Who We Are
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Frequently Asked Questions
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“This website isn’t designed to replace attendance to a local church. It is for the purpose of being an additional blessing to others who want it and a means to hopefully excite curiosity in potential visitors to our regular services. Please consider visiting our church in person. We dedicate this site to our Lord Jesus Christ and trust it will be a blessing and encouragement to all who visit it.”
– Pastor Adam Trosclair
Who We Are
We are a local church of Bible believing Christians who believe the Authorized King James Bible is the perfect word of God. We never attempt to change anything about it to suit the fancies of science, philosophy, religious traditions, or the latest whims of political correctness.
We believe that the plain old fashioned preaching and teaching of the Holy Bible is profoundly needed and tragically lacking in modern professing Christianity.
We believe that friendliness, activities or programs, convenience, and personal preferences will stunt our growth in grace if not grounded in sound doctrine and consistent obedience to the words of God.
We believe in an engaged, lively worship of the Lord Jesus Christ, while completely shunning the modern styles of contemporary music. We sing the tried and true traditional hymns right out of the hymnbook with conservative musical accompaniment.
We believe that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, and that liberty is used to edify the faith of others and to benefit them spiritually to the glory of God, not selfishly to satisfy our own agendas.
Our Pastor: Adam Trosclair
Adam Trosclair was raised in a Christian family and received the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior when he was ten years old. He later surrendered to God’s call on his life under the preaching and mentoring of Bro. Andrew Saucier. He attended Pensacola Bible Institute and was blessed to sit under the preaching and teaching of Dr. Peter S. Ruckman. After graduating in 1993, he married Becky and they went to the missionfield of Germany for six years as a help under the ministry of his brother David, a veteran missionary for many years. While in Germany, they had their two children, Christopher and Esther. They returned to the states in 1999 where Adam was ordained into the ministry and spent a couple of years as associate pastor under Pastor Andrew Saucier in Metairie, Louisiana. After the death of his father, they moved to Lacombe, Louisiana and started the King James Bible Baptist Church in their home. Quickly outgrowing their home, they met in a Chiropractic clinic for a while before eventually moving to their present location in 2005. It is an office space that is rented for the specific use of the services and ministry of King James Bible Baptist Church. Adam still works a full time job and is grateful for the opportunity to teach and preach the Holy Bible to others. He hopes to continue by the grace of God to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and minister to the saints in whatever capacity God sees fit.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
Upon arrival at your first visit with us, you will be greeted and given an information card to fill out (this is for church records only). If you have children, they may be directed to the nursery if you wish (0-3 years) or a Sunday School class (10 AM). We also have an adult Sunday School Class.
A typical service at KJBBC includes several congregational hymns, a special song, the sermon, and an invitation/closing song.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Bring yourself and a King James Bible. If you do not have a Bible, we are happy to supply one.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
There is no “dress code” at KJBBC. We do ask that clothing choices be appropriate for a house of worship. It is our desire and our goal to simply look our best when coming to God’s house.
WHAT DO YOU OFFER?
We believe what the Bible says about salvation: by grace through faith in Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Are You Saved?
We adhere to the doctrines taught in the King James Bible, and you will receive sound Bible preaching, teaching, and counsel. See What We Believe.
We have a wide variety of ministries, full of opportunities to serve others. See Our Ministries
We also have a staffed Nursery for all services for children 0-3 years.
We hope that you will join us at the next scheduled service!
Still Have Questions?
Please let us know how we can help you by submitting your question. Someone from our office will get back with you as soon as possible.
