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About MBBC doctrines

Doctrine is simply what is believed and taught. Second Timothy 3:15-16 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” MBBC does more than teach Bible doctrines. We teach why as well as what we believe. We explain Bible doctrines and welcome questions in a nurturing, learning environment.

Following are the doctrines MBBC adopted as a new church in 1975 and continue to teach today. Our covenant can be found at the end of this page.


Statement of Faith and Aims

To set in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us…that thou mightest know the certainty of those things wherein thou has been instructed, we send forth the commonly believed confession of faith held among us, as follows:

1. The Holy Bible

We believe that the canon of sixty-six books known as the Holy Bible is the verbal and plenary authorship of God, written by men supernaturally inspired by the Holy Spirit; that it is true without any admixture of error for its matter, and is to be understood in its literal sense. It shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard and final authority by which all human creeds, conducts and opinions should be tried. We accept the King James Version of the Bible as our textbook. (Ps 119:89; 2 Ti 3:16-17; Re 22:18-19; Jn 17:17; Jn 3:32-34; 2 Pe 1:3, 20-21; 1 Pe 1:10-12; Zec 1:1; Ps 19:7-11; Ex 20:3-17Ps 1:2Jn 12:48).

2. The One and Only True God

We believe that there is one, and only one, eternal, living and true God; an infinite Spirit of infinite intellectual and emotional capacity, absolutely righteous, perfectly just, and infinitely loving, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, immutable, immortal, the creator and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor and confidence and love. He alone is the origin of life, truth, and holiness. There is no other God beside Him. (Ex 20:2-3Gen 17:11 Co 8:6Jn 4:24Ps 147:5Ps 83:18Ps 90:2Je 10:10Ex 15:11Re 4:111 Co 12:4-61 Jn 5:7Jn 10:301 Ti 1:17Ro 11:33Mk 12:30Mt 28:19Ep 2:182 Co 13:14Ep 4:6Ge 1:26De 6:4Ps 139:8Is 45:5-7Mt 28:19Mk 10:18Jn 4:24Ac 17:24-29)

3. The Trinity of God

We believe that the one, true God exists as three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, precisely equal and identical in nature and in all of their attributes since eternity past, and are three in one – God; that each person of the Godhead fulfills differing roles for the purpose of making salvation possible. (Jn 6:27He 1:8Jn 20:28Ac 5:3-4Mk 1:9-11Is 45:5Jn 14:8-9Jn 10:30-31). (Ex 20:2-3Ge 17:11 Co 8:6Jn 4:24Ps 147:5Ps 83:18Ps 90:2Jer 10:10;Ex 15:11Re 4:111 Co 12:4-61 Jn 5:7Jn 10:301 Ti 1:17Ro 11:33Mk 12:30Mt 28:19Ep 2:182 Co 13:14Ep 4:6;Ge 1:26De 6:4Ps 139:8Is 45:5-7Mt 28:19Mk 10:18Jo 4:24Ac 17:24-292 Co 13:14Ep 4:6Is 45:5)

4. Jesus Christ

jesus-christ-tomp-crossWe believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God, (equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit) manifested in human flesh yet without sin, the Son of man and uniquely the Son of God, the King of Kings, the Lord or Lords, God Almighty, the Creator of all things, the Messiah, the Savior of the world; that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a Jewish virgin; and that He lived His life in sinless perfection before God and men; that He became man as a substitutionary sacrifice to save man from condemnation by dying on a cross and shedding His own blood; that His death, burial, and resurrection make possible the Gospel message of salvation, and that through Him and no other but Him alone salvation is possible; that Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of the Father where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Intercessor before the Father on our behalf. (Mt 1:20-25Is 9:6Ac 1:9,10Ro 8:34Heb 7:25, 9:241 Jo 2:1,2Ga. 4:4Lu 1:35Jo 1:1,2,14Heb 1:3Jn 1:11Ac 4:12Ro 3:24,25;Ro 5:10-11Ep 1:7Heb 2:9, 4:121 Pet 1:3-5, 2:241 Jn 2:2Ge 3:16Is 7:14Mt 1:18-25Lk 1:35Mk 1:1Jo 1:14Ps 2:7Ga 4:41 Jn 5:201 Co 15:47).

