What we teach at BBF - in brief
We exist to speak well of Jesus Christ by:
the mercy, grace and love of Jesus Christ (Jud. 1:20-23)
God for His pleasure and glory (Rom. 12:1; 2Co. 5:9; Php. 3:3)
the gospel of Jesus Christ, making followers of Him, baptising & teaching them to obey Him (Mt. 28:19-20)
and equipping God’s people for doing works of service (Eph. 4:11-12; Col. 1:28)
our part in Christ’s worldwide church, engaging in missions, within New Zealand and also overseas (Acts 1:8)
Bay Bible Fellowship is intentional in teaching through God’s Word expositionally. We are careful to teach what is actually and literally found in the Bible and not simply perceived, assumed, or inherited. Growing out of this commitment therefore, is that we are convinced of what we teach. This is where integrity meets belief; in teaching the Word of God and not simply what we think. Therefore, both our brief and expanded statements of “What We Teach” simply explain what we teach from Scripture.
We teach that God is the one supreme creator over all that exists. He is infinite, eternal and perfect in all He thinks and does (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4). He is Spirit, and all-knowing, and everywhere at the same time (Omnipresent) (John 4:24). While being one God, He expresses Himself in three persons; Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
We teach that the Holy Spirit places gifts into Believers for serving and growing each other in today’s church. In the early church, the gifts of speaking in ‘tongues’ and the working of miracles were given to prove the apostles were speaking on Gods behalf. They were never intended to be available to all believers of all times (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 13:8-10; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12; Hebrews 2:1-4).
about the bible
We teach that the Bible is God’s only written message to all people, for all of time. It is made up of 66 books, all written by men as they were lead by God to write things down (2 Timothy 3:15-17). When first written, the Bible did not contain any mistakes and it has only one true meaning (John 17:17; 2 Peter 1:20-21). The Bible is able to meet everyone’s spiritual needs as they read and obey it (Proverbs 2:1-10).
We teach that God, through His Son Jesus Christ, created everything in 6, 24 hour days (Genesis 1: 1-31), and continues to hold everything together (John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:2). The earth is only thousands of years old, not millions and God did not use any type of evolutionary process. He created everything from nothing. While God has designed the animal kingdom to allow for differences within a species, one species cannot change into another (Genesis 1:21-25).
about Heaven and Hell
We teach that heaven is the dwelling place of God (1 Kings 8:30; Matt. 6:9) and of the holy angels (Matthew 18:10; 24:36). Heaven is a sinless place where God’s throne is, from which He rules all of creation (Acts 7:48-49; Matthew 6:9-10). Believers in Jesus Christ enter the eternal state of glory with God in heaven at death (Luke 16:22; 23:42- 43; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8; Philippians 1:23). We teach that God created a literal place called Hell for Satan and his angels who rebelled against God (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10, 15). It is a place of never ending punishment and separation from God for all people who do not obey the gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9, Matthew 25:46).
We teach that angels were created by God as sinless heavenly beings to worship and serve Him. They also serve His children (Believers) and are not to be worshiped (Luke 2:9-14; Hebrews 1:6-7, 14; 2:6-7; Revelation 5:11-14; 19:10; 22:9). Satan, who was created a sinless angel, was the originator of sin (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19). He also led a large number of angels in his rebellion against God. He then introduced sin into the human race (Genesis 3:1-15). Satan and his demons are already defeated and shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire along with all who follow him (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).
We teach that mankind was created perfectly sinless by God (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7; James 3:9). Man chose disobedience to God, even though God warned that disobedience would bring death. Man disobeyed, bringing sin into the world and therefore both spiritual and physical death to the entire human race (Genesis 3:1-7). Therefore, all people are born sinners, separated from God as His enemies (Ephesians 2:1-3). Jesus Christ is the only sinless person who has ever lived (Romans 3:9-18; 5:12; Hebrews 4:15).
We teach that the moment a person believes in the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness of their sin, they are born again, adopted into the family of God (John 3:3-8; Acts 11:18; 20:21; Romans 8:15; Ephesians 1:5; Titus 3:5-7). They are made a whole new person (2 Corinthians 5:17). All the sin of their entire life is forgiven instantly, forgotten and permanently erased (Psalm 103:11-12; 1 John 2:12; Acts 10:43; Romans 6:10; Hebrews 10:12, 14, 17-18; 1 John 1:7). At that time, God the Holy Spirit enters the new Believer, never to leave (Ephesians 1:13). This faith in Jesus Christ is proven through a humble attitude and obedient behavior to the Lord Jesus (John 14:23-24; 1 John 5:3).
about the Church
We teach that when a sinner turns to God and puts their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for forgiveness, they immediately become part of Christ’s Church, also called the Body of Christ, (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). God the Holy Spirit places the Believer into the church with Jesus Christ as the head authority (Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; Colossians 1:18). We teach that the church exists to glorify God the Father (John 17:1-5; Ephesians 3:21), through Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. The church does this through worship (John 4:21-23; Romans 12:1; Philippians 3:3), by teaching Gods Word (1 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16-17), by fellowship with each other, and by teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world (Acts 1:8). We teach that God uses discipleship as the main method of reaching the unbelieving world for Jesus Christ and growing new believers into strong Christians (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2).
about end time events
We teach that before long, Jesus Christ will return to transport the church from earth to meet Him in the clouds before a seven-year judgement period (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-5:11; Titus 2:13). This 7 year judgement period will end with the physical return of Jesus Christ again to earth. With Him will be the armies of heaven (angels) who will follow Him as conqueror over Satan, Antichrist and the False Prophet along with their followers. All of them will be removed from the earth (Daniel 7:17-27; Matthew 24:27-31; 25:31-46; Luke 1:31-33; Acts 1:10-11; 2:29- 30; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12; Revelation 20:1-7). This will initiate the 1000 year Kingdom period. We teach that having locked Satan away for 1000 years, Jesus Christ will establish His earthly 1000 year Kingdom (Matthew 25:31; Luke 1:31-33; Acts 1:10-11; 2:29-30; Revelation 20:1-7).
At the end of his 1000 year imprisonment, Satan will be released and will gather a large army to make war against Christ. Fire will come down from heaven and consume them (Revelation 20:9) and Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire forever (Matthew 25:42; Revelation 20:10). Christ will then raise the unbelieving dead physically from all ages to be judged at the Great White Throne Judgement. They will be judged according to their wicked deeds resulting in their eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire (John 5:22; Revelation 20:11-15). The saved saints will enter eternity with God, while the earth and heavens will be dissolved (2 Peter 3:10) and replaced with new ones (Ephesians 5:5; Revelation 20:15; 21-22). After this, the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, will come down from God (Revelation 21:2), and the Lord Jesus Christ will deliver the kingdom to God the Father. God will reign forever and ever with all glory being solely directed to Him