Sunday Morning Services
10 AM Morning Bible Study
11 AM Morning Worship Service
Sunday Evening Services
4 PM Evening Worship Service
Wednesday Evening Services
7 PM Evening Worship Service
I. The Holy Bible
- A. That every word of the original autographs, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments with no Apocrypha, was given to the prophets and apostles by inspiration of the Holy Ghost in such a manner that every word might be said to come from the mouth of God. At the same time, God’s choice of words reflected the personalities of the prophets and apostles in literary style, vocabulary, et cetera. Exodus 20:1; Isaiah 59:21; Jeremiah 30:2; John 17:8; Acts 28:25; Galatians 1:12; 1st Thessalonians 2:13; 2nd Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:1; 2nd Peter 1:21; 3:2; Revelation 1:1-20;
- B. That the doctrine of inspiration is of little value apart from the doctrine of the preservation of God’s “words”. Exodus 24:3; Deuteronomy 6:6,7; 18:18; 27:3,8; 29:29; Joshua 3:9; 8:32-35; Job22:22; 23:12; Psalms 12:6,7; 78:1; 119:89, 103,130,140; Proverbs 22:21; 30:5,6; Matthew 4:4; John 6:63; John 17:8 1st Corinthians 2:13; 1st Thessalonians 2:13; Revelation 22:18,19;
- C. Since no one living today holds or has ever seen the original autographs, the “Bible” we believe in is the one that is available to man today, the King James 1611 Authorized Version. Therein, God has preserved the “Holy Bible”, “The Scriptures”, “The word of God”, for the last period of the church age. It is inerrant, infallible, every word as it is written. Not only is this Authorized Version superior to all other versions, and translations, but it is superior to any Greek text in existence.The King James 1611 Authorized Version will be the final authority in all matters of faith and practice above the opinions of man, tradition, or any other source. Mark 7:9,13; 1st Thessalonians 2:13; 2nd Timothy 3:16,17
- D. That the word of God is eternally existent. Psalm 119:89; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew24:35; Mark 13:31; Hebrews 11:3; 1st Peter 1:23-25
- 1. Though given to men at a point in time, the word of God has and always will exist incorruptible.
- a) That only those foreign translations made from the King James 1611 Authorized Version or from the Textus Receptus Greek Text shall be considered reliable, the final authority shall be the Authorized KJV 1611.
- b) That other new versions and paraphrases that change the words of the text of the Authorized King James Version are considered to be the work of Satan to undermine the believer’s confidence in the authority of God’s Holy word. Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:6; Jeremiah 8:8,9; Revelation 22:19
- 1. Though given to men at a point in time, the word of God has and always will exist incorruptible.
- E. That understanding of the scriptures comes only to the born again child of God. While one may obtain knowledge of the Bible through study at a Bible school or seminary, understanding only comes by the illumination of the Holy Spirit. Psalms 119:130; Luke 24:45; John 16:13; 1st Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 1:17,18.
- F. That unsaved men, not possessing the gift of the Holy Spirit, can have no understanding of the word of God except the understanding of the plan of salvation which is a work of the Holy spirit outside of man. Matthew 22:29; John 8:43,47; 16:13; 2nd Corinthians 2:17; 2nd Peter 3:16
- G. That having authority and power over all things, the word of God is the only way into salvation. Matthew 22:29; John 1:12; 5:24; 6:63,68; Romans 10:14,17; Ephesians 6:17; Philippians 2:16; 2nd Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 4:12,13; 1st Peter 1:23.
- H. That a Bible believer is one who subjects himself to the pure word of God as found in the King James 1611 Authorized Version. The Bible believer is exhorted to:
- 1. Study the word of God (2nd Timothy 2:15)
- 2. Memorize it (Psalms 119:11)
- 3. Obey it (Psalms 119:9)
- 4. Cleanse himself with it (Psalms 119:9)
- 5. Love it (Psalms 119:140)
- I. Regarding authority, a Bible believing Christian puts the word of God above everything. All others put something above the Bible.
II. The Lord Jesus Christ
- A. That he is fully God. Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1,14; 20:28; Philippians 2:6; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:8; 1st John 5:20.
- B. That He is the second person of the Trinity and not a lesser or created Deity. Matthew 3:16,17; 28:19; Philippians 2:6; Colossians 2:9; 1st John 5:7.
- C. That without any essential change in His divine person (Hebrews 13:8):
- 1. He became a man by the miracle of the virgin birth Matthew 1:23; John 1:14; 1st Timothy 3:16
- 2. Thus to continue forever as both true God and true man. Philippians 2:6,7; Colossians 1:15; 2:9; Revelation 22:16
- D. That as man, He was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin (John 8:46; Hebrews 4:15), that as the perfect Lamb of god, He gave Himself in death upon the cross, bearing the sin of the world and suffering its full penalty of divine wrath in our stead. Isaiah 53:5-7; Matthew 20:28; John 1:29; Galatians 3:13; 2nd Corinthians 5:21.
