BELIEFS

Below is a summary of Community Bible Church’s fundamental doctrines. For a complete statement of our beliefs, please download our full Articles of Faith and Church Constitution.

The Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of both the Old and the New Testaments are the verbally inspired, completed Word of God, and the final authority for faith and life, inerrant and infallible in the original writings.

The Trinity

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-equal in power and glory.

Jesus Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man.
 
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice and that our justification is made sure by his resurrection from the dead.
 
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ literally and physically arose from the dead and ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.
The Holy Spirt
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person distinct from the Father and that the Holy Spirit Who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment and that today He immediately indwells the souls of all believers, sealing them unto the day of redemption.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the divine Teacher who guides and illuminates believers through the Scriptures and that it is the privilege as well as the duty of all the saved to be filled with and controlled by the Spirit.
We believe sanctification in the Holy Spirit to be the work of God’s free grace whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God and are enabled step by step to live unto righteousness and true holiness.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the giver of spiritual gifts. However, we believe that the spiritual “sign gifts” that were used to authenticate new prophecy and new scripture are not present in this age.
Salvation
We believe that salvation is the gift of God, apart from works, brought to man by grace and received by repentance from sin and by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His shed blood.
 
We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh and clearly warns believers to avoid unbelief and licentiousness and clearly admonishes us to endure until the end.
The Church
We believe that the Spirit places all true believers into the body of Christ, which is the universal church. In his wisdom, God designed the timeless, invisible, universal church to have temporal, visible, local expression in the local body of believers. Believers gather regularly to exalt the God above them, edify the believers among them, and evangelize the world around them.
 
We believe that God’s holiness demands that His people pursue holiness. Separation is primarily positive in that God sets believers apart for Himself and believers set themselves apart for God.
LAST DAYS
We believe that at the end of this age, the Lord Jesus will return bodily to the earth, first to call up believers into eternal fellowship with Himself, then to establish His permanent, direct rule over the earth as the King of Glory.
 
Scripture teaches us that God’s holy and just nature requires Him to judge sin. All human beings someday will stand before their Creator. For believers, this will be a judgment of faithfulness, in other words, the degree to which individual believers have followed God’s will. The outcome of this judgment will be rewards for faithfulness. The unbelievers, in contrast, will be judged for their rejection of God and for their sin, and the outcome will be the horror of eternal punishment and separation from God.