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What we believe
A Brief Overview of our beliefs:
I. God- There is one living and true God, the creator of the universe (Exod. 15:11; Isa. 45:11; Jer. 27:5). He is revealed in the unity of the Godhead as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, who are equal in every divine perfection (Exod. 15:11; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14).
II. The Scriptures- The Scriptures are God’s inerrant revelation, complete in the Old and New Testaments, written by divinely inspired men as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:21). They provide the standard for the believer’s faith and practice (II Tim. 3:16, 17).
III. Creation- God created all things for His own pleasure and glory, as revealed in the biblical account of creation (Gen. 1; Rev. 4:11; John 1:2, 3; Col. 1:16).
IV. Satan- Satan is a person rather than a personification of evil (John 8:44) and he with his demons opposes all that is true and godly.
V. Depravity- Although man was created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26: 2:17) he fell through sin and that image was marred (Rom. 5:12; James 3:9). The sin nature has been transmitted to every member of the human race.
VI. Salvation- Salvation is the gracious work of God whereby He delivers undeserving sinners from sin and its results (Matt. 1:21; Eph. 2:8, 9). It is based wholly on the grace of God apart from works (Titus 3:5; Eph. 2:9). Anyone who will exercise repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved (Acts 16:30-32; Luke 24:47; Rom. 10:17).
VII. Sanctification- All believers are set apart unto God (Heb. 10:12-14) at the time of their regeneration (I Cor. 6:11).
VIII. Security- All believers are eternally secure in Jesus Christ (John 10:24-30; Rom. 8:35-39).
IX. Church- A New Testament church is a local congregation (Acts 16:5; I Cor. 4:17) of baptized believers in Jesus Christ (Acts 2:41) who are united by covenant in belief of what God has revealed and in obedience to what He has commanded (Acts 2:41, 42).
X. Civil Authority- Human government was instituted by God to protect the innocent and punish the guilty. It is separate from the church, though both church and state exercise complementary ministries for the benefit of society (Matt. 22:21).
XI. Last Things- Our risen Lord will return personally in bodily form to receive His redeemed unto Himself. Afterward, all of the dead will be raised bodily, each in his own order: the righteous dead in “the resurrection of life” and the wicked dead in “the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:24-29; I Cor. 15:20-28). Heaven is the eternal home of the redeemed (John 14:1-3). Hell is the place of eternal punishment and suffering (Luke 16:19-31) for the devil, his angels (Matt. 25:41), and the unredeemed (Rev. 20:10-15).
A full copy of the BMAA Doctrinal Statement may be found at http://bmats.edu/about-us/doctrinal-statement/, courtesy of the BMA Theological Seminary.