- E. That He was buried and rose again the third day according to the scriptures Luke 24:46; 1st Corinthians 15:4
- F. That His resurrected and glorified body was a physical one of flesh and bone Luke 24:36-43; John 20:25-28
- G. That as our great High Priest, He ascended bodily into Heaven, there to sit at the right hand of God as our Advocate and Intercessor. Hebrews 5:1-10; 9:24; 1st John2:1
III. The Holy Spirit
- A. That He is:
- 1. Fully God. Acts 5:3,4
- 2. The third person of the Trinity and not an impersonal force or influence Matthew 28:19; 1st John 5:7.
- 3. The divine agent in:
- a) Creation Genesis 1:2,3; Job 33:4; Psalms 33:6; 104:30; John 16:13-15
- b) Revelation, wherein He reveals new truth Luke 2:25,26; John 16:13; 1st Corinthians 2:9-14
- c) Inspiration, wherein He communicates truth to men Jeremiah 36:2; Acts 1:16; 2nd Timothy 3:16; 2nd Peter 1:21
- d) Illumination, wherein He gives understanding of truth John 16:14,15; 1st Corinthians 2:9-14; Ephesians 1:17
- B. That the Holy Spirit is a person with the personal attributes of :
- 1. Will Acts 16:6-11; 1st Corinthians 12:11
- 2. Knowledge Isaiah 11:2; Romans 8:27; 1st Corinthians 2:10-12
- 3. Wisdom Ephesians 1:17
- 4. Power Romans 15:13,19; Ephesians 3:16; 1st Thessalonians 1:5; Acts 5:3-5
- 5. Love Romans 15:30
- C. That born again believers must be careful not to offend the Holy Spirit who can be:
- 1. Grieved Ephesians 4:30
- 2. Vexed Isaiah 63:10
- 3. Tested Acts 5:9
- 4. Resisted Acts 7:51
- 5. Insulted Hebrews 10:29
- 6. Lied to Acts 5:3
- 7. Quenched 1st Thessalonians 5:19
- D. That in this dispensation, the work of the Holy Spirit upon the believer is conviction of sin, righteousness, and judgement (John 16:8-11).
- E. That all who become the sons of God by believing on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:12), The Holy Spirit:
- 1. Regenerates (John 3:3-5; 6:63; 2nd Corinthians 5:17; Titus 3:5).
- 2. Baptizes into Christ (1st Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 4:4,5).
- 3. Indwells (John 7:37-39; 14:17; Romans 8:8-10; 1st Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 1st John 3:24).
- 4. Circumcises the soul loose from the sins of the flesh (Romans 2:29; Philippians 3:3; Colossians 2:11,12; Hebrews 4:12).
- 5. Seals (2nd Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13,14; 4:30).
- 6. Fills (Luke 1:15; Acts 4:8,31; 6:3,5; 9:17; 11:24 Ephesians 5:18).
- 7. Empowers (Acts 1:8; Romans 15:13; 1st Corinthians 2:4).
- 8. Sanctifies (1st Peter 1:2).
- 9. Anoints (Luke 4:18; 1st John 2:20,27).
- 10. Teaches (Luke 12:12; John 14:26; 16:13; 1st Corinthians 2:13).
- 11. Guides (John 16:13; Acts 8:27-29; 13:4; 16:6; Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:16,25).
- 12. Calls to service (Acts 13:2-4; 20:28).
- 13. Intercedes for (Romans 8:26,27).
We reject the modern day Charismatic movement with its overemphasis on the person and work of the Holy Spirit, and its doctrinal aberrations. This movement is carnal and demonic in origin.
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; …he shall testify of me:”
John 16:13a; 15:26e
IV. The Holy Trinity
- A. That there are three persons in the Godhead but they are only one God (1st John 5:7).
- 1. While it is a mystery to man, the doctrine of the Trinity is clearly taught in the New Testament.
- a) The baptism of Christ (Matthew 3:16,17).
- b) In the baptismal formula (Matthew 28:19).
- c) The apostolic benediction (2nd Corinthians 13:14).
