Holding to the testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev. 1:2)
Generally speaking, Bible churches are those which profess to adhere to the Bible as their standard of faith and practice. They are of no particular denomination (i.e., non-denominational), so there is no formal prescribed belief system to govern them.
The common theme among non-denominational Bible churches stems from the fact that they emphasize Bible teaching and operate on the basis that the Bible should be taught through expository preaching to the congregation. Expository preaching is a form of preaching that details the meaning of a particular text or passage of Scripture. It explains what the Bible means by what it says.
Historically, many Bible churches started during the 1970s following the start of Fellowship Bible Church in Dallas Texas by former Dallas Theological Seminary Professor Dr. Gene Gertz. Challenged by students to start a church that reflected the teachings of the New Testament church, Gertz began a Bible church that later started many other Bible churches directly or indirectly through his teachings.
Because Bible teaching is an emphasis, education is highly valued. Pastors tend to hold Bible college or seminary degrees. Many classes are generally offered for various ages that are focused on Bible doctrine or books. Sermons typically include a series of messages through a particular book of the Bible at a time, seeking to teach biblical truth in context.
Bible churches are conservative in nature and are usually considered evangelical churches. Most are non-charismatic, practice believer's baptism by immersion, regularly practice communion, and include a range of worship styles from traditional to modern.
Another distinctive of many Bible churches is an emphasis on a literal interpretation of Bible prophecy. These churches generally believe in a dispensational view of Scripture, believing in an any-moment rapture of believers followed by a literal, seven-year tribulation before the second coming of Christ to the earth that will include a 1,000 year millennial kingdom and conclude with the new heaven and new earth (Revelation 20-22).
Since each Bible church is independent, each must be evaluated individually to determine its beliefs and practices. For this specific information on Holly Tree Bible Church, check out the links listed above. Additional questions should be directed to our pastor, Dr. Tim Mink, either by phone to 903/769-3501 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.