Doctrinal Statement

I.     THE SCRIPTURES

 

We believe that the Bible, the sixty-six books understood to comprise what the Church historically has accepted as the Holy Scriptures, to be the verbally inspired Word of God, inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” • II Timothy 3:16 (NIV)

 

We believe that because God superintended its writing through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, this revelation is complete, reliable in its communication and is the supreme authority for faith, life, and practice.

“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” • II Peter 1:20,21 (NIV)

(See also Ps. 119:105, Mt. 5:18, Rev. 22:18-19)

 

 

II.   THE GODHEAD

 

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, though distinct in purpose and manifestations.

“When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.” • John 15:26 (NIV)

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” • Matthew 28:19 (NIV)

(See also Gen. 1:26, Isa. 43:10)

 

A. God, the Father

We believe that God, the Father, is the Creator and Sustainer of all things seen and unseen; that He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.

“But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.” • Jeremiah 10:12 (NIV)

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” • Hebrews 4:13 (NIV)

 

B. God, the Son

We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” • John 1:14 (NIV)  (See also Lk. 1:30-35, Phil. 2:6-7)

 

We believe the purpose of the incarnation was to reveal God and to redeem man. This redemption was accomplished through his death on the cross as a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and his physical resurrection.

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,” • I Cor. 15:3-4 (NIV)

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace” • Eph. 1:7 (NIV)

(See also Rom. 3:24,25, I Peter 1:3-5)

 

We believe that Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, he intercedes and mediates on our behalf.

“The point of what we are saying is this:  We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,” • Heb. 8:1 (NIV)

(See also Heb. 1:25, 8:6)

 

C. God, the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.

“When he comes he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment; in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.” • John 16:8-11 (NIV)

His ministry since the day of Pentecost includes the restraining of evil in this world in accordance with the will of God; the regeneration of all believers; the indwelling and anointing of all who are saved, thereby sealing them unto the day of redemption; the baptizing into one body of Christ of all who are saved; and the continuous filling for power, teaching and service of those among the saved who are yielded to Him and subjected to His will.

(See John 16:13, Rom. 8:9, I Cor. 12:13, Eph. 4:30, II Thes. 2:7, I Jn. 2:20-27)

 

The spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit are divinely and sovereignly given to individual believers for the benefit of the Church. Properly exercised, they bring unity and spiritual maturity to the Church, and honor and glory to Jesus Christ.

(See Rom. 12:3-8, I Cor. 12-14, II Cor. 12:12, Eph. 4:7-12, I Tim. 5:23, II Tim. 4:20, Heb. 2:3-4)

 

We, as a local church, are not charismatic (as the term is commonly used today); either in doctrine or practice. At the same time we are not anti-charismatic; we do not wish to oppose brothers in Christ.

 

 

III.  MAN - CREATION AND FALL

 

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, and for His glory. He fell however, because of sin, was alienated from God, and passed on this totally depraved state to all mankind, utterly incapable of changing his lost condition in his own strength or power.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” • Gen. 1:27 (NIV)

“As it is written: 'There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” • Rom. 3:10-12

(See also Isa. 43:6-7, Rom. 3:23, Rom. 5:12, 18-19, Eph. 2:1-3)

 

 

IV.  SALVATION

 

We believe that salvation is the gift of God, accomplished through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross for the sins of the world. Anyone who places their personal faith solely on the finished work of Christ for the forgiveness of their sins is born again; justified, regenerated, and sanctified. His shed blood is the propitiation for our sins; faith alone apart from works, baptism, personal desire or accomplishments is all that is necessary, or accepted.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” • John 3:16 (NIV)

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by works, so that no one can boast.” • Eph. 2:8-9 (NIV)

(See also Rom. 3:24-26, Rom. 5:1, 1I Cor. 5:17, Heb. 11:6)

 

Further, we believe that a Christian can be assured of his salvation, his relationship with God, and his destiny, on the basis of God's keeping power, and the finished work of Christ.

“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” • John 10:28 (NIV)

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” • John 5:13 (NIV) (See also Rom. 8:31-39, Eph. 4:30, Phil. 1:6)

 

 

V.   THE CHURCH

 

We believe that the Church is universal in context; that is, that it is composed of all true believers united by faith in Jesus Christ, who is its head.

“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body -- whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free -- and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” • I Cor. 12:12-13  (See also Eph. 1:20-23, Col. 1:18, 3:15)

 

 

Its Mission

We believe the church is commissioned to be God's witness to the whole world in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ; to worship, encourage, admonish, and grow in our love of our God, and one another.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” • Matthew 28:19,20 (NIV)  (See also Eph. 4:11-12, Heb. 10:24-25)

 

Its Ordinances

We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are the only sacraments and ordinances of the church, both instituted by Christ.  Baptism is the public confession of a believer's identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. It portrays the new life found through faith in Jesus Christ, and is subsequent to salvation; immersion most fully pictures our identification with our Savior.

“Having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.” • Col. 2:12 (NIV)  (See also Mt. 28:19, Acts 8:36-38, 16:30-34)

 

The Lord's Supper is a memorial of Jesus Christ's death and a testimony to it, and is open to all believers who know themselves to be in right relationship with God.

“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.” • I Cor. 11:26 (NIV)  (See also Mt. 26:26-30, Lk. 22:19, I Cor. 11:27-29)

 

VI.  THE FINAL THINGS

 

We believe in the personal, imminent, premillenial return of Jesus Christ for His own and in His subsequent return to earth with His redeemed, to establish His Millennial Kingdom.

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” • I Thes. 4:16-17 (NIV)

(See also Zech. 14:4-11, John 14:2-3, Rev. 19:11-16)

 

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men; the saved to eternal life with God, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.

“Listen, I tell you a mystery:  We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed -- in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” • I Cor. 15:51,52 (NIV)

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” • Matthew 25:46 (NIV)  (See also Lk. 16:19-26, II Thes. 1:7-10, Rev. 20:11-15)

Constitution and By-Laws of Community Bible Fellowship of El Paso

Preamble

As our Heavenly Father instructs us that “everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way” (I Corinthians 14:40), the Congregation of Community Bible Fellowship of El Paso has adopted this Constitution as an instrument to assist in successfully carrying out the work of the Gospel and in handling the business of the Church in an orderly fashion.

 

Article IName

The name of this Church shall be Community Bible Fellowship of El Paso; the Church is not denominationally affiliated, but is governed in accordance with this Constitution, accompanying By-Laws, and the Bible.

 

Article II—Purpose

The purpose of Community Bible Fellowship of El Paso is

to Glorify God

through

worship

and by

leading people to faith in Jesus Christ

and equipping people to serve Jesus Christ

and by

providing resources for the accomplishment

of Christ’s great commission in other parts of the world,

all in dependence on

the enabling grace of God.

 

  

Article IIIStatement of Faith


The Bible

We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original documents, and it is the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and life.

(II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21)

 

The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

(Matthew 28:18-19, Mark 12:29)

 

The Creation and Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in God’s image; that all men have sinned through Adam’s transgression as well as personal experience; that they are totally lost and separated from God, and spiritually dead in their sins.

(Genesis 1:27, Romans 3:10-12)

 

The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin; that He is truly God and truly man; that He died for our sins as a substitutionary sacrifice to justify and reconcile us to God; that all who trust Him as Savior are eternally saved on the grounds of His finished work.

Luke 1:35-40, John 1:1-10, Romans 5:6-9, II Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 3:13)

 

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; that He baptizes and indwells all believers in the Body of Christ at the moment of salvation.

(1 Corinthians 6:19, 12:13, John 16:3-11, Titus 3:5)


The Ordinances

We believe that water baptism, which is a testimony of a believer’s faith and the Lord’s Supper, which is a memorial and testimonial of Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf, are the only ordinances for the Church as defined by the Scriptures.

(Matthew 28:19-20, I Corinthians 11:23-26)


The Final Things

We believe in the personal, imminent, pre-millennial return of Christ for His own; that the saved will be in His presence in glory forever, while the lost shall suffer physical, eternal punishment and separation from God forever.

(I Thessalonians 4:16-17, Luke 16:19-26, Revelation 20:1-3)

 

Article IVMembership

The basis of membership in the local church should be founded upon the same principle as membership in the universal church, that is, the Body of Christ.  Anyone seeking to publicly affiliate with Community Bible Fellowship of El Paso who is a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, who gives evidence by their confession and conduct that they are in true fellowship with the Savior, and who is in agreement with Articles II and III of this Constitution, is invited to sign a Letter of Commitment, renewable every five years.

 

Article V—Property

All property belonging to the Church shall remain intact.  Members severing their relationship with the Church relinquish all claims to its property.  In the event of a division of the Church, the name and property shall remain with the group which adheres to this Constitution and By-Laws.

 

Article VI—Amendments

This Constitution may be amended provided that any such amendment be first approved by the Board of Elders.  The proposed Amendment shall be submitted to the Church Membership for prayerful consideration, two weeks prior to a duly called business meeting.  The Amendment shall be passed by a two-thirds vote of members present at such called meeting.

 

 

The By-Laws of

Community Bible Fellowship

of El Paso

 

Article IMembership

 

Section I—Eligibility

The membership of Community Bible Fellowship of El Paso (also known as CBF) shall be comprised of those who:

       A. Give personal testimony of their faith in Jesus Christ.

       B.  Are willing to submit to the leadership of CBF (The Elders).

       C.  Have completed a Membership Class or other Elder-approved means.

       D.  Have submitted a Letter of Commitment to the leadership of

             CBF in a timely manner.