- d) Christ Himself teaches it (John 14:16).
- e) The New Testament sets forth a Father who is God (Romans 1:7), a Son who is God (Hebrews 1:8; Titus 2:13), a Holy Spirit who is God (Acts 5:3,4).
- 1. While it is a mystery to man, the doctrine of the Trinity is clearly taught in the New Testament.
- B. That this one triune God is perfect in His:
- 1. Holiness (Leviticus 11:44,45; 1st Samuel 2:2; Psalms 99:9; Isaiah 6:3).
- 2. Righteousness (Psalms 50:6; 111:3; Isaiah 51:8; Matthew 6:33).
- 3. Faithfulness (Psalms 36:5; Lamentations 3:23; 1st Corinthians 1:9; 1st Thessalonians 5:24; Revelation 19:11).
- 4. Mercy (Numbers 14:18,19; 2nd Samuel 24:14; 1st Chronicles 16:34; Psalms 103:1-22; Lamentations 3:22).
- 5. Love (Psalms 146:8; Jeremiah 31:3; John 3:16; 4:8-19).
- C. That He is:
- 1. Omniscient (having all knowledge) Job 37:16; Proverbs 16:3,11; Psalms 139:1-6; 147:4,5; Hebrews 4:13.
- 2. Omnipotent (having all power) Job 37:23; Psalms 147:5; Isaiah 40:21-26; Matthew 28:18; Romans 13:1; Revelation 19:6.
- 3. Omnipresent (everywhere present) 1st Kings 8:27; Psalms 139:7-10; Isaiah 66:1; Jeremiah 23:23,24.
- 4. Eternal (having no beginning or end) Psalms 41:13; 90:1; 102:12, 24-27; Isaiah 44:6; Romans 1:20 and
- 5. The Creator and Sustainer of all things (Genesis 1:1; Nehemiah 9:6; Job 38:4-10; Psalms 104:2-6; Isaiah 40:12; John 1:1-3; Revelation 4:11).
- D. That man’s approach to God should always be with reverence and fear. The levity of God’s people concerning God and His word is abominable and is one reason for the lack of power in Christian work today. Deuteronomy 4:10; 5:29; Joshua 24:14; Job 28:28; Psalms 2:11; 15:4; 19:9; 34:7; 89:7; 99:1; 112:1; Proverbs 1:7; 8:13; 10:27; 15:16; Isaiah 8:13; 33:6; Jeremiah 5:22; Hebrews 11:7; 12:28.
V. The Creation and Fall of Man
- A. That he was the direct creation of God, spirit, soul and body, not in any sense the product of evolutionary development, but made in the image of God. Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7, 18-24; Matthew 19:4; 1st Thessalonians 5:23.
- B. That by personal disobedience to the revealed word of God:
- 1. Man became a sinful creature and the progenitor of a fallen race. Genesis 3:1-24; 5:3; Romans 5:12
- 2. Who are universally sinful in both nature and practice. Romans 3:23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:3
- 3. Who are alienated from the life and family of God. John 8:42-44; Ephesians 4:18
- 4. Who are under the righteous judgement and wrath of God. Romans 1:18; 3:19,20; John 3:36
- 5. Who have within themselves no possible means of recovery or salvation. Matthew 19:25,26; Mark 7:21-23; Romans 7:18
- A. That it is by grace and therefore the free gift of God. John 1:17; Acts 15:11; Romans 4:16; 5:15-18; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9
- B. That it is through faith and neither merited in part or in whole by any virtue or work of man. Romans 3:22; 4:4,5; 10:3,8; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5
- C. That it is by the blood. Matthew 26:28; Acts 20:28; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; 1st Peter 1:18,19; 1st John 1:7; 2:2; Revelation 1:5 The believer is washed from his sins by the precious, incorruptible blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, by which he is forgiven, cleansed, purchased, justified, redeemed, sanctified and washed.
