What We Believe
In essential beliefs — we have unity.
“There is one body and one Spirit…there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all.…”
In non-essential beliefs — we have liberty.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls.… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.”
In all our beliefs — we show love.
“…If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains - but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.”
1 Corinthians 13:2 Phillips
A. About the Bible
We believe the Bible is the Word of God. We believe the original manuscripts of both the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God, inerrant and infallible. We believe the present canon of Scripture, the Bible, containing the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is now complete and closed and is our only and final authority for what we are to believe and for the way we are to live.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21, Revelation 22:18-19
B. About God
We believe in One God who exists in three distinct Persons: the Father, His Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. They are equal in Deity, each One possessing all of the divine attributes. All three are eternal, unchanging, and worthy of our faith, love and service.
Matthew 28:19-20, 2 Corinthians 13:14
C. About Jesus Christ
We believe Jesus Christ is eternal; He was with the Father “before the world was.” He became a man, born of the virgin Mary, and His humanity did not in any way change His Deity. We believe He lived a sinless life, died for the sins of the whole world, was raised bodily from the dead, and then ascended bodily into heaven. We believe He is coming again: before the Tribulation to rapture the Church and after the Tribulation to reign as King upon the earth during the Millennium.
John 17:5, Isaiah 9:6-7, Matthew 1:20-21, Hebrews 4:15,
1 John 3:5, 1 Peter 2:22, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 1 John 2:2,
Acts 1:9, Hebrews 4:14, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18,
Matthew 24:29-31, 25:31
D. About the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit convicts men of their need of Christ before they can be saved. He regenerates, baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ, and permanently indwells every child of God from the moment he is saved. We believe the Holy Spirit endows every believer with one or more spiritual gifts. He is the Author and Interpreter of the Scriptures in that no one can understand the Scriptures without Him.
John 16:7-11, 3:5, 1 Corinthians 12:13, John 14:16-17,
Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 12:4-11, Romans 12,
1 Peter 4:10, 2 Timothy 3:16,2 Peter 1:21, John 16:13,
1 Corinthians 2:10-14, John 14:26, 16:13
E. About Man
We believe man was created by God in the image of God. We believe man was created without sin, but due to Adam’s disobedience, the whole human race fell under divine judgment. We believe men are born with a sin nature, totally depraved, alienated from God, and unable to do anything to remedy this situation.
Genesis 1:26-27, Psalms 14:1-3, Isaiah 53:6,
Romans 3:23, 5:12, Ephesians 2:1-3
F. About Satan
We believe Adam’s original sin was provoked by Satan. We believe Satan continues to tempt men to sin. Satan (also called the Devil) is a living being, a fallen angel, who leads the demons (other fallen angels) in opposition to all that has to do with God, His purposes, and His people. Although Satan still does his evil work in the world, he is a defeated and doomed foe who will ultimately be cast into the lake of fire.
Genesis 3, 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, Ephesians 2:2, 6:10-11,
Matthew 25:41, John 16:11, Revelation 12:12, 20:10
G. About Heaven and Hell
We believe in a literal heaven and in a literal hell. We believe all who turn to God through Christ will spend eternity in heaven. We also believe that those who do not accept Christ will be eternally lost— suffering the torments of hell forever. There is no opportunity for anyone to be saved after death.
Matthew 28:18, John 14:3, Matthew 10:28, 25:41,
H. About Salvation
We believe, that in spite of man’s sin and rebellion against God, God has continued to love man, all men and women, throughout every generation and in every part of the world. Because of this love, God has provided for the salvation of man. We believe such passages as 1 John 2:2, which state that Christ is the propitiation (satisfaction) for the sins of the “whole world,” are to be interpreted from the theological perspective of unlimited atonement. We believe the Bible has been given so we would know the need for, the origin, the nature, the conditions, and the ultimate objectives of that salvation. Furthermore, we believe the salvation which God has provided for us is by grace, through faith alone in Christ, utterly apart from any human merit or work which man might do. Once a person has trusted Christ for salvation, he can never lose his salvation.
John 3:16, Ephesians 2:4-7, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 John 3:1-2,
2 Peter 2:1, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5, John 10:27-29,
2 Timothy 1:12, 1 Peter 1:3-5
I. About the Church
We believe the word church is used two ways in the New Testament:
- Of the Body of Christ — made up of all who are saved from the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 until the rapture when the Lord will come “in the air” to take us to Himself. We believe every believer in this present age has been baptized by the Spirit into the Body of Christ.
- Of local churches — the people of God in a particular place who meet together for instruction in the Scriptures, for worship and fellowship, and for service. Central Bible Church is such a local church.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Acts 12:5,
Galatians 1:2, 1 Thessalonians 1:1
J. Two Ordinances
We believe the Church is to observe two ordinances:
- Water baptism. We believe in water baptism, not for salvation, but as a personal testimony of the believer’s union and identification with Christ. We practice immersion.
- The Lord’s Supper. We believe the bread and the cup symbolically represent the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper (also calledCommunion) in obedience to Him, in remembrance of Him, and to proclaim His death until He comes.
One is not required to be a member of Central Bible Church in order to partake of Communion at our services. We encourage every believer to consistently partake of Communion and to use it as a time of remembrance of our Lord as well as for self-examination of one’s personal fellowship with God and others, endeavoring to restore fellowship if broken.
Acts 8:12, 36, 38, 1 Corinthians 1:16, 1 Corinthians 11:23-32
K. About the Christian Lifestyle
We believe every believer in Christ should live for the glory of God. This means we must be obedient to the Word of God, and prayer should have a vital part in our lives. We believe that only through the power of the Holy Spirit can we live godly lives, and for this purpose we need to walk in dependence upon the Holy Spirit and to be filled (or controlled by) the Holy Spirit.
Romans 12:1-2, 1 Corinthians 10:31, James 1:22,
1 Thessalonians 5:17, Galatians 5:16, Ephesians 5:18-21
L. About World Missions
We believe in world missions — that our Lord has commissioned us to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and make disciples of all nations. We believe, therefore, “the field is the world” and it is imperative we do our part to make Christ known in Portland and throughout the world.
Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Matthew 13:38
We believe God has a distinct purpose for the Old Testament believers (Israel and the Gentile nations), and this will include also the believers of the Tribulation and Millennial Periods. We hold that Israel and the Church are not the same. We are, therefore, dispensational in our teaching, but use care to avoid the extreme positions held by some churches.