THE DOCTRINAL STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH
This declaration expresses beliefs, common to its members.
We believe that the Bible alone, and the Bible in its entirety, is the written Word of God and, therefore, inerrant in the original documents and absolutely authoritative.
We believe that there is but one living and true God, the Creator, Preserver and Governor of all things, who is Spirit, infinite in being, and in all perfections. We further believe that one God exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; all three having the same nature, attributes, and perfections, but each executing distinct, but harmonious, operations in the work of creation and of redemption.
1 Corinthians 8:4; Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:3; Nehemiah 9:6; Hebrews 1:3; Matthew 10:32-33; John 4:24; 1 Kings 8:27; Matthew 28:19; John 14:16; 1 Peter 1:1,2; Ephesians 2:18; Jude 20,21
Our Lord Jesus Christ:
We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in His incarnation united to His divine nature a true human nature, and so continues to be both God and man, in two distinct natures but one Person, forever. He was begotten of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, perfectly obeyed the law of God, poured out His blood on the cross as a vicarious atonement for sin, and rose again bodily on the third day for our justification; He ascended to the Father’s right hand where He now lives to make intercession for His redeemed.
John 1:1-3, 14, 18; Philippians 2:6-11; 1 John 1:1-3, 4:1-3; Romans 8:3; Col. 2:9; Hebrews 1:1-14; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; John 8:46; Romans 5:12ff.; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15, 7:26; Isaiah 53:4-6; Matthew 20:28; Romans 3:24-26; Galatians 3:13; Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Acts :9-11; Hebrews 7:25, 8:1; Romans 8:34
The Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells and seals every believer until the redemption of His body, the Church. We further believe the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life through the power of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and in consequence incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God, bringing sin, guilt, depravity and death upon all his posterity except the virgin-born Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that God in His mercy and grace saves all who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ, justifying them through faith in the Saviour and giving them new life by the Holy Spirit. God further wills that all who believe should grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. True believers are kept by the power of God, so that none is lost; but the idea that this secure position in Christ entitles one to sin with impunity is false and pernicious.
Ephesians 1:3-14, 2:4-10; Titus 3:4-7; Acts 16:31; Romans 4:5, 5:1; John 3:3, 16, 36, 5:24; 2 Peter 3:18; John 17:12, 17; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 6:37-40, 10:28, 29; Romans 5:9,10, 8:1, 30, 38, 39; Philippians 1:6; I Peter 1:4, 5; I John 2:19, 3:4-10; Romans 6:1; Colossians 1:23; Hebrews 3:14; John 15:6
Things to Come:
We believe that, at a day and hour known only to God, He will rapture His church to Himself and, our Lord Jesus Christ shall come again personally, bodily, visibly, gloriously, to establish His Kingdom of righteousness and peace. We believe in the resurrection of the just and the unjust. The just will bodily rise to the eternal blessedness of the saved in Heaven. The unjust will rise to the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost in hell.
The Story of Community Bible Church
In 1976, a group of people gathered to study the Bible in Granton, just north of Hwy 7, under the direction of Dave and Janet Hendry. Some three years later, on September 9, 1979, Granton Community Bible Church launched its first service in the community. Five founding families formed the core group of this new church. In January 1980, Glenn Fretz was called to pastor the church, and the church moved their meetings to Prince Andrew School on Highbury Avenue. A new facility (the present location on Adelaide St. and Hwy 7) was constructed and officially opened in 1983.
In the summer of 1987, Pastor Glenn Fretz was called to another church. God’s faithfulness and goodness continued in the appointment of Pastor Doug Loveday to shepherd CBC in August 1987. A new addition was completed in the spring of 1992, which then paved the way for the introduction of two morning services in 1994.
In the fall of 2000, about 80 members from Granton CBC were commissioned to gather and minister to the community of Ilderton. The first gatherings for worship and fellowship were held at the Community Centre in Ilderton with Pastor Scott Dakin as Lead Pastor. In July of 2005, a new facility of worship and ministry was opened on 100 Meadowcreek Drive in Ilderton. The new facility was constructed on land donated by a member of the congregation.
In early 2010, Community Bible Church underwent a transition in lead pastors. Pastor Andrew Hall arrived to shepherd Ilderton in January and in April Pastor Byron Hand began at Hwy 7. CBC continued as "one church in two locations" until (January of 2017), where CBC Ilderton became a separate church. This came as a mutually-affirmed decision by both congregations as God's good design for us at this time. We continue to celebrate God's faithfulness in both churches.
We are grateful to God for his unwavering faithfulness in the past and anticipate what God has planned for us in the future. To God be the glory!