Below is a short statement of our core beliefs at Bible Fellowship. For a more complete document, please download our church constitution by clicking here.
The Trinity of the Godhead
We believe in one God, Creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, immutable, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, existing in three equal Persons: The Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.
Father – We believe that the Father is the first Person of the Trinity, the Father in relation to His creation, and the Heavenly Father of redeemed individuals.
Son – We believe that Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Trinity, is God, exists eternally with the Father in His pre-incarnate glory, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death, arose bodily, ascended triumphantly, mediates between God and man, and will personally return.
Holy Spirit – We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, is God, convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment, regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates, and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ and gives gifts to members of the Body.
We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God, that the sixty-six books as originally written (comprising the Old and New Testaments) were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and, therefore, entirely free from error. We believe the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union with believers. The truth of the Scripture is the final court of appeal for all doctrinal and personal matters.
We believe that Satan exists as an evil person who is the source of all evil and is the most powerful enemy of God and man, and that he will be overcome by the Lord Jesus Christ, as the seed of the woman, and cast into the Bottomless Pit for 1000 years, and finally committed to the Lake of Fire with all his angels to be tormented for eternity.
We believe that God created man is His own image, without sin, that he sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total inability to restore himself to right standing with God, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death. We believe that this spiritual death, or corruption of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race, Christ excepted, and hence every person is born into this world with a sinful nature.
The Redemption of the Blood of Christ – We believe that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin, and made a curse for us, dying in our place, a Sacrifice wholly acceptable to God and effectual for every sinner who receives Him.
Salvation by Grace through Faith – We believe that sinners are saved by grace (undeserved favour of God) through faith alone. We further believe every saved person is justified (given right standing with God).
The Believer’s Security and Assurance – We believe in eternal security by all who are actually born again by the Spirit of God through faith in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, and that it is the privilege of all such to be assured of their present salvation and eternal safety.
Baptism with the Holy Spirit
We believe that when the Holy Spirit came upon the whole company of believers on the Day of Pentecost as promised by Christ, they were collectively baptized into one Body, which was the birth of the Church, the Body of Christ. Since that time this baptism occurs individually at the moment of salvation, at which time the believer is also indwelt by the Spirit.
We believe that the New Testament distinguishes between being indwelt by the Spirit, which is true of all believers, and being filled with the Spirit, which is the believer’s privilege and duty, producing power in Christian witness. There is one baptism with the Spirit, and it is into the Body of Christ, but there are many fillings.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the church to glorify Christ in the building of His Body. We believe that God, the Holy Spirit, is sovereign in the bestowing of His gifts for the perfecting of the saints for the work of their ministry, and that it is not God’s will that any one gift should be given to all believers, although all believers have at least one gift.
We believe that whenever spiritual gifts are exercised, they should always be within the limits expressly given in the Scriptures (eg. I Corinthians 14:23-40). We believe that in the early church speaking in tongues (a human language unknown to the speaker) and the working of miracles were sign gifts demonstrated primarily to authenticate God’s revelation through the apostles and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We believe that today such signs are not necessary to give evidence of the baptism or the filling of the Spirit, nor are they the mark of spiritual maturity. We believe that special divine revelation for authoritative Scripture ceased with the Apostolic Age.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just at Christ’s return, and the unjust after Christ’s thousand year reign, in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgment and eternal conscious punishment of the wicked.
We believe that the personal and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ to translate His Church is immanent and that this event concludes the present age of grace. This will be followed by the outpouring of God’s wrath on the earth, known as the Tribulation. After this, Christ’s Millennial Kingdom will be established and “…the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:4, Isaiah 11:9) At the conclusion of His Millennial Reign, Christ will deliver up the Kingdom to God the Father, that the Triune God may be all in all.
The Universal Church
We believe that the church universal is composed of all who are united by the Holy Spirit to the risen and ascended Son of God, and that “by one spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles,” thus being members of one another and being knit together in love.
The Local Church
We believe that the local church is a company of believers, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus Christ, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith, and the observance of the ordinances. We believe it is a self-governing, independant body under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
The Lord’s Day
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day of worship and spiritual exercise.
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in the things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and Prince of the kings of the earth.
We believe that there are only two ordinances for the believer: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Water Baptism – Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water whereby he obeys Christ’s command and symbolically proclaims his identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.
The Lord’s Supper – The Lord’s Supper is regularly observed as the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and wine, which symbolize the Lord’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes.
We believe that it is the privilege of parents to present their children in dedication to the Lord before the assembly that both parents and children may be made the subject of united and solemn prayer.