What Exactly is a Bible Church?

A Bible Church is a church that seeks to be faithful to the Bible. In this, we are not unique. There are many churches in the Decatur/Madison area of various denominations which have the same objective. While we have a great appreciation for the creeds and confessions of various Christian traditions, our ultimate authority is the Scripture. We believe that the Bible, properly understood, is a relevant resource for skillful living in our relationships with other people and, more importantly, with God. We are not part of a larger denomination and our autonomy comes with some advantages and disadvantages. At all times, we are happy to cooperate with other gospel-loving local churches for the cause of Christ, praying and hoping for their success in the Great Commission.

Our Mission is to Glorify God by Helping People Know, Love, Obey and Exalt Jesus Christ.

Our Vision

In Matthew 28:19, Jesus clearly communicated the primary task for our church: Make disciples of all nations.

What does this look like in the daily life of someone who is a follower of Christ? Our prayer is that God would use the ministry of First Bible Church to help produce men, women, children, and students who are marked by biblical literacy, disciplined lifestyle, proven character, and authentic relationships.

We not only gather each week on Sunday; our goal is to equip people to live a fruitful Christian life Monday through Saturday. We want to see God change people’s lives, making them more like Christ in their attitudes and behavior. We want to see God glorified in marriages and families, in the workplace, and in our community. We believe this is only possible as people hear and apply what God has to say to them through His Word.

We also realize that such transformation does not happen by chance, nor does it occur in isolation. God has designed the church so that we encourage one another in this process of becoming more like Christ, challenging one another to continue growing in our love for Him.

What We Believe

THE SCRIPTURES…

are inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts, and the final authority in faith and life.

GOD…

eternally exists in three persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — these three being identical in essence, equal in power and glory and possessing precisely the same attributes and perfection.

MAN…

was created in the image and likeness of God in innocence and without sin, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became spiritually dead and alienated from God, and now man of himself is incapable of remedying his lost and depraved condition.

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST…

the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. This redemption He accomplished by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, thereby satisfying God’s righteous judgments against sin. After substantiating the accomplishment of that redemption by His bodily resurrection from the grave, He ascended to the right hand of His Father where He intercedes on behalf of those who trust Him.

THE HOLY SPIRIT…

is the Divine Person who convicts the world of sin, brings new life to those who are spiritually dead, and baptizes [or places] all believers into the one true Church, which is the Body of Christ. He indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts upon them and fills those who are yielded to Him.

SALVATION…

is the gift of God’s grace, freely bestowed upon all who put their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ at Calvary, apart from human meritorious works. All who so trust the Savior are forgiven of their sins and born into the family of God by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. All the saved are kept by His power and are thus secure in Christ forever. It is their privilege to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation. This assurance must not be the occasion for sin, however, God in holiness cannot tolerate persistent sin in His children, and in infinite love He corrects them.

THE TRUE CHURCH…

called in Scripture the Body of Christ, is a spiritual organism into which every person who has trusted Jesus Christ for salvation in this present age has been baptized by the Holy Spirit. The Scripture also teaches the establishment and continuance of local churches, groups of redeemed individuals joined together for worship, instruction, fellowship and service.

THERE ARE TWO ORDINANCES…

instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ to be observed by all believers until His return, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the outward testimony of the inward spiritual transformation in the life of one who has trusted Christ for salvation. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of His death to be observed regularly by all self-examined believers. The elements are used as emblems of the Lord’s body and blood.

We believe in the personal, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church, and His subsequent premillenial return to earth to establish His kingdom.

AT DEATH…

the souls of those who have trusted Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming for the Church, when soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory. The souls of unbelievers remain in conscious misery after death until the final judgment at the great white throne at the close of the millennium, when souls and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be separated from God forever in conscious punishment.

Our doctrinal statement with Scripture references is available upon request.