5. The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God (equal with God the Father and God the Son); that presently, among other things, He restrains the Devil, reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; is the agent of the new birth experience in salvation, indwells believers, is the earnest of our inheritance in Christ, helps and intercedes with prayers for the saints, and empowers, comforts, and administrates the church of Jesus Christ; and that He is not associated with the phenomenon known as the charismatic movement and the practice of speaking in tongues. (Jn 14:16-17Mt 28:19Heb 9:14Jn 14:26Lk 1:35Ge 1:1-32 Th 2:7Jn 16:8-11Jn 15:26-27Ac 5:3-4, 30-32Jn 3:5-6;Ep 1:13-14Mt 3:11Mk 1:8Lk 3:16Jn 1:33Ac 11:16Lk 24:49Jn 16:13Jn 14:26Ro 8:14, 162 Th 2:131 Pet 1:2;Ro 8:26-27).

6. Creation

creationWe believe in the Genesis account of a literal, deliberate, intelligently designed, six, twenty-four hour day creation, of all terrestrial and extraterrestrial matter, living and non-living, including the sun, stars, and planets; that man was supernaturally created in God’s own image and after His own likeness on the sixth day of creation; that every living thing is born after its own kind; that man’s origin and that of all other living things are not a product of natural properties and forces of physical matter through evolutionary change in matter and species over millions of years progressing from lower to higher forms. ( Ge 1:1Ex 20:11Ac 4:24Col 1:16-17Heb 11:3Jn 1:3Re 10:6Ro 1:20Ac 17:23-26Je 10:12Ne 9:6Ge 1:26-27Ge 2:21Ge 1:11, 24).

7. The Devil

We believe that Satan, also known as the Devil, is the fallen angel, Lucifer, who at one time was a beautiful, anointed cherub, enjoying heavenly honors in the Holy mountain of God; but yielded to the sin of pride and ambition to be as God Almighty, is now condemned for eternity; that he is presently the unholy god of this world, the malignant prince of the power of the air; that he led a third of the angels in rebellion against God and is attempting to lead as many men who will follow him against God. He tempted man in the Garden of Eden and Christ in the wilderness; accuses the saints, is the Father of lies and false religions; that he will be destroyed once and for all at the end of the millennial reign and cast into the fires of hell, which have been reserved for him and his angels. (Is 14:12-15Eze 28:14-17Re 12:9Jude 62 Pet 2:4Ep 2:2Jn 14:301 Th 3:5Mt 4:131 Pet 5:81 Jn 3:8Mt 13:25, 37-39Lk 22:3-4Re 12:102 Co 11:13-15Mk 13:21-221 Jn 4:32 Jn 71 Jn 2:22Re 12:7-9Re 20:1-3, 10Mt 25:412 Pe 2:4Jude 1:6).

8. The Fall Of Man

fall-of-manWe believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, perfect, and innocent under the law of His Maker, but by voluntary transgression, chose to disobey God’s command, subsequently ending his fellowship with God, and died spiritually; that all mankind are Adam multiplied through procreation, inheriting his sin nature, being born and shapen in iniquity; each being innocent under the law until a knowledge of the law is gained thorough maturity; that every human being will choose sin, is accountable to God for his individual, voluntary choice to sin, and is deserving of condemnation. (Ge. 1:26Ge 3:1-6, 24Ro 5:19Ro 3:10-19Ep 2:1, 3Ro 1:18Eze 18:19-20Ro 1:32Ro 1:20,28Ga 3:22Ro 5:12).

9. Sin and Judgment

We believe that sin is unrighteousness and manifested as anything contrary to the law, will, and nature of God; that God must purge creation of sin and condemn all who are guilty and unforgiven of sin, that such condemnation results in both physical and spiritual death; that judgment of sin is first experienced as a separation from God’s fellowship and is culminated in eternal condemnation in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone (hell); that just and full payment for sin is eternal death, an impossible debt for finite men to pay. (Ge 6:5Ro 3:10-18Ro 5:12Ro 8:8Ep 2:1-3).

10. The Atonement For Sin

We believe that God, since eternity past, motivated by infinite love, mercifully provides one and only one substitutionary payment for sin on behalf of and for all mankind through the death of Jesus Christ, who being God without sin, infinite in being, and willing to do so, is the only hope by which mankind can restore fellowship with God and experience eternal life; that Jesus Christ freely took upon Him the nature of human flesh, yet without sin, perfectly fulfilled the divine law by His personal obedience of bringing his human body under subjection, and offered his body as a perfect sacrifice through death for a full and vicarious atonement for all sins; that for this reason He is the author and finisher of our faith; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust, Christ, the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that His resurrection from death testifies that His payment for sins was complete and acceptable; that His payment for sins was made for and is available for every person without exception, not willing that any should perish. (1 Ti 2:42 Pe 3:9He 2:9He 4:15Jo 3:16)

