Who we are and what we believe as a church
Magnifying Jesus Christ by making disciples who advance the mission of God among all people.
Proclaim the gospel with our words and our lives. Speak God’s Word in love. Share God’s Word in deed. Teach God’s Word faithfully.
True identity is always rooted in what we worship. We have been created to worship, magnify, and glorify God revealed in Christ. We want our lives to magnify Jesus Christ both individually and corporately, offering our lives as a living sacrifice to the glory of God. We want our lives to advertise that we love Jesus more than anything else.
God loves to be asked and He loves for us to talk to Him in prayer. Prayer is not a small thing. Prayer is not a marginal thing. Prayer is not some inconsequential or incidental thing in the Christian life. The reality at the center of the universe is God created man and woman in His image. We were created to display God’s glory through His image in us. And the way God delights to display His glory in our lives is through dependent, desperate prayer. As a means of grace, prayer puts us in the path of God’s grace and His working in the world and in our lives, and so we will devote ourselves to prayer.
The gospel promises us that when we surrender to live life as a disciple of Jesus by faith, we experience community with God and with other believers in Jesus Christ. The promise of the gospel is the promise of new creation and new life within a new community. What we find in Jesus is that we finally discover the sense of purpose and belonging we have been longing for. In Jesus, we are safe, known, and loved, now and forevermore.
A heart captured and captivated by the gospel understands that we exist for God and others. We believe we are each a vital vein in the body of Christ, carrying to others what they need from God. Jesus died to purchase for each of us the strength and compassion to share our lives, gifts, time, and resources for God’s glory, so that others might be made whole in Christ and discover the fullness of joy in relationship with their Creator.
God’s mission in the world is to advance the kingdom of God among all people. We want to live as disciple-making disciples of Jesus Christ. We are seeking to raise up people so radically committed to the gospel that they live to multiply the world-impacting disciple-makers by leveraging their careers, families, hobbies, finances, and talents to make much of Jesus where He is not now treasured, adored, and worshiped.
Statement of Faith
CBC is a member of the Evangelical Free Church of America, therefore, we hold to the following statement of faith as the doctrinal position of our church.
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
THE HUMAN CONDITION
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
THE WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
RESPONSE & ETERNAL DESTINY
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.