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Thank you for checking out BBCstudents! We're glad that you are here! Check out all of the Ministry opportunities for you and your family!

We exist to Worship Jesus, Equip the saved and to Evangelize the lost! Reaching and teaching students & families to KNOW Jesus > GROW Spiritually > SOW in Ministry > GO in Missions

BBC Student & Family Ministry Events Calendar

Welcome to Family Ministry

Deuteronomy 6 tells us that Parents are the primary faith formers. It also reveals that as you go through life, there are many teachable moments. Make sure that you take advantage of them.

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Family Worship

Starts at Church continues at HOME!

After our 1st - 6th Graders enjoy family worship in the Sanctuary, they're dismissed to KIDs Worship (1st & 3rd Sundays/ month). KIDs Worship starts at Church and continues at Home -

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Family Discipleship

You can do this, we can help!

Family Devo: START HERE!

Setting Realistic Expectations

15 Marks to Family Time Success

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Family Discipleship 101

1 Min Family Devo

In just one minute you can be ready to lead a successful engaging devotion time with your family!

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Family Discipleship 201

Faith Talks

“Faith Talk” is all on one page that walks you straight through your time together w/ age appropriate questions to discuss.

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Kids Life Online Family Worship Experience

Sundays 6 PM Online

An Online Family Worship Experience that consists of Worship songs, Animated Bible History Lesson, Gospel Presentation & more, with a link to resources that will engage the entire family after the video!

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Parenting Crash Courses

Here are a couple of resources to get you started:

Crash Course for Teen Guys & Gals!

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Family Experiences

Resources for every age & stage!

The Family Experience is designed to help parents strategically pass down their faith.

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Family Meal Time Impact

Make an IMPACT w/ Family Meal Times

RightNow Media

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Welcome to Preschool Ministry

Preschool Ministries: Crib, Crawlers & Walkers 2 & 3 Year Olds 4 Year Olds - Kinder's

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Nursery Ministry

2nd Floor BBC Kids Building

Come join us at the Preschool Welcome Center and we will get your precious preschooler ready for ministry! We've got great leaders, and wonderful enviornments for Crib, Crawlers & Walkers

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Preschool Ministry

2nd Floor BBC Kids Building

SUNDAYS: 8:30 AM during service 9:45 AM Preschool Sunday School (2-3 Yr Old Class & 4-K Class) 11:00 AM Preschool Worship WEDNESDAYS: 6:30 PM - Preschool Team KID (3yrs - Kinders Class)

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Welcome to Kids Ministry

Kids Ministries are located on the 1st & 3rd floors of the Children's Tower.

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Kids S.S.

Sundays 9:45 AM. 3rd Floor Kids Dept.

We have a wonderful team of great teachers for our Sunday School classes for 1st through 6th Grades.

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KIDs Worship

1/3 Sunday 11 AM 1st Floor - KIDs Worship

After our 1st - 6th Graders enjoy family worship in the Sanctuary, they will be dismissed to go with the KIDs Worship Leaders to KIDs Worship on the 1st & 3rd Sunday each month. KIDs Worship starts at Church and continues at Home -

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Team KID

Wednesdays 6:30 PM 1st Floor - Kids Life Center

"The Fastest Hour In Children's Ministry" Warm Up, Work Out, Stretching, Tournament, Reach Out, Cool Down

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Bible Drill

Sundays 6:00 PM

Bible Drillers can pick up a Resource Packet and begin working at home. Bible Drillers meet w/ their leaders on Sundays @ 6:00 PM

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Kids Life Online

On demand Online

An Online Family Worship Experience that consists of Worship songs, Animated Bible History Lesson, Gospel Presentation & more, with a link to resources that will engage the entire family after the video!

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Welcome to Tweenage Ministry

Coming Soon!

The Ministry you've waited for...

Tweens - pre-adolescent students that feel like they are aging out of Children's Ministry, but not yet ready for Youth Ministry. Thats ok - we've got something just for you!

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Welcome to Youth Ministry

The Youth Zone is located in the Family Life Center on the 2nd Floor in FLC 211

Youth Sunday School

Sundays 9:45 AM Family Life Center

Youth Classes are divided into Jr. High & Sr. High with classes branching off for each grade.

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Bible Drill

Sundays 6:00 PM

Bible Drillers can pick up a Resource Packet and begin working at home. Bible Drillers meet w/ their leaders on Sundays @ 6:00 PM

Youth Wed. Night Gathering

Wednesdays 6:30 PM Family Life Center

Join Student Pastor Dr. Eddy Bunton for engaging Bible Study and real community.