- D. And by the word of God. Luke 8:11; Romans 10:13-15,17 All that men know about salvation comes from this one source (John 5:24). It is itself alive (Hebrews 4:12) and is able to impart life (James 1:8) to those who hear the preaching of the gospel. 1st Corinthians 1:18,21; 1st Peter 1:23-25; James 1:21
- E. We reject the modern trend of “easy believism”. Salvation is the result of true repentance that comes from godly sorrow for sin. Luke 24:47; Acts 3:19; 17:30; 20:21,22; 2nd Corinthians 7:9-10; 2nd Peter 3:9
- F. We believe that in God’s absolute sovereignty, God gave man a free will to accept or reject the salvation He has provided, but that God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” God does not arbitrarily save man, and if a man goes to Hell, he does by exercising his free will to reject God’ s offer of salvation. His damnation, therefore, is just. 2nd Peter 3:9; Ezekiel 33:11; Acts 10:34,35; 1st Timothy 2:4; Romans 3:8
- G. That salvation is a threefold process ( 2nd Corinthians 1:10) that begins with:
- 1. Justification, being the instant and complete deliverance from the penalty of sin forever. John 5:24; Romans 4:5-8; 5:9 This is the redemption of the spirit.
- 2. Sanctification, being a progressive deliverance from the power of sin daily. 1st Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 4:7,12,13; 1st Thessalonians 4:3; 1st John 1:9 This is the redemption of the soul.
- 3. Glorification, our final deliverance from the presence of sin forever. 2nd Corinthians 5:8; 1st Thessalonians 4:17; 1st John 3:2 This is the redemption of the body.
- H. That all born again believers are eternally secure. The Bible says that:
- 1. True believers shall never perish (John 3:15,16).
- 2. Neither shall any man pluck them out of the Father’s hand (John 10:28,29).
- 3. They are kept by the power of God (1st Peter 1:5)
- 4. Sealed until the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30)
- 5. Delivered from all condemnation (John 3:18; 5:24)
- I. Simply stated, we believe that “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” is the only condition for salvation (Acts 20:20,21).
- J. That while in no sense having anything to do with obtaining or retaining salvation (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16; Titus 3:5), righteous living and good works are the proper evidence and fruit of salvation. Matthew 5:16; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 2:14; 1st Peter 2:12
- A. That he was originally created a holy, beautiful, powerful being, and through pride and ambition of will rebelled against God (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:13-17; 1st Timothy 3:6) Thus becoming:
- 1. Utterly depraved in character (John 8:44).
- 2. The great adversary of god and His people (Matthew 4:1-11; Revelation 12:10)
- 3. Leader of all other evil angels and spirits (Matthew 12:24-26; 25:41)
- 4. The deceiver and god of this present world (2nd Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:9)
- B. That his powers are supernaturally great (Luke 4:6; 2nd Corinthians 4:3; Ephesians 6:12; 2nd Thessalonians 2:9), but strictly limited by the permissive will of God (Job 1:12; Luke 22:31,32)
- C. That he was defeated and judged at the cross, and therefore his final doom is certain. John 12:31,32; 16:11; Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 20:10.
- D. That we are to resist and overcome him only in the armor of God and by the blood of the Lamb. Ephesians 6:1-18; Revelation 12:11; Zechariah 3:2; James 4:7
- A. That all true believers should be separated:
- 1. From all worldly amusements and unclean habits which defile mind and body (Luke 8:14; Ephesians 5:3-11; Colossians 3:17; 1st Thessalonians 5:22; 1st Timothy 5:6; 1st Peter 2:11)
- 2. From unbelievers in spiritual matters (2nd Corinthians 6:14-18).
- 3. From modernists, liberals and false teachers (Matthew 5:19; 15:9; 1st Timothy 1:7; 4:2; 6:3; 2nd Timothy 3:5; 4:3; Titus 1:11; 2nd Peter 2:1).
- 4. From the world itself. While we are in this world, we are not to be of this world and are to have no fellowship with its evil ways. (Romans 12:2; 2nd Corinthians 6:14-18; Ephesians 5:11; Philippians 3:18,19).
- B. That Christians caught up in the things of the world can be the enemies of God and can be guilty of spiritual adultery (James 4:4).
- C. That the believer’s proper position should be crucified unto the world and the world crucified unto him (Galatians 6:14), not conformed to the world, but transformed by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:1,2).
- D. That the believer can expect to be hated by the world and persecuted by them when he separates himself from the world (John 17:14).
- E. True separation from the world is also separation unto God and is exemplified by a love for, and a desire to know more about the word of God and the Lord Jesus Christ; a fear of God, obedience to the word of God and an earnest expectation for the second coming of Jesus Christ to deliver us from this present evil world.
- F. That the church and the state should be separate. That neither has the authority to govern the other. That civil government is of divine appointment; that rulers are to be prayed for, honored and obeyed, except only in those things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ as found in the word of God. All members waive any right to bring before any civil court any matter of church relations and business, assenting to the authority of the church in all such matters. Exodus 18:21,22; 2nd Samuel 23:3; Psalms 72:11; Daniel 3:17,18; Matthew 10:28; 22:21; 23:10; Acts 4:19,20; 23:5; Romans 13:7; Philippians 2:10,11; Titus 3:1; 1st Peter 2:13,14,17.
- G. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, beastiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful (Gen. 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; I Cor. 5:1; 6:9; I Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4).
- H. We believe that abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or Population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable (Job 3:16; Psa. 51:5; 139:14-16; Is. 14:24; 49:1,5; Jer. 1:5, 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).
IX. The Future Life, Bodily Resurrection, and Eternal Judgment
- A. That in this dispensation, the souls of the saved at death go immediately to be with Christ in Heaven (2nd Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:21-23) where they abide in joyful fellowship with Him until the pretribulation rapture, when their bodies shall be raised from the grave and changed into the likeness of His own glorious body (1st Corinthians 15:35-58; Philippians 3:20,21; 1st John 3:2), at which time their works shall be brought before the judgment seat of Christ for the determination of rewards, a judgment which may issue in the loss of rewards but not the loss of salvation (1st Corinthians 3:8-15; 2nd Timothy 3:13), which has been eternally secured for all believers by the blood atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ for all sin.
- B. That the souls of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hell where they are kept under punishment until the final day of judgment of all unsaved dead before the Great White Throne (Luke 16:19-31; 2nd Peter 2:9) at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, they shall be judged according to their works, and cast into the Lake of Fire for everlasting punishment with the Devil and his angels (Mark 9:43-48; Jude 13; Revelation 20:11-15).
X. The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, which takes place in two parts:
- A. That first part is the rapture, the coming of the Lord for His saints.
- 1. That the period of time preceding the rapture will be characterized by general apostasy within the church (2nd Thessalonians 2:1-3).
- 2. That while no one knows the day and hour of the rapture (Matthew 24:36-42; Acts 1:7), true believers may know the times and seasons (Luke 21:29-33; 1st Thessalonians 5:1-8). It could take place any time. When it does occur, it takes place in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye (Matthew 24:44;
1st Corinthians 15:52).
- 3. That when He comes, He will first by resurrection and translation remove from the earth His waiting church (1st Thessalonians 4:16-18) who will be caught up to meet Him in the air. He does not set foot on Earth at this time.
- 4. That the dead in Christ shall rise first and then they which are alive and remain. As they are caught up to be with the Lord, they will receive their glorified bodies which are conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ. And so shall they ever be with the Lord. (Romans 8:29; 1st Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:20,21; 1st Thessalonians 4:16,17; 1st John 3:2).
- 5. That shortly after the rapture, a seven year period of time will begin variously known as “the tribulation”, “time of Jacob’s trouble”, and “Daniel’s Seventieth Week”, during which time God’s wrath will be poured out in righteous judgment upon the unbelieving world as in no other time in history. No born again believer will enter this period of the great tribulation. Jeremiah 30:6,7; Daniel 9:24-27; 12:1; Matthew 24:21,29; 1st Thessalonians 5:9.
- B. That the second part of Christ’s second coming is His revelation and glorious return with His saints at the end of the great tribulation. He will then destroy the Antichrist at the battle of Armageddon. (Joel 3:11-14; Titus 2:11-13; Jude 14; Revelation 16:13-16; 19:11-14).
- 1. That the Lord Jesus Christ will descend in like manner as his disciples beheld Him going into Heaven (Acts 1:11) And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4,5,9; Revelation 1:7). At this time the whole house of Israel (from Abraham to the end of the tribulation that have been saved according to the word of God as prescribed in the words of God when God spoke them in the dispensation which they were spoken)will be restored to the land given to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-13:18; 15:1-21.
