The verbal, plenary inspiration and authority of the Scriptures; the Bible in its original writings; from the Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek texts God has divinely preserved so as to make His will explicitly known and obeyed. This conviction requires a literal, historical and grammatical approach totality of scripture. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13).
A Systematic understanding of Scripture, (the eleven Systematic Theology disciplines which includes Dispensational understanding).
The eternal Trinity of the Godhead. The personality of God, (Father, Son and Holy Spirit); The eternal Trinity of the Godhead. The personality of God, (Father, Son and Holy Spirit); co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and each having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14).
The virgin birth of Jesus Christ; and spotless humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ;
The personality of the Devil (Satan);
The total depravity of humanity by nature; man was directly and immediately created in the image and likeness of God, but that the transgression of Adam resulted in the condemnation of all men. All men are thus born spiritually dead and under the penalty of physical death. As a result of transgression all men are born with an inherited sinful nature, and are alienated from God. We believe that man is totally depraved and utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 5; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).
Salvation by grace, through faith in the crucified and risen Christ;
The substitutionary atonement for sin;
The grace of God in the new creation;
Justification by faith apart from human merit;
Faith in the truths of the finished work of redemption which Jesus Christ accomplished revealed in Scripture as the only condition for salvation;
Direct creation as opposed to evolution; as recorded in the Dispensation of Innocence.
The essential unity of all believers of this present dispensation, the Dispensation of Grace, as members of church in this dispensation, the Body of Christ; it is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons (Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:14,15, 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 11:2).
We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Romans 16:1-4; I Corinthians 3:9, 16, 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4).
We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the church and He mediates His rule through the Word of God and the elders who govern the local church. The elder within a local church is assisted by the deacons (Ephesians 1:22-23; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; Act 6:1-6).
Outward identification with believer by water baptism, the immersion of believers for membership in a local church;
The Lordís Supper a commemorative practice of worship; the communion of the Lordís Supper practiced, ďuntil He comes.Ē;
Bodily resurrection; The bodily resurrection of all men: the saved to Eternal Life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13). The dead souls of the redeemed are absent from the body and present with the Lord where in conscious bliss, they await the resurrection of the Church to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16-17).
The worldwide missions and preaching of the gospel of the Grace of God;
The eternal security of the saved or the saints through the precious blood of Christ; completed in the New Heaven and Earth in the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time (Ephesians 1:10, Revelation 21,22)
The pretribulation Rapture (Christ Jesus return in the sky) of the saints ending this dispensation, the Dispensation of Grace;
The personal, Premillennial, and visible return of Christ to reign on earth and the New Jerusalem during the Dispensation of the Kingdom; which is the full restoration of the true Nation of Israel after the tribulation as Godís chosen Nation; Completing God's promises to Abraham made in the Dispensation of Promise.
The divine appointment of civil government;
The eternal punishment of the nonbelievers, wick, evil, Satan and fallen Angels. All who reject the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire; The died souls of unbelievers remain in conscious misery until the Second Resurrection when they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude v.6-7; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15).
The privilege and duty of stewardship for all the saved, to walking as children of the light and giving Testimony of the truths of God and His Word, The Bible;
The Standard for Sexuality - God has instituted the marriage union, made up of one man and one woman, and that any intimate sexual activity outside of that union is sin. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God's holy standard (Genesis 2:24, 19:5-13; Leviticus 18:1- 30; Romans 1:26-29; 1Corinthians 5:1, 6:9; 1Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)
Men and women are created equal in the sight of God, equal image bearers, equally sinful, equally redeemable, equal in Christ, and equally morally responsible to God. There are role distinctions between men and women in which in no way hinder or contradict this equality. Men are the role bearer of God and women are the role bearer as helpers to men (Genesis 1:26; Galatians 3:28; I Cor. 11:2-17; I Timothy 2:9-12; Titus 2:3-5, 1 Corinthians 7).
World Wide Outreach
By: Theodore D Pestor/ President/Pastor BTH