What is a Bible Church?
Bible Churches aren’t new. In fact, they’ve been around ever since the first century. Even today, they seek to follow the pattern of the early churches described in the New Testament. In a world filled with churches, cults, denominations, -isms, and schisms, two things make a Bible church unique.
Our Message is simple. We are baptist in doctrine, but we do not stress sectarian ideas. “We preach Christ crucified.” (1 Corinthians 1:23) The apostles’ message of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work on the Cross turned the world upside down. It still can. True Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, who gave His life to pay for the sins of everyone everywhere.
Sound doctrine is important to us. The Bible is God’s Word to man, and we accept it as our final authority and absolute standard of truth. It holds the key to eternal life and the peace and assurance we all seek.
Our Purpose is simple. We desire to lead people to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to carefully and systematically teach them how to live according to God’s Word. We seek to meet the needs of people whether they be spiritual, physical or otherwise. And we work to fortify the Christian home, on which the strength of the local church and society depends.
Our structure is simple. Bible churches are not affiliated with any denomination. They govern themselves according to New Testament principles rather than the policies of some faraway head office. Church matters are handled in an orderly, efficient way by the congregation itself. Giving is strictly voluntary, as God provides.
The Bible is our guide. God does not contradict Himself, and His Word provides the only consistent world view and philosophy of life. It tells us how to know God, how to worship Him, how to conduct ourselves as Christians, and how to meet the challenges of life in a complex world.
Balance is our goal. The Word of God teaches us how to live responsibly in a way which honors the Lord. Yet “God gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17), and we enjoy them! Though there are movements and organizations we cannot support in good conscience, our purpose is not to condemn everyone who disagrees with us. The gospel is good news, not bad news. And we want to maintain a positive approach to ministry which reflects the joy we have in our hearts because we know and love Jesus Christ.