What to Expect
Community Bible Church of St Augustine is a gathering of ordinary people who have been transformed by an extraordinary gospel – the glorious message that Jesus Christ died and was raised so that sinners would be reconciled to God. As a gathering of followers of Christ we desire to proclaim and live this message. We invite you to join us on Sundays at 10:30am and Wednesdays at 6:30pm.
Our Sunday morning gatherings are centered upon the Biblical truths of Jesus Christ. We walk through God’s Word by a teaching method that is expository, meaning that we teach through each book of the Bible, one verse at a time. We do this because we believe all of the Scriptures should be taught, not just some of them. This best insures that our lives will transformed as the Holy Spirit empowers His Word in the heart of each person who walks through our doors.
On the first Sunday of each month, we worship God through participating in holy communion. We remember the sacrifice Christ paid for our sin as his body was broken and his blood poured out on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.
What is a Christian?
What It Means To Be a Christian
Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a particular religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian means you have embraced what the Bible says about God, mankind, and salvation. Consider the following truths found in Scripture.
God Is Sovereign Creator
CBC embraces the Reformed teaching regarding the Sovereignty of God. Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him. The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore, He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.
God Is Holy
God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13). God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
Mankind Is Sinful
According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. (Romans 3:10-12).
Sin Demands a Penalty
God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences.
Jesus Is Lord and Savior
The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (Colossians 1:16). Therefore He owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior who paid the penalty and died for sinners (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice and Christ’s perfect life satisfied the demands of God’s holiness (2 Corinthians 5:21), thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26).
The Character of Saving Faith
True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3,5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9) and pursue Christ (Matthew 11:28-30; John 17:3) and obedience to Him (1 John 2:3). It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).
If you have questions about how you can become a Christian, or want help in knowing how to live the Christian life, please contact our office.
Special Needs and Hearing Assistance
We welcome visitors with special needs. All of our facility is handicap accessible and we provide a special equipping hour class for developmentally disabled youth and adults.
We have installed a Hearing Loop in the sanctuary to assist those with hearing loss hear more clearly during services. A Hearing Loop is an assistive listening system that transmits sound directly into ones’ hearing aids or cochlear implants rather than depending on sound coming from the loudspeakers. To receive the Loop signal, manually activate your T-coil or telephone setting on your hearing aid or cochlear implant. If you don’t know if you have a T-coil or if yours is properly programmed, consult with your audiologist or hearing aid professional. If you don’t wear hearing aids, ask to use a Loop receiver to receive the sound.