Summary: We are not ashamed to tell anyone that we believe the Bible is unmistakably the revealed manifestation of God’s inspired Word.
“A BIBLE BELIEVING CHURCH”
ACTS 2:37-42 - When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off--for all whom the Lord our God will call." With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (NIV)
One will find recorded in the book known as the “Acts of the Apostles”, the 40 day post-resurrec-tion ministry of Jesus the Christ of God up to and including His ascension to glory from a hill outside the small community known as Bethany.
Also recorded there are the events surrounding the descent of the Holy Spirit, the empowering of the Church, the spread of the Gospel in Asia, parts of Europe and even into the dark continent known as Africa.
Therein we can also read of the ministerial acts of the Apostles and early missionaries that had the responsibility of advancing the cause of the kingdom until Jesus’ return.
Acts 2 records the words of the Apostle Peter as he preaches the first evangelistic sermon of the new age. The closing verses of chapter 2 shows the effects of the sermon upon those who, first of all, heard it,…and secondly, believed it!
My bros. & my sis., something is always going to happen to a person when they hear the Word of God and they believe the Word of God.
In contemporary times there has been much discussion in secular and religious circles as to whether or not the Bible and the Biblical story are truly the source of “God’s Word” for mankind.
With the discovery of ancient societies in Africa and South America that offer-up legends about supreme beings or gods that will, one day, come down from the sky and restore love, peace and harmony between the sons of men and within nature, many scholars are asking the question, “Just how much of the Bible is fact and how much of it is fiction or fable inspired?”
With the increased teaching of the writings of Middle East and Asian philosophers, such as Mohamed and Buddha within our communities, many former believers are now even saying that the Bible is totally erroneous or, at the very least, packed with inexcusable errors!
They claim that the apparent contradictions within it’s pages to accepted historical facts have made the Bible irrelevant to today’s expanding and advancing scientifically intellectual society.
The Bible’s intolerance to cross-cultural philosophical positions has caused, even those of African-American descent, to take the controversial stance that the Bible is long outdated for people of third-world origin.
But, my bros. & my sis., I truly believe that I speak for the traditional Christian Churches of all denomina-tions when I say, “Don’t include us in with those groups I have just described!”
We may not be as well versed in the scholarly criticisms used to examine and prove or disprove the authenticity of a text as many of those who “poke-at” rather than “pray-over” the Bible’s revelations …but we, who have truly been born-again, know what we believe!
My church has heard me say, on many occasions while standing behind the sacred desk during the period of my pastoral emphasis, that we are a Bible believing, Bible teaching, Bible preaching and Bible practicing church. And now, that the scholars, scientists and cynics of the 21st century want to put the banner of Christendom on trial, we are not going to be among those that desert Her in Her hour of need.
The Bible’s attention to physical and historical details may not be as pointed as Einstein’s theoretical examination of the principles of relativity, but the principles of life about which she teaches, when faithfully applied, has landed “many-a-ship” upon safe shores.
The historical events about which she speaks may not be recorded completely or accurately in every instance, but the prophetic effects upon the lives of those who encounter her revelation of these events, has shown us that there was a divinely guided reaction to each of .
And, when God speaks, something always happens…
When God moves, something always responds…
When God gives a command, all of nature comes to attention and seeks to do His will!
That’s why I’m willing to stand here and declare on behalf of myself and the traditional Church today, that if someone is needed to be a character witness for the B-I-B-L-E, then they need to look no further!