WHAT WE BELIEVE

Bible Fellowship Church exists to encourage all people to pursue a lifelong, joyous relationship with Jesus Christ. Our history dates back to 1980, when a small group of people, founded a church in Rapid City, SD. We are a Mennonite Brethren Denomination, evangelical
Bible-believing Christian church. That means that we are governed by our own elders,
not an outside organization.
 

 
The Word of God
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inerrant and inspired Word of God, the complete revelation of His will for salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life. (II Timothy 3:16,17, II Peter 1:19-21)
 
The Trinity
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three co-equal persons: Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They act together in creation, providence, and redemption. (John 17:5, Revelation 4:11)
 
God the Father
We believe He is the One living and true God, perfect in wisdom, sovereignty, holiness, justice, mercy, and love. He reigns with providential care over all life throughout history in the created universe: He hears and answers prayer. He initiated salvation by sending His Son, and He is the Father to those who by faith accept His Son as Lord and Savior. (I Tim. 1:17, Psalm 86:15, Deut. 32:3,4, Gen. 1:26, I Peter 1:2, Heb. 1:1-3, I Chron. 29:11-13, Matt. 7:11, I John 4:9,10, John 3:16, John 1:12, Acts 16:31.)
 
Jesus Christ the Son
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true Man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures, He arose bodily the third day from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate. (Matt. 1:18, John 1:1, I Cor. 15:3,4, Heb. 1:3,8; 9:24)
 
Holy Spirit the Comforter
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer with many fillings for godly living and service. (John 14:17,26; 15:26, 16:7-11, Rom. 8:9-11, Eph. 5:18, Gal. 5:22,23)
 
Creation
We believe in the creation of the heavens, earth and man by a direct act of God in six days. (Gen. 1:1, 26; Col. 1:16; Heb. 11:3)
 
Mankind In Need of Regeneration
We believe that Man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provided the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe and turn from their sin and only those who personally accept Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God. (Gen. 1:26, John 3:5-8, Rom.5:12, 6:5-6, 8:9-11, Titus 3:5-7, Col. 1:20).
 
The Ordinances
We believe that water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not means of salvation. (Matt. 28:19, Acts 8:36-39; 16:31-33; 22:16, I Cor. 11:23-25).
 
The Church and Its Membership
We believe that the true Church, the Bride of Christ, is composed of all such persons, who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regen­erated by the Holy Spirit and are united together to form the Body of Christ of which He is the Head. Therefore we believe that only those who are members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church. (Eph. 1:22, Col. 1:18, Acts 2)
 
Christ’s Return
We believe in the personal, premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this ‘Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the per­sonal life and service of the believer. (Acts 1:11, I Cor. 15:51,52, I Thess. 4:16-18, Titus 2:13,14)
 
Last Things
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead. The believer shall be raised to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment. (John 5:28,29, I Cor. 15, Rev. 20:6)