Youth Events Calendar

Keep up to date & connected!

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Choir & Praise Team

Choir and Praise Team: Students will lead in Sunday Morning Worship Teams and seasonal events. Pastor Phillip Shepherd would love to arrange a time to meet with you and help you use your vocal gifts!

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Orchestra- For students 7th grade ( completed Fall Semester Band) through adult - Wed. nights 6:30-8:00 pm- private audition with Pastor Phillip required . Join Burkemont’s worship team and Music ministry and use your gift as an instrumentalist for Sunday morning worship and other worship events.

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Missions Madness

Missions Madness Summer (June- August) weekly missions projects.

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Welcome to College & Career Ministry

College & Career Sunday School

Sundays 9:45 AM. FLC 201

The College & Career Sunday School is led by Pastor Eddy and his wonderful wife Von.

WPCC College Campus Ministry

WPCC Students For Christ

Students for Christ met on the Western Piedmont Community Campus for Prayer, Bible Study & encouragement on Wednesdays at 12 Noon (Contact Pastor Eddy at

Burke Changers

Mission Week

The CRBA (Catawba River Baptist Association) and BCYM Network (Burke County Youth Ministry) are partnering together with area Churches, Ministries, and Business partners to Change Burke County

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Come join in all of the on-campus Ministry fun each and every Sunday & Wednesday!!

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6:30 - 7:30 pm every Wednesday Night - Preschool Team KID (3yrs - K) - Preschool Hall - Team KID (1st - 6th) - FLC 106 - Youth (7th - 12th) - FLC 112 - Adult Bible Study & Prayer Meeting - Sanctuary

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Family Fun Picnic Sunday August 14th Noon-thirty Catawba Meadows Park

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August 28th 5-7pm September 18th 5-7pm October 23rd 5-7pm

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CRBA Love Loud Serving BC Teachers Aug. 25th - Salem Elementary

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GLOW Back 2 School Bash August 31st

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Sunday School Promotion Sunday September 4th

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SYATP - Sept 28th Every school flag pole

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SYATP Rally Sept. 28th 6:30pm

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Reaching and Teaching Students & Families to
Know Christ, Love People & Develop into Disciple-Makers

BBC Students - Meet the Pastoral Team
Pastor Greg Klapp - Associate Pastor of Children & Families
Pastor Eddy Bunton - Associate Pastor of Youth & Missions

Pastor Greg & Pastor Eddy have served in partnership in this same community for over two & a half decades, and now serve in the same congregation! Pastor Greg has over 28 years experience in Student Ministry. BBC is only his 2nd ministry position. Pastor Eddy has over 38 years in the ministry, and he has served for 25 years and counting, right here at BBC!
About Us

Pastor Greg Klapp

Children/ Families

Pastor Eddy Bunton

Youth/ Missions

  • 4668 Burkemont Road, Morganton, North Carolina, United States

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Hey Parents, the BBC KIDs Worship journey started at Church, but was designed to continue at HOME!

Parents you can continue the FAITH conversation at home & we can help! 

Just go to

- WATCH the short video Bible Story
- READ the Big Idea
- REVIEW the Key Points
- RECITE the Memory Verse
- Then simply TALK About It (Guide provided)

* Each Week the same link will update to bring your family the current devotional materials!
We'll be using this curriculum during KIDs Worship each 1st & 3rd Sunday

Family Discipleship

You can do it - we can help! It only takes 1 min to get started!

FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP - You can do this & We can help!
CLICK HERE to access: The 1 Minute Devotional Resources

You can do this, we can help!
Parents: thank you for allowing me to serve along side of your family. Deuteronomy 6 tells us that Parents are the primary faith formers. It also reveals that as you go through life, there are many teachable moments. Make sure that you take advantage of them. The beginning of Deuteronomy 6 is addressed to the nation of Israel = God’s people and instructs them ‘to come alongside the families’ & that is my goal for this ministry. I want to come along side of you and help to equip, resource, and encourage you to be successful in fulfilling that biblical mandate.

