THE 5 BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES THAT GIVE US IDENTITY
1. Christological Principle
We believe in the Lordship of Christ.
This is the guiding and fundamental principle of the Christian faith, the cornerstone of all biblical doctrine. The others revolve around this principle. The Lordship of Christ, in addition to being central to theology, is one of the clearest and most eminent truths in the entire Bible. 1 Peter 2: 7; Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; 5:23; Colossians 1:18; 2:19.
2. Biblical Principle
We believe in the inspiration of the Bible and the authority of the New Testament.
We recognize the authority of the Scriptures because they are the voice of Jesus, and this is directly related to the principle of the Lordship of Christ. 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1: 1-3, 4:12; 2 Peter 1: 19-21.
3. Ecclesiastical Principle
We believe in a regenerated membership.
A church is the assembly (congregation) of believers in Christ, regenerated, born again and who have manifested their conversion through the symbol of baptism taught in the New Testament. These believers unite in a dynamic interplay of love and work to seek the advancement of the Kingdom of Christ in the fulfillment of the Great Commission. We do not believe that you have to be a member of the church to be saved, but you do have to be saved to be a member. Ephesians 4: 11-16; Matthew 16:16; Acts 2: 37-42. We believe that the church is a living organism: The body of Christ, 1 Corinthians 12:27.
4. Sociological Principle
We believe in an inclusive democratic dynamic.
In the church, God rules, God is the one who rules. So the Church is a monarchy where the King is Jesus Christ our Lord. However, in the dynamics of work, collaboration and decision-making, all members have the same responsibilities and the same privileges, and all this is expressed in a participatory democracy where everyone can work, proclaim, learn, grow, believe, give, obey, follow, support and together they build the Kingdom of the Lord (Acts 6: 1-7; 13-1-3, 15: 1-14). There is no elite among us. All members are equal and have the same spiritual capacity to function in the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13). All the members are ministers of the Lord (1 Peter 4:10).
5. Spiritual Principle
We believe in religious freedom and in the competence of every human being to come closer to divine grace.
This is the principle of freedom of conscience. At Broad Bay Baptist Church Of Jesus, we believe that every human being is competent to relate freely, voluntarily, and personally with God without the need for intermediaries. Therefore, every individual is responsible for the persuasion of faith that he wishes to have and should not have any type of social, political, economic, or religious restriction to exercise said responsibility. In the same way, every church or religious group should have the freedom to propagate its faith, as long as it respects individuals in the same way as to whether or not they respond to its preaching. (Isaiah 55: 1-7; Matthew 4:19; 8:22; 11: 28-30; Galatians 6:10; Ephesians 4: 1).