What We Believe & Teach
THE DOCTRINAL STATEMENT OF CBIP

THE INSPIRATION AND AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE: We
believe the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God and the
final authority in all belief and practice. The Old Testament is
comprised of the 39 Books from Genesis to Malachi and the New
Testament is comprised of the 27 Books from Matthew to
Revelation. For sake of unity, the King James Version is used in
all course material.  (John 5:24, II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:21).




THE PERSON OF GOD: We believe God is supreme in His
person, eternal in His being, absolute in His attributes, glorious in
His perfection. We believe in the Trinity.  This is to say that in the
unity of the Godhead there are three persons, The Father, The
Son, and The Holy Spirit. Equal in every divine perfection and
executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of
redemption (Matt. 3:16-17, 28:19, John 14:16, II Cor. 13:14).




THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST: We believe in the virgin
birth of Jesus Christ, His deity and sinless life, His vicarious death,
His bodily resurrection and ascension, and in His personal, pre-
tribulation, pre-millennial return for His church (John 1:1-14, 8:58,
Matt. 28:18, I Cor. 15:4, Acts 2:24, I Tim. 4:14-18).




THE PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe that the
Holy Spirit is the executive of the Godhead.  We believe that He
executes the plan of God for our conviction and salvation.  All
believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and empowered for
service by Him (John 14:26, Ephesians 4:30, Acts 5:3-4, Gal. 4:6,
Eph. 5:18, John 16:12-15, Rom. 8:14).




THE FALL OF MAN: We believe that man was created in the
image of God and by choice fell into sin and death.  Hence, every
person is sinful and under the condemnation of eternal judgment
(Gen. 3, Rom. 5:12, 2:9-20, 3:22-23, 6:23).




THE FREENESS OF SALVATION: We believe that the blessings
of salvation are made free by the Gospel, that nothing prevents the
salvation of the greatest sinner but his own inherent depravity and
voluntary rejection of the Gospel (Eph. 2:8-9, Rom. 10:13, John 1:
12).




THE SALVATION OF SINNERS: We believe that the salvation
of sinners is wholly of grace, and that faith in Jesus Christ is the
only way of salvation (Acts 4:12, Rom. 4:1-5, John 3:16, Eph. 2:8-
9).




THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER: We believe that those
who receive Jesus Christ as Savior are eternally secure.  Our
security rests in the finished work of Jesus Christ:  as a result, we
have assurance (John 10:28-30, Rom. 8:38-39, I John 13).




THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH: We believe that the visible
church is a congregation of baptized believers, practicing New
Testament principles, believing its doctrines, observing its
ordinances and exercising its autonomy. The local church is an
indigenous group of believers which finds within itself the ability to
govern itself, support itself, and reproduce itself, and willing to
include the word “church” in its title.  The local church is
independent of any external denominational or hierarchical
control.  Its officers are the  pastor and deacons who are to be
men.  (Eph. 1:22-23, I Cor. 5:4-5, 6:1-5, Matt. 8:15-17, Eph. 4:1-
16; I Tim. 3:1-13).




CHURCH ORDINANCES: We believe that baptism and the Lord’
s Supper are ordinances of the Local Church.  We believe that
baptism by immersion should be administered to believers only as
a symbol of their belief in the death, burial and resurrection of our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; and as a testimony to the world of
their personal faith in and their identification with the work of
Christ for salvation.  We believe that the Lord’s Supper should be
partaken of by believers only to show forth their association with
His death, till He comes (Matt. 28:19, Rom. 6:1-8, I Cor. 11:23-
26).




THE DOCTRINE OF HEAVEN AND HELL: We believe in the
eternal blessedness of the saved in heaven and the eternal
punishment of the lost in hell and the lake of fire (Philip. 1:23, I
Thes. 4:13-18, Luke 16:19-26, Rev. 20:13).




THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST: We believe that Jesus
Christ is risen, seated at the right hand of the Father making
intercession for the saints and is coming again. This second
coming will take place in two phases: (1) The Rapture of the
Church, which could occur at any time, where the saints are
caught up to meet Christ in the clouds.  Then, following the seven
year Tribulation Period, the (2) Revelation of Christ will occur
when Christ returns to the earth to judge the nations and set up
His Millennial Kingdom.




SEPARATE JUDGMENTS FOR BELIEVERS AND
UNBELIEVERS: We believe that the believer has had his sins
eternally judged in Christ on the cross, but will stand before the
Judgment Seat of Christ, after the rapture of the church, and give
account for his stewardship and service to Christ.  At this
judgment, the believer will either receive a reward or suffer the
loss of reward (I Cor. 3:9-15, II Cor. 5:1-10, Rev. 4:1-11).  We
believe that the unbelievers of the ages will be judged at the Great
White Throne Judgment at the end of the thousand year reign of
Christ.  They will be judged for their sins and cast into the lake of
fire (Rev. 20:11-15).




THE DEVIL: We believe that Satan is an actual, personal angelic
being, who through pride, ambition and self-will, attempted to rise
above the authority of God.  He lost his position of purity to
become the arch enemy of God and God’s people.  In this age, he
is the “god of this world” and the “prince of the power of the
air.”  He is the “father of all lies,” the tempter and accuser of the
saints.  He will be put into the bottomless pit during the thousand
year reign of Christ, released to lead a rebellion at the close of that
reign, and cast into the lake of fire after the thousand year reign of
Christ (Job 1-2, Ezek. 28:12-19, Isa. 14:12-27, John 8:44, Rev. 12:
10, Eph. 2:2, 6:12, John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11, II Cor. 4:4, Rev. 20:
1-10).




THE GREAT COMMISSION:  We believe that all believers are
responsible and accountable to the Great Commission given to the
Church. We believe that this commission was given to the apostles
as representative of all believers during the Church Age. The
agency through which this commission is to be organized is the
Local Church. (Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8)
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