Sunday Morning Worship Services:
9:00 and 10:45 am
Phone: 330-325-9449

 What We Believe

What We Believe1. The Bible

We hold the entire Bible, Genesis through Revelation, in its original writings, to be without error, and we further hold that the entire Bible is verbally inspired of God, of equal authority throughout, infallible, progressive in nature, and that it must be interpreted literally, except where context demands otherwise. We recognize that modern translations of the Bible are further means to provide the peoples of the world the Word of God in their own language and acknowledge that the best translation is the one (s) that we actually study, read and seek to apply. As evidenced in the past, we believe that through the Holy Spirit and the sovereign plan of God, modern translations are used to spread the Good News (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Isaiah 40:8; 1 Corinthians 2:10-12).

2. The Godhead

There is one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 4:4-6; Matthew 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

3. The Person of Christ

Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and the power of God, born of the Virgin Mary, and is both fully God and fully man (Luke 1:34-35; Philippians 2:5-11; Romans 1:3-4; Colossians 1:15-19).

4. Total Depravity:

Each of us by nature is dead in trespasses and sins and are, therefore, totally unable to do anything pleasing before God, except believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ died for all sins and thus sin’s debt has been paid. Therefore, what separates us from God is our lack of relationship with God, because of our sin. That relationship can be established only as we believe on and receive Jesus Christ by faith alone (Acts 4:12; Rom. 3:9-12, 23; Eph. 2:1-3).

5. Salvation – Redemption

God receives and justifies (meaning just as if we never sinned) all unsaved sinners by His grace based upon the blood shed by Jesus Christ on the cross to pay the debt of sin in our lives. Complete salvation, forgiveness, and justification are given as a free gift of God by our faith in Christ and not by any work of our own (Romans 3:21-28; 5:1-11; Ephesians 2:4-10).

6. Eternal Security of All Believers

All believers are eternally secure in Christ. Our salvation is not a chance; it is a sure and certain hope in Christ (Colossians3:1-4; Romans 8:1; 29-39; John 10:27-29; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 John 5:12-13).

7. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, who convicts the world of sin and makes God’s Word known in this age of grace. The Spirit’s work of regeneration, baptizing, and indwelling accompanies the salvation experience, and all other ministries are a part of the “filling” work as seen in Ephesians 5:18 (John 16:7-13; Romans 8:26-27; 1 Cor. 2:12-13; 12:13; Eph. 1:13; 3:16-21).

8. The Church

The church is the body of Christ and functions to carry out His work, ministry and mission while here on earth. Its power, commissioning and authority come from the ministry of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. By God’s grace the Apostle Paul received the revelation of the mystery that Gentiles can receive salvation through faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection. We look primarily to the Pauline epistles for guidance on church conduct, doctrine and practice (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:1-11; 4:11-16).

9. Gifts

The ministry gifts for the church are described in Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31 and Eph. 4:1-16. We believe some of these gifts were permanent while others seem to be temporary such as gifts of: apostles, foretelling prophets, tongues, miracles and healing. Gifts are given to enable and empower the church to do the work of Christ today. (1 Cor. 1:21-24; 13:8-11).

10. The Walk of Believers

By reason of Christ’s victory over sin, and His indwelling Spirit, all of the saved may and should experience deliverance from the power of sin. We deny that our sin nature is ever eradicated during this life and we also affirm that man’s free will is preserved eternally. Believers are called to follow in the footsteps of Christ (1 Peter 2:21-23; 1 Corinthians 11:1) as followers of Him. A believers walk is evidenced by growth in maturity, Christ-likeness, and the fruit of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:1-3; Gal. 5:16-25).

11. The Lord’s Supper (Communion)

The communion of the Lord’s Supper is for all the members of the Body of Christ to observe until His return. It is a memorial of His body being broken, and of His blood being shed as a payment for our sins. We observe an open communion for all Christian believers (Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

12. Resurrection

Jesus Christ was resurrected bodily from the dead through the power of God (Luke 24:39-43; 1 Corinthians 15:1-20; Colossians 2:12). We believe that all of humanity will have a bodily resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:21-26) with the saved being raised to everlasting glory and the unbelievers to everlasting punishment (John5:25-29; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15).

13. Baptism

We believe that all saved persons have been made members of the Body of Christ by one Spiritual baptism (1 Corinthians 12:13). By that baptism every believer is identified with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Colossians 2:9-13). We contend based on the overall emphasis of Scripture that water baptism is not required for salvation in God’s plan for us today (1 Corinthians 1:17). We would not discourage those seeking water baptism as long as those desiring this are at an age where they understand what they are doing and view the act as a symbolic cleansing from sin representing an outward sign of an inward faith.

14. The Rapture and Christ’s Second Coming

The rapture of the Church and the Second Coming of Christ to earth will be pre-millennial (meaning before Jesus reigns during the Kingdom). Christ’s return for the believers will come first and at any moment where we will be caught up in the air with Christ without notice (1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Then He will come at the Second Coming to receive His millennial Kingdom, over which He will reign (Zech. 14:1-9; Acts 1:9-12; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:4).

15. State of the Dead

Nowhere does Scripture extend the hope of salvation to the unsaved dead, but instead reveals that they will ever continue to exist in a state of conscious suffering (Mark 9:42-48; Luke 16:23-31; John 3:36; Revelation 14:9-11; 20:10, 14-15).

16. Mission and Commission

The mission and commission of the church, the Body of Christ, is to proclaim the message and ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:14-21), in order to witness to the world the salvation of Christ Jesus available to all who call on Him. As Christ’s disciples we have been commissioned to be His “ambassadors”. We seek to carry out this mission through the ministry and service in our local church as well as supporting and participating in outreach to all parts of the world.

Community Bible Church
3671 Tallmadge Rd
Rootstown, OH 44272
330-325-9449

Sunday Morning Worship Services:
9:00 and 10:45 am