mission of Church Bible Teaching Ministry is to teach the Bible to as
people as will hear, helping them to form local non-denominational
congregations of the one Church headed by Jesus the Christ, learning
the Christian way of life, doing good to others and teaching others to
standing up for truth, and holding fast resisting evil, in the name and
power of the one God, the Creator of the Universe.
“Teacher, which is the greatest
commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord
your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your
This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:
your neighbor as yourself’“ (Matt 22:36-39)
Jesus answered, “It is written:
does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the
mouth of God’” (Matt 4:4).
For we must all appear before
judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for
the things done while in the body, whether good or bad (2Cor 5:10).
Church Bible Teaching Ministry works toward
the day when believers everywhere discard their
and fighting and “all come to the unity of the faith and of the
the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the
of Christ” (Eph 4:13) and when “the
earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea” (Is 11:9).
literature teaching the Bible in a way that is easily understandable to
variety of people. Such literature would include printed material,
recorded spoken messages, music and video productions. Technology has
reached the point where individuals can copy all of the above types of
literature many times and still retain a quality product. Those who use
benefit from the teaching literature are its best source of
now, thanks to technology, can freely distribute it. The teaching of
godly truth should have a stark contrast to many religious groups that
themselves wealthy by religion.
b)Produce literature similar to the
corrupt religious, government and business practices—helping people who
suffering from them to understand and escape them.
c)Provide access to other ministries,
individuals that are working toward similar goals.
d)Make the above items available free
of charge through
the mail, catalogued and indexed so that people can find what they need
they need it.
e)Make the above teaching items
available on web sites so
that people can easily find or search for the items they need.
f)Provide personal encouragement and
help to individuals
as time permits.
g)Take decisive action as God leads:
true religion, good laws and fair business practices. Confront corrupt
in religion, government and business. Cast out demons. Help the
afflicted. Be diligent to find the truth and tell it when others are
h)Help others to start congregations in
their own area or
ministries similar to this one.
News, a magazine designed for an audience with years of background
Sabbath keeping and Bible Study.
b)Maintain the Church Bible Teaching
Ministry websites: www.cbtm.info &www.servantsnews.com.
and distribute additional literature offered through the above
web sites. Major Church Bible Teaching Ministry booklets include: Assembling on the Sabbath, How Does the
Eternal Govern Through Humans?, Biblical Calendar Basics, What Does the
Say About Eternal Judgment? and Starting
a Local Congregation.
d)Help other groups to start local
under Christ, avoiding submission to human church hierarchies and state
intrusion via incorporation or “tax exempt status”. Such help consists
sharing information, information sources and personal experience.
e)Travel to speak, as invited, to a
variety of groups on
f)Compose, play, record and distribute
generally helpful music.
g)Explain Bible principles to
individuals as they call,
write or send e-mail.
h)Maintain the Living Room Church of
God Directory and
the Local Servants Directory so people looking for congregations and
Bible-believing individuals will find them.
i)Organize Feast of Tabernacles sites
and help others to
do the same.
j)Write letters to individuals in
the wisdom behind Biblical laws and principles (Deut 4:5-9) and
them to implement them in our nation. Encourage other believers to do
(The State should never be used to force people to join or participate
specific religion. But as the State serves its people and punishes
it would be better for everyone if Bible principles were followed.)
with Other Ministries and Congregations
a)Church Bible Teaching Ministry is one
ministries serving within the body of Christ. It is not a church
nor does it “have congregations”. The Church, the Body of Christ, has
members. Those members may serve in this or many other ministries and
great variety of congregations—or attend no congregation at all.
b)Church Bible Teaching Ministry works
encourages many other ministries and congregations. It is not the
responsibility of Church Bible Teaching Ministry to determine who is
and is not
in the Body of Christ (Christ does that), but at times, it is necessary
a determination as to which groups it is possible for us to work with.
