WHAT WE BELIEVE
West Side Bible Church is an independent Bible church subject only to God’s Word. We are an orthodox, fundamental Bible church that is dispensationally oriented to God’s plan as it unfolds. God gives each Believer the opportunity to advance spiritually in His perfect plan as the Believer hears and then applies the Scriptures to life experiences.
While Christ’s church is a worldwide spiritual organism made up of Believers, West Side is a local divine classroom where Believers intent upon learning God’s truths can come to be taught from His Word.
We believe each Believer is responsible to God and privelaged to know Him and actively pursue His divine "Marching orders".
West Side Bible Church exists to glorify Jesus Christ by seeking to accurately and carefully teach God’s Word to all ages. It is in West Side’s auditorium, while being taught divine principles, that people learn how to apply God’s truths to daily life.
We believe God’s matchless grace is multi-faceted and provides not only salvation and spiritual growth but also physical and spiritual blessings for time and eternity.
Since the first Bible class taught by Pastor John Miller in 1968, our financial support comes from the grace giving of our membership and all facilities and property are owned and operated by the membership of West Side Bible Church.
OUR DOCTRINAL STATEMENT
- The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are complete word-for-word and inerrant in the original writings, and are the supreme and final authority in faith and life. Ps. 119:89; Is. 40:18; Matt. 5:18; I Thes. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20–21.
- One God, eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Gen. 1:26; 3:22; 11:7; Is. 48:16; Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19; John 14:6-17; 15:26; 17:21; 1 Cor. 3:6;
12:4-6; Eph. 2:18; 4:4-6; Col. 1:27; 1 Pet. 1:2; 1 John 4:2.
- Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin, Mary, and is true God and true man. Matt. 1:23, 25; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1, 14; Phil. 2:5-8; Heb. 1:3; 2:16.
- Man was created in the image of God, but man sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, and now in Adam, all human beings are born with a sin nature. Gen 1:26; Rom. 5:12-14; I Cor. 5:22; 2 Cor. 5:14.
- The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are redeemed and justified on the basis of His spiritual death. Acts 16:31, Rom. 3:22-27; 5:8-11; 2 Cor. 5:14-21; Heb. 1:3; 9:12-13; 10:4-10; 1 Pet. 3:18; 1 John 2:2; 4:10.
- God resurrected the crucified body of our Lord, and that He ascended into heaven sits in present session as our high priest and advocate. Luke 24:5-7; Acts 2:24, 34-35; Rom. 1:3-4; 4:24-25; 1 Cor. 15:3-8; Eph. 1:20; 4:8-10; Heb. 1:3, 13; 7:17, 24-26; 8:1; 10:12; 1 Pet. 3:21-22; 1 John 2:1; Rev. 1:6.
- The "blessed hope" is confidence in the personal, pretribulational and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rom. 8:18-25; 1 Cor. 15:20-24; Phil. 3:20-4:5; 1 Thes. 4:13-17; Tit. 2:14; Jas. 5:7-8; I John 2:28.
- All who believe by faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior immediately are baptized and sealed by the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God; a relationship in which they are eternally secure. Rom. 6:3-5; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30; Gal. 5:27; 2 Tim. 2:19; John 10:28-29; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 John 2:24-25; 5:11-12.
- God will bodily resurrect the just and unjust, for the everlasting perfect conformity to Christ of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost along with Satan and other fallen angels. Matt. 13:49-50; 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 26:8; Rom 2:16; 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 4:5; 6:3; 15:12-57; 2 Cor. 5:10; Phil. 2:10-11; 2 Tim. 2:19; 2 Thes. 1:5-10; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6; Rev. 20:10-15
- The Church is a spiritual organism made up of all believers in Christ; that in its local manifestation it is an autonomous assembly of believers; and that its only ordinance is the Lord’s Supper. 1 Cor. 11:25; 12:12-27; Eph. 4:4-16; Phil. 2:1-2; Heb. 10:25.
- Spirituality is an absolute at any point in time, wherein the believer is controlled (filled) by the Holy Spirit, and spirituality can be obtained only by personal confession of sin to God; whereas carnality is also an absolute, which occurs by choice to sin, and means the believer is no longer spiritual. Rom 7:14-23; 8:5-8; 1 Cor. 2:12-15; Eph. 5:18; Jas. 4:8; 1 John 1:9.
- The Scriptures are to be dispensationally and literally interpreted through the illuminating ministry of God the Holy Spirit. John 14:26; Rom. 16:25-26; 1 Cor. 2:6-15; Eph. 1:9-10; 3:8-10; Col. 1:25-27; I Tim. 1:4; 2 Tim. 2:15