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Mission Plan

1)     Mission Statement

The mission of Church Bible Teaching Ministry is to teach the Bible to as many people as will hear, helping them to form local non-denominational congregations of the one Church headed by Jesus the Christ, learning and living the Christian way of life, doing good to others and teaching others to do good, standing up for truth, and holding fast resisting evil, in the name and by the power of the one God, the Creator of the Universe.

2)    Foundational Scriptures:

“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 mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’“ (Matt 22:36-39)

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man 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 the 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).

3)    Vision Statement

Church Bible Teaching Ministry works toward the day when believers everywhere discard their factions and fighting and “all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness 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).

4)   Long-term Goals

a)      Produce free literature teaching the Bible in a way that is easily understandable to a variety of people. Such literature would include printed material, pictures, recorded spoken messages, music and video productions. Technology has now 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 and benefit from the teaching literature are its best source of advertising, and now, thanks to technology, can freely distribute it. The teaching of simple, godly truth should have a stark contrast to many religious groups that make themselves wealthy by religion.

b)      Produce literature similar to the above exposing corrupt religious, government and business practices—helping people who are personally suffering from them to understand and escape them.

c)      Provide access to other ministries, groups and 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 when 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: openly encourage true religion, good laws and fair business practices. Confront corrupt leaders in religion, government and business. Cast out demons. Help the imprisoned and afflicted. Be diligent to find the truth and tell it when others are afraid to.

h)      Help others to start congregations in their own area or ministries similar to this one.

5)    Present Ministry Activities

a)      Publish Servants’ News, a magazine designed for an audience with years of background in Sabbath keeping and Bible Study.

b)      Maintain the Church Bible Teaching Ministry websites: www.cbtm.info & www.servantsnews.com.

c)      Print and distribute additional literature offered through the above publications and 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 Bible Say About Eternal Judgment? and Starting a Local Congregation.

d)      Help other groups to start local congregations directly under Christ, avoiding submission to human church hierarchies and state intrusion via incorporation or “tax exempt status”. Such help consists of sharing information, information sources and personal experience.

e)      Travel to speak, as invited, to a variety of groups on biblical subjects.

f)       Compose, play, record and distribute Bible-teaching and 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 other 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 government explaining the wisdom behind Biblical laws and principles (Deut 4:5-9) and encouraging them to implement them in our nation. Encourage other believers to do the same. (The State should never be used to force people to join or participate in a specific religion. But as the State serves its people and punishes evildoers, it would be better for everyone if Bible principles were followed.)

6)   Working with Other Ministries and Congregations

a)      Church Bible Teaching Ministry is one of many ministries serving within the body of Christ. It is not a church congregation, nor does it “have congregations”. The Church, the Body of Christ, has many members. Those members may serve in this or many other ministries and attend a great variety of congregations—or attend no congregation at all.

b)      Church Bible Teaching Ministry works with and 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 to make a determination as to which groups it is possible for us to work with. The 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 3, Titus 1) or serious false doctrine (Rom 16:17-18; 2Jn 1:10-11). Sometimes, one must avoid working with other believers because one is unsure if God is inspiring their activities or not. All believers must have confidence to do the work that 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 work is done through this ministry or through others is less important.

7)    Governance

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 committed to this ministry, it will be governed via a constitution and agreement of its elders. Church Bible Teaching Ministry is not a local congregation or “church organization” and is therefore not in conflict with the Bible teaching that a congregation’s members choose their leaders (Acts 6:5; 15:22; 2Cor 8:19, etc.). It is a Ministry of God’s Church, serving God, operating individually, as did Stephen (Acts 6:8-7:60), Philip (Acts 8) and Apollos (Acts 18:24-19:6; 1Cor 16:12).

b)      Many people help with the work of Church Bible Teaching Ministry by editing publications, writing articles, laying out literature, preparing mailings, printing literature, helping internationally and sending offerings—the ministry as it is would not be possible without them. Their opinions are respected and considered, but at this time they bear neither decision-making authority nor liability for actions of Church Bible Teaching Ministry.

c)      Church Bible Teaching Ministry is subject to the methods that Christ placed in His church for resolving difficulties. Anyone who believes that someone representing Church Bible Teaching Ministry has sinned against them should apply the instructions in Matthew 18:15-17: 1) State their case in person, then 2) state their case in front of other witnesses, then 3) bring their case to “the Church”. Normally, “the Church” referred to in this scripture would be a local congregation. If the one offended will accept it, the local congregation attended by the accused can fulfill this function. (This congregation is not controlled by Church Bible Teaching Ministry in any way). If the one offended does not accept this congregation as being able to give an unbiased decision, then the offended and the accused should pray that God would provide them a just “congregation” to hear this problem. Then, each should choose an equal number of people from their own congregations, write their names on equal-sized pieces of paper, put them in an opaque container, ask unbiased individual to draw out half of the names in the container, and use those people as the “congregation” to help the issue.

8)   Methods 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 conferences

f)       Direct mail

g)      Radio and television interviews

h)      Exhibitions at conventions and state fairs

i)        Joint promotions with other ministries

9)   Funding

a)      Church Bible Teaching Ministry is funded by brethren who voluntarily support it (2Cor 9:7). The Bible teaches that those who teach for God should be supported by other believers that are able (1Cor 9:6-14). It also teaches that brethren should determine which leaders are doing a good work and support them (1Cor 9:12, 2Jn 1:7-11, 1Tim 6:3-8). The work of each believer will be “tried by fire” (1Cor 3:11-15). Those who support groups that accomplish little for Christ will be saved, but have little to sow at His return.

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 America—as most ministries did before the 1900s. Churches and ministries are automatically immune from taxes and regulation without the need for “incorporation” or “applying for tax exempt status”.

10)            About the Elders

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 age 12. He graduated from Augustana Academy, a Lutheran boarding high school. He attended the University of South Dakota for two years and graduated with a degree in history from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 1968. He also completed a B.A. in theology from a private Christian college, a masters degree in Classical 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 writing a book that will show how the commonly accepted Egyptian-based chronology is off several hundred years. Mr Buckman has been dedicated to serving the needs of the elderly and poor, and has assisted with the Servants' News publication since 1997.

Norman Scott Edwards was born in 1956 to conservative, Bible-believing parents. He accepted Christ at an independent Bible church and dedicated his life to God when he was 15. While he still had much to learn about the Scriptures, the process of seeking to follow God certainly began there. He was baptized at age 18 while attending a church-sponsored college. He worked for churches and church colleges from 1978 until 1994 writing computer programs, church publications and serving on the doctrinal committee. In 1995, Mr. Edwards researched and wrote How Does the Eternal Govern Through Humans?, which explains how concepts of "ordination"; "clergy and layman"; "deacons and ministers" were forced into the King James Version—that many verses about these subjects are translated differently in almost every Bible translation that is not based on the KJV. Mr. Edwards' studies and Christian experience also taught him that there are believers doing God's work in many church denominations and without denominations. He supports cooperation among believers—but not an ecumenical 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, Port Austin, Michigan 48467   989-738-7700   e-mail: info@cbtm.info