TBPC Basic Statement of Faith
The Bible – We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible, sufficient and authoritative Word of God.
God – We believe there is one God, who exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ – We believe in the full deity and humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, including His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, ascension to the right hand of the Father, and bodily return in power and glory.
Salvation – We believe all men are sinful, separated from God, and unable to save themselves. Salvation is only through grace alone, by faith alone, in Christ alone.
The Holy Spirit – We believe in the full deity of the Holy Spirit, who indwells every believer, enabling obedience and spiritual growth, and He preserves each one unto eternity.
The Church – We believe that the universal church is comprised of all the redeemed. We believe commitment to the local church is necessary for spiritual health.
Doctrine & Beliefs
A Confessional Church
TBPC is a confessional church. As such, we adhere to a written confession of faith that we believe to be a good and accurate summary of the Bible's teaching. Our confessional standards consist of the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms. We believe these standards contain carefully worded summaries of the contents of sacred Scripture. To be sure, acceptance of every confessional distinctive is not required for membership at TBPC. One may be a participating member of TBPC by affirming the evangelical distinctive that salvation is accomplished by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. Nevertheless, the officers of TBPC must adhere to the system of doctrine taught by the Westminster standards & The Cannons of Dort.
Nearly 72 years ago in 1937, the Bible Presbyterian Church began as a result of the rift created by the Modernist-Fundamentalist Dispute. The Fundamentalists were Godly men who were standing for the truths of God’s Word – contending earnestly for the faith once delivered unto the saints. There was a growing push to do away with the Fundamentals of the faith and make them “one possible” understanding of the teaching of the Bible. The men at this time determined – correctly – that without each of these “fundamentals” the heart of Christianity was ripped out. It was a denial of the very Gospel that gives life. The men who left the Presbyterian church to form a new church took with them not only the Fundamentals but their Presbyterianism and reformed heritage as well.
Today, Bible Presbyterians are a small but vigorous group of people who seek to maintain a strong connection to our separated, Reformed roots. We also desire to faithfully minister to the Body of Christ and win souls both at home and abroad. Love of missions, evangelism, and sound Bible instruction stir the hearts of our people.
We believe Reformed doctrine is historic Christianity in its emphasis upon the sovereignty of God and trustworthiness of the Bible. It was the compromise of the truths of Scripture in the early decades of the twentieth century that led to the formation of Bible Presbyterian Church. As theological liberalism moved into Presbyterian seminaries and out into the church, it became fashionable to question or reject fundamental tenets of Christianity such as the inspiration of the Bible, the virgin birth of and deity of Christ, His supernatural works, the atonement on the cross, and even His resurrection from the dead.
We believe that God has raised up this denomination to take a faithful stand for the historic Christian faith and to be a light in the darkening days of compromise and apostasy. The Bible Presbyterian Church adopted the Westminster Standards in its organizing synod held September 6-8, 1938. Year after year the BPC has reaffirmed its belief in the biblical doctrines of historic Christianity that are outlined in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.
We are Bible Presbyterians because we believe the Bible is without error in its original text and the only divinely given and trustworthy rule of faith and practice. There are, of course, other denominations that believe the Bible, but we hold faithfulness to Christ and His Word as our primary emphasis.
The Bible Presbyterian Church is unique among American and European Reformed churches, We are free to walk under the Presbyterian principle that God is the Lord of the conscience, so our local congregations all have a flavor of their own in worship and ministry activities. The Scriptures provide our only regulations when it comes to worship. BP worship is marked by a vibrancy that comes from each communicant bringing his or her own offerings before the Lord with a full heart, within the bounds of the Word of God.
Our Lord Jesus Christ gave purpose to this His Church by giving it a commission to go forth in His Name preaching the gospel, to evangelize the lost, while nurturing the saints — making disciples of all nations, defending the faith. May we bring glory to God our Father by the effective achievement of this His mission for us; and
Be it further resolved that:
This His Church is fully committed to the system of reformed doctrine as expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, along with the basic principles of Presbyterian Government. — Adopted 1987, 51st General Synod.