Bible teaches believers to work with others who may hold some different
doctrines (Rom 14), but to avoid those with flagrant sin (1Cor 5, 1Tim
1) or serious false doctrine (Rom -18;
2Jn -11). Sometimes,
avoid working with other believers because one is unsure if God is
their activities or not. All believers must have confidence to do the
God has given them, knowing that Christ will manage His Church.
c)The main concern of Church Bible
Teaching Ministry is
to see its goals accomplished in a manner Christ approves. Whether the
done through this ministry or through others is less important.
a)Currently, Norman Scott Edwards
operates as the one and
only Elder with all the decision-making responsibility for Church Bible
Teaching Ministry. In the future, if other elders become equally
this ministry, it will be governed via a constitution and agreement of
elders. Church Bible Teaching Ministry is not a local congregation or
organization” and is therefore not in conflict with the Bible teaching
congregation’s members choose their leaders (Acts 6:5; ; 2Cor ,
etc.). It is a Ministry of God’s Church, serving God, operating
as did Stephen (Acts 6:8-7:60), Philip (Acts 8) and Apollos (Acts -19:6; 1Cor ).
b)Many people help with the work of
Church Bible Teaching
Ministry by editing publications, writing articles, laying out
preparing mailings, printing literature, helping internationally and
offerings—the ministry as it is would not be possible without them.
opinions are respected and considered, but at this time they bear
decision-making authority nor liability for actions of Church Bible
c)Church Bible Teaching Ministry is
subject to the
methods that Christ placed in His church for resolving difficulties.
believes that someone representing Church Bible Teaching Ministry has
against them should apply the instructions in Matthew 18:15-17: 1)
case in person, then 2) state their case in front of other witnesses,
bring their case to “the Church”. Normally, “the Church” referred to in
scripture would be a local congregation. If the one offended will
the local congregation attended by the accused can fulfill this
congregation is not controlled by Church Bible Teaching Ministry in any
If the one offended does not accept this congregation as being able to
unbiased decision, then the offended and the accused should pray that
provide them a just “congregation” to hear this problem. Then, each
choose an equal number of people from their own congregations, write
names on equal-sized pieces of paper, put them in an opaque container,
unbiased individual to draw out half of the names in the container, and
those people as the “congregation” to help the issue.
of Promoting Church Bible Teaching Ministry
a)Church Bible Teaching Ministry
magazines and literature
b)Articles, advertisements and letters
to the editor in
other religious as well as secular publications
c)Church Bible Teaching Ministry web
sites found via
referral and Internet search engines
d)Links from other web sites
e)Speaking engagements, seminars and
g)Radio and television interviews
h)Exhibitions at conventions and state
i)Joint promotions with other ministries
a)Church Bible Teaching Ministry is
funded by brethren
who voluntarily support it (2Cor 9:7). The Bible teaches that those who
for God should be supported by other believers that are able (1Cor
also teaches that brethren should determine which leaders are doing a
and support them (1Cor ,
1:7-11, 1Tim 6:3-8). The work of each believer will be “tried by fire”
(1Cor -15). Those who
support groups that
accomplish little for Christ will be saved, but have little to sow at
b)Church Bible Teaching Ministry
operates as a free
ministry under the protection of the First Amendment of the
Constitution of the United States of
most ministries did before the 1900s. Churches and ministries are
immune from taxes and regulation without the need for “incorporation”
“applying for tax exempt status”.
William Alan Buckman has been a student of
the Bible and
history all of his life. He was born in 1946 and became a Christian at
He graduated from AugustanaAcademy,
a Lutheran boarding high school. He attended the University
of South Dakota for two
graduated with a degree in history from ConcordiaCollege in Moorhead,
MN in 1968. He also completed
a B.A. in
theology from a private Christian college, a masters degree in
History from the University
of Southern California in
1971. He has studied biblical
chronology and archeology since that time and is in the process of
book that will show how the commonly accepted Egyptian-based chronology
several hundred years. Mr Buckman has been dedicated to serving the
the elderly and poor, and has assisted with the Servants'
News publication since 1997.
Norman Scott Edwards was born in 1956 to
Bible-believing parents. He accepted Christ at an independent Bible
dedicated his life to God when he was 15. While he still had much to
about the Scriptures, the process of seeking to follow God certainly
there. He was baptized at age 18 while attending a church-sponsored
worked for churches and church colleges from 1978 until 1994 writing
programs, church publications and serving on the doctrinal committee.
Mr. Edwards researched and wrote How Does
the Eternal Govern Through Humans?, which explains how concepts of
"clergy and layman"; "deacons and ministers" were forced
into the King James Version—that many verses about these subjects are
differently in almost every Bible translation that is not based on the
Edwards' studies and Christian experience also taught him that there
believers doing God's work in many church denominations and without
denominations. He supports cooperation among believers—but not an
human unification of the leadership and practices of church
denominations and organizations. Norman
was married in
1983. He and
his wife have four children, born from 1985 to 1993.
CBTM, PO Box 474,
Michigan 48467989-738-7700e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org