I have been working with Dr. Mark Smith, the Family Discipleship Leader for NC Baptist and we are excited to begin an exciting journey into Family Discipleship with you. I’m thankful to have him as a friend and ministry partner! Now, before you say anything like: “I don’t know what to do” or “I’m just not equipped.” Take a deep breath and relax. I also know that you may be thinking:, “well, I would like to, but we just don’t have time right now.” Let me be brutally honest with you. We make time for what we want to do/ what we deem as a priority. That is not a guilt trip, but a straight forward admonishment to help you understand that you can and should engage in Family Discipleship. But, before you get discouraged and feel overwhelmed with one more thing to do, take a few minutes to read about just how quick, easy, and fun this really is.

Everyone can join this fun journey and easily begin to disciple the children at home! How? Well, Family Discipleship 101starts off with the “1 Minute Family Devo”. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s all over in one minute, but rather that you can prepare for it in just one minute! Yes, really 60 seconds! CLICK HERE TO ACCESS VIDEOS
*(Don't miss the devotion guides in Comments on each video!)

Now ask yourself, is fulfilling my God given responsibility to disciple my children worth at least one minute per week? Of course it is!! Ok, so how does it work? Each week I will post a 30 sec. video along with a scripture passage and a few questions on our BBCfamjam Facebook group. You will watch the video, pray, read the scripture and then discuss the age appropriate question. It’s that easy!

Dr. Smith and I believe that as you engage your family in discipleship you will love this time together with God and be ready for more! So that’s where Family Discipleship 201 comes in. Faith Talk is more like 10 minutes of prep time. Ask yourself the question, “is the spiritual well being of my children worth a 10 min per week investment on my part?”

I believe that it is! Remember Proverbs 22:6 instructs us to “train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not depart.” If you’re not sure that you can spare the time, ask someone that has had their child leave the faith. Well, this stage of Family Discipleship is called “Faith Talk” it is all on one page and walks you straight through your time together w/ age appropriate questions to discuss.

This time can really become the highlight of your week. I’m sure that as your family grows spiritually together, you’ll be ready for more! We are working towards Family Discipleship 301. We are excited to have you join the journey.
Dr Smith and I, along with the BBC pastoral team, have been praying for you and your family to grow spiritually stronger, closer together, and bolder in your witness.

Partnering together to train up children in the way they should go, Pastor Greg

CLICK HERE to access: The 1 Minute Devotional Resources

Family Experiences

How can you strategically pass down your faith to your children? We believe that Family Experiences are a great tool to help you do just that!

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Birth - Kindergarten The Family Experience is designed to help parents strategically pass down their faith to their children in an annual ceremony.

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1ST - 6TH GRADES The Family Experience is designed to help parents strategically pass down their faith to their children in an annual ceremony.

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7TH - 12TH GRADES The Family Experience is designed to help parents strategically pass down their faith to their teenager in an annual ceremony.

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Jr. Drillers

1st-3rd Graders

This group of Bible Drillers is non-competitive. BLUE Cycle

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4th-6th Graders

Children's Bible Drill CSB - BLUE Cycle Bible Drill Learn 1st 20 Verses by Christmas


7th - 9th Graders

Youth Bible Drill CSB - BLUE Cycle Bible Drill Learn 1st 20 Verses by Christmas

High School

10th - 12th Grade

High School Bible Drill CSB - BLUE Cycle Bible Drill Learn 1st 20 Verses by Christmas

BBC Bible Drill Competition


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Associational Bible Drill Competition


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Basic Drill Info

Drill Commands & Proceedures

Bible Drill Resource Page

Drill Guidelines

Bible Drill App for IOS

Bible Drillers Songs

Books of the Bible Song

Deuteronomy 6:5 Song

Bible Drill Deuteronomy 6:5

Bible Drill Genesis 1:27

Bible Drill Leviticus 22:31

Bible Drill Practice 10/11

Bible Drill Psalm 54:2

Bible Drill Psalm 19:14

Family Drill Activities At Home

Bible Drill Devtions

Red Cycle

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1. Do you love Jesus?
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Volunteer / Background Check Forms
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Pastor Greg - for Children & Family Ministries
Pastor Eddy - for Youth MInistry & Missions

How to teach Bible Studies For Life KIDs


What's included in your Teacher Kit and how to use it. (Uses concepts from Levels of Biblical Learning)

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Bible Studies For Life KIDs Blog (Resources)


Weekly Leader Training Blog for Bible Studies For Life

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Bible Studies For Life Resource 'EXTRAS' Quick Link Page


Links on this page will lead you to all the Bible Study For Life Kids extra activities, social media, Christ Connections, corrections, and our weekly audio training podcast.

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Ages & Stages - Levels of Biblical Learning


As kids grow, their understanding of foundational truths grows with them. Levels of Biblical Learning covers 10 biblical concept areas—God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Bible, Salvation, Creation, Church, People, Family, Community & World—that children and students can learn as they study God’s Word. The concept areas are presented through eight different age ranges, from infancy through high school, and reflect levels of understanding that follow how God designed children to learn.

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As Kids GROW, their understanding of FOUNDATIONAL TRUTHS grows with them.

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Younger Preschoolers


Younger Preschool are: developing a sense of trust as needs are met consistently sensing attitudes and expression of love growing in trust of adults beginning to distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behaviors beginning to recognize simple pictures of Jesus singing simple songs about God and Jesus saying thank You to God listening to Bible stories

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Younger Preschoolers: Ages & Stages Audio Training


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Middle Preschoolers


Middle Preschool are: identifying some Bible people and stories understanding that God, Jesus, and the church are special beginning to develop a conscience and are sensitive to feelings of shame and guilt retelling Bible stories recognizing that God and Jesus love people and help people in special ways expressing love for God and Jesus

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Middle Preschoolers: Ages & Stages Audio Training


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Older Preschoolers


Older Preschool are: remembering Bible stories retelling Bible stories recognizing how God and Jesus love people seeing how God helps people in special ways using the Bible to ask questions about God making life application of Bible verses seeing Jesus as a friend and a helper starting to make conclusions about God

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Older Preschool Ages & Stages Audio Training


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Younger Kids


Younger Kids are: seeing Jesus as a friend and helper enjoying learning from the Bible beginning to have a simple understanding of sin seeing consequences to sin beginning to have a simple understanding of the gospel knowing the right answers but may not understand application interested in finding out more about God and Jesus and His plan of salvation using the Bible to ask questions about God making life application of Bible verses starting to make conclusions about God

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Younger Kids Ages & Stages Audio Training



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Middle Kids


Middle Kids are: asking serious questions about religion developing values learning about being truthful and honest having difficulty making decisions beginning to feel the need for a Savior growing conscious of themselves and of sin wanting to do things the right way thinking in terms of right and wrong more than good and evil

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Middle Kids Ages & Stages Audio Training



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Preteens are: developing concepts of love and trust hearing their conscience developing a value system forming concepts of personal worth seeking spiritual answers making many choices but may not follow through on long-term commitments feeling deeply about their own experiences beginning to adopt a religious belief system of their own

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Preteens Ages & Stages Audio Training



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Middle Schoolers


Middle Schoolers are: Continuing to develop core beliefs and values during these years Beginning to think critically about their worldview and the worldviews of others Dealing with issues surrounding identity and self-image Asking questions about God’s will for their lives Learning the social and cultural norms in relationships Developing a strong ability to connect biblical truths to life situations Being taught the importance of having boundaries in all spheres of life Learning to consistently practice spiritual disciplines

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Middle School Ages & Stages Audio Training



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High Schoolers


High Schoolers are: Comfortable in articulating their beliefs and values to those around them Conscientiously aware and socially active regarding the cultural issues surrounding them Asking how their faith is consistent or contradictory with other beliefs Continuing to develop ideas pertaining to personal identity and self-image Learning to navigate social and cultural norms in relationships Exercising more independence and looking forward to life after high school Learning fiscal responsibility through work and stewardship Capable of exercising more leadership responsibilities within the church

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High School Ages & Stages Audio Training



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1. Levels of Biblical Learning


Levels of Biblical Learning: A Wise Plan for Growing Kids in God’s Word Click "READ MORE" to download the training files!

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2. Levels of Biblical Learning Concepts Overview


Levels of Biblical Learning Concepts Overview What are the Levels of Biblical Learning? Learn about this discipleship plan for babies through teens. Click "READ MORE" to download the training files!

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3. Levels of Spiritual Growth: Preschool


Levels of Spiritual Growth: Preschool Examine the spiritual characteristics of preschoolers. Click "READ MORE" to download the training files!

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4. Levels of Spiritual Growth: Kids


Levels of Spiritual Growth: Kids Examine the spiritual characteristics of kids. Click "READ MORE" to download the training files!

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BBC Student Missions

We love for students to get hands-on service opportunities through out the year.

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OCC Shoebox

Burkemont Baptist partnership with Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child Delivering Shoebox gifts to share The Greatest Gift: The Good News of The Gospel!

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Food Distribution

Burkemont Baptist partnership with NC Baptist Missions & Disaster Relief

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Disaster Relief

Burkemont Baptist Youth in partnership with the CRBA Youth MInistry Team & NC Baptist Disaster Relief

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Journey Church

Burkemont Baptist partnership with Journey Church, Havlock

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Eagle Butte

Burkemont Baptist partnership with FBC Eagle Butte, South Dakota

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Burkemont Baptist partnership with Pregnancy Care Center of Burke County

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Foothills Service Projects

Making homes safe and accessible

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KUZA - Africa

Digital Discipleship Materials For African Youth Use our digital content to grow in your personal relationship with God. Check out the newest blogs, videos, and podcasts on or by downloading the FREE APP on iOS or Android

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FOCUS VBS helps kids dive deeper into their faith by putting the FOCUS on God and His amazing plan for us.

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Kids Life Online

Family Worship Experience

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Mystery Island

BBC Mystery Island Virtual VBS

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Mystery Island Crafts

Join Mrs. Janice, self proclaimed "Crazy Craft Lady' as she leads you through fantastic fun crafts!

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RNM Kids

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Got Questions?

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Pursue GOD Kids

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I. The Scriptures

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

II. God

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

A. God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.

Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9- 11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7.

B. God the Son

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.

Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 53:1-12; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1

Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.

C. God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Saviour, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.

III. Man

Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10- 18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21- 22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.

IV. Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.

Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Saviour.

B. Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.

C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.

D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.

Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22- 28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.

V. God’s Purpose of Grace

Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is the glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility.

All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-8; 1 Samuel 8:4-7,19-22; Isaiah 5:1-7; Jeremiah 31:31ff.; Matthew 16:18-19; 21:28-45; 24:22,31; 25:34; Luke 1:68-79; 2:29- 32; 19:41-44; 24:44-48; John 1:12-14; 3:16; 5:24; 6:44-45,65; 10:27-29; 15:16; 17:6,12,17-18; Acts 20:32; Romans 5:9-10; 8:28-39; 10:12-15; 11:5- 7,26-36; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 15:24-28; Ephesians 1:4-23; 2:1-10; 3:1-11; Colossians 1:12-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:12; 2:10,19; Hebrews 11:39–12:2; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:2-5,13; 2:4-10; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:19; 3:2.

VI. The Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.

The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.

Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3.

VII. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21- 22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.

VIII. The Lord’s Day

The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should include exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. Activities on the Lord’s Day should be commensurate with the Christian’s conscience under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Exodus 20:8-11; Matthew 12:1-12; 28:1ff.; Mark 2:27-28; 16:1-7; Luke 24:1- 3,33-36; John 4:21-24; 20:1,19-28; Acts 20:7; Romans 14:5-10; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Colossians 2:16; 3:16; Revelation 1:10.

IX. The Kingdom

The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King. Particularly the Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. Christians ought to pray and to labor that the Kingdom may come and God’s will be done on earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this age.

Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Matthew 3:2; 4:8-10,23; 12:25- 28; 13:1-52; 25:31-46; 26:29; Mark 1:14-15; 9:1; Luke 4:43; 8:1; 9:2; 12:31- 32; 17:20-21; 23:42; John 3:3; 18:36; Acts 1:6-7; 17:22-31; Romans 5:17; 8:19; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Colossians 1:13; Hebrews 11:10,16; 12:28; 1 Peter 2:4-10; 4:13; Revelation 1:6,9; 5:10; 11:15; 21-22.

X. Last Things

God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 12:40,48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28,35- 58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13.

XI. Evangelism and Missions

It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.

Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-6; Isaiah 6:1-8; Matthew 9:37-38; 10:5-15; 13:18-30, 37-43; 16:19; 22:9-10; 24:14; 28:18-20; Luke 10:1-18; 24:46-53; John 14:11-12; 15:7-8,16; 17:15; 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2; 8:26-40; 10:42-48; 13:2- 3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 3:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 2 Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 2:1-3; 11:39-12:2; 1 Peter 2:4-10; Revelation 22:17.

XII. Education

Christianity is the faith of enlightenment and intelligence. In Jesus Christ abide all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. All sound learning is, therefore, a part of our Christian heritage. The new birth opens all human faculties and creates a thirst for knowledge. Moreover, the cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence, and should receive along with these the liberal support of the churches. An adequate system of Christian education is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ’s people.

In Christian education there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. Freedom in any orderly relationship of human life is always limited and never absolute. The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists.

Deuteronomy 4:1,5,9,14; 6:1-10; 31:12-13; Nehemiah 8:1-8; Job 28:28; Psalms 19:7ff.; 119:11; Proverbs 3:13ff.; 4:1-10; 8:1-7,11; 15:14; Ecclesiastes 7:19; Matthew 5:2; 7:24ff.; 28:19-20; Luke 2:40; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 4:8; Colossians 2:3,8-9; 1 Timothy 1:3-7; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14-17; Hebrews 5:12-6:3; James 1:5; 3:17.

XIII. Stewardship

God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause on earth.

Genesis 14:20; Leviticus 27:30-32; Deuteronomy 8:18; Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 6:1-4,19-21; 19:21; 23:23; 25:14-29; Luke 12:16-21,42; 16:1-13; Acts 2:44-47; 5:1-11; 17:24-25; 20:35; Romans 6:6-22; 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 6:19-20; 12; 16:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8-9; 12:15; Philippians 4:10-19; 1 Peter 1:18-19.

XIV. Cooperation

Christ’s people should, as occasion requires, organize such associations and conventions as may best secure cooperation for the great objects of the Kingdom of God. Such organizations have no authority over one another or over the churches. They are voluntary and advisory bodies designed to elicit, combine, and direct the energies of our people in the most effective manner. Members of New Testament churches should cooperate with one another in carrying forward the missionary, educational, and benevolent ministries for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom. Christian unity in the New Testament sense is spiritual harmony and voluntary cooperation for common ends by various groups of Christ’s people. Cooperation is desirable between the various Christian denominations, when the end to be attained is itself justified, and when such cooperation involves no violation of conscience or compromise of loyalty to Christ and His Word as revealed in the New Testament.

Exodus 17:12; 18:17ff.; Judges 7:21; Ezra 1:3-4; 2:68-69; 5:14-15; Nehemiah 4; 8:1-5; Matthew 10:5-15; 20:1-16; 22:1-10; 28:19-20; Mark 2:3; Luke 10:1ff.; Acts 1:13-14; 2:1ff.; 4:31-37; 13:2-3; 15:1-35; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17; 3:5-15; 12; 2 Corinthians 8-9; Galatians 1:6-10; Ephesians 4:1-16; Philippians 1:15-18.

XV. The Christian and the Social Order

All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society. Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.

Exodus 20:3-17; Leviticus 6:2-5; Deuteronomy 10:12; 27:17; Psalm 101:5; Micah 6:8; Zechariah 8:16; Matthew 5:13-16,43-48; 22:36-40; 25:35; Mark 1:29-34; 2:3ff.; 10:21; Luke 4:18-21; 10:27-37; 20:25; John 15:12; 17:15; Romans 12–14; 1Corinthians 5:9-10; 6:1-7; 7:20-24; 10:23-11:1; Galatians 3:26-28; Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:12-17; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; Philemon; James 1:27; 2:8.

XVI. Peace and War

It is the duty of Christians to seek peace with all men on principles of righteousness. In accordance with the spirit and teachings of Christ they should do all in their power to put an end to war.

The true remedy for the war spirit is the gospel of our Lord. The supreme need of the world is the acceptance of His teachings in all the affairs of men and nations, and the practical application of His law of love. Christian people throughout the world should pray for the reign of the Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 2:4; Matthew 5:9,38-48; 6:33; 26:52; Luke 22:36,38; Romans 12:18- 19; 13:1-7; 14:19; Hebrews 12:14; James 4:1-2.

XVII. Religious Liberty

God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are contrary to His Word or not contained in it. Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. In providing for such freedom no ecclesiastical group or denomination should be favored by the state more than others. Civil government being ordained of God, it is the duty of Christians to render loyal obedience thereto in all things not contrary to the revealed will of God. The church should not resort to the civil power to carry on its work. The gospel of Christ contemplates spiritual means alone for the pursuit of its ends. The state has no right to impose penalties for religious opinions of any kind. The state has no right to impose taxes for the support of any form of religion. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power.

Genesis 1:27; 2:7; Matthew 6:6-7,24; 16:26; 22:21; John 8:36; Acts 4:19- 20; Romans 6:1-2; 13:1-7; Galatians 5:1,13; Philippians 3:20; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; James 4:12; 1 Peter 2:12-17; 3:11-17; 4:12-19.

XVIII. The Family

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14- 16; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7.

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