Milton Bible Fellowship is a small group of Bible believing Christians who meet together regularly to study the Bible. Specific emphasis is put on the study of Paul’s epistles, recognizing him as the apostle for the body of Christ under the current dispensation of grace.
Milton Bible Fellowship was started when the founder, Shawn Davis, in August of 2022, a few months after coming to understand the mystery of the gospel of grace that was revealed to Paul by Christ Jesus, recognized the need for a dispensational grace church in the greater Burlington, Vermont area that rightly divided the word of truth and held to the authority of the King James version of the Bible.
Milton Bible Fellowship has a three-fold purpose:
- Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: To promote the understanding of the dispensations of God, through which God provided progressive revelation to mankind throughout the ages, giving different instructions to different people at different times.
- Recollecting the Mystery of Christ: To bring believers into a deeper understanding of God’s word, establishing them according to Paul’s gospel and according to the revelation of the mystery, that they may understand their place in Christ.
- Reaching the Lost: To share the glorious gospel of Christ with the lost that they might be saved.
- That the church of today, called the body of Christ, began with Paul when the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him on the road to Damascus and was given new information and instruction different than what he had left with Peter and the disciples.
- That the earthly ministry of Jesus was to Israel while they were under the old covenant law of the Old Testament. As such, his teachings were for Israel at that time and also for the future time of the tribulation. Care must be used when studying Jesus’s teachings to understand to whom they applied – most of his teaching is relevant only to Israel, for the mystery had not yet been revealed.
- The current age, called the dispensation of grace, was a secret hid in God from the beginning of the world. None of the prophets of old, nor Satan or his angels, knew about the mystery of the grace of God. This means that it is impossible for any of the prophetic events foretold in the Old Testament to be occurring in the present age.
- That only the books of Paul were written with direct application for today’s church. MBF recognizes (and treasures) that all the Bible is God’s word, but care must be taken to understand which writings are for which group of people and for which period of time.
- That only the King James Bible is the preserved word of God in English. Other modern translations have significant differences. Since things that are different are not the same, the modern translations are not God’s word. MBF only uses the KJV.
- That once a person understands the gospel of Christ and believes on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to pay for his or her sins, they are sealed (baptized) by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption. Thus, a saved person cannot lose their salvation.
- That the book of Hebrews was not written by Paul.
- That Old Testament saints remain currently in the heart of the earth in Abraham’s Bosom and will be resurrected to inherit the earth in Christ’s millennial kingdom.
- That the eternal destiny of the body of Christ is in heaven.
- That the current dispensation will end with the rapture of the church prior to the tribulation.
Milton Bible Fellowship offers benefits to people of different situations:
- If you are not saved, or if you aren’t sure if you are saved, MBF is a great place to learn in a relaxed and casual setting about the gospel of Jesus Christ and understand what is required for salvation.
- If you are a regular church attendee but wish to come to a deeper understanding of the Bible than what you are learning currently, MBF can help you grow quickly.
- If you are a Christian but have stopped attending church, or if you are disappointed that your church has become too steeped in tradition and ceremony and focuses too much on praise music and not enough time teaching on the difficult passages of scripture, MBF might be a good fit for you.