We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, as divine revelation, are verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, are inerrant in the original autographs, and are the final authority for faith and life.
Related Scriptures: Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21
We believe in one Triune God existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory, and having the same perfections and attributes.
Related Scriptures: Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:18-19; 2 Corinthians 13:14
God the Father
We believe God is a Person who has revealed Himself as a Trinity in unity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – three Persons and yet one God.
Related Scriptures: Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6
Jesus, God the Son
We believe Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God; that He Himself is God. He took upon Himself our nature, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a substitute for the sin of man; arose from the dead in the same body in which He was crucified; ascended into heaven in that body glorified, where He is now interceding for believers. He will come again personally and visibly.
Related Scriptures: Colossians 1:15; Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 1:18-25; John 14:3; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Peter 2:24; Luke 24; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 11:15-17; 20:4-6, 11-15
God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal in being with God the Father and God the Son. He restrains evil until God’s purpose is fulfilled. He convicts us of sin, of un- righteousness and of judgment. He bears witness to the truth of salvation in Jesus Christ. He is the agent of salvation, who guides, teaches, witnesses, seals and sanctifies the new believer, indwelling and empowering him to live an obedient life.
Related Scriptures: Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:8; Luke 24:49; John 3:5-6, 14:16, 26, 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; 11:16; Romans 8:14, 16, 8:26, 27; Ephesians 1:13-14; Hebrews 9:14; II Peter 1:21
We believe the Genesis account of creation and take it literally. Man was directly created by God and not by evolutionary means.
Related Scriptures: Genesis 1, 2; Exodus 31:16-17; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17
Man & Sin
We believe man was created in the image of God, but fell in sin with the result that man is lost and separated from God. This is true of all men with the only solution being salvation by grace through faith in Christ who bore our sins in His own body on the cross. The punishment of the wicked and unbelieving, and the reward of the righteous are both conscious and everlasting.
Related Scriptures: Genesis 1:16, 17; Romans 3:10, 23; John 3:3; Acts 13:38, 39; 4:12; John 3:16; Matthew 25:46; 2 Corinthians 5:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10
The Virgin Birth
We believe that Jesus was born of Mary, a virgin, through the Holy Spirit by a miracle of God. This miracle will never be repeated. Jesus is both the Son of God and God, the Son.
Related Scriptures: Matthew 1:23-25; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:26-38
The Atonement for Sin
We believe that the salvation of sinners is by grace alone, through Jesus Christ the Son of God, who acts as a mediator to God the Father on our behalf. By the appointment of the Father, Christ, through His death on the cross, took upon Himself the payment for the sins of the world. He honored the Father by His personal obedience. Christ atoned for the world’s sin by shedding His blood when He died on the cross.
The selected verses accurately depict Christ’s humanity without sin and how he was sacrificed on our behalf through the grace of God.
Related Scriptures: Isaiah 53:4-7; John 3:16; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:23-25; I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 2:5-11; I John 4:10
Justification is the act of God pronouncing one free from the guilt of sin and found to be completely right or just in His eyes. Justification can only come by God’s grace through His Son’s death and resurrection and not by any other means. Only those who have accepted what Christ has done on their behalf are pardoned from their sins and will receive the gift of eternal life.
Related Scriptures: Isaiah 53:11; Romans 5:1-2; Romans 5:9-10; Romans 8:1-2; Galations 2:15-21; Titus 3:3-8
We believe that salvation is a gift of God, and that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again by the Spirit of God, thereby receiving eternal life and thus becoming children of God. We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. We believe that saving faith is manifested in works pleasing to God.
Related Scriptures: John 1:12; Acts 16:31; Acts 10:43; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Galations 2:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Titus 2:11-14; 3:5; 1 Peter 1:8-9
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show their public identification with our crucified, buried and risen Savior. (Immersion symbolizes the believer’s death to sin and emergence symbolizes the believer’s resurrection to new life.) The believer should be old enough to understand what they are voluntarily doing.
Related Scriptures: Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38-41; Acts 8:35-39; Romans 6:3-7
Security of the believer
We believe that all true believers once saved shall be kept saved forever.
Related Scriptures: Romans 8:1, 38-39; John 10:27-30; Philippians 1:6
We believe in the being of Satan, that he is a fallen angel, the unholy ruler of this world, the ruler over all the powers of darkness, who is destined to eternal judgment in the lake of fire.
Related Scriptures: Matthew 4:1-3; 25:41; John 10:10; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:7-9; 20:10
Church & End Times
We believe the Church is an elect company of believers baptized (placed) by the Holy Spirit into one Body; having as its mission to witness concerning the Person and work of Jesus Christ, preaching the Gospel to all nations. Christ has promised He will return one day to subject all things under His authority and all people will face final judgment.
Related Scriptures: Acts 2:41; 15:13-17; Ephesians 1:3-6; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:6-8
We believe that God designed marriage to be only between a man and a woman and to be permanent. It is a picture of the relationship between Jesus Christ (the bridegroom) and all believers (His bride). We believe it is the duty of all believers to marry only believers. To do otherwise is to be “unequally yoked,” which is a violation of scripture. Adultery breaks that purity and oneness, requiring restoration through repentance and forgiveness.
Related Scriptures: Genesis 2:24; Exodus 20:14; Matthew 19:6, 9, 18; Mark 10:9, 11-12; II Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:22-33; Hebrews 13:4
Submission to Scripture
Montana Wilderness School of the Bible shall conform to Biblical truth in all its policies, standards and practices.