Vision & Doctrines

Our Vision

To help people to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,” (II Peter 3:18), “and as obedient children… be ye holy; for I am holy,” (I Peter 1:14-16). We desire to build lives and help people to grow in the saving, sanctifying, and edifying grace and knowledge of Christ.

 

Our Mission

To know Christ and make Him known through worship, membership, fellowship, discipleship, and ministry.

 

Our Purpose

To know Christ is to develop a personal relationship with Him. To make Christ known is to bring others into a personal relationship with Him.

 

Text

We use the King James Version (1611) of the Bible as our sole instructor and authority for faith and practice.

 

Affiliation

CSB is an Independent Baptist church, independent of any council, convention, denomination or any other form of organic church union. We may fellowship with other autonomous Independent Baptist churches, but do not enter into any union or association with those that make their actions binding upon the local church.

 

Articles of Faith

Scriptures. We believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments only, to be the verbal-plenary inspired Word of God. We believe the King James Version is the preserved Word of God for English-speaking people. We believe the Bible is inerrant and that it is the sole authority on matters of faith and practice. Psalm 12:6; Psalm 119:89; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21.

Godhead. We believe in one God Who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe they are equal in every divine perfection and are executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Matthew 28:19; John 14:7-12; John 16:7.

Jesus Christ. We believe Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, begotten by the Holy Spirit: that He is fully God and fully man. We believe Jesus shed His blood to atone for our sins, willingly gave His life a ransom for all, was bodily raised from the dead and ascended into Heaven, where He now makes intercession for us, and is coming again to receive His own. Matthew 1:18-21; John 1:1-2; Acts 1:8-11; Colossians 1:19-20.

Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine person, the third person of the Godhead, and that He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment, that He indwells the believer at the moment of regeneration, and that He infills and empowers believers for service as they yield themselves and surrender to His will. John 14:26; John 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18.

Sin. We believe that man, who was created in God’s image, became a sinner through voluntary disobedience to God’s Word, and that through one man’s sin, the curse of sin came upon all humankind, resulting in not only physical, but also spiritual death. There is not one without sin, therefore all are in need of a Saviour. Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:14-15.

Salvation. We believe sinful humankind can only be saved by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, that through His resurrection we have the free gift of eternal life, and that by the power of God we are secure in Christ, eternally saved. The blood of Christ cleanses from all sin–past, present, and future, and is sufficient to save anyone who will believe. John 10:27-30; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9.

Church. We believe the New Testament church is a local organized assembly of immersed believers actively engaged in carrying out the Great Commission and the observance of the two ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe the local church is the Body of Christ and was founded by Him. Matthew 16:18-19; Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 12:12-31; Hebrews 10:25.

Baptism. We believe that baptism is one of the two ordinances committed to the local New Testament church, that immersion is the only scriptural method, and salvation its only prerequisite. It is a step of obedience and a symbol that publicly identifies the believer with Christ. Romans 6:1-5; Acts 2:41; Acts 8:36-38.

Lord’s Supper. We believe the Lord’s Supper to be an church ordinance in commemoration of the Lord’s death ’til He comes again. The unleavened bread representing His body, and the cup (non-alcoholic grape juice) symbolic of His blood are the elements used. Believers who are scripturally baptized and members of a church of like faith and practice and only that after careful self-examination should partake of the Lord’s Supper. I Corinthians 11:23-32.

Last Things. We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ to raise the dead in Christ, and rapture His saints out of this world, following which there will be a seven-year period of tribulation upon the earth, after which Christ will return with His saints to set up His millennial kingdom, during which satan will be bound. At the close of the millennium, satan is again loosed for a short season, but is afterward banished forever to the Lake of Fire. The unsaved will be judged to eternal condemnation at the Great White Throne, and the saved will enjoy eternity with the Lord in Heaven. Matthew 24; I Corinthians 15:51-52; I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 6:16; Revelation 20.