Beliefs

Core Values

We believe the Bible teaches:

(a) Believers are called to mutual submission, love and service.

(b) God distributes spiritual gifts without regard to gender, ethnicity or class.

(c) Believers must develop and exercise their God-given gifts in church, home and world.

(d) Believers have equal authority and equal responsibility to exercise their gifts without regard to gender, ethnicity or class and without the limits of culturally-defined roles.

(e) Restricting believers from exercising their gifts – on the basis of their gender, ethnicity or class – resists the work of the Spirit of God and is unjust.

(f) Believers must promote righteousness and oppose injustice in all its forms.

Statement of Faith

(a) We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, is reliable, and is the final authority for faith and practice.

(b) We believe in the unity and trinity of God, eternally existing as three equal persons.

(c) We believe in the full deity and full humanity of Jesus Christ.

(d) We believe in the sinfulness of all persons. One result of sin is shattered relationships with God, others, and self.

(e) We believe that eternal salvation and restored relationships are possible through faith in Jesus Christ who died for us, rose from the dead, and is coming again. This salvation is offered to all people.

(f) We believe in the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation, and in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers.

(g) We believe in the equality and essential dignity of men and women of all ethnicities, ages, and classes. We recognize that all persons are made in the image of God and are to reflect that image in the community of believers, in the home, and in society.

(h) We believe that men and women are to diligently develop and use their God-given gifts for the good of the home, church, and society.

(i) We believe in the family, celibate singleness, and faithful heterosexual marriage as God’s design.

(j) We believe that, as mandated by the Bible, men and women are to oppose injustice.

CBE Sydney’s statements are consistent with that of CBE International which can be viewed here and here..

A statement on ‘Men, Women and Biblical Equality’ by CBE International can be viewed here.

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