11. The Freeness Of Salvation

freegift-salvationWe believe that since eternity past, God planned the provision of salvation as a free gift to all mankind by grace through faith; that the blessing of salvation is offered as a free gift to all through the gospel message; that God’s payment for sin is sufficient; that any attempt to pay or earn the gift of salvation is not only insufficient but is a rejection of God’s payment for sin and His offer of salvation as a free gift; that associating salvation with works of any kind is a rejection of salvation as a free gift; that this gift is received by any or all who accept God’s gift with a cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of even the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation. (1 Th 1:4Col 3:121 Pe 1:2Tit 1:1Ro 8:20-30Mt 11:28Is 55:1Re 22:17Jn 3:15-161 Ti 1:151 Co 15:10Ep 2:4-5Jn 5:403:18, 36); Ep 2:8Ac 15:11Ro 3:24Jn 3:16Mt 18:11Ph 2:7He 2:14Is 53:4-7Ro 3:251 Jn 4:101 Co 15:32 Co 5:21Jn 10:18;Ph 2:8Ga 1:41 Pe 2:243:18Is 53:11He 12:21 Co 15:20Is 53:12He 9:12-157:251 Jn 2:2).

12. Faith and Repentance

We believe that since eternity past, God predestined that faith should come by the grace of God, by hearing the Word of God, and by the working of the Holy Spirit in our souls; whereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt of sin and of the danger and our helplessness in sin, and of the way of salvation by Christ, believing, we turn to God repentant of our sins with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior; that God predestined to bestow salvation as a free gift conditioned upon anyone who accepted His gift voluntarily and of freewill without force or coercion; that those who refuse to repent of their sin and reject God’s gift of salvation shall be forever condemned in their sins; that upon repentance the unregenerate, sinner is immediately granted salvation, forgiven of sin, passed from death to life, born again, and given eternal life. (Ac 20:21Mk 1:15Ac 2:37-38Lk 18:13Ro 10:13Ps 51:1-4, 7Is 55:6-7Lk 12:8;Ro 10:9-11Ac 2:23Ep 1:4Jn 3:16Ep 2:8-9Jo 5:24Col 1:131 Th 2:12).

13. Justification

We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to all who believe in Him is immediate and eternal Justification; that Justification involves the pardon of sin made possible because of the full and sufficient payment for sin by Jesus Christ; that because of the work of Jesus Christ alone, sinners can be made right with God (justified); and that in addition to paying for and pardoning sins, Christ also changes the heart of the sinner to make him right. (Ro 5:1Ac 13:39Is 53:11Zec 13:1Ro 8:1Ro 5:9Ro 5:1Tit 3:5-7Ro 1:17He 2:4Ga 3:11Ro 4:1-8He 10:38).

14. The Born Again Experience and Eternal Security

eternityWe believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation of the inward man in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth, one who is dead in trespasses and sins is made alive in righteousness and holiness; that new birth makes the believer a partaker of the divine nature and secures the hope of eternal life; that the new, born again nature of righteousness makes it necessary for the inward man to serve the law of God regardless of the actions of the outward man thereby securing eternal life; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel and eternal life; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life. (Ro 13:72 Sam 23:3Ex 18:21-22Ac 23:5Mt 22:21Tit 3:11 Pet 2:13-14, 17Ac 5:29Ac 4:19-20Jn 3:32 Co 5:171 Jn 5:11 Jn 3:6-7Ac 2:41Ac 16:30-332 Pet 1:4Ro 6:23Ep 2:12 Co 5:19Col 2:13Jn 3:8Jn 1:12-13Ga 5:22Ep 5:9Ro 7:22).

15. The Duty and Judgment of the Saints

We believe in the security of the believer, and the perfect, unwavering obedience of the born again inward man of the saint; that the evidence of new birth is manifested in love and obedience to Christ; that prolonged carnality and rejection of Christ’s commands is reason to suspect the lack of regeneration in new birth; that carnal saints will be chastised by God while on earth; that all saints will be accountable for their actions and judged by God resulting in reward or loss; (Jn 8:31-32Col 1:21-231 Jn 2:19Mt 13:19-21Ro 8:23Mt 6:30Ps 121:3Heb 1:141 Pet 1:52 Pet 1:9-101 Cor 3:11-15Ph 1:6Jn 10:28, 29Jn 16:18Ro 8:35-391 Co 3:32 Co 13:5).

