Beliefs

The Trinity

  • The Triune God exists in three Persons – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each is eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory and having the same attributes, essence and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:10-11; John 10:30)
  • The Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ
  • He became Man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. (Philippians 2:6-11; John 1:14)
  • He accomplished our redemption through His death on the Cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. Our redemption is made certain to us by His literal physical resurrection from the grave, giving believers victory over death. (Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24, 25, 4:25, 5:8; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

Spiritually Dead Mankind

  • Man was created in the image and likeness of God. However, at the Fall of Adam, he acquired a sinful nature, which is transmitted genetically, through procreation, and is part of every human being.    (1 Corinthians 15:22; Romans 5:12)
  • Therefore, man is born physically alive but spiritually dead (separated from God) and totally incapable of changing his lost condition by anything he can do. (Romans 3:22, 23; 5:17; Ephesians 2:12; Psalm 51:5)

Salvation for All Mankind

  • Throughout all ages of history, belief in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only means for salvation. Salvation is God’s gift to man. It is offered to all mankind by God’s grace and received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose efficacious death on the Cross provided man’s reconciliation to God. (John 3:16-18; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 John 2:2). “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
  • Salvation and faith are gifts from God. Man is saved by Grace alone, not by any of his works. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

The Gift of Eternal Life & Eternal Security

  • The moment a person believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, he receives a gift of eternal security from God. All believers are kept absolutely secure forever in Christ, and no creature or any act by man could separate believers from God the Father. (Romans 6:23; 8:1, 38-39; John 3:15, 36; 10:27-30)
  • God the Father will never forsake any of His children. He holds all of His children in His mighty hand, and will never let them go. (Deuteronomy 31:6; John 10:28).

The Personality & Work of the Holy Spirit

  • The Holy Spirit is the third Party of the Triune God, who convicts the world of sin; indwells all believers in Christ in this present Age; empowers believers to live the spiritual life on earth; and seals them unto the day of redemption, into eternal life. (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13; 2 Timothy 1:14)
  • Believers are commanded to be filled with God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). Being ‘filled’ is in contrast to ‘grieving’ or ‘quenching’ the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19). Whenever a believer sins, he grieves and quenches God the Holy Spirit, who lives within each and every believer. (1 Corinthians 3:16; Romans 8:9-11; John 7:37-39)
  • By confessing or acknowledging his sin(s) to God, the believer is cleansed from his sins, forgiven by God, and then God the Holy Spirit is able to guide, teach, comfort and counsel the individual believer. He endows every believer with gifts and the nine fold fruit of the Holy Spirit. (1John 1:9; Isaiah 1:15; Psalm 32:5, 51:2-4 Gal 5:20)

The Bible is the Inspired Word of God

  • The Bible is the absolute Truth for daily living and serving God in the Christian Life. It is the Guide that provides a “lamp for our feet”, to walk in His ways and understand His Plan. (Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 119:105)
  • The Bible is God-breathed; written by men, in their own manner, not taken away from their personalities; but through the power and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We believe the Word of God to be the Mind of Christ, made known to us by the Holy Spirit. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 16:12-15; 1 Corinthians 2:16)
  • The Bible is central to all activities of BBM, including all lectures and practical preparations and applications. During the three-year programme, all 66 Books of the Bible are presented.

The Believer’s Obligation

  • When a person believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, he has an obligation to live a life worthy of the calling he has received from God. (Ephesians 4:1-2; Romans 8:12; Titus 2:7-8)
  • The Bible is the Mind of Christ and becomes the believer’s guide for knowing how to live the new life of being ‘born again’ as a child of God. (1 Corinthians 2:16; 2 Timothy 2:15, 3:16; Hebrews 4:12)
  • BBM’s focus is to prepare pastors how to live the Christian Life. Through practical application projects and various outreach opportunities, the students put their acquired skills and knowledge into practice. In this way, they become effective preachers to lead others.

All People are Equal in the Eyes of God

  • In God’s eyes, there is no prejudice or favouritism based on race, colour, gender or nationality. (Galatians 3:28; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26)
  • BBM is home to many different cultures, nationalities, races, men and women. All have the same freedom and opportunity to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:18).

Unity in the Church

  • Christian leaders have a responsibility to prepare other Christian leaders. Knowing and understanding the Word of God is essential in order to serve and honour God. Study and preparation are the foundations for teaching (2 Timothy 2:15). It is, therefore, incumbent upon Christian leaders to prepare other Christian leaders with the Truth from God’s Word. (2 Timothy 2:2; Proverbs 27:17; Titus 2:3-4; Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 4:3-5)
  • Believers must first learn how to walk before they can work, otherwise they will stumble and be ashamed. (John 11:9-10; 1 Corinthians 3:2; Hebrews 5:12-14; Proverbs 4:11-13; 2 Timothy 2:15)
  • BBM is staffed with qualified lecturers from around the world to present the Word of God. In addition, other qualified lecturers are invited to present specific books or subjects during each period of preparation.

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