to sin. (2 Pet. 2:4).
We believe that Lucifer (Satan) was created by God and was His most amazing angel. (Isa. 14:12, Ezk. 28:11-15). Lucifer wanted to become like God, and because of this, he was cast out of Heaven with his following angels. (Isa. 14:13-14, Ezk. 28:16). Satan will be cast into the lake of fire after his final defeat after the Millennium. (Isa. 14:15, Rev. 20:10).
We believe God created Adam in His likeness (Gen. 1:26-27, Gen. 5:1), and Adam willingly chose to disobey God by eating of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. (1 Tim. 2:14). As a result, he fell from innocence. (Gen. 2:16-17, Gen. 3:6-7). Because of this disobedience, sin has been passed down from generation to generation. (Rom. 5:12).
We believe that because of the sin of man that sin must be paid for, and that payment only comes through death. (Rom. 6:23). This payment was paid for by the Son of God sent by God into the world, so the world might be saved through Him. (Lk. 19:10, Jn. 3:17). This salvation is not for only a select few but for every man that has ever lived. (Jn. 3:16, 2 Pet. 3:9). Salvation is received by faith, in Christ’s blood, through grace from God. (Matt. 26:28, Rom. 3:25, Eph. 1:7, Eph. 2:8). Salvation has no works involved. (Eph. 2:8-9, Tit. 3:5). When one is saved, he is given eternal life and becomes a child of God. (Jn. 1:12, Jn. 3:15-16, Jn. 10:28, Rom. 6:23, 1 Jn. 3:1).
We believe that once an individual is saved, he is eternally secure, and he cannot lose his salvation. (Jn. 10:28-30).
We believe that the first church started with Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:1-14). At the time of his ascension, Christ left His disciples with the Great Commission (Acts. 1:8), and this Great Commission is to be executed by the local church.
In a dispensational manner, we understand the difference between Israel and the Church. (1 Cor. 10:32).
We believe that Christ is the head of the church (Eph. 1:20-23, Eph. 4:15), and the members of the church are the other parts of the body. (1 Cor. 12).
We believe the church has two Biblical positions to be filled: the pastor and the deacons. (Phil. 1:1, 1 Tim. 3:1-13, Acts 20:28). The position of financial director is a position requested by the government. We believe having financial directors is a wise choice in working in conjunction with our government.
We also believe that the church has two ordinances which are: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Lk. 22:16-20, Acts 2:41).
We believe that the Rapture of the saved is imminent. (1 Thess. 4:14-17). The saints will be at the Judgement Seat of Christ to be judged and rewarded according to the things they have done in agreement with the Word of God. (Rom. 14:10, 2 Cor. 5:10, 1 Cor. 3:11-15).
We believe that following the Rapture of the church that the real, seven-year Tribulation will take place with the ones who rejected Christ as their personal Saviour. (Rev. 3:10).
We believe that after the Tribulation, the Lord will come again and at this time a great battle will take place between the Lord and Satan. (Rev. 19:11-21). Satan will be defeated and cast into the bottomless pit and held there a thousand years for the Millennial Reign of God before he is released to deceive the world again. (Rev. 20:1-8). Satan will have one last battle with the Lord, in which he is defeated one last time and thrown into the Lake of Fire forever. (Rev. 20:9-10).
We believe that every person who did not come to know God by grace through faith will stand at the Great White Throne judgement to be judged and cast into the lake of fire for all eternity. (Rev. 20:11-15).
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