Doctrine



OUR PURPOSE STATEMENT

(or, “Why is doctrine so important?”)

God’s Word tells us that His thoughts and ways are far above man’s and that we all like sheep have gone astray, each one turning to his own way. Man’s decision-making is often strongly influenced by tradition, the fear of man, or personal feelings and experiences. Man’s own thoughts and ways, inattentive to God’s revelation, have led him astray.

This is why at CIBB we believe that doctrine is very important. Every major and minor decision we make is based, directly or indirectly, on how we think, whether that thinking is the active consideration of data, or the passive acceptance of cultural norms or commonly-accepted ideas. God’s revelation though Scripture tells us what God is like, how we can relate to and be reconciled to Him, and how that knowledge and relationship should affect how we think and act. Thus doctrine, the teaching of God’s Word – His revealed thoughts and ways – is critical to our thinking right, which in turn is critical to our acting right in every aspect of life.

Our desire is to help men and women to accurately interpret God’s Word and to practically apply it in life and ministry in the church and in the world.

CORE BELIEFS

The resident professors of Centrul de Instruire Biblica Betleem (Bethleem Bible Training Center) agree with the full doctrinal statement given farther below. Students who wish to enroll in CIBB need only agree with these seven essentials:

  • The Trinity
  • The full deity and humanity of Christ
  • The spiritual lostness of the human race
  • The substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection of Christ
  • Salvation by faith in the atonement of Christ, given once for all
  • The physical return of Christ
  • The authority and inerrancy of Scripture.

  

THE  DOCTRINARY  STATEMENT OF  BETHLEEM  BIBLE  TRAINING  CENTER 

Revelation

We believe in the divine, verbal and complete inspiration of the original Scriptures. They are without error and accurate in all their teachings. They are the final and infallible authority for Christian faith and practice (Isa. 55:11; Rom. 15:4; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21). The correct interpretation of the Scriptures requires a consistent historical and grammatical interpretation (2 Tim. 2:15; 2 Pet. 3:15-16).

God

We believe in one God who exists in three equal and eternal Persons: Father, Son and the Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:19; John 14:16-17, 15:26; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Pet. 1:2).

Jesus Christ

We believe that the eternal Son of God became flesh, was supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit in a virgin, therefore He is fully God and fully man (Luke 1:35; John 1:14; Phil. 2:6-8; Col. 2:9). To demonstrate God’s love for men and satisfy God’s righteousness and wrath, Jesus Christ died in place of sinful man once and for all in order to save and redeem him, after which He rose from the dead (John 3:16; Rom. 3:21-26, 4:25; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 7:25-27).

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and He glorifies Christ in the world. He is the supernatural agent of regeneration, dwelling, sealing, baptizing in Christ and giving out spiritual gifts to everyone from the moment when they put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior (John 16:7-14; 1 Cor. 12:4-13; Eph. 1:13-14; 2 Thes. 2:13; Tit 3:5).

Man

We believe that God created man and woman in His image and likeness on the sixth day of Creation in order to glorify Himself (Gen. 1:26-31; Col. 1;16; Apoc. 4:11). First man, Adam, sinned against God, distorting the image of God in him, and so the entire human race fell with him in mind, will and emotions, and is now the slave to their own sinful hearts, and under the power and temptation of the evil one, with no desire or power to please God without His grace, and thus deserving God’s righteous condemnation (Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:10-18, 5:12, 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3).

Salvation

We believe that salvation is by God’s grace through faith, by the blood shed by Jesus Christ for sin, and by His resurrection. The moment when the believer is justified by faith, he becomes a new creature, righteous, born of God, indwelled by the Holy Spirit and seeking to live for God as he or she is being transformed in the likeness of Christ. Every true believer is secure in his or her eternal salvation, not by their merits but by God’s promise (John 3:3, 6:37-40; Acts 3:15-19; 2 Cor 3:18, 5:17-21; Eph. 2:8-10; Tit. 3:5,7; 1 John 5:11-13).

Church

We believe that the church is the universal spiritual body into which all those who believe are baptized by the Spirit the moment they believed and are united by faith in Christ, the Head (1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 1:22-23, 4:4-6; Col. 1:18). The Church represents Jesus Christ in the world through witnessing and the preaching of the Word, holy living and loving compassion (Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:14-21; Gal. 6:10; 1 Pet. 1:13-16; 2:2). The church inherits the blessings of the New Covenant and partakes of God’s kingdom promises given to Israel, yet is distinct from Israel. God’s plan involves faithful Israel as a restored nation (Luke 22:20; Rom. 11:1-5, 11-32; Eph. 2:11-22; Heb. 9:15; 1 Pet. 2:4-10). The universal church is manifested visibly in the local autonomous assemblies which meet regularly for worship and edification through teaching, prayer, fellowship, exercising spiritual gifts, discipline when necessary and participating in two ordinances: the believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:41-42; Rom. 12:3-8, 1 Cor. 5:1-13, 11:17-34; Eph. 4:11-16; Heb. 10:23-25). The church has two leadership positions: 1) elders (overseers/pastors), who are men who oversee, teach, encourage, shepherd and equip the saints and lead by personal example; and 2) deacons, who help the elders in the ministry of the church. People in both position need to be above reproach (Acts 20:28; Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Tim. 3:1-13, 5:17; Tit. 1:5-9; 1 Pet. 5:1-3).

Angels and Demons

We believe that angels were created by God to serve and worship Him (Isa. 6:3; Lk. 1:26-38; Heb. 1:6,7,13; Rev. 5:11-12). We believe in the reality and personality of Satan and his demons. They all oppose God, enslave and deceive mankind, and oppose the believers (Matt. 4:1-11; Eph. 2:1-3, 6:12; Rev. 12:7-10; 16:13-16).

Escathology

We believe that at death the souls of the redeemed in Christ go directly in the presence of the Lord where they await the resurrection of their bodies, the judgment of their work and the wedding supper of the Lamb (1 Cor. 15:42-58; 2 Cor. 5:6-10; Phil. 3:20-21; Rev. 19:7-9). The unsaved go directly to their place of punishment, awaiting for the resurrection of the body and the final judgment when they are judged according to their works (Luke 12:4-5; 2 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 20:11-15). Christians are waiting for the imminent, personal and visible return of Jesus Christ first in the air in order to take the saints before the great tribulation and then to earth with His saints in order to establish His Millennial Kingdom, followed by a final rebellion of Satan, God’s judgment of the rebels and finally the eternal state with a new heaven and a new earth (Matt. 24:21, 27, 42-44; Acts 1:11; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:15-17; 2 Pet. 3:10-13; Rev. 19:11-22:5).