Who are the Puget Sound Bible Students?
The Puget Sound Bible Students are an independent, non-denominational group of Christian Bible students.
Our local congregation is totally independent. We have no central headquarters. In our international fellowship we cooperate with other independent congregations.
In our organization, we have endeavored to pattern ourselves after the early church. Based on biblical instructions we hold elections of elders, deacons, and committees through a yearly vote of the congregation based on the Scriptural qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
We meet in private homes and rented facilities. We own no real estate.
Statement of Beliefs
THIS ECCLESIA sets forth that the only true foundation of the Christian is in the Redemption through the precious blood of “the man Christ Jesus who gave himself a ransom [a corresponding price, a substitute] for all.” (1 Pet. 1:19; 1 Tim. 2:6.)
Each member stands free from all parties, sects and creeds of men, while each member seeks to more and more bring their lives into fullest subjection to the will of God in Christ, as expressed in the Holy Scriptures. The position of the ecclesia is not dogmatical, but confident; for we know whereof we affirm, treading with implicit faith upon the sure promises of God. We not only invite but urge our members to prove all things by the infallible Word of God.
TO US THE SCRIPTURES CLEARLY TEACH
That the Church is “the Temple of the Living God”–peculiarly “His workmanship;” that its construction has been in progress throughout the Gospel age–ever since Christ became the world’s Redeemer and the chief corner stone of this Temple, through which, when finished, God’s blessings shall come “to all people,” and they find access to him.–1 Cor. 3:16,17; Eph. 2:20-22; Gen. 28:14; Gal. 3:29.
That meantime the chiseling, shaping and polishing, of consecrated believers in Christ’s atonement for sin, progresses; and when the last of these “living stones,” “elect and precious,” shall have been made ready, the great Master Workman will bring all together in the First Resurrection; and the Temple shall be filled with his glory, and be the meeting place between God and men throughout the Millennium.–Rev. 15:5-8.
That the Basis of Hope, for the Church and the World, lies in the fact that “Jesus Christ, by the grace of God, tasted death for every man,” “a ransom for all,” and will be “the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world,” “in due time.”–Heb. 2:9; John 1:9; 1 Tim. 2:5,6.
That the Hope of the Church is that she may be like her Lord, “see him as he is,” be “partaker of the divine nature,” and share his glory as his joint-heir.–1 John 3:2; John 17:24; Rom. 8:17; 2 Pet. 1:4.
That the present mission of the Church is the perfecting of the saints for the future work of service; to develop in herself every grace; to be God’s witness to the world; and to prepare to be the kings and priests of the next age.–Eph. 4:12; Matt. 24:14; Rev. 1:6; 20:6.
That the hope for the World lies in the blessings of knowledge and opportunity to be brought to all by Christ’s Millennial Kingdom–the restitution of all that was lost in Adam, to all the willing and obedient, at the hands of their Redeemer and his glorified Church.–Acts 3:19-21; Isa. 35.