16. The Righteous And The Wicked

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse, and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. (Mal 3:18Ge 18:23Ro 6:17-18Pr 11:311 Pet 4:18Ro 1:171 Co 15:22Ac 10:34-35;1 Jn 2:291 Jn 3:7Ro 6:161 Jn 5:19Ga 3:10Ro 7:6Ro 6:23Pr 14:32Lk 16:25Mt 25:34-41Jn 8:21Lk 9:26Jn 12:25Mt 7:13-14).

17. The Church

We believe that a church of Christ is a local, congregation of scripturally baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel, organized and granted authority by a true, new testament church; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers of ordination are pastors or elders and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is found in the great commission: First, to make individual disciples; Second, to build the church; Third, to teach and instruct as He has commanded. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any Hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only head of the church is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to co-operate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; sending and support of missionaries, schools and colleges, the care of the widows and orphans; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its co-operation; on all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. We further believe that the True Missionary Baptist Church is the Bride of Christ, and to the church was given the responsibility of these various activities. (Ac 2:411 Co 11:2Ep 1:22-23Ep 4:11Ac 14:23Ac 6:5-6Ac 15:23Ac 20:17-281 Ti 3:8-13Mt 28:19-20Col 1:18Ep 5:23-241 Pet 5:1-4Ac 15:22Jude 3-42 Co 8:23-241 Co 16:1Mal 3:10Lev 27:321 Co 16:21 Co 6:1-31 Co 5:11-132 Co 8:19Mt 16:16-18Ep 5:22-231 Co 12:28Lk 6:13Mk 3:191 Ti 3:15Ac 1:22Ac 1:8Jas 1:27Ac 2:421 Ti 3:1-7).

18. Baptism And The Lord’s Supper

baptismWe believe 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, with the authority of the local church, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is pre-requisite to the new testament (covenant) privileges of a church relationship and to the Lord’s Supper; in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of unleavened bread and unleavened wine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination. (Ac 8:36-39Mt 3:6Jn 3:23Ro 6:3-5Mt 3:16Col 2:12Ac 2:41-42Mt 28:19-201 Co 11:23-28).

19. Missions

We are missionary Baptists, and believe the command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable, and this commission was given to the churches. (Mt 28:18-20Mark 16:15Jo 20:21Ac 1:8Ro 10:13-15Ac 13:1-4).

20. The Grace Of Giving

We believe that all of our time, talent, and treasure belong to God; that God intends for us as His stewards to use all of our time, talent, and treasure for Him; and that God’s plan of financing His church and mission efforts is through our tithes and offerings. (2 Co 8:71 Co 16:2Heb 7:2,4Mt 23:23Lev 27:30Mal 3:10Ac 4:34,37).

21. Civil Government

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ; who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the Kings of the earth. (Da 3:17-18Mt 10:28Mt 23:10Re 10:6Ph 2:10-11Ps 72:11).

22. The Resurrection And Return Of Christ And Related Events

returnWe believe in the resurrection and return of Christ and related events, and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. Of the resurrection, we believe that Christ rose bodily, “the third day according to the scriptures”; that He ascended, “to the right hand of the throne of God”; that He alone is our “merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God”; Of Christ’s return, we believe, “That this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven” – bodily, personally and visible; that His return is imminent, pretribulational, and premillennial; that the “dead in Christ shall rise first”; that the living saints “shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump”; that “Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet,” and that the present creation will be dissolved and replaced with a new heaven and new earth wherein dwelleth only righteousness. (Mt 28:6-7Lk 24:39;Jn 20:271 Co 15:4Mk 16:6Lk 24:2, 4-6Ac 1:9Lk 24:51Mk 16:19Re 3:21Heb 8:1,61 Ti 2:51 Jn 2:1Heb 2:17;Heb 5:9-10Jn 14:3Ac 1:111 Th 4:16Mt 24:27Mt 25:13Jas 5:8Mt 24:42Heb 9:281 Th 4:161 Co 15:42-44, 51-531 Th 4:17Ph 3:20-21Lk 1:32Is 9:6-71 Co 15:25Is 32:1Is 11:4-5Ps 72:8Re 20:1-4, 6Zec 14Lk 1:32-33Re 3:21Rev 19:11-16, 20:1-6Re 21:1-62 Pet 3:8-10).




Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour,

And on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,

We do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

We therefore engage, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort;

To promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines;

To contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances;

To walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment;

To avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger;

To abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour. We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love;

To remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech;

To be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay.

We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

Entered into by the charter members of Mission Boulevard Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas during organizational services on October 27, 1975.


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