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- The Berean Bible Fellowship of Australia. Our home page contains links to articles about who we are and what we believe. On that same page, you’ll find links about our magazine, our meetings, and some good reading and listening material. To look for specific, enter a word or phrase into the “Search this website” bar at the top right of each page.
What’s your belief about the Bible?
- “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16).
- We should esteem the Bible “not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:13).
What do you believe about Jesus Christ?
- We believe in the full deity and humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- We also believe that salvation is only through belief in His one atoning sacrifice.
Is there any special command in respect to the Scriptures?
- Yes. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
What does this term “rightly dividing” involve and mean?
- It tells us that Scripture must be interpreted in strict accordance with its dispensational setting. If a passage speaks of the “kingdom of heaven”, of “Israel” or “Jerusalem”, we must not interpret it as of the “church which is His body”.
What do you mean by the term “dispensational”?
- A dispensation is a particular economy or administration of God’s dealings with any particular people, having its own peculiar and distinctive characteristics. For example, there was a dispensation of law under Moses; a dispensation of miraculous gifts during Pentecost. Today we are in a dispensation of grace, and of the mystery (see Ephesians 3).
When do you believe this dispensation began?
- After Acts 28, when Israel as a nation was set aside.
Don’t the majority of believers teach that the “church began at Pentecost”?
- There was a church in operation at Pentecost, but the “church which is His body” is entirely different from this and all else. Peter’s sermon in Acts 2 is largely an exposition of the prophecy of Joel, and there is certainly nothing about the body of Christ in Joel. The book of Acts is a continuation of the witness concerning the kingdom of heaven (see use of the word “began” in Acts 1: 1 and Hebrews 2:3,4). The same people are addressed, the same key-word of “Repent” is heard, and the same miraculous accompaniments as are recorded in Matthew 10: 1 – 10 are there. These continue right to the end of the book of Acts. Paul there is inspired to quote Isaiah 6:9,10 to the representatives of the Jews of the dispersion, and then turn to the Gentiles.
Didn’t Christ come to found the church?
- No! He came to save His people from their sins, and to proclaim the near advent of the kingdom, the kingdom promised to David. In Romans 15:8 we read, “Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers”, which is in harmony with Matthew 10:5,6 and 15:24, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel”. His first ministerial words were, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17).
Is there any distinctive teaching in Paul’s epistles written after the period you believe terminated the past dispensation?
- In Ephesians 3:9, Paul speaks of the dispensation of the mystery, which from all the ages had been hid in God. The reader should consider Ephesians 3:2-9 and Colossians 1:25,26 (R.S.V). Click here to learn more about The Different Conditions Before and After Acts 28.
Does Paul claim to be the special and exclusive apostle of this present dispensation?
- Associated with Paul were others who were called apostles, an Order distinct from the Twelve (see 1 Corinthians 15:5-8 and I Thessalonians 2:6) which includes Timothy and Silvanus. Reference to 1 Timothy 2:7; 2 Timothy 1: 1,9-13; 2:2-8; 4:17; and Titus 1: 1-3 will show by the recurrence of such expressions as “my gospel”, etc, that the apostle does claim in a peculiar manner the dispensation of the grace of God to the Gentiles (see Ephesians 3:2).
Portions of this page have been adapted from The Berean Expositor (Volume 1, pp.58-60), briefly addressing a number of questions often asked.
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