There is an important story in Acts 17:11 about the Apostle Paul preaching. It says that the Bearans “were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so”
The Bearans eagerly received Paul’s teachings, but also compared it with Scripture to verify its truth. Imagine doubting such a learned man as Paul, but yet the Bible says they were more noble for not taking his word for it, but actually comparing it with Scripture?
Well we say to you, be a Bearan. Don’t just assume the accuracy of ours or anyone’s doctrines, instead compare Scripture with Scripture and know what is truth.
The following Doctrines of our Church are listed as the essential biblical beliefs we hold in common as a fellowship and a defined standard for our church’s ministerial and pastoral leadership.
West Mobile Bible Fellowship
Doctrines of our Church
West Mobile Bible Fellowship believes in faith in Jesus Christ as the only Savior and Way to Heaven (Ephesians 2:4-9), hope through the Bible as the only authority in matters of beliefs and conduct (Romans 15:4), and love for one-another as the ultimate witness of our faith and character of God (John 13:34-35).
I. Faith in Jesus Christ…
We believe that all men are saved by faith alone and only through the substitutionary birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:4-9; Romans 6:23).
We believe that all humanity is in need of the Savior, because of our own sinfulness and helpless inability to be righteous or achieve eternal life without faith in Jesus Christ (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:23)
We believe in the literal, visible, audible, and imminent return of Jesus Christ for redemption, resurrection of the dead, and awarded gift of immortality (1 Corinthians 15:50-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
II. Hope through the Bible…
We believe the Bible is divinely inspired by God through His Holy Spirit, and is the inerrant standard of right and wrong, truth and error, righteousness and sinfulness (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16).
We believe the Bible is the testimony and revelation of God’s plan of redemption and is authoritative over man’s opinions, denominational creeds, religious traditions, and cultural norms (Colossions 2:8; Isaiah 8:20).
We believe the intended role of the church, both local and universal, individual and corporate, male and female, young and old, is to be the entrusted witness of the gospel, doctrine, and truth of Scripture to a lost world (1 Timothy 3:15; Matthew 28:16-20).
We believe in the Kingdom of God as prophesied in Scripture, our earth made new, the reign of righteous and just Lord Jesus Christ, our eternal heavenly home where God dwells, when sin and Satan will be abolished in the lake of fire, to be the object of our biblical hope (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1-8)
III. Love for One-Another…
We believe that the ultimate witness of our Christian faith is our love for one-another as expressed in attitude, actions, and evangelistic efforts that rely on the convicting power of the Holy Spirit as the giver of God’s unconditional love within human hearts (John 13:34-35; Romans 5:5).
We believe that God is love and His love seeks to promote the abundant life for, with, and in us who believes in Him, even as Satan seeks to counteract God’s love for us through deception, destruction, and death (1 John 4:7; John 10:10).
We believe the beauty of creation, the natural and moral laws, the abundance of earth’s provision to sustain life, are revelations that declare God’s sovereignty and character of love as a constant witness (Psalms 33:1-19; Revelation 14:6-7)
We believe the institution of marriage is a lifelong union between one man and one woman in mutual respect and companionship, and within the family structure as parents and siblings, and as children of God before men, testifies to the image of God and His committed love toward humanity (Genesis 1:26-28; Ephesians 5:22-33).
We believe in the power of God’s love to transcend social, political, racial, economical, national, or societal differences for harmony in coexistence without harm, cooperation without judgment, and co-partnering in biblical agreement for gospel ministry, Christian fellowship, and the advancement of God’s Kingdom here on earth (John 15:12; John 3:16).
As often as conflicting issues within our society, disputes with the church at large, or as national religious liberty threats deem necessary, we will develop and adopt appropriate “position statements” to offer clarity regarding our pastoral leadership and/or our Doctrinal Beliefs on those matters and post them at this website with links below: