Wilmington Bible Chapel is the meeting place of an Assembly of Christians who desire to meet according to the New Testament pattern for a local church, gathering in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ alone. This assembly is not affiliated with any denomination and is subject only to the Word of God.
The Reason for this undenominational stand is a sincere desire to preach and practice all that God has revealed in His Word for His people during this present church-age. There is no desire to separate from other true believers but from those things which are contrary to the will and Word of God. Thus a clean scriptural fellowship is provided where all true Christians may enjoy their spiritual privileges and assume their responsibilities.
The Early Church was satisfied to meet in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, likewise, we recognize no other name. We believe the scriptures teach that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and Holy Spirit.
We Believe Christ, the Head of the Church, left two ordinances for His people during this age. These are to be faithfully practiced during His absence: Baptism by immersion for true believers upon their confession of faith in Him (Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:36-39; 18:8; Romans 6:1-5); The Breaking of Bread each first day of the week in remembrance of the Lord (Matthew 26:26-28; Acts 2:42; 20:7; I Corinthians 11:23-26). To the Lord’s Table we welcome all who are truly born again, clean in life and sound in doctrine.
We Accept The Authority of ALL scripture, believe the Bible to be wholly inspired by God, and preach the soul-saving Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We Believe that Christ died for our sins, was buried and raised the third day for our justification and offers eternal life to whosoever will. ” … the gift of God is eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 6:23). We are missionary minded and help support numerous foreign and domestic missionaries (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
We Believe the local church is to be governed by a plurality of elders raised up by the Holy Spirit in contrast to a humanly-ordained, salaried minister (Titus 1; 1 Timothy 3).
We Believe in the practice of Church discipline according to the Word of God, with a view to the restoration of the offending Christian (Matthew 18:15-17, 1 Corinthians 5).
We Believe that Christ, as risen head of the Church, gives the gifts necessary for the ministry of His Word and the preaching of the gospel. These servants of Christ are called, equipped, directed and supported by Him (Acts 13:1-4; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:7-16; 1 Peter 4:10).
We Believe in the priesthood of all believers, whereby all are free, as led by the Spirit, to worship the Father, through Jesus Christ the Son. (1 Peter 2:5; Hebrews 10:19-22; Revelation 5:10).
We Believe scripture teaches that Christian men are responsible for exercising authority and leadership in the local church in (or by) administration, preaching, praying, or teaching. However, we fully believe that Christian women may also serve in these capacities among children and other women. (1 Timothy 2:8-12).
We Believe it to be scriptural for Christian women to appear in church gatherings with a head covering (1 Corinthians 11:1-16).
We Believe in the regular, systematic setting aside of the Lord’s portion and in the liberal supporting of the Lord’s servants and service through the free-will offerings of God’s people, both collectively and individually, based on the love of Christ and the exercise of the Holy Spirit. This collection is taken weekly as a part of worship during the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 9:14; 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9).