This Statement of Faith shall not be used to include or exclude anyone from the Lord’s Church or from fellowship with the Saints of God. The Bible is the all-sufficient rule for faith and practice. Subscription to this Statement of Faith is required only as a prerequisite for serving as a Board member or a non-student employee of BBC. Subscription to this Doctrinal Position is NOT required for admission as a student.
You are welcome to study at BBC regardless of your church affiliation if you name Jesus as your Lord and Savior and are seeking to govern your life by His Word.
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- The Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, was inspired by God without error in the original manuscripts. The early copies of the original texts have been reliably preserved and transmitted so as, (1) to provide an accurate basis for modern translations, and (2) to insure that God’s commands, promises, and purposes may be clearly understood.
- The Godhead exists eternally in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – and these three are one.
- Jesus is the Christ, the only begotten divine Son of God, born of a virgin without the intervention of man, and He is (exclusive of the Father) our only Savior, Lord, High Priest, and King.
- Jesus lived a sin-free life, taught without error, and performed miraculous works.
- Jesus died on the cross for all people for all times. His blood cleanses from sin all who believe and obey the gospel.
- Jesus’ physical body was buried in the grave, but He came forth alive in the same body triumphant over death and the grave.
- Jesus commissioned the Apostles and the church to evangelize all people until the end of time.
- Faith, repentance, open confession of Jesus, and baptism (immersion) are required for the remission of sin. To be forgiven for sins committed after baptism, Christians must repent, confess their sins, and ask God’s forgiveness. No one earns or deserves this forgiveness. It is a gift of God.
- Jesus Christ will return at the end of the world and will judge all people.
- Individuals have the freedom to accept or reject God’s offer of salvation.
- The Christian can choose to return to a life of sin, reject the Savior, and thus lose salvation.
- Special gifts of power and ability were given by God to men and women during the establishment of the church, being provided through the Holy Spirit. In the established church today, however, the presence of the Holy Spirit is indicated by the fruit which the Spirit produces in the life of the Christian.
- Today the Holy Spirit communicates through the Bible, helps Christians by His indwelling presence and intercession, and accomplishes God’s will as shown through historical events.
- The evangelization of the world is our task. This can best be brought about with God’s people united. This unity must be based on the restoration of the Church to New Testament norms in such things as its life, teaching, name, organization, and purpose.
- All Christians are God’s priests. The concept of “clergy” and “laity” is foreign to New Testament teaching.