Our Beliefs/Frequently Asked Questions
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God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity). These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2)
Jesus is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22, 23; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3, 4; 6:6; 7:4-6; 8:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14, 15)
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. Christians are to yield to and trust the Holy Spirit to enable them to live holy, loving, and productive lives that bear much fruit and glorify God. (John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18)
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. (Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1:13; 2 Peter 1:20, 21)
People are made in the spiritual image of God and are to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, they are all marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God and His word called “sin”. This sin has separated mankind from God. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1,2; Romans 3:23)
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our sin and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. We are saved from hell to be with Jesus forever in Heaven. (John 14:6, 1:12; Romans 5:1; 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)
Baptism is immersing a willing Christian under water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience that identifies a person with Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 1:9; Acts 8:36-39; 18:8). At CBCB, water baptism is offered frequently in regular services and events. For information on being baptized, please call the Pastor at (830) 228-5654.
Communion is the celebration of the new covenant between God and his people. A covenant based on God accepting people as righteous, not because of their good deeds, but because of their faith in Jesus as Savior. It is an opportunity for Christians to remember the saving work of Jesus’ death and resurrection. We typically celebrate communion on the second Sunday of each month. At CBCB, communion is open to all believers. (1 Cor 12:23-26).
Repentance is turning from your sins. There are several lists of sins against God in the New Testament. (Matthew 5:7, Romans 1, 12:14, I Corinthians 6, Galatians 5, Ephesians 4:6, Colossians 3, 1 Thessalonians 5, I Timothy 3, and James)
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot lose it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and power of God that gives us this security. We don’t think a person can lose his or her salvation. Salvation is a gift based on the work of Jesus Christ, not our own. (John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or we will exist eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence. (Matthew 25:31-46; John 3:16; 14:17; Romans 6:23; 8:17-18; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9; Revelation 20:15)
Community Bible Church is a conservative, evangelical, interdenominational Bible Church. We are not affiliated with any one denomination or organization, but we work with all those who confess Jesus as Lord. (Psalms 133:1; Romans 12:16; 14:19; 15:5; Ephesians 4:4-6)
Spiritual Gifts are special abilities the Holy Spirit gives whenever, wherever, and to whomever He wants. These gifts always glorify Jesus and build up the church. We let the Spirit be in charge of His gifts. (Acts 2, Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12:14, Ephesians 4)
God hates divorce and so do about half the people who go through one. We do not encourage divorce. We encourage reconciliation and restoration of marriage. We recognize divorce as the legal and binding dissolution of a marriage. We do not make marriage, divorce, or remarriage the single qualifying or disqualifying issues for leadership in the church. (Deuteronomy 24, Jeremiah 3, Malachi 2, Matthew 5, 19, Mark 10, Luke 16, 1 Corinthians 7)
These entities are spiritual beings that work to carry out the purposes of God or Satan. (Daniel 6:22; Matthew 4:10-11; Acts 12:7; Ephesians 6:10-18; Hebrews 1:14)
We support missionaries and mission organizations on five of the seven continents. Our main support goes to church-planting missionaries and organizations. For more information on our missions, please refer to our section of Outbound Ministries. (Matthew 24:14; 28:18-20; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 15:20-22)
We are pro-life and take an active stand against those who promote or support abortion. We show mercy and kindness to those who have had an abortion. (Jeremiah 1:5; Mark 9:36-37; Luke 18:15-17)
We encourage our members to educate themselves, vote, attend meetings, and get involved in government at all levels. (Romans 13, 1 Timothy 2:1-6)
This is a commitment between a Christian and a local church, an agreement to support and encourage one another in life and ministry. (Acts 2:41). We do not contact your old church when you join CBCB. For more details, please see our section about Church Membership.
The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to full-time Christian living, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading. (1 Peter 2:5, Revelation 1:6)
At Community Bible Church, we practice tithing for the support of Christ’s body, the church, in obedience to God’s Word. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is a Biblical principle that honors God and requires faith in God as our financial provider. (Proverbs 3:9; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 23:23)
We believe the only way to live the Christian life is by trusting in God’s Spirit within us. We seek to practice a daily dependence not on ourselves, but on Christ with us to enable us to live holy, loving, and productive lives that bear much fruit and glorify God! (Ephesians 5:18; Philippians 2:13)
Jesus said, “I am the Vine, you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; but apart from me you can do nothing.” -John 15:5
Of course! This is the privilege of every Christian to share the Good News with those whom God brings into our lives. We share our personal experience about Christ and invite friends to church.
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”-1 Peter 3:15
CCB is a software tool that CBCB uses to manage data amongst church members. Signup for CCB is voluntary, but we do recommend setting up an account so it makes it easier to do neat things like track giving for tax purposes, stay up to date on church-wide announcements, and if desired, share contact info with other church members so they know how to get in touch. CCB is critical to our Lifegroups and Ministries as well so that leaders are able to alert members assigned to groups on any details necessary regarding their group participation.
CCB is free to sign up and free to use for church members, and it's a great tool for the church leadership to keep all the inner moving parts of a growing and thriving church community well-organized.
SecureGive® is a secure payment service specially designed for churches and other non-profit organizations that accept digital donations. The service leverages technology to improve efficiency, provide more accurate data reporting and free up staff and volunteers' time to focus effort in other areas of need vs. spending a large amount of energy and overhead on book-keeping.
It's also designed to make giving simpler, easier to do, and more convenient for members.
While using the CCB console directly provides many of these benefits, having to repeatedly log in to a web-based app from a desktop browser is not always ideal. With Pushpay®, members or anonymous individuals can now give with the convenience provided by a dedicated mobile app. To start using Pushpay®, you can download the MyCBCB mobile app from the Apple or Android app store and begin easily giving, today.
Pushpay® uses verification through your mobile phone to send users a confirmation/verification code upon activation. Once the confirmation code has been entered, the device used is registered with your Pushpay® account (Pushpay® will guide you through setup by assigning an account to your mobile number and requesting verification sent via a text message.) Once you are set up, you should be able to easily access your Pushpay® giving portal through the MyCBCB app.
Please take note that if you set up recurring giving, it's important to do so from either CCB directly or Pushpay®, but avoid setting this up in both, and consider which method would be better for you to manage your giving preferences. While Pushpay® donations and tithes are tracked in CCB, CCB does not provide access to manage Pushpay®'s preferences, and vice-versa. To avoid double-donating (unless, of course, this is your intent) decide on a preferred interface and stick with that interface, or make sure to delete the old giving preference before changing, if you should eventually decide to do so.
The obvious advantage of using Pushpay® in the MyCBCB app vs. CCB to manage giving is ease and convenience of access using your mobile phone.
For more information on Pushpay® Security, please visit the Pushpay® security page. For additional help with Pushpay®, please see the Pushpay® help desk or contact our treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also keep in mind that there is a stand-alone Pushpay® app available for iOS or Android. Although it's possible to use this to manage your Pushpay® giving (alternative to the dedicated MyCBCB app), the standalone MyCBCB app works much the same and provides additional content such as events, sermons and other media for members to use, so we suggest using the MyCBCB app in place of the Pushpay® stand-alone app.