Frequently Asked Questions
What Denomination is this Church?
A Church is not a building, but a body of people united in faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior, and dedicated to His service as Lord. We seek to be Bible-based in our faith and practice. We are also dedicated to each other in love, to support and care for one another, and to build one another up spiritually. Boulevard Bible Chapel aims to follow the directions and pattern given in the New Testament for the meeting and work of the Church. As the Bible does not provide for “denominations” within the Church, we are Christians gathered only to the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are independent of any secular or religious order, but fellowship with all those who love the Lord Jesus. (I Corinthians 1; Acts 11)
Who is the Pastor of the Church?
The Head of the Church is The Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Senior Pastor (“The Chief Shepherd” 1 Peter 5:4). By the Holy Spirit, the shepherding of the Church is entrusted to godly men, who the Bible calls “elders.” Elders serve as a group, without any one person having prominence. The practical necessities of the ministry are handled by those recognized by the Church as “deacons.” However, every Christian has spiritual gift(s) for work in the ministry of the Church. Therefore, no ministry is committed unto just one person; but depends upon the combined service of all. (Acts 6 and 20; I Timothy 3; Titus 1; Ephesians 4)
What is the Lord’s Supper (Remembrance Meeting)?
On the night before He died, Jesus asked His disciples to remember Him in the breaking of bread and the drinking of the cup. This instruction is repeated to the early Church, and was practiced by it on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). This meeting focuses on the Lord’s death, which is His great sacrifice for us. In it, we remember and worship the Lord Jesus, declare His worthiness, and express our thanksgiving for what He has done. (Matthew 26; I Corinthians 11)
What are the goals of this church?
It is our aim “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ”(Ephesians 4:12), for it is “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ” (Colossians 1:28).
As well, to preach “sound doctrine in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God” (1 Timothy 1:10-11),
“that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations” (Luke 24:47).
For we are “not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16)
Why do ladies wear a head covering?
God’s glory is to be seen alone in the assembly of the saints. In order to do this, the men remain uncovered by not having long hair and by removing any head coverings, because the man is “the image and glory of God” (1 Corinthians 11:7). Any covering on the man would veil God’s glory. The women, however, are the stewards of the coverings.
There are two competing glories in the church. “The woman is the glory of the man” (1 Cor. 11:7). And “if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her” (1 Corinthians 11: 15). Because there are two symbolic glories to be covered, there must be two coverings. The first covering (Gk., peribolaion) is the woman’s long hair (v. 15b) to hide the glory of the man (the woman herself). The second covering (Gk., katakalupto) is to hide her glory – her own hair. In this way, God’s authority is declared in the church. By it the men are reminded that, in their ministry, their glory is to be hidden. The angels are also instructed by it (1 Corinthians 11:10).
How do I Become a Member of this Church?
The Church consists of all persons who are born again through faith in Jesus Christ. The Church is not “joined” by a ceremony or process; but the Lord adds to His Church those who are saved. Therefore, rather than keep a membership list, we emphasize that a person is in fellowship at a local church. To be in fellowship means to be committed to that body of believers, in agreement with its doctrine, in support of its goals, and committed to one another in love. Christians in a local church should continue together in doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer.
If you have attended the meetings at BBC and would like to discuss coming into fellowship, please let us know!
Can I attend this church when it is convenient and not be in fellowship?
Yes, by all means. We trust the faithful preaching of the word of God as well as the prayer and fellowship of His people here at BBC will bring every individual under conviction of the Holy Spirit. Yet according to the Scriptures only born again believers may partake of the elements at the Lord’s supper.