What We Believe

1. That the Bible is the Word of God, and that it was written by men who were moved by the Holy Spirit so that their writings, in the original, were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error. They are the complete and final revelation of the will of God to man, and so are the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.  This is preserved in the King James Version of the Bible and is the only Bible used by BIBM for English speaking people. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

 

2. In one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5)

 

3. That man was created in the image of God, and that he voluntarily sinned and plunged the whole human race into condemnation and death. All human beings are born with a sinful nature, thereby requiring a “new birth” in order to go to heaven. (John 3:3-7)

 

4. That Satan, a fallen angel, is a distinct and real personality. He is the adversary of Jesus Christ and all born-again believers. His eternal destiny is eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire.

 

5. That Christ died for our sins as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified by His shed blood on Calvary. (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5-7)

 

6. That the visible local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, the Word, and fellowship. We believe that, to the church, were committed two ordinances: baptism of all believers by immersion, and the Lord's Supper. The ministry of the local church is the task of preaching the gospel to every creature, the edification of its members, and the lifting up the Lord Jesus Christ in whatever field of service is available.

 

7. In the personal, premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

8. That salvation is by grace through faith. No work by man, in any means, adds or aids in securing favor with God for salvation. All true believers, having been born again, are possessors of everlasting life, sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption and shall never perish, and are eternally secure in Him. (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 3:21-28, John 10:27-29, 2 Timothy 1:12, John 5:24, John 3:16, 1 Peter 1:23, Romans 8:38-39)

 

9. That baptism by immersion is the only Scriptural mode of baptism, and is for believers only.

 

10. That God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in, outside of marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery or pornography, are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex. (Genesis 2:24; 19:5,13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30, Romans 1:26-29, 1 Corinthians 5:1, 1 Corinthians 6:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, Hebrews 13:4)

 

11. That human life begins at conception, and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortion of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother, is acceptable. (Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1,5; Jeremiah 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)

 

12. That every born-again believer should manifest the Christ-like life by a consistent walk in the Holy Spirit, fully and constantly yielding his members to the indwelling Holy Spirit. We believe in a separated life for all believers as set forth in 2 Corinthians 6:14 and 7:1.