Using the platform of quality Christian education, Community Baptist Christian School exists to partner with parents to love, educate, and disciple their children by prayerfully speaking God's Truth into their lives in order to prepare them for life and eternity.
To produce well equipped men and women who love, serve, lead, and grow in the Lord.
Community Baptist Christian School partners with families to love, educate, and disciple children to prepare them for life and eternity.
To produce well equipped men and women who love, serve, lead, and grow in the Lord.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
The basis of Community Baptist Christian School and of all the programs which it operates is the infallible Word of God (the Bible) as interpreted in the Doctrinal Statement of Community Baptist Church of South Bend, Indiana included below.
So many in these latter times have departed from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; so many have turned away their ears from the truth, and turned unto fables; so many are busily engaged in scattering broadcast the seeds of fatal error, directly affecting the honor of our Lord and the destiny of the soul, that we feel constrained by fidelity to Him to adopt the following statement of doctrine to which we ask the assent of all applicants for membership. (II Timothy 3:17 and 4:14)
We believe that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” by which we understand the whole of the book called the Bible; nor do we take the statement in the sense in which it is sometimes foolishly said that works of human genius are inspired, but in the sense that the Holy Ghost gave the very words of the sacred writings to holy men of old; and that His divine inspiration is not in different degrees, but extends equally and fully to all parts of these writings, historical, poetical, doctrinal, and prophetical; and to the smallest word, and inflection of a word, provided such is found in the original manuscripts. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21; I Corinthians 2:13; Mark 12:26-36; Mark 13:11; Acts 1:16 and Acts 2:4)
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience. (Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 5:34; II Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:13; Revelation 1:46)
3. Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, which is to say, He is Himself very God; He took upon Himself our nature, being conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary; He died upon the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sin of the world; He arose from the dead in the body in which He was crucified; He ascended into heaven in that body glorified, where He is now, our interceding High Priest. He will come again personally and visibly to set up His kingdom and to judge the quick and the dead. (Colossians 1:15; Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 1:18-25; I Peter 2:24-25; Luke 24; Hebrews 4:14-16; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:16-18; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 11:15-17; Revelation 20:4-6 and 11-15)
We believe that there is a literal hell and a literal fire of hell as a place for the eternal and conscious punishment of all the unsaved. (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-50; Revelation 20:l4-l5; Revelation 21:8)
5. Satan or Devil
We believe that Satan is a person. He is the unholy god of this age, the prince of the power of the air, and the prince of this world. The Devil was a murderer from the beginning. He is a liar and the father of lies. There is absolutely no truth in him. He is the enemy of God and man and the author of all the powers of darkness. He is a deceiver and blinds the minds of men to the end that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ may not dawn upon them. He is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. (John 8:44; John 16:11; Ephesians 2:2; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10)
We believe that man, originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, fell from his high and holy estate by eating the forbidden fruit, and as the consequences of his disobedience the threatened penalty of death was then and there inflicted, so that his moral nature was not only grievously injured by the fall, but he totally lost all spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and subject to the power of the devil. (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 2:17; John 5:40; John 6:53; Ephesians 2:13; I Timothy 5:6; I John 3:8)
7. Man - All Have Sinned
We believe that this spiritual death, or total corruption of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire race of man, the man Christ Jesus alone excepted; and hence that every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature which not only possesses no spark of divine life, but is essentially and unchangeably bad, being enmity against God, and incapable by any educational process whatever of subjection to His law. (Genesis 6:5; Psalm 14:13; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; John 3:6; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12-19)
8. Salvation - Only Through Jesus Christ
We believe that owing to this universal depravity and death in sin, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again; and that no degree of reformation, however great; no attainment in morality, however high; no culture, however attractive; no humanitarian and philanthropic schemes and societies, however useful; no baptism or other ordinance, however administered, can help the sinner to take even one step toward heaven; but a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word is absolutely essential to salvation. (Isaiah 64:6; John 3:5-l8; Galatians 6:15; Romans 6:23; Philippians 3:4-9; Titus 3:5; James l:l8; I Peter 1:23)
9. Salvation - The Blood of Christ
We believe that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who was made to be sin, and made a curse for us dying in our room and stead; and that no degree of repentance, no feeling, no faith, no good resolution, no sincere efforts, no submission to the rules and regulations of any church or of all the churches that have existed since the days of the Apostles can add in the very least to the value of the precious blood or to the merit of that finished work, wrought for us by Him who united in His person true and proper divinity with perfect and sinless humanity. (Leviticus 17:11: Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:6-9; II Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-l9)
We believe that Christ, in the fullness of the blessings He has secured by His obedience unto death, is received by faith alone, and that the moment we trust in Him as our Savior we pass out of death into everlasting life, being justified from all things, accepted before the Father according to the measure of his acceptance, loved as He is loved, and having His place and portion as linked to Him, and one with Him forever. (John 5:24; John 17:23; Acts 13:3-9; Romans 5:1; Romans 6:1; Ephesians 2:4-13; I John 4:17; I John 5:11-12)
We believe that it is the privilege not only of some, but of all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, to be assured of their Salvation from the very day they take Him to be their Savior; and that this assurance is not founded upon any fancied discovery of their own worthiness, but wholly upon the testimony of God in His written Word, exciting within His children filial love, gratitude, and obedience. (Luke 10:20; Luke 12:32; John 6:47; Romans 8:38-39; II Corinthians 5:l; II Corinthians 6:8; II Timothy 1:12; I John 5:l3)
12. Scriptures - Christ-Centered and Practical
We believe that all the Scriptures, from first to last, center about our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Person and work, in first and second coming; and hence that no chapter even of the Old Testament is properly read or understood until it leads to Him; and moreover, that all the Scriptures from first to last, including every chapter of the Old Testament, were designed for our practical instruction. (Luke 24:27,44; John 5:39; Acts 7:23; Acts 18:28; Acts 26:22-23; Acts 28:23; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11)
13. The Church - A Unity of Believers
We believe that the Church is composed of all who are united by the Holy Spirit to the risen and ascended Son of God, that by the same Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, and thus being members one of another, we are responsible to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, rising above all sectarian prejudices and denominational bigotry, and loving one another with a pure heart fervently. (Matthew 16:16-l8; Acts 2:32-47; Romans 12:5; I Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:20-23; Ephesians 4:3-10; Colossians 3:14-15)
14. Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, not as an influence, but as a Divine Person, the source and power of all acceptable worship and service, is our abiding comforter and helper, that He never takes His departure from the Church, nor from the feeblest of the saints, but is ever present to testify of Christ, seeking to occupy us with Him, and not with ourselves nor with our experiences. (John 7:38-39; John 14:16-17; John 15:26; John 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; Philippians 3:3)
15. Christian Walk
We believe that we are called with a holy calling to walk, not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the Spirit that we should not fulfill the lusts of the flesh; but the flesh being still in us to the end of our earthly pilgrimage, needs to be kept constantly in subjection to Christ, or it will surely manifest its presence to the dishonor of His name. (Romans 8:12-13; Romans 13:14; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:1-10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 3:5-9; Titus 2:1-15)
16. Eternal State
We believe that the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in the glory; but the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the millennium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. (Luke 16:19-26; Luke 23:43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15)
17. Second Coming
We believe that the world will not be converted during the present dispensation, but is fast ripening for judgment, while there will be a fearful apostasy in the professing Christian body, and hence that the Lord Jesus will come in person to introduce the millennial age, when Israel shall be restored to their own land, and the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord; and that this personal premillennial and imminent advent is the blessed hope set before us in the Gospel for which we should be constantly looking. (Luke l2:35-40; Luke 17:26-30; Luke 18:8; Acts 15:14-17; II Thessalonians 2:3-8; II Timothy 3:15; Titus 1:11-15)
We believe that it is the obligation of all believers to witness by deed and word to these precious truths stated above. We are ambassadors of Christ and it is our duty to proclaim the Gospel to all the world. We believe it is impossible to be thoroughly loyal to Christ without active participation in the spread of the Gospel to lost humanity everywhere. We believe that obedience to the missionary call of Christ requires study, intercessory prayer, and the consecration of our time, talent, and money. (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; II Corinthians 5:20; Romans 10:14:15)
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and our resurrection to a new life. It shall be prerequisite to membership in this Church. (Matthew 3:16; John 3:23; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:35; Colossians 2:12)
20. The Lord’s Supper
We believe that the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. The Lord’s Table is not a barrier to separate believers, but rather a sacred place where all true Christians meet. (I Corinthians 11:23-28)
21. Statement of Lifestyle Choices
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance (Gen. 2:24; 19:5; 13; 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; Heb. 13:4; 1 Thess. 4:1-8). We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23).