“WHAT WE BELIEVE”
1.) Scripture—The Bible is totally true and trustworthy because God is its Author. God guided men to write the individual books of the Bible and therefore it is a Book without error. (2 Tim. 3:15-16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; 1 Cor. 15:2-4; 2 Pet. 3:15-16; compare BFM 2000: Article 1)
2.) God—There is 1 God who has always existed in 3 persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 8:4; Matt. 28:19; 1 John 2:22-23; 4:2-3; BFM 2000: 2)
3.) Man (Humanity)—The first man, who was created by God, disobeyed God’s commandment, causing all human beings to inherit a sinful nature and to disobey God in thought, word, and deed. (Eph. 2:1-3; 1 John 1:8-10; BFM 2000: 3)
4.) Jesus—Jesus is the eternal Son of God who took on human nature. He is fully God and fully man. Jesus lived a perfect life, died on the cross in the place of sinners, and was raised from the dead with a glorified body. (1 Cor. 15:2-4; 1 John 2:22-23; 4:2-3; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 1:3; 7:23-28; Rom. 10:9; BFM 2000: 2B)
5.) Salvation—All sinners who repent and believe in Jesus Christ are declared not guilty by God. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone through the work of Christ alone. (Gen. 15:6; Gal. 3:6; Rom. 4:3; Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 2:15-16; BFM 2000: 4B)
6.) Holy Spirit—The new birth, or being “born again,” is a heart-change brought about by the Holy Spirit to which the sinner responds by repenting and believing. (John 3:3-6; Titus 3:5-7; Acts 20:21; BFM 2000: 4A)
7.) The Future—Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly to the earth one day in the future. The dead will be raised and Christ will judge all human beings. Those who have believed in Christ will go to Heaven, the place of everlasting joy, while those who have not believed in Christ will go to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. (Luke 16:19-31; Acts 24:15; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; Rom. 2:5-16; Matt. 25:31-46; BFM 2000: 10)
8.) The Church—A New Testament church is a congregation made up of individuals joined together by faith in Jesus Christ who seek to symbolize their faith through the signs of water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Matt. 28:18-20; 1 Pet. 3:21; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; BFM 2000: 6 & 7)
“HOW WE LIVE”
“All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society…. In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.” (Matt. 22:37-40; Jas. 1:27; Gal. 5:16-26; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; excerpt from BFM 2000: 15)
“CHURCH: WHAT’S THE POINT?”
Worship—We gather together to fulfill our ultimate purpose as human beings, which is to love God and to enjoy Him forever.
Fellowship—We seek to build relationships with our spiritual family and to love one another through words and actions.
Growing—We get to know God and one another better through discipleship and inreach activities (Sunday School Classes, Prayer Meetings, etc.).
Serving—We show love for our neighbors through evangelism and outreach activities (Children’s Events, Friendship Dinners, Vacation Bible School, Bus Ministry, etc.). (The four categories above are found in BPBC Constitution, Article II)
“MEMBERSHIP: WHY JOIN A CHURCH?”
Commitment— Joining a church is a public expression of totally committing one’s life, one’s personality, and one’s possessions to the Lordship of Christ. (BPBC Constitution, Article II)
Accountability—The leadership of the church is ready to assist, counsel, and guide church members through the troubles of life with a concern for restoration and redemption. A process rooted in Matthew 18 will be used with erring church members and every reasonable measure toward resolution of the problem will be taken before exclusion from membership becomes necessary. (BPBC Bylaws, Article I, Section 5)
Privileges—Every member of the church is:
- Entitled to vote at all elections and on all questions submitted to the church in business meetings, provided the member is present. (BPBC Bylaws, Article I, Section 3)
- Eligible for consideration as a candidate for elective office (leadership) in the church. (BPBC Bylaws, Article I, Section 3)