The Purpose of Community Bible Church

The first point of our doctrinal statement (beliefs) reads: “We believe the purpose of the church shall be the evangelization of the lost and the edification of believers…” To evangelize means to proclaim the good news about eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. To edify means to build up and assist believers in becoming mature in their Christian faith. As believers are properly equipped, they are then able to share in the ministry of the church (Eph. 4:11-16). There are many ways these goals can be accomplished. Five important ones are listed below.

Community Bible Church desires to provide a church home in which…

God’s Love is Reflected

Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you” (Jn. 13:34). The Apostle John wrote, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (I Jn. 4:11). These verses encourage us to show love toward other people, just as God has demonstrated love toward us. As God’s love is reflected through us, others will be drawn to the source of love, which is God Himself.  

God’s Love is Revealed

God offers eternal life “by grace through faith” (Eph. 2:8-9). Grace means “undeserved favor.” Through His death on the cross, Christ paid the penalty for the sins of all people. There are no human works, good deeds, or religious rituals we can do to earn salvation. However, to experience God’s grace and to freely receive eternal life, a person must—through faith in Christ—accept His provision. As individuals, as a church body, and through support of mission work, we seek to share this truth with the world.  

God’s Love is Proclaimed

Isaiah the prophet wrote, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever” (Isa. 40:8). In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul wrote, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (II Tim. 3:16). Paul then exhorts us to “preach (proclaim) the word” (II Tim. 4:2). As God’s complete and authoritative revelation of truth to mankind, the word of God must be foundational to all we do as a local church. Our purpose is to clearly teach God’s truth recorded in the Bible. This emphasis extends to the Sunday morning sermons, Sunday school classes, youth groups, Bible studies, vacation Bible school, retreats, and any other setting in which God’s word is taught.  

God’s Love is Praised

Philippians 2:9-11 states that God the Father has exalted God the Son, to the highest position. As the one who sacrificed His life for us, and as Lord of the universe, Jesus Christ is worthy of our honor and praise. Revelation 5:8-14 describes the glorious worship of Christ in heaven. One purpose of the church on earth is to encourage and promote worship and praise of Jesus Christ. We seek to do this during our times of worship on Sunday, as well as during other events throughout the week. We also encourage people to praise and worship Christ daily in their personal lives.  

God’s People are Renewed

With its many pressures, temptations, and trials, life is often difficult and demanding. No matter what our situation might be, we each need spiritual strengthening, refreshment, and renewal. The church body should be a key place where this occurs. God exhorts us to do many things for one another (e.g. comfort, forgive, love, pray for, encourage, bear burdens, admonish, care for, be kind, be patient, build up, be devoted, use our spiritual gifts, serve, be hospitable, show humility, seek good, etc.). As we demonstrate these characteristics toward others, God will use us to help renew His people.