Our Theological Convictions

The following convictions are held by the elders of CBC and therefore play a major role in the preaching and teaching you will hear from the pulpit.

Gospel-Centered: We believe that the Bible is all about Jesus and His gospel, therefore we’re committed to preaching and teaching the whole Bible in such a way that shows us how Jesus is the focal point of all of Scripture. We believe that the gospel and Jesus Himself is our greatest hope and boast, our deepest longing and joy, and our most passionate song and message. The gospel made us Christians and the gospel matures us as Christians. Our great hope is that through God’s Word all who hear would taste and see Jesus for who He is—eternally and infinitely satisfying.

Reformed: We believe in the centrality of God in Scripture and all of creation. We hold to the Five Solas, TULIP, and the overall teachings of the Doctrines of Grace that shined out through the Protestant Reformation and the formative years thereafter, especially as they are laid out in the 2nd London Baptist Confession of Faith. What this means at its most basic level is that we trust wholly in the sovereignty of God in and over all things because we believe He is a big God who is completely in control and completely good. We believe that everything we are and everything we have is a gift: from the breath in our lungs, to our salvation, everything is a gracious gift of the sovereign God of the universe. As God’s Word says, “What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?” Therefore, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 4:7b, 1:31 ESV)… And if that’s true in general it’s especially true in our salvation. God’s Word tells us, “Salvation belongs to the LORD” (Jonah 2:9b ESV)! “So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy” (Romans 9:16 ESV). So for our salvation, and for all that God is, has done, is doing, and will do, in everything we do we seek to magnify the glory of God…

Baptist: We believe that under Christ and His Word the congregation is the final authority in church governance with a plurality of elders who oversee and teach the people. Our church polity is as follows: Christ as King, elder led, deacon served, and congregational ruled. Along with historic baptist polity we also practice and teach believer’s baptism (by immersion). Along with believer’s baptism we affirm and celebrate the historic baptist principles of the independence of the local church, a believers’ church, religious freedom, and the supremacy of the New Covenant.

Complementarian: We believe God created male and female to reflect complementary truths about Jesus. Males were designed to shine the spotlight on Christ’s relationship to the church in a way that females cannot, and females were designed to shine the spotlight on the church’s relationship to Christ in a way that males cannot. Who we are as male and female is ultimately not about us; it’s about testifying to the Person and Work of Jesus. And therefore we hold firmly to the Scriptures teaching on male headship in the church and the home. 

For a more detailed handling of this position see the Danvers Statement, which we affirm in its entirety… Also, it should be noted that as complementarians we hold to the Bible’s teaching on marriage, sexuality, and personhood. For a detailed handling of these positions see the Nashville Statement, which we affirm in its entirety…