RBC is a Christian congregation of about 345 adults and children, associated with similar congregations under the name of Christian Brethren Churches in Quebec (CBCQ). It began to meet in the Fall of 1929 on the eve of the Great Depression. (You can read more about its history here.)
RBC is guided by a team of elders and deacons, recognized by the congregation, and responsible for the overall leadership of the church. Several staff members assist them. Various councils oversee a wide range of helping and caring ministries. Groups of individual members lead and operate the many activities at RBC.
Membership in RBC is open to all who love and follow Jesus Christ and who wish to serve Him with fellow believers at RBC.
RBC has met in its current building since 1954 and has undergone major renovations in 1965, 1980, 1989 and 2014.
Over the years RBC has been able to encourage the establishment of several new French assemblies as well as participate in the founding of Bethel Chapel (Pointe-Claire, QC) from which has come Westview Bible Church (Pierrefonds, QC).
Our Mission Statement is “to go and make fully committed followers of Jesus Christ of all people groups, starting in our Montreal communities, through worshipping, praying, teaching, caring, serving and witnessing.”
Our Statement of Faith
This statement is a concise summary of the Fundamentals of the Faith. The truths in this statement are basic to a right understanding and belief concerning God and His Word, the Person and work of Christ, and the way of salvation. Confident and full acceptance of these truths is a requirement for membership in RBC and for our full fellowship with other Christians and churches.The Holy Bible is the divinely inspired, unerring Word of God, our supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
There is one true God, sovereign Creator of the universe. God exists eternally in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Son of God is the Lord Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man. Born of the virgin Mary, He lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins, and rose again from the dead. He ascended to His Father’s right hand, and now intercedes for His people there. He will soon return for His church, begin His judgment of all mankind, and institute His universal rule.
By nature, each individual person is fallen and lost, unable to escape God’s judgment against our sin. But by the infinite grace of God and the atoning sacrifice of Christ, all who put their faith in Jesus the risen Lord receive full forgiveness and eternal life. All who refuse him perish.
The Holy Spirit works in the world, convicting men and women of their sin and drawing them to Jesus Christ the Lord. The Holy Spirit indwells all true believers, enabling them to experience the life in Christ, and providing them with spiritual gifts whereby they may glorify God and build up His church.
Expanded Statement of RBC Teaching and Practices
This Expanded Statement was written with two purposes in mind:
The Holy Scriptures: The Bible is God’s written revelation to humanity. It was fully, verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit in the original writings in all its parts, through the individual personalities and styles of its human authors. It is therefore inerrant and infallible and our only reliable rule of faith and practice. We interpret it by the classic literal-historical-grammatical method, with appropriate attention to and allowance for the social and cultural environment and times in which each part was written. We teach what we understand to be the full message of the Bible, although we do not claim to have arrived at a complete and final understanding of the Word of God.
God: There is one God, the only eternal self-existing One, from Whom are all created things. God is Spirit, perfect in all His attributes, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. God, one in substance and essence, exists from all eternity in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In this Trinity in Unity nothing is before or after, nothing is greater or less, but all Three Persons, co-eternal, together and equal.
Angels are created beings and therefore not to be worshipped. They are a higher order of creation than humans, created to serve God and to worship Him. Satan is a created angel and the author of sin. He incurred the judgment of God by rebelling against Him, taking many angels with him in his fall, and by introducing sin into the human race by his temptation of Eve and the sin of Adam. Satan and his angels (demons) are the open and declared enemy of God and man. Satan is the prince of this world who has been defeated through the death and resurrection of Christ and will be eternally punished in the lake of fire.
Humans were created by God in His image and likeness, free of sin and with a moral responsibility to God. God intended that we would glorify Him, enjoy His fellowship, live in His will, and accomplish His purpose for us in the world. In Adam’s sin, humanity lost its innocence and incurred the penalty of physical and spiritual death, becoming subject to the wrath of God, incapable of glorifying God apart from His grace. Adam’s sinful nature was transmitted to all people making us all sinners by nature and by choice.
Salvation: Salvation is wholly of God’s grace on the basis of the atoning work of Christ and not on the basis of human merit or works. Christ was the one and only atoning sacrifice for sin. Salvation is freely given by God to all who repent of their sins and place their faith in Christ as Saviour. The message of salvation is to “whosoever will”. All who reject this message of salvation in Christ do so on their own responsibility and will experience eternal punishment.
The Church: All believers are placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual body, the church of Jesus Christ, of which He is head. The establishment and continuity of local churches is taught in the Scriptures and the members of the universal church are directed to associate themselves together in local assemblies for worship, service, proclamation of the Word of God, and mutual love and support. Local churches are responsible to the Lord under their appointed elders and are free from external authority or control. Individual churches are to fellowship with one another and cooperate wherever possible for the propagation of the faith.
Plurality and Rule of Elders: The one supreme authority for the church is Christ. The biblically designated officers serving under Christ and over the local church are the elders. These leaders rule as servants of Christ and have His authority in directing the church. The congregation is to recognize the elders and their role, and to follow their leadership.
The Ordinances: Two ordinances have been committed by Christ to the local church:
Spiritual Gifts: God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowing of all His spiritual gifts today. There were two kinds of gifts given the early church: miraculous gifts of divine revelation and healing, given temporarily in the apostolic era for the purpose of confirming the authenticity of the apostles’ message; and ministering gifts, given to equip believers for edifying one another. With the New Testament revelation now complete, Scripture becomes the sole test of the authenticity of the message, and confirming gifts of a miraculous nature are no longer necessary to validate a person or their message. Although God still operates miracles according to His will, the only gifts in operation today are those non-revelatory and equipping gifts given for edification.
Marriage: God ordained marriage as a voluntary, complementary, and lifelong covenant between a man and a woman. It protects, legitimizes, and supports the procreative relationship that can exist only between a man and a woman. Marriage also reflects aspects of God’s character in His relationship to humanity. The permanence and monogamy of marriage mirror God’s faithfulness and singular devotion to His church. Sexual intimacy is legitimate only within the bounds of marriage. A healthy, permanent marriage is therefore God’s ideal, and the best foundation for families, the raising of children and community life.
Our teaching is generally in line with the historic dispensational view. The key elements of this view include: