WHO ARE THE BIBLE STUDENTS?
Who are we?
The Bible Students are an independent, non-denominational Christian fellowship. Congregations are worldwide. Each local congregation is totally independent; we have no central headquarters.
The servants or ministers are unpaid and elected from within our local congregations on an annual basis, based on Scriptural qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
We take no collections. All expenses are met by unsolicited, voluntary contributions.
In most cases, we hold no real estate. Most congregations generally meet in rented facilities. Smaller groups often meet in private homes.
What do we believe?
We accept Christ as our personal Savior, and that he died not only for the Christian, but for the whole world. (1 Timothy 2:5,6; 4:10; John 3:16)
We accept the Bible as the inspired Word of God and study it in its entirety - seeking the harmony of the complete Scriptural testimony. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17)
We believe that each individual is responsible to personally study and prove the interpretation of the Bible for themselves. (2 Timothy 2:15) We strongly recommend topical Bible study as the best means of arriving at God's meaning on a subject, and we provide study aids to that end. We support continual Bible reading on a personal basis.
We encourage a complete, personal consecration of our all to God, accepting the trials and sufferings that such a life brings as not worthy of comparison with all the joys and glories to come. (Romans 12:1,2; 8:17-19, 22-23; 2 Timothy 2:11,12)
What are our activities?
We have Sunday and weeknight topical studies on Biblical subjects. We welcome all sincere Christians to join with us in our worship services and studies of the Lord's Word.
We are active in spreading the gospel message - telling others about God's wonderful plans through newspapers, videos, television, radio, literature and the Internet.
Many congregations sponsor regional conventions throughout the year. An International Convention of Bible Students is held bi-annually in Europe.
We urge parental responsibility in the religious education and training of our children. However, most congregations do provide children's classes at their Sunday services and at conventions.
To Us the Scriptures Clearly Teach
That the Church is "the Temple of the Living God"peculiarly "His workmanship;" that its construction has been in progress throughout the Gospel ageever since Christ became the world's Redeemer and the chief corner stone of his Temple, through which, when finished, God's blessing shall come "to all people," and they find access to him.I Cor. 3:16,17; Eph. 2:20-22; Gen. 28:14; Gal. 3:29.
That meantime the chiseling, shaping and polishing of consecrated believers in Christ's atonement for sin, progresses; and when the last of these "living stones," "elect and precious," shall have been made ready, the great Master Workman will bring all together in the First Resurrection; and the Temple shall be filled with his glory, and be the meeting place between God and men throughout the Millennium.Rev. 15:5-8.
That the Basis of Hope, for the Church and the World, lies in the fact that "Jesus Christ, by the grace of God, tasted death for every man," "a ransom for all," and will be "the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world," "in due time."Heb. 2:9; Jno. 1:9; I Tim. 2:5,6.
That the Hope of the Church is that she may be like her Lord, "see him as he is," be "partaker of the divine nature," and share his glory as his joint-heir.I John 3:2; John 17:24; Rom. 8:17; 2 Pet. 1:4.
That the present mission of the Church is the perfecting of the saints for the future work of service; to develop in herself every grace; to be God's witness to the world; and to prepare to be kings and priests in the next age.Eph. 4:12; Matt. 24:14; Rev. 1:6; 20:6.
That the hope for the World lies in the blessings of knowledge and opportunity to be brought to all by Christ's Millennial Kingdomthe restitution of all that was lost in Adam, to all the willing and obedient, at the hands of their Redeemer and his glorified Churchwhen all the wilfully wicked will be destroyed.Acts 3:19-23; Isa. 35.
Both the Old and New Testament are God's inspired words; the primary source of all Truth.
Man did not evolve but was created.
God created his only-begotten Son, Jesus. Jesus created all other things.
Jesus descended from heaven to earth and was born of Mary as a perfect human man, not as God in the flesh.
God raised Jesus from the dead in a Spirit body, not in a physical body of flesh.
The Holy Spirit is God's active power and force, not a person.
The Trinity is no where found or taught in the Bible.
Man is mortal and does not possess an immortal soul. The soul ceases to exist after death.
There is no hell of fire where the wicked are punished. "Hell" is from the same Greek and Hebrew words for "grave," describing the sleep of death, not eternal torment.
We are now living in the time of the end.
Jesus has returned and is invisibly present on earth.
The 144,000 of Revelation 7 are the anointed Bride of Christ in heaven.
Earth will never be literally destroyed or completely depopulated.
In the Kingdom, Christ will rule the earth in righteousness and peace.
By their faithfulness to God, the obedient of mankind will be granted what our original parents lost everlasting life in human perfection on a paradise earth.
Ultimately, the wicked will be eternally destroyed, after they have received a full opportunity to follow Christ.