About us

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    1. We believe that the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired of God and inerrant in the original writing, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
    2. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in essence, while distinct in personality and function.  (Exodus 20:2-3; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6)
    3. We believe in God’s direct creation of the heavens and earth without the use of pre-existent material and apart from any process of evolution whatsoever, according to the Genesis account. We believe that human beings were created in the image of God as either male or female, that gender identity and roles are aspects of God’s creative design, that marriage is the joining of one man and one woman, and that sexual intimacy is to be expressed only within the bond of biblically defined marriage.  (Genesis 1:1-31, 2:18, 2:24-25; Exodus 20:11; Matthew 19: 4-6; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:3, 13:4)
    4. We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of Mary, a virgin, and is true God and true man.  (John 1:1,14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Galatians 4:4)
    5. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there as High Priest and Advocate.  (Matthew 28:1-7; Acts 1:8-11; 1 Corinthians 15:4-9; Hebrews 4:14-16)
    6. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the agent of the new birth through conviction and regeneration, and that He seals, indwells, and baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ at the moment of conversion. We believe that the Holy Spirit fills, empowers, and distributes service gifts to believers, but that sign gifts were restricted to the Apostolic Period.  (John 3:5; Ephesians 1:13; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 5:18, 4:11-12; Romans 12:6-8; Hebrews 2:3-4; Ephesians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 13:8-13)
    7. We believe that man sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God, and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners in thought, word, and deed.  (Genesis 1:26-27, 3:1-6; Romans 5:12,19, 3:10-13; Titus 1:15-16)
    8. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died as the substitutionary sacrifice for all men. The blood atonement He made was unlimited in its potential. It is limited only in its application, effectively saving those who are brought by the Holy Spirit to repentance and faith.  (Isaiah 53:4-11; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; 1 John 2:1-2; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 Timothy 4:10; John 3:5-8, 16:8-13)
    9. We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.  (John 1:12-13, 3:3-16; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-9)
    10. We believe in the eternal security of the believer, that it is impossible for one born into the family of God ever to be lost because he is forever kept by the power of God.  (John 6:39,40, 10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39; Jude 1; 1 Peter 1:5)
    11. We believe in “that blessed hope”—the personal, premillennial, pretribulational, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, when the Church will be “gathered together unto Him.”  (Titus 2:13; John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3)
    12. We believe in the literal fulfillment of the prophecies and promises of the Scriptures which foretell and assure the future regeneration and restoration of Israel as a nation.  (Genesis 13:14-17; Jeremiah 16:14-15, 30:6-11; Romans 11)
    13. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost. (Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 16:19-31; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 21:1-8)
    14. We believe that the Church, which is Christ’s body, is the spiritual organism consisting of all born-again believers of this New Testament dispensation. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:13)
    15. We believe that the local church is the agency through which God has chosen to accomplish His work in the world. A New Testament Baptist church is an organized body of baptized believers, immersed upon a credible confession of faith in Jesus Christ, having two offices (pastor and deacon), congregational in polity, autonomous in nature, and banded together for work, worship, edification, the observance of the ordinances, and the worldwide fulfillment of the Great Commission. We believe that the local church, under Christ’s headship, is to be free from any external hierarchy and should not associate itself with any ecumenical endeavor, neo-orthodoxy, neo-evangelicalism, or any such efforts to compromise the Truth.  (Acts 2:41-47; Ephesians 3:10; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Timothy 3; 1 Peter 5:1-3; Ephesians 1:22; Romans 16:17; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17; 1 Timothy 6:3-5)
    16. We believe that the scriptural ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s supper and are to be administered by the local church; that baptism, by immersion, should be administered to believers only as a symbol of their belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and as a testimony to the world of that belief and of their death, burial, and resurrection with Him; and that the Lord’s supper should be partaken of by baptized believers to show forth His death, “till He come.”  (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47, 8:26-39; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28; Colossians 2:12)

  • In 1964, the General Council of Baptist Mid-Missions appointed a committee to research the possibility of launching a campus ministry. It was the conviction of the committee that a Scriptural ministry should result in the converts' going through the waters of baptism and uniting with a local Baptist church. They desired that this ministry be distinctly separatist and committed to teaching the historic Christian faith.

    At much same time, Pastor Hal Miller of Iowa Falls, Iowa, had begun ministering to students at Ellsworth Junior College across the street from the church he pastored. He had a burden to start a campus ministry with the same distinctives as mentioned above. Pastor Miller approached Baptist Mid-Missions with what God was laying on his heart.

    God burdened the mission and the man and brought them together. Pastor Miller presented his vision at the Triannual Conference in Portsmouth, Ohio, in the summer of 1965 and the General Council then voted to authorize Campus Bible Fellowship as a ministry of Baptist Mid-Missions. Hal and Patty Miller were authorized as the first CBF missionaries in April 1966.

    The work then spread from Ellsworth Junior College to the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. In the half century since, CBF has expanded to campuses in many regions of the United States.

    CBF exists to make disciples in fulfillment of the Great Commission given in Matthew 28:19-20. CBF has been both a haven for Christian students in a hostile, secular environment and a light to those who do not know Jesus including many international students from countries antagonistic to the Gospel. Thousands of students have had their lives transformed by the teachings of Jesus on their secular college campus through CBF ministries.

    Young adults from America and many other nations have given their lives to Jesus, been discipled and integrated into gospel centered churches. Local churches have been strengthened by Christians who learned to love and serve Jesus through Campus Bible Fellowship. A significant number of former CBF students have surrendered their lives to vocational ministry.

    The impact of CBF continues through current ministries and through a multitude of former students who have remained steadfast in their faith because a CBF missionary was on their campus during a critical time in the development of their spiritual lives. Only God knows the impact of those Christians and what He has accomplished through them. To God be the glory.

    • At the age of twenty-one I was forced out of my comfort zone of living at home with my family in a rural country community, where I had lived for my entire life, to a whole new world nearly a thousand miles away where I knew absolutely no one. Upon arriving on campus, I made contact with Campus Bible Fellowship. CBF has been a wonderful blessing to me as it enabled me to meet many new Christian friends, has helped me to grow in my Christian walk, and given me many opportunities to serve the Lord.  -John, Florida

    • I came to the U.S. to study English.  My cousin was studying the Bible with Campus Bible Fellowship, and she recommended this to me.  Actually, Bible study helps my English.  I am thankful to God for helping me to understand [His Word] and for the help the CBF Staff have provided.  -Jung Mi, Korea                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    • I was born in mainland China. Atheism educated us that we can do everything by ourselves; and we can be dominated by nothing except by ourselves. But in my mind, I feel sometimes we cannot succeed even if we do our best. After being married two weeks, my husband returned to USA for his studies. I had to stay in China to apply for a visa. I came to America four months later and was introduced to a CBF Staff.  She is my Bible teacher and very important because she taught me to know God.  I met many problems after coming to U.S.  I missed my parents and hated the big change for me. I asked my Bible teacher what I should do, and she always can find the way from the Bible to solve my problems. The Bible is so amazing in that it does help me out of my trouble.  I think God is so powerful and God brought me to America so that I can know him in this way. So I accepted God as my Savior and became a member of God’s family. Since then I can feel the true peace and happiness, because I believe that God is with me anywhere and all the time. -Tina, China