What we believe

  • We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed.

  • The Godhead exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one God.

  • We believe that man is created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell, became alienated from God, inherited a sinful nature, and is unable by his own strength to remedy his lost condition.

  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man; that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitute sacrifice; that our redemption is made sure to us by His literal physical resurrection from the dead; that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in Heaven, exalted at the right hand of God, where as the High Priest for His people, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate.

  • We believe that salvation is the gift of God, given to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins.

  • We believe that all the redeemed once saved can know salvation is a present possession and are kept by God's power and thus secure in Christ forever. It is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh.

  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person with God the Father and the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He is the Supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth and that it is the privilege of all who are saved to be filled with the Spirit.

  • We believe that the Church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this age, irrespective of their affiliation with Christian organizations. The Country Bible Church is evangelical, evangelistic, non-charismatic, and denominationally unrelated; its members fellowshipping fully and heartily with other evangelical believers of similar persuasion.

  • We believe in the personality of Satan, who is the open and declared enemy of God and man.

  • We believe that the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the coming of the Lord Jesus in the air to receive to Himself the dead in Christ and believers who are alive at His coming, otherwise known as the Rapture and Translation of the church.

  • We believe that the Great Tribulation will follow the Rapture of the Church.

  • We believe that the great tribulation will be climaxed by the (premillennial) return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth to set up His Thousand Year Kingdom.

  • We believe that the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in Glory; but the soul of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final judgment of the great white throne at the close of the millennium when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.

  • We believe that all believers should seek to walk in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Lord and Savior and that separation from un-Christ like pleasures and practices is commanded of God; that it is the obligation of every believer to witness by deed and by word to the truths of Holy Scriptures and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all the world; that it is the responsibility of all believers to remember the work of the Lord in prayer and to support it with their means as the Lord has prospered them.

  • We believe that there are two ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water and is properly called believers' baptism. It portrays in a beautiful and solemn way our faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effects in our lives of a death to sin and resurrection to a new life. The Lord's Supper is the commemoration of our Lord's death until He comes and our continual fellowship with Him, and should be preceded by careful self-examination.
  • our history

    In 1970, a man by the name of Buddy Medlock started an organization called The Christian Brotherhood at 33rd and Dodge in Omaha. His aim was to reach young people with the Gospel. Kirby Wendt, son of Herb and Stella Wendt, lived at the Brotherhood in 1972 for three months, where he and some friends formed a band, Solutions. Meanwhile, Kirby's parents began attending a house church in Omaha known as Ecclesia at 3620 Lincoln Boulevard. Another couple, James and Mary Jacoby also began attending Ecclesia around this same time. Gene Lee, a full time Marketing Manager for Safeway Foods, was the principal preacher at Ecclesia. In April of 1972, Paul and Bev Warren began hosting a women's Bible Study in their home on South 18th Street in Blair with Meta Taylor of Fremont teaching. This Bible Study quickly grew from 20-30 ladies to over 100 and began meeting in the Park.

    When Kirby returned to Blair from his stay at the Christian Brotherhood, he wanted to start a similar outreach mission in Blair. He and James Jost rented the second floor of the Roy Anderson Law Office at 1553 Washington Street for $25.00 a month. They started a coffee house, with live music provided by Solutions, and named it The Upper Room.

    The Upper Room was open on Saturday nights for coffee, refreshments, and live music as well as Bible Studies taught by visiting teachers from Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University). The Saturday night meetings attracted many young people and became well-known in the community as a safe gathering place for young Christians. This is significant, because during the "Hippie" movement, many churches did not welcome the young people with their long hair, jeans and casual lifestyle. Meanwhile, Meta Taylor's women's Bible study group started an evening session that would include their husbands. This Bible study, led by mature Christian men, began to meet on Fridays at The Upper Room. The Bible Study group included Herb and Stella Wendt and James and Mary Jacoby, and several others who were still traveling to Omaha every Sunday to attend Ecclesia. In April of 1974, these people arranged for a series of six Saturday night services, featuring the preaching of Gene Lee to be held at the Upper Room. The services were very well attended and during the coffee time following the last service, Gene challenged Herb Wendt and James Jacoby with, "What do you want to do now?" Based on the response of the community, the group decided to begin holding Sunday morning worship services. Gene Lee was hired as Preacher for $10.00/week plus a tank of gas. He preached at the Upper Room at 9:00 AM and then at Ecclesia at 11:00.

    The congregation met in The Upper Room for about a year, growing constantly, describing itself as a non-denominational fellowship. Bible Studies for men, women and teens met in The Upper Room weekday evenings and Sunday mornings included a worship service and Sunday School classes.

    In May of 1975, Jim Jacoby approached the Cuming City School Board to request renting the empty school building at 13376 County Road 16, two miles north of Blair on Highway 75, to use as a church for the growing congregation. The School Board could not rent the building to The Upper Room, but they agreed to let them use it at no charge in exchange for maintenance. The Cuming City School house had two school rooms and a kitchen on the main floor and a furnace room and two bathrooms in the basement. Volunteers removed the blackboards, installed carpeting and painted the walls. In the course of their remodeling, they discovered a huge walnut folding door which could be folded to open the two school rooms into one large room, for seating 150-200 people. The first worship service was held at The Upper Room Chapel June 15, 1975. Mary Jacoby came up with a new name for the congregation and The Upper Room Chapel became Country Bible Church July 17, 1975.

    Sunday morning worship services and Sunday afternoon fellowship activities, such as games and movies, were held at the new location and the Upper Room continued to be the site of Bible Studies and other weekday evening meetings. Pastor Lee's office was also located at the Upper Room. He left his job at Safeway and became full time pastor of Country Bible Church September 1, 1975.

    Rapid growth continued and the church bought six acres from Jim Juul in 1977 for $12,000. Kirby Wendt purchased half of the land and the church broke ground in 1978. The first building at 13121 County Road 16 was constructed entirely by volunteers from within the congregation. The completed building consisted of a sanctuary, (currently the Fellowship Hall), and one office on the main level for the Pastor. The basement held a secretary's office, a fellowship room, Sunday School rooms and a kitchen. Also on the lower level was an outdoor basketball court and 'patio' area. (This is now the Atrium and Sunday school classrooms). The first worship service was held in the new building on Easter Sunday, 1980. They met in the basement, because the Sanctuary was not yet complete. A bell in the steeple rang out to call the worshippers to the Sunday morning service and Sunday School. A second service was added in 1992, beginning on March 22.

    The 7,300 sq ft which was added beginning in April of 1996, includes the west wing. This wing originally housed a large fellowship hall, a kitchen (the east half of the current kitchen), one nursery room and six classrooms. A suite of four offices was added on to the south side of the building.

    From 1996-1999, Country Bible Church held Easter Services at the Blair High School in order to accommodate everyone. Three Sunday morning worship services and Sunday School classes for all ages met weekly at CBC.

    Beginning in May of 2000, the west wing underwent remodeling: the fellowship hall was divided up and made into a classroom, a second nursery room, additional kitchen space and the Library. In addition to the renovations of the West wing, the current 450 seat Sanctuary, three more offices, a reception area and workroom, the music office, a classroom and the Atrium were added. To accommodate the growing numbers during construction, the Jr. and Sr. High met at the vacant Kingdom Hall just north of Blair. It was dubbed "CBC South" and was closed when construction was completed in time for Easter, April 15, 2001.