Rooted in the Word…Branching out to the world

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Vision

Our prayer is that we would become a…

multi-generational
{where every generation matters and has a gift to share},
multi-cultural
{where every culture within a race has a place},
multi-ethnic
{where every race is reconciled to God and to each other}
gospel community
{where the gospel is the foundation and purpose of our fellowship and relationships with one another and the world}
of discipling theologians
{who know how to disciple others and think rightly about God}
who love God
{the Father, the Son and the Spirit}
with their mind, body and affections
{their thinking, acting and feelings}
and are passionate about
{this is the burning desire of their souls}
enjoying and displaying
{they relish and reflect}
God’s glory
{His excellency and character}
so that His Name
{Jesus Christ, to whom every knee will bow and confess}
will be exalted and cherished
{magnified and savored}
among the nations
{all people groups locally and globally}.

 

Our mission is to glorify God by making disciple-making disciples. By God’s grace we will accomplish this as we each fulfill these 4 core building blocks of discipleship, which are designed to help people find their way in the church and not get lost

Love God. We understand that to love God with all of one’s heart, soul, mind, and strength {Deuteronomy 6:5; Mark 12:30} consists in more than just affections and feelings, although we value these as an extremely important aspect of what it means to follow Jesus as a disciple. Loving God also means that we will endeavor by the Holy Spirit’s power to be obedient to all of His commandments {Romans 8:13; 1st John 2:3-6}.

Orient Yourself. We value community at CBC. Our prayer is that each member will strive to orient themselves to others by joining a community group, actively engage in fellowship, participate in weekly worship gatherings, share their lives, etc, recognizing that we have been called together in one body {Colossians 3:15; Hebrews 10:24-25}.

Serve Others. We believe that God has gifted people with various gifts {time, talent, treasures} that should be employed for the benefit of others {1st Corinthians 12} and for the glory of God {1st Peter 4:10-11}.

Tell Everyone. We recognize that the local church is the primary vehicle through which God displays His glory and wisdom, both to the world and spiritual forces {Ephesians 3:7-10}. Therefore, we will endeavor to speak of the great Triune God and the gospel through public testimonies {Psalm 40:9}, the preaching of His Word {2nd Timothy 4:1-5}, and the way we live {1st Corinthians 10:31}.

 

What is our Statement of Faith? {What will we believe?}

Section 1. The Bible                                                                         

We believe the Holy Scriptures to be plenary-verbally inspired, the very Word of God, authoritative, infallible and inerrant in the original writings (autographs). Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21

Section 2. The Godhead                                                                                    

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons, identical in nature, equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfection. Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19-20; II Corinthians 13:14

Section 3. The Person and Work of Jesus Christ                                                   

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a voluntary, substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that our redemption is made sure by His literal, bodily resurrection from the dead. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven exalted at the right hand of God, where as the High Priest for His people, He fulfills the ministries of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate. Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2; Romans 3:24-25, 4:25, 8:34; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24; I Peter 1:3-5; I John 2:1-2

Section 4. The Person of the Holy Spirit                                                              

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, indwells all believers of this present age, baptizes them into the Body of Christ, the Church, gifts all believers with an ability for the mutual growth of the Body, seals all believers unto the day of redemption and that it is the duty of all believers to be filled with the Spirit in order to live submissively to Scripture. John 16:8-11; Romans 8:4; I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:5; Colossians 3:16

Section 5. Man                                                                                                 

We believe that man, male and female, was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s rebellion the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became alienated from God and is totally incapable of remedying his lost condition. We believe in the literal historicity of Genesis 1-3; Genesis 1:26-27, 1-3; Matthew 19; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12

Section 6. Salvation                                                                                         

We believe that salvation is a free gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins. We believe that all true believers, once saved, are kept secure forever by the power of God, as God Himself promised. However, a believer by disobedience can mar his fellowship with God, lose his joy and testimony and incur the Father’s loving discipline. While we do not believe good works are meritorious in obtaining salvation, we do believe that good works are an evidence of salvation. John 1:12, 3:16, 10:27-30; Romans 8:38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 1:7, 13-14, 2:8-10; Hebrews 12:9-11; I John 1

Section 7. The Church                                                                                      

We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ began at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the believers baptizing them into the Body of Christ. We believe in the spiritual, universal organism (Body) of Christ of which He is the Head and all true believers are a part. We believe that the universal Body is manifest in the local churches which are to fulfill the Lord’s commands to announce the Gospel to everyone and to be a witness, support and pillar of God’s Truth. Acts 2; I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 2:21; Colossians 1:24; I Timothy 3:15

Section 8. The Ordinances                                                                                

We believe the Lord Jesus left for the obedience of His people two ordinances, memorial in character, which are to be observed during this present age: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism, by immersion in water in the name of the Triune God, is to identify the believer publicly with Jesus Christ and His people. The Lord’s Supper, consisting of bread as a symbol of Christ’s body and grape juice as a symbol of Christ’s shed blood, is a memorial of His sacrifice in securing our redemption to be observed until He returns. We believe that only believers should partake of the elements of the Lord’s Supper after careful, prayerful evaluation of their walk with God. Matthew 26:26-29, 28:19; Acts 2:1, 8:36-38, 10:47-48; I Corinthians 11:27-3l

Section 9. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit                                                                  

We believe that the Holy Spirit sovereignly bestows gifts upon the church (all genuine believers) and that the New Testament recognizes “greater” and “lesser” gifts. We do not deny that God can bestow any gift, including tongues, but because the present day tongues movement does not clearly correspond with the Biblical gift of known languages, both in purpose and in practice, we choose to exclude this practice from our fellowship and worship. Acts 2; I Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4; I Peter 4

Section 10. Satan                                                                                              

We believe in the personality of Satan, who is the open and declared enemy of God and God’s people, the destroyer of human lives and whose destiny is eternal punishment. Job 1:6-7; John 10:10; Ephesians 6:10-20; Revelation 20:10

Section 11. The Second Advent of Jesus Christ                                                   

We believe in the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ before the promised Millennial Kingdom to execute His righteous rule over this earth. Zechariah 14:4-11; I Corinthians 15:51-53; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:6

Section 12. The Eternal State                                                                            

We believe that the spirits of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious joy until the resurrection of their glorified body at His coming, when spirit and body will be reunited to be with the Lord forever in glory; but the unbeliever’s spirit remains after death in continual torment until the final judgment of the Great White Throne, when spirit and body will be reunited and cast into the lake of fire forever, not to be annihilated, but to be punished away from the presence of the Lord forever. Luke 16:19-26, 23:43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15

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