- 2. That at His coming, He will establish His glorious and literal kingdom of heaven on Earth and execute the judgment of the nations (Matthew 25:31-46). He will rule and reign for a thousand years during which Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit. The Lord will rule with a rod of iron as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in perfect peace (Isaiah 9:7; Hosea 2:18; Micah 4:3; Revelation 20:1-7). At the close of His thousand year reign, the Lord Jesus Christ will raise and judge the unsaved dead at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:5, 11-15) and finally as the Son of David deliver up His Messianic Kingdom to God the Father (1st Corinthians 15:24-28) in order that as the Eternal Son, He may reign with the Father in the New Heaven and the New Earth throughout the dispensation of the fullness of times (Luke 1:32,33; Ephesians 1:10; 2nd Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1, 22:5).
XI. The One True Church: The Mystical Body and the Bride of the Lord Jesus Christ
Romans 12:5; 1st Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:22,23; 4:4; Colossians 1:24.
- A. He began to build at Pentecost (Acts 2:4,5, 27) and will complete at the pretribulation rapture (1st Thessalonians 4:16,17) and which all true believers of the present age are baptized immediately into by the Holy Spirit (1st Corinthians 12:12,13; Ephesians 4:5)
- B. That a Bible believing local congregation of baptized (by immersion) believers are associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship in the gospel and of the Lord Jesus Christ (1st Corinthians 1:9; Philippians 1:4,5) observing the ordinances of the church, which are two:
- 1. Water baptism
- 2. The Lord’s supper
- C. That Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost
- (Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 8:36-39) and it is a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12). That it is prerequisite to membership in a local church congregation. (Acts 2:41) Water baptism does not make you a member of the body of Christ or this local assembly of believers. This baptism does not have to take place in our church, and could have happened prior to attendance. We believe that water baptism need only take place once in a believer’s life after their conversion to Christ, and would only rebaptize someone who felt that their previous baptism was unscriptural.
- D. That the Lord’s supper, by partaking of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine is to commemorate the death of the Lord Jesus Christ and is to be preceded always by solemn self-examination. This, as often as the local assembly of believers desires until Jesus Christ comes (Matthew 26:17,26-29; Mark 14:1; Luke 22:15-20; 1st Corinthians 11:23-29).We emphasize the fact that these are ordinances of the church and are not sacraments.
In agreement with the Philadelphia Confession of Faith of 1742, Chapter 32, 2d: “the popish sacrifice of the mass, as they call it, is most abominable, injurious to Christ’s own only sacrifice, the alone propitiation for all the sins of the elect.” And the 39 Articles of the Church of England of 1801 , Article XXXI, which states that “the sacrifices of Masses, are blasphemous fables ,and dangerous deceits.”, we believe transubstantiation to be unscriptural, blasphemous, devilish and contrary to sound doctrine and good reason.
We are Bible believing Protestants.
- E. That its scriptural offices are two: Bishop (1st Timothy 3:1,2; Titus 1:7) and Deacon (Acts 6:3-5; Philippians 1:2; 1st Timothy 3:8).
- 1. The bishop is the pastor and the presiding elder of the flock that God has set him over. Being selected according to the scriptural requirements set forth in 1st Timothy 3:2-11 and Titus 1:5-7, he is to lead the flock with the counsel of the other ordained elders of that local assembly of believers according to the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:11). He is to preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (2nd Timothy 4:2) and do the work of an evangelist (2nd Timothy 4:5).
- 2. Deacons are to be selected according to spiritual qualifications set forth in 1st Timothy 3:3-13, and are to serve the church under the leadership of its bishop as he shall call upon them for the administration of business and spiritual matters concerning the church (Acts 6:2-4).
- 3. These two and any other members ordained by a local church are the elders of that assembly of believers and are to be overseers of the flock, to feed its members with the word of God, and to be examples before them (Acts 14:23; 20:17,28; Titus 1:5; 1st Peter 5:1-3).
- 4. That the true mission of the church is found in the concept of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19,20). First, to carry the gospel to all the world. Second, to baptize them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Third, to teach them the word of God. Fourth, to instruct all believers to do these things also.