 

Section 2—Procedure

Having met all eligibility requirements (Completing a Discovery class, meeting with an Elder, and completing a Letter of Commitment) and being in agreement with the Constitution of this local church, membership shall be granted upon approval of Church leadership.

 

Section 3—Duties, Privileges, and Responsibilities

In addition to those privileges outlined in the Letter of Commitment, all who are members shall enjoy all voting privileges (providing they are at least 16 years of age) as well as opportunities to serve in places of ministry within the Church body.

 

Section 4—Duration and Renewal

Membership in Community Bible Fellowship is, considered active for the period of five calendar years from the date of satisfying sections 1 and 2. Renewal is based upon a timely submission of a new letter of commitment, and acceptance by the Elder Board.


Section 5—Removal

Aside from the process outlined in Article I, Section 4 of these By-Laws, removal from active membership may be obtained by:

 

A.  Written request of the individual

B.  The death of the individual

C.  The result of Church discipline, administered on Scriptural grounds.

          (Matthew 18, I Corinthians 5, Titus 3, Galatians 6)

 

Article IIChurch Government

The authority of Community Bible Fellowship is vested in the Elders of the Church, who are in submission to the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God.  These men are responsible for the oversight and well-being of this church.  They are to be responsive to the concerns and desires of God’s people in the carrying out of their responsibilities.  They must seek to truly represent the congregation for whom they are accountable.  The Board of Elders shall have the responsibility to conduct, manage, and control the business of the corporation when such action is in harmony with the Constitution of this Church and the Laws of the State of Illinois.

 

Section I—Church Office

    A.  Pastor

            1.  Responsibilities

             He is an Elder among Elders, and together with the Elders shall give oversight to the  local church.  He is responsible for the teaching and preaching of the Word, and the shepherding of the flock.

 

            2.  Qualifications

  He shall meet the qualifications of I Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and must also be gifted and prepared to effectively carry out his responsibilities.

 

            3.  Selection

            In the event the Church is without a Pastor, the Elders are responsible to supply the pulpit with a man whose testimony, character, and convictions are consistent with the Word of God and the doctrinal position of this Church.  The Elders shall appoint a Pastoral Search Committee to be composed of at least two Elders as well as other members of the Church to follow the directives of the Board of Elders in securing names and pertinent  information of possible candidates.   Final recommendations of this Committee shall be presented to the Board of Elders, and upon unanimous vote, an acceptable candidate shall be presented to the Church membership.  A 75% approval by the members present at a duly called business meeting shall be sufficient to extend a call to that candidate.

 

            4. Length of Service

            The Pastor’s service will be terminated either by resignation, or his removal by the Elder Board, who are convinced that he has disqualified himself according to I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.

 

     B.  Elders

            1. Responsibilities

            The Elders are to give oversight to the flock and the ministries of CBF.  They are to shepherd, instruct, and minister to the Church family.

 

            2.  Qualifications

            An Elder shall meet the qualifications found in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.

 

            3.  Selection

            The Elders will be selected from men who are members of the Church.  They will be recommended to the congregation by the Elders and approved by the congregation at a duly called business meeting.

 

            4.  Length of Service

            An Elder will be elected for a three year term.  He may succeed himself a second term.  After two consecutive terms one year is required before being considered again.  He may be removed by his own request, as well as by the Board of Elders, being convinced that he has disqualified himself according to I Timothy 3 or Titus I.

 

   C.    Deacons

            As the need arises, Deacons will be selected to assist the Elders and serve the believers. (Acts 6).  Deacons shall be selected from those who are members of the church.

 

Article IIIChurch Committees

Committees will function on both a special basis and on a permanent basis. Special committees shall be appointed by the Elders as deemed necessary and shall serve for the appointed time or until their function is fulfilled.  All committees shall have one Elder as a part of that committee, unless there is unanimous agreement by the Board of Elders that none is needed.

 

Standing committees are considered permanent.  In creating a new standing committee, chairpersons shall be nominated by the Elders.  Committee members will be recruited by the chairperson and confirmed by the Board of Elders.  The changing of chairperson will be determined by the committee and confirmed by the Board of Elders.

 

Article IVBusiness Meetings

Duly called business meetings of the Church family will be called by the Board of Elders and their agendas announced to the membership at least two Sunday mornings prior to the meeting.

 

An Annual Business Meeting shall be held during the 4th Quarter of the year.

 

Article VIAmendments to the By-Laws

These By-Laws may be amended provided that any such By-Law be first approved by the Board of Elders, the proposed amendment shall be submitted to the Church membership for prayerful consideration, two weeks prior to a duly called business meeting, and the amendment shall be passed by a two-thirds vote of members present at such called meeting.

 

Edited and approved 11/9/2004

Most recent edition—printed 3/1/2012