CLEARVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH

Antlers Court Building 8660 Winands Road Randallstown, MD 410-363-6722

The Family and Salvation

THE FAMILY

We love people because God loves people. The man and the woman are the special creations of God, made in His own image with intellect, will and emotion among other capabilities. God created the male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The man and the woman are of equal worth before God since both are created in His own image. The sacredness of the human personality is evident in that God created man in His “own image". Therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love. God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society; it is the building block. Marriage, biblically speaking, is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant committment for a life time.  The marriage relationship is a model for the way God relates to His people; and as Christ loves the Church so ought men to love their wives. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. God loves the widow's, the orphans and the divorced and so do we. (Gen. 2:7,15-25, 3:1-9; Rom. 3:23; 6:23; Psalm 14:1-3; Ephesians 5:18-23)

 

SALVATION

We believe and teach that salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works. Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, the Lord Jesus obtained eternal redemption for the believer; in its broadest sense, salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. (John 1:12-14; Ephesians 2:8-10; I Peter 1:18-19; Rom. 5:6-8, 8:1, 10:9,10,13; I John 5:12-13)

 

How to become a Christian

A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ.  A Christian has a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, seeks to obey Him in all things, and draws on His strength to help with life's problems.  God made us for Himself and our souls are restless until they find rest in Him.(Matthew 11:28-30) Only God can fill the void in your life.  The answer to your search for meaning is in receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life.  To become a Christian, you need to know these basic facts from the Bible:
#1.  God Loves You.  God loves you just the way you are, but to much to leave you as you are without Him.  Because of God's love for all persons, He desires that you have unbroken fellowship with Him. (John 3:16,17; Ephesians 2:4,5)
#2.  You are a lost sinner.  All people are sinners in need of salvation, all have disobeyed God's law, sin is choosing to go your own way and do your own thing as opposed to being obedient to God. (Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:10)
#3. Sin separates you from God.  Sin forms a barrier that prevents you from entering into fellowship with God. God is Holy, and as unholy sinners all are headed for a Christ-less eternity separated from God in a place the bible calls Hell. (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:23)
#4.  You can't save yourself.  Some people think that through their efforts they can overcome the sin barrier between themselves and God, this is not true. There is nothing you can do to restore a broken relationship with God. No one can earn God's gift of salvation. (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5)
#5.  God sent His Son Jesus to remove the sin barrier.  The death on the cross of Jesus Christ, God's Son, removed the sin barrier between you and God. Jesus shed his precious blood and died for your sins, taking the punishment of your sins upon Himself. (I Peter 2:24; Romans 5:6-8)
#6.  You can receive Jesus Christ through faith. Faith is trusting in what Jesus has done for you rather than trusting your own efforts to enjoy fellowship with God. Faith is complete reliance on Christ and his merits for forgiveness.(John 1:12; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9,10)
#7.  Through prayer you can trust in Jesus Christ.  Repent, admