Bible as our Sole Authority
“The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us to do what is right.” 2 Tim. 3:16 Since God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is “What does the Bible say?” We practice daily Bible reading, Bible study and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
Autonomy of each local Church
“He (Christ) is the head of his body, the church; he is the source of the body’s life ….” Col. 1:18 (GN) Christ is the recognized head of our church, not any person, group or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing.
Priesthood of every believer
“He (Christ) loves us, and by his sacrificial death he has freed us from our sins and made us a kingdom of priests to serve his God ….” Rev. 1:6 (GN) ” … you are … the King’s priests … God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God ….” I Peter 2:9 (GN) The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to “full-time” Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible study.
"You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 2 Cor. 9-7. At WBBC we believe that through personal interaction with God, each and every person has a responsibility to pursue how much the Father is calling us to give. By submitting to the Holy Spirit, we are free to receive his instruction and give both sacrificially and generously with joy in hearts. We recognize the Biblical “tithe” to be a tenth based on Numbers 18:21-28 and Leviticus 27:30-33. Deuteronomy 16:17 calls those following God to give according to the blessings He has provided. Ultimately, all we have belongs to God. He asks that we submit to His Lordship as we return a portion to Him.
Baptism by immersion
“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ ….” Col. 2:12 (GN) We practice baptism by immersion under water – the way Jesus was baptized, and the way the Bible commands.
Jesus said, “I am the Vine, you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; but apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God’s power within us. So we seek to practice daily dependence on God’s Spirit to enable us to do what is right. (Phil. 2:13, Eph. 5:18)
Telling others about Christ
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for hope that you have.” I Peter 3:15 It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News with those whom God brings us into contact. We practice personal sharing about Christ and inviting friends to church.