Core Values of CBCGL
CBCGL is a non-denominational church based on the Bible. Scripture is the only divinely inspired and infallible Word of God, and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (2 Tim 3:16-17; 1 Thess 2:13; 2 Pet 1:19-21; 1 Tim 4:12-13; Jas 1:21-25). Thus, the Bible is the primary source for us to understand and interpret the work of the Holy Spirit.
Position Regarding Charismatic Practice
Given that members of CBCGL are drawn from many different cultures, nationalities, and denominations, there are differences of outlook on some matters, including charismatic practice. In matters that are not fundamental to the gospel, members respect each other’s personal convictions, refrain from propagating a particular point of view as the only right interpretation, and abstain from promoting a point of view which might cause offence to other members. At the same time, the church leaders bear the responsibility to resolve diverging viewpoints on the ministry and experience of the Holy Spirit, and to give the congregation appropriate spiritual direction, based on the Bible.
Recognizing that the operations of the Holy Spirit are many and varied, this statement focuses on basic principles and practical guidelines applicable within our church community.
All God the Father’s blessings are made ours in Christ His Son, and all are ministered to us by His sovereign Spirit, as they are made known to us in His Holy Word. We want to know, to enjoy, and to teach all the blessings of all three Persons of the Godhead, as Scripture reveals and prescribes these blessings.
CBCGL emphasizes the essential and creative work of the Spirit of God in regeneration: without the Spirit of Christ, a person “does not belong to Christ” (Rom 8:9). We believe in the continuous sanctifying work of the Spirit enabling us to grow in grace and holiness until we are conformed to the image of Christ (Rom 8:29). The church also recognizes that God in His sovereign dealings with His people may grant them a crisis experience or experiences subsequent to conversion, resulting in clear advance in spiritual life or empowerment in ministry.