At CSBC we recognize that there are some ESSENTIAL beliefs of Christianity and some NON-ESSENTIAL beliefs. An example of an ESSENTIAL belief would be the resurrection of Jesus. The only opinion taught is that there was a physical resurrection of Jesus. An example of a NON-ESSENTIAL belief would be how often you should take communion, a matter about which there is room for more than one opinion. Whether to sing hymns or choruses is a NON-ESSENTIAL belief while the fact that we only come to God through Jesus Christ is an ESSENTIAL belief.
IN ESSENTIAL BELIEFS – WE HAVE UNITY
“There is one body and one spirit…there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all.” Ephesians 4:4
IN NON-ESSENTIAL BELIEFS – WE HAVE FREEDOM
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls…so then each of us will give an account of himself to God…so whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22
IN EVERY ONE OF OUR BELIEFS – WE DEMONSTRATE LOVE
“If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” 1 Corinthians 13:2
A SPIRITUALLY AND EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY CHURCH…
At CSBC we are secure in our beliefs and certain enough in the truth of the gospel! We are not anxious or offended if someone does not believe the way we do, even on an essential issue. Know we will never compromise or allow alternative teaching on essential matters. That being said, we do realize everyone is on their own spiritual journey concerning God. We believe in giving people time to study and prayerfully seek for themselves in what is our hope, to realize the truth.
OUR ESSENTIAL BELIEFS
To make disciples of Jesus Christ growing in love for God, love for one another, and love for a broken world.
We believe the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the record of God’s self-revealing words and actions in human history: fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, in perfect accord with the truth, without error in all they affirm, and the authoritative basis for faith and life.
Exodus 24:4; Psalm 19:7-11; 119; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Matthew 5:17-18; Luke 21:33; John 5:39; Acts 3:18; 4:25; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 2 Peter 1:19-21
We believe the one true God has revealed Himself as eternally existing in three persons. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are of one substance, equal in every way, and perform distinct but harmonious roles in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
Gen. 1:1-3; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 3:16-17; 24:36; 28:19; John 1:1-18; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-15; 17; 20:28-29; 2 Cor. 13:14; Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 2:9; Heb. 9:14; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 John 1:1-4; 5:20.
God the Father
We believe in God the Father: an infinite, unchanging, and personal spirit, perfect in holiness, power, wisdom, knowledge, justice, truth, and love. He reigns supremely over all creation and history. He concerns Himself with all humanity, hears and answers prayer, and mercifully saves all who come to Him through Jesus Christ the Son.
Gen. 1:1; 18:25; Ex. 3:14; 34:5-7; Deut. 6:4; Psalm 19:1-4; 139:16; Isa. 55:8-9; 64:8; Matt. 23:9; John 1:14,18; 4:24; 14:6-13; Rom. 8:14-15; 11:33-36; 1 Cor. 8:6; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 4:6; Col. 1:15; 1 Tim. 1:17; Rev 1:8; 21:6.
God the Son
We believe in Jesus Christ: the one and only eternal Son, fully God and fully human, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, like us in all respects but without sin. In His life, Jesus performed many miracles and taught many things. He died on the cross for our sins, was buried, on the third day rose from the dead in the body that had been laid in the tomb, and appeared to many witnesses. He ascended into heaven where He reigns at the right hand of God the Father, a ceaseless advocate for His people, and the only true Mediator between the Father and humankind.
Matt. 1:18-23; 3:17; 27:24-28:20; John 1:1-18; 14:6-11; Acts 2:22-24; Rom. 1:3-4; 1 Cor. 15:1-28; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 4:4-5; Eph. 1:20; Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thes. 4:14-18; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 1:1-3; 4:14-16; 9:28; 1 Pet. 3:22; 1 Jn. 4:14-15
God the Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit: a personal spirit of one substance with, equal to, and proceeding forth from the Father and the Son. He inspired the writers of the Scripture and illuminates its readers to understand the truth. He applies the work of Christ to humankind. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He calls, regenerates, sanctifies, and empowers all who believe in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit indwells all true believers, baptizing them into the Body of Christ, producing in them spiritual fruit, and bestowing on them spiritual gifts for the service of God through Christ’s Body, the Church.
Gen. 1:2; Judg. 14:6; Psalm 51:11; Matt. 3:16; Luke 4:18-19; 12:12; John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 2:1-21; Rom. 8:9-27; 1 Cor. 2:10-14; 12:3-11; Eph. 1:13-14; 1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7
We believe that Adam and Eve, the first humans, created in the image of God in innocence and unbroken relationship with their Creator, voluntarily disobeyed the command of God and fell from their sinless state. As a result, all people now are sinners by nature and by choice, rejecting God’s rightful authority, so all are separated from God and under condemnation. Jesus Christ died on the cross in the sinner’s place, meeting the demands of justice and satisfying the righteous wrath of God by shedding His own blood for the forgiveness of sins, reconciling sinful humanity to the Holy God. In rising again to life on the third day, Jesus conquered death and offers eternal life, making us a new creation in Him. We can be saved only by the sovereign grace of God, apart from any human works, receiving this irrevocable gift of God by faith alone in the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf.
Isa. 53:1-12; Matt. 1:21; John 1:11-13, 29; 3:3-18,36; 5:24-29; 6:44; 10:28-29; 11:25-27; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 16:30-31; Rom. 3:23-25; 4:3; 5:8-10; 6:23; 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 15:1-8; 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 2:1-9; Heb. 9:24-28; 1 Peter 1:2,17-23
We believe there is one Church universal: the Body of Christ on earth of which Jesus Himself is the head. The Church is composed of those throughout the world and throughout history chosen by God the Father, called by the Holy Spirit, and obedient to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. This body manifests itself in local communities of believers, baptized and coming together for the fulfillment of the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.* We are the ambassadors of Jesus Christ to a lost world continuing the ministry of reconciliation and the advancement of His Kingdom.
*Great Commission: Matthew 28:18-20 and Great Commandment: Matthew 22:36-40.
Matthew 6:9-10; 11:12; 16:15-19;; Luke 17:20-21; Acts 2:41-47; 4:31-35; 14:23; 20:28; 1 Cor. 1:2; 12:12-13,27; 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Eph. 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-11,20-21; 4:4-7,11-16; 5:22-32; Col. 1:18; 1 Tim. 3:1-15; 1 Peter 1:2; 5:1-4
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Upon a confession of faith, baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit represents the participation of the believer in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, entrance into new life, and inclusion in Christ’s Body, the Church. In the Lord’s Supper, believers symbolically participate in and proclaim the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. The church should observe both ordinances until Christ’s return.
Matt. 3:13-15; 26:26-28; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9; 14:22-24; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; 6:30-58; Acts 2:38,41-42; 8:35-38; 16:30-33; 20:7; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-29; Col. 2:12
The Last Days
We believe that God in His own time and His own way will bring the world to its appropriate end. In the last days Jesus Christ will return personally, bodily, and visibly to consummate His Kingdom. All humankind will experience a bodily resurrection and Christ will carry out the final judgment. Those forgiven through Christ will eternally enjoy fellowship with God; all others will eternally suffer separation from God.
Matt. 16:27; 19:28; 24:1-44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; Luke 12:48; 16:19-26; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; 24:15; 1 Cor. 4:5; 15:24-58; 2 Cor. 5:10; Phil. 3:20-21; 1 Thes. 4:14-18; 2 Tim. 4:8; Titus 2:13; Heb. 9:27-28; 2 Pet. 3:7; 1 Jn. 3:2; Rev. 20:1-22:13