About the Community Bible Church
The Community Bible Church began in May of 1995. After many months in prayer, a group of believers made the commitment to start an independent Bible church in Tunkhannock. Our goal was to combine the best aspects of traditional and contemporary worship and at the same time not compromise the fundamentals of the faith.
What is an Independent Church?
An independent church is simply a church with no affiliation with a greater organization. The concept of an “independent church” actually began in the first century as the Apostles began spreading the gospel and planting churches. While it is true that the Apostles had very real authority over those first century churches, it is also true that the Elders in local churches had no authority over the affairs of other local churches; their authority being limited to their own churches. With the passing of the Apostles, no central governmental structure replaced the Apostles’ authority nor were there any Biblical instructions to form such a centralized governmental structure. The local churches in most of the cities that had been evangelized operated independently – using the guidelines passed on to them by the Apostles and recorded in the books of the New Testament.
As time passed, groups of local churches in particular geographical areas began to develop bonds with each other, but it was not until the 4th and 5th centuries that a strong central authority, that controlled all Christian churches, began to show itself. This strong central authority continued to develop throughout the Middle Ages – with some ruptures along the way – and was not seriously and effectively challenged until the Reformation in the 16th century.
The Protestant Reformation created a number of new authoritative Protestant bodies or “denominations.” They arose because of doctrinal or geographical distinctives and in an effort to maintain control over individual churches.
Why Start an Independent Bible Church?
The movement toward independent churches that had been so much a part of the early church, re-emerged around the turn of the 19th century. This came about because many of the mainline Protestant denominations were beginning to move away from some of the traditional doctrines of the church. The independent church enables Christians who are like minded to build a church that is founded on the traditional doctrines of the faith and then gives them the autonomy to see that this foundation is not disrupted.
Our purpose at CBC is to maintain regular public worship, build one another in the faith, promote systematic study and teaching of the Bible, and participate in the evangelization of the lost both locally and throughout the world. Our worship combines aspects of both the traditional and the contemporary with a sincere desire to keep worship fresh and to focus on the living God. We welcome all who subscribe to our doctrinal statement to join with us in membership. We also invite anyone who is seeking or has questions about Christianity to visit. We want to be of help.
The movement toward independent churches, that had been so much a part of the early church, re-emerged around the turn of the 19th century. This came about because many of the mainline Protestant denominations were beginning to reject critical doctrinal truths such as the inspiration and inerrancy of the Scriptures, the deity and virgin birth of Christ, even the need for faith in the atoning death of Christ for salvation. These – and other doctrines that soon fell out of favor – had been the very foundation of the church for nearly 2000 years. As a result, the essential message of the gospel was lost in many of these churches.
Because of the traditional hierarchy in mainline churches, true reform has become virtually impossible and can consume time and energy that would otherwise be spent in doing ministry.