With respect to GOD, the FATHER, we believe that He is the Creator, with Jesus and the Holy Spirit, of all things. He created the universe out of nothing, apart from any pre-existing materials. As sovereign over all things, He is involved currently in human history working His own will, purpose, and grace, so that all comes to His eventual glory. With respect to His character, He is perfect, infinite, and righteous in every way. The Father is one of three eternally existing persons of the Godhead, equal in power and identical in essence and character; however, distinct in personality and activity. Applicable verses: Genesis 1:1, Acts 14:15, Psalm 29:10, Ephesians 1:3-14, Leviticus 11:44, Psalm 19:9, 147:4-5, 1 John 4:8, Deuteronomy 6:4, 2 Corinthians 13:14.
With respect to JESUS CHRIST, the SON, we believe that He is the incarnate Son of God: fully divine and fully human. He became such through the historical, actual virgin birth, without surrendering any of His divine attributes. He lived a sinless life, thus being the appropriate sacrifice for man’s sin. On the cross, redemption was accomplished by His substitutionary death. His physical, actual resurrection from the dead followed, rendering the ultimate defeat of sin and death. And imminently, He visibly will return to establish His earthly kingdom. Applicable verses: John 1:14, Colossians 2:9-10, Matthew 1:18-25, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15, Isaiah 53:4-6, 1 Corinthians 15, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, Revelation 22:12.
With respect to GOD, the HOLY SPIRIT, we believe that He executes the will of the Father. The Holy Spirit convicts mankind of sin and regenerates at salvation, at which a once-for-all spiritual baptism occurs. Every genuine believer is endowed with spiritual gifts for personal ministry by the Holy Spirit, and the Father is available to fill continually any believer with His Spirit for living. Applicable verses: John 16:7-15, Titus 3:5, Romans 8:9-10, 1 Corinthians 6:19, 12:3-7, Galatians 5:16-25, Ephesians 5:18.
With respect to SCRIPTURE, the BIBLE, we believe that both the Old and New Testaments are God’s Word to mankind. The Holy Spirit directed human authors by way of verbal, plenary inspiration, resulting in inerrant original manuscripts. Therefore, Scripture is infallible in all matters to which it speaks; whether with respect to history and science, or faith and practice. As such, it is authoritative over man’s life. It must be interpreted literally, taking into account figurative language and stylistic differences, and respecting historical, grammatical, literary, and cultural aspects. Applicable verses: Psalm 119:89, 160, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Matthew 5:17-19, John 10:35, Hebrews 4:12.
With respect to the NATURE OF MAN, we believe that man was created in Gods image, innocent and without sin, enjoying perfect fellowship with Him and able to fulfill His will. However, by disobedience man fell into sin; resulting in the sinful, fallen nature of all mankind throughout history. As such, all men are spiritually dead in sin and alienated from God. Applicable verses: Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7, 3:1-6, Romans 5:12, 3:9-23, Ephesians 2:1-3.
With respect to SALVATION, we believe that man is saved only by God’s grace, quite apart from human effort, merit, or membership in a particular church denomination. Justification comes by faith alone in the substitutionary death and supernatural resurrection of Jesus Christ. At the point of belief, believers realize that their sin has separated them from God. They have given up all personal efforts to reach God through good works or religious activity and embraced Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Believers are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and indwelt by Him, thus reconciling that person to God. Likewise, every true believer immediately becomes a member of God’s forever family: the universal church. Each believer then enters a process of sanctification, whereby an ever-increasing conformity to Jesus Christ comes through obedience to God in righteous living. Applicable verses: Ephesians 2:9-10, Titus 3:4-7, John 14:6, Acts 4:22, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Romans 5:10-11, 8:9, 8:16, 12:4-5, Galatians 2:20.
With respect to the CHURCH, we believe God’s true, universal church is comprised of all truly regenerated believers in Jesus Christ, as opposed to members of a particular denomination. This is made visible as individuals unite to form autonomous, local church bodies. The goal of each church should be to glorify God with the objectives of exalting Him in worship, edifying one another in fellowship, equipping one another in discipleship, evangelizing the lost world, and by exercising spiritual gifts in ministry service. With respect to the offices of the church, the church is to be governed through the plurality of elders and to be served by the ministry of deacons. The ordinances of the church as specified in Scripture are baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper (Communion); both of which are available only to professed believers in Jesus Christ. Applicable verses: Matthew 16:18, Romans 12:4, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Acts 2:42-47, Ephesians 5:18-20, Hebrews 10:24-25, Matthew 28:19-20, Ephesians 4:11-16, 1 Corinthians 12-14, Acts 20:17, 20:28, 2:38, 8:12, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29.
With respect to SPIRITUAL GIFTS, we believe that every genuine believer is endowed with a spiritual gift or gifts at the moment of salvation by the Holy Spirit. Spiritual gifts are a special divine empowerment by the Spirit to accomplish a given ministry God’s way, according to His grace and discernment, within the context of the church. Since the dispersal of particular gifts is at the discretion of God the Father, no one gift (or the absence of a gift) should be interpreted as an indication of salvation. Some examples of spiritual gifts are evangelism, discipleship, service, mercy, teaching, and leadership. Applicable verses: Rom. 12:3-6; 1 Cor. 12:4-9; 11, 18; Eph. 4:12; 1 Pet. 4:10-11.
With respect to MARRIAGE, we believe that it is a holy covenant created by God the Father for a heterosexual union only between one man and one woman. Marriage also is a divine metaphor of the relationship between Christ and the church. Applicable verses: Genesis 1:27-28, 2:18, 20, 22-25; Leviticus 18:22, 20:13; Deut. 24:1-4; Malachi 2:14, 16; Matthew 5:28, 19:3, 6, 9; Mark 10:9; Romans 1:26-27, 29-31; 1 Cor. 6:9, 7:2-5, 15; Eph. 5:22-24; Col. 3:18; 1 Tim. 1:10.
With respect to FUTURE EVENTS, we believe in the personal, imminent return of Jesus Christ; after which He will establish His earthly kingdom. However, the exact timing and unfolding of these events is a mystery, known only to God the Father. At Christ’s return, all those not believing will be separated eternally from God in hell; and all those believing will be saved eternally in heaven, and there reign with Christ. Applicable verses: 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18, 5:1-3, Matthew 24:36, 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9, John 14:1-3, 1 Peter 1:3-5.
With respect to BAPTISM, we believe the Bible says that every person who believes in Christ should be baptized. Baptism itself has no power to cleanse of sin or reconcile someone to God. Instead, baptism is a public testimony that a person has embraced Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior, and has identified with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. For a more detailed explanation of our position on baptism please refer to our page on baptism.
With respect to BABY DEDICATION and INFANT BAPTISM, we believe in the public dedication of children to God following the example of godly parents in Scripture. Community Bible Church does not baptize children until they are old enough to understand and make a personal decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. For a more detailed explanation of our position on baby dedication and infant baptism, view our page on baby dedication.
If there is a theological issue you would like clarified, or if there is something that is not addressed in this statement, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our pastor or one of our elders will be happy to discuss that issue with you.