About Uswhat we believe and where it comes from
All of our beliefs and convictions are derived from the Bible. The Bible is our final and ultimate authority. Our doctrines and distinctives are not original to us, but come to us from the historic and reformed faith. The celebration of the Sovereign Grace of God at Community is rooted in the Reformation itself. We are an old soul theology in a modern context. What we do as a church is driven by what we believe.
The Triune God
God the Father
God the Holy Spirit
God the Son
Following the regeneration of the sinner (Ephesians 2:5), there does occur an inevitable (Romans 8:29-30), varying and lifelong renovation of the inner man (Ephesians 3:16) in thought, will, affection and appetite (Matthew 22:37-38). By sanctification, the believer is more and more transformed into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18) through the power of the Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 36:27). Sanctification, which manifests itself in the life of every child of God, is an act of His grace (Ephesians 2:8-10) whereby Christians are continually delivered from the power and effects of sin remaining in their fallen natures (Romans 6:14). In sanctification, believers do simultaneously increase in their love for those things that pertain to God’s glory and in their aversion to those things that are contrary to His will (Romans 12:9). Sanctification can never be understood as logically preceding, simultaneously occurring, or meritoriously resulting in the justification of the sinner. Justification is a finished act (Romans 5:1), while sanctification is an ongoing process (Hebrews 12:2), and each are accomplished by faith (Galatians 2:20). Sanctification is distinguishable from justification but may never be divorced from the whole of Christ’s benefits that belong to the Christian by faith (John 15:5). There is no sense in which the good works wrought in sanctification serve as a meritorious ground of acceptance before God, either in the present or in the future (Romans 3:20). On the contrary, sanctification naturally flows from justification, and those good works that inevitably accompany it are the grateful response of the redeemed to the grace of God (John 14:15). Being strengthened by the Spirit through ordinary means, the Christian is able to put to death the deeds of the flesh – mortification (Colossians 3:5), bring to life the desires of the new man – vivification (Galatians 5:17), and increasingly rest in the work of Christ faith (Colossians 2:7). There will occur over the entire life of the Christian a war against the flesh and its sinful desires (Galatians 5:16-17). There is no sense in which a Christian may hope to achieve a state of sinless perfection in this life since our very natures are corrupted by sin (Romans 7:24). Our ultimate and final deliverance from the power and presence of sin lies in the future and is in every respect as certain as justification and sanctification (1 Corinthians 15:53-57).
The Lord's Supper
The Second Coming
We teach that Jesus will return to earth bodily1 in order to deliver His elect,2 to execute judgment3 upon the living and the dead,4 to consummate His kingdom5 as promised to Abraham,6 Israel,7 and the Church,8 to abolish all earthly rule, authority and power,9 to put an end to the last enemy, which is death,10 and to reconcile all things to himself, having made peace by the blood of His cross.11
1 Acts 1:11, Titus 2:12-13, Revelation 1:7, John 14:3
2 Matthew 24:31
3 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10, Acts 3:13-26
4 2 Timothy 4:1, 1 Peter 4:5
5 2 Samuel 7:12-13, Revelation 20:10
6 Genesis 12:1-3, Hebrews 11:10
7 Ezekiel 37:1-14, Luke 1:68-79
8 Genesis 17:1-8
9 1 Corinthians 15:24
10 1 Corinthians 15:26
11 Colossians 1:20
The Eternal State
We believe that all those who have rejected God’s offer of salvation in Christ, and thus have not believed on nor received the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, remain after death in conscious torment in hell (Hades) until the final judgment of the great white throne at the close of the millennium when spirit, soul and body will be reunited and all those individuals will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone (which we believe will be a literal place), not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction, without end, from the presence of our Lord and from the glory of His power.
We believe that all those who have believed on and have received the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour will, at death, immediately enter into His presence in Heaven and will there remain in conscious comfort until the resurrection of the body at His coming for His bride, the Church, when spirit, soul and body will be reunited and they, together with those raptured alive at His coming for the church, will dwell with Him forever in the glory. (Luke 16:19-26; 23:43; John 3:36; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; II Thess. 1:7-9; Rev. 20:11-15; 21:8)
COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH
SUNDAY MORNINGS Sunday School 9:30am | Main Service 10:45am
6005 Edmondson Pike, Nashville, TN 37211 I Phone: (615) 833-9148 I Email: [email protected]
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