CBC is, unashamedly and unapologetically a Baptist church that believes the Bible to be the rule of church, personal and family life. Our practices and doctrines are grounded in the Holy Scriptures, and can be traced all the way back to the teaching of Jesus Christ and His Apostles.
Our churches have been identified by various names throughout the years - Christian, Montanist, Paulician, Waldensian, Albigenses, Anabaptist and Baptist, to name a few. Today, we are known as Independent Baptist Churches, and can additionally trace our lineage and authority clear back to John the Baptist, himself authorised by God.
CBC holds to the old paths that the Lord's churches have ever held to: Independent, Local, Local, Closed Table, John's Baptist, Premillennial, Separated, Missionary, Pretribulational. Nonetheless, the Bible itself is the sole and final authority of all that we believe, and is not superseded by anything in this statement, direct or implied.
Our doctrines and practices are not Biblical because we believe them, but simply put - they are Biblical because they are found in the Bible.
Inspired: The Holy Ghost guided men to write exactly what He wanted. And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God. Exodus 31:18
Inerrant: There is no error, omission or addition in God’s Word. The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Psalms 12:6
Infallible: The Word of God cannot and does not teach error. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. John 17:17
Preserved: The Scriptures have been kept pure by God since the day they were penned, and for the English speaking people they have been preserved as the King James Bible, also known as the Authorised Version. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. Isaiah 40:8
Sufficient: The Word of God teaches us all we need to know for this life, not needing to supplemented with dreams, visions, tongues or special interpretations to understand it. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2Timothy 3:16-17
Singular: There is only one God. LORD is another of His Names. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 1Timothy 2:5
Triune: The Trinity, or the Godhood – the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost – are thee Persons in One. They are equal in Godhood and Deity, and exist as One God. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 2Corinthians 13:14
God & The Son Of God: Jesus Christ is the Eternal Son of God, having no beginning or ending. He is also God Himself. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:1-2, 14
Saviour: Jesus Christ is the only Saviour. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12
Virgin Born: Jesus Christ came into this world, taking on a human body, born of a virgin. Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23
Resurrected: Jesus Christ died for the sins of all mankind, was buried for three days and nights, then rose from the dead. Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel … how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1Corinthians 15:1, 3-4
Glorified: Jesus Christ is seated in Heaven, presiding over the affairs of His Kingdom and this world But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. Hebrews 10:12-13
The Holy Ghost
Personal: The Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, is the third Person of the Trinity. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 1John 5:7
Divine: The Holy Ghost is co-equal, co-essential, and co-eternal, and co-active with the Father and the Son. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spiritof his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Galatians 4:6
Ministry: The Holy Ghost was in time past active in the Creation and Inspiration of the Scriptures. He continues to convict men of sin, regenerate the repentant sinner, teach and sanctify the believer, and work in and through churches. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, thatshall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13
Created: Mankind is a Creation of God, created in the image of God Himself, higher in order the plant and animal kingdoms. So God createdman in his own image, in the image of God createdhe him; male and female createdhe them. Genesis 1:27
Sinful: Every person is a sinner, inheriting Adam's rebellious nature and consequently wilfully committing wrongs against God. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;. Romans 3:23
Lost: Every person is born in an unsaved state, estranged from a relationship with God. They are judged by God as guilty and condemned to an eternity of damnation in Hellfire. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Romans 3:19
Gracious: God Himself has prepared, offered and completed salvation in the spirit of every repentant sinner. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8
Free: Salvation cannot be purchased, bargained for or earned. It is gifted freely by God to man upon repentance and belief on Jesus Christ. Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:9
Atoning: Jesus Christ, by substituting Himself for mankind upon the Cross, paid for the sin debt of all mankind and satisfied God's demands for judgment upon sin. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:10-12
Conditional: A lost soul must repent and believe in order to be saved.