Our Mission & Vision

The mission of Community Bible Church is to love God, to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ. The vision of our church is to glorify our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to make true disciples throughout all the nations by means of missionary activity and support, to minister the ordinances, to edify believers, and to do all that is sovereignly possible and biblically permissible to magnify the name of Jesus.

Leadership

Rev. Osmond Jerome

 

Osmond Jerome has served as the pastor of Christie Street Baptist Church since 2012. Pastor Jerome also serves as an adjunct Professor at Toronto Baptist Seminary and Bible College, where he teaches Bible Study Skills, Principles & Methods of Teaching, Public Speaking, Worship.  

 

Statement of Faith

THE BIBLE: We believe that the Bible is the word of God. The sixty-six books comprising the Old and New Testaments are God-breathed and inerrant. The Bible is our final authority and our only all-sufficient rule of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; John 17:17; Ephesians 2:19-20) GOD: We believe that there is but one true and living God. He is inexpressibly holy, eternal, infinite, and perfect in all His attributes. He knows all things (omniscience), has power over all things (omnipotence), and is present everywhere (omnipresence). We believe that God exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; and that these three persons of the Godhead are the co-creators and sustainers of the universe. (Gen. 1-2; Deut. 6:4-5; Matt. 28:19-20; 2 Cor. 13:14) Because of his great love, the eternal Father sent his Son to die on behalf of sinners. The Father elects, saves, adopts, and disciplines his believing children. (John 3:16; Romans 8; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 1:3-6; Hebrews 4:16, 12:9; 1 Peter 1:3) JESUS CHRIST: We believe in the virgin birth, sinless life, vicarious death, victorious bodily resurrection, present intercession, and personal, glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is God the Son, and the Son of God. (Matthew 1:18-23; John 1:1-18; Romans 5:12-19; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8) THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the absolute deity and personality of the Holy Spirit. He is the divine agent in the sinner’s regeneration and believer’s sanctification. He indwells and gives spiritual gifts to all believers for ministry in the church and society. (Romans. 8:9-11; Ephesians 1:13-14) ANGELS: We believe in the existence of angels, spiritual beings created by God. They worship, serve and do God’s will. (Mark 1:14; Luke 4:10) DEMONS: We believe in the reality, personality, and absolute evil nature of Satan and demons. (John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 11:14; Revelation 12:9) HUMANITY: We believe that human beings were created in the image and likeness of God. Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, disobeyed God and became fallen, sinful creatures. As a result, sin and death entered the world. (Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-24; Daniel 9:18; Romans 5:12-19; Ephesians 2:1-3) SALVATION: We believe that salvation comes by the grace of God. Salvation has been provided for all and is obtained by grace through faith in the all-sufficient sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. When the righteousness of God in Christ has been imputed to a sinful human soul, good works and perseverance are produced and may serve as evidence of saving faith. (John 6:35-40; Romans 3:19-26; 8:28-30; 1 Peter 1:18-23) FUTURE THINGS: We believe in the personal bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth. We believe in the resurrection of both the just and the unjust, the eternal blessedness of the righteous, and the judgement and eternal punishment of the wicked. (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20-22) THE CHURCH: We believe that a New Testament local church is a company of baptized believers, voluntarily associated together for the ministry of the Word, mutual helpfulness and edification, the observance of the ordinances, and the proclamation of the Gospel. A local church should be sovereign, under God, with no ecclesiastical authority higher than itself. Christians should abstain from sinful indulgences and separate themselves for God: “renounce irreverence and worldly lusts, and live soberly, righteously, and reverently in the present age.” (Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:1-16; 1 Timothy 3:1-15; 1 Peter 2:9-10; Titus 2:12) ORDINANCES: We believe that there are but two church ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. BAPTISM: Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water as testimony of the believer’s union by faith with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12-13) THE LORD’S SUPPER: The Lord’s Supper is the partaking of bread and the “fruit of the vine” in remembrance of Christ’s death, until He comes again. (Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-23; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26) THE GOSPEL: The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ died to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). Christ’s atoning death offers eternal life, blessedness, reconciliation with God, and assured protection from evil and hell (Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 5:19; Hebrews 6:11; 1 John 5:18; 2 Peter 2:4-9). The gospel invitation goes out to people from every ‘tribe, language, and nation’ (Revelation 5:9). Jesus Christ came to earth as God incarnate, fully man and fully God (John 1:14). He went to the cross, took on the sin of all mankind, and died under the wrath of his Father (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 1:29; Isaiah 53:10). He was buried, but rose from the dead to be seated beside his Father in heaven, where he calls humans to repent and believe in his saving sacrifice (1 Corinthians 15:4; Hebrews 12:2; Luke 22:69; Revelation 3). THE GREAT COMMISSION: We believe that God’s people are sent into the world by Jesus Christ to proclaim his gospel, just as Christ was sent by the Father (Matthew 28:18-20; John 17:18, 20:21; Acts 1:8). We are to be teachers, preachers, and ambassadors for Christ, explaining the gospel to unbelievers with grace, clarity, wisdom, gentleness, and patience (2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Colossians 4:2-6; 2 Timothy 2:14-26).