WE BELIEVE THAT…

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These statements represent the convictions of Cibolo Creek Bible Church regarding theological truths of Scripture. They reflect the heart of our teaching at Cibolo Creek Bible Church .

God

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. (Genesis 1:2; Genesis 1:27; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 12:29; John 1:1; John 1:14; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6) God eternally exists as three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and each person is fully God, and there is one God.

God, The Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow oåf the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men. Genesis 1:1; Genesis 2:7; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3; Isaiah 43:15; Isaiah 64:8; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; John 5:26; John 14:6-13; John 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; Ephesians 4:6

Jesus Christ

We believe in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, his substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to Earth. (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2; John 8:58 and John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8). Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22, 23; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; Romans 6:6; Romans 7:4-6; Romans 8:1-4; 1 Corinthians15:3-4; 1 Timothy 6:14, 1 Timothy 6:15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14-15)

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-‐equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. Christians are to yield to and trust the Holy Spirit to enable them to live holy, loving, and productive lives that bear much fruit and glorify God. (John 16:7-13, John 14:16-17;
Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 5:18)

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We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit, Who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ. (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:26 and Romans 15:13-16; Hebrews 9:14)

We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. (John 6:13, John 14:16-17 and John 16:8-11; Romans 8:26) We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all Biblical gifts of the Spirit according to the instructions given to us in (1 Corinthians 12:1-31; 1 Corinthians 14:1-40;)

The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to us. We believe that the bible of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error and the infallible rule of faith and practice. The Word of God is the foundation upon which this church operates and is the basis for which this church is governed. We believe that the Word of God supersedes any earthly law that is contrary to the Holy Scriptures. (2 Timothy 3:16-7; 1 Peter 1:23-5; 2 Peter 1:3-4; 2 Peter 1:21) It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; Psalm 119:105, Psalm 160, Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5; Proverbs 2; John 17:17; Timothy 3:16; Timothy 1:13; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:2, 2 Peter 2:1)

People

People are made in the spiritual image of God and are to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Due to the fall of man, man fell into complete spiritual death, totally depraved, and unable to reconcile himself to God. All men inherit the nature of sin at birth, and must be made alive through regeneration by the spirit of God, in order to have a relationship with God. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1, 2; Romans 3:23, Eph. 2)

Salvation

Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-‐improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our sin and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. We are saved from hell to be with Jesus forever in Heaven. (John 14:6, 1:12; Romans 5:1; 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)

Baptism

Baptism is immersing a willing Christian under water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience that identifies a person with Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 1:9; Acts 8:36-39, 18:8)

Repentance

Repentance is turning from your sins. There are several lists of sins against God in the New Testament. (Matthew 5-7; Romans 1:12-14; 1 Corinthians 6; Galatians 5; Ephesians 4-6; Colossians 3; 1 Thessalonians 5; 1 Timothy 3; James 5)

Eternal Security of the Believer

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot lose it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-‐effort of the Christian. It is the grace and power of God that gives us this security. We don’t think a person can lose his or her salvation. Salvation is a gift based on the work of Jesus Christ, not our own. (John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or we will exist eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence. (Matthew 25:31-46; John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23; 8:17-18; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9; Revelation 20:15)

Denominational Affiliation

Cibolo Creek Bible Church is a conservative, evangelical, nondenominational Bible Church. We are not affiliated with any one denomination or organization, but we work with all those who confess Jesus as Lord. (Psalms 133:1; Romans 12:16; Romans 14:19;  Romans 15:5; Ephesians 4:4-6)

Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual gifts are special abilities the Holy Spirit gives whenever, wherever, and to whomever He wants. These gifts always glorify Jesus and build up the church. We let the Spirit be in charge of His gifts. (Acts 2; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4)

Divorce and Remarriage

God hates divorce and so do about half the people who go through one. We do not encourage divorce. We encourage reconciliation and restoration of marriage. We recognize divorce as the legal and binding dissolution of a marriage. We do not make marriage, divorce, or remarriage the single qualifying or disqualifying issue for leadership in the Church. (Deuteronomy 24; Jeremiah 3; Malachi 2; Matthew 5; Matthew 19, Mark 10; Luke 16; 1 Corinthians 7)

Angels and Demons

Angels and demons are spiritual beings that work to carry out the purposes of God or Satan. (Daniel 6:22; Matthew 4:10-11; Acts 12:7; Ephesians 6:10-18; Hebrews 1:14)

Abortion

We are pro-life and take an active stand against those who promote or support abortion. We show mercy and kindness to those who have had an abortion. (Jeremiah 1:5; Mark 9:36-37; Luke 18:15-17)

Government

We encourage our members to educate themselves, vote, attend meetings, and get involved in government at all levels. (Romans 13; 1 Timothy 2:1-6)

Church Membership

Church membership is a commitment between a Christian and a local church, an agreement to support and encourage one another in life and ministry. (Acts 2:41).

Priesthood of Every Believer

The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to full-time Christian living, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading. (1 Peter 2:5; Revelation 1:6)

Giving

We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, should give to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the principle of giving whereby Christians should give regularly and cheerfully to the support of the Church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the offering once the gift has been made. (Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17)

Spirit‐led Living

We believe the only way to live the Christian life is by trusting in God’s Spirit within us. We seek to practice a daily dependence not on ourselves, but on Christ with us to enable us to live holy, loving, and productive lives that bear much fruit and glorify God! (Ephesians 5:18; Philippians 2:13) Jesus said, “I am the Vine, you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; but apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

Telling Others About Christ

It is the privilege of every Christian to share the Good News with those whom God brings into our lives. We share our personal experience about Christ and invite friends to church. “Always be prepared to give an
answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15)

Tithing

At Cibolo Creek Bible Church, we believe that it is the responsibility of Christians to financially support their local church. The Bible teaches that as believers, we should cheerfully give what each of us has decided in our heart (2 Corinthians 9:7) and not give out of compulsion.

Gender Roles

We believe in the pattern and principle of male leadership and responsibility in both the home and the church. We believe this limits the roles of pastoral leadership and doctrinal authority to qualified men. (1 Corinthians 11:1-12; 1 Timothy 2:1-15; Titus 1).

Gender Differentiation

We believe that God created mankind male and female. Men and women are both created in the image of God, and as such, they are equal in value, dignity, and worth, but different in function so as to complement and complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. Therefore, we perform marriages in accordance with the Bible consistent with the Old and New Testament precepts (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; John 4:16-18; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-11, 6:18-20, 7:1-3, 7:8-9; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-7; 1 Timothy 1:9-11).

Ordinances

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances for the church: (a) full immersion water baptism of believers in the gospel, and (b) the Lord’s Supper (or communion) (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

Rapture

We believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church through which all believers will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and be taken out of the world prior to the Tribulation that will then come upon the earth (Isaiah 26:20; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:36; Romans 1:18, 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-16, 5:9; 2 Peter 2:7-9; Revelation 3:10, 5:7-10, 7:13-14).

Second Coming

We believe the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will be a personal, visible return to earth. The Second Coming will coincide with the establishment of His millennial kingdom, the resurrection, final judgment, eternal blessing of the righteous, and eternal condemnation of the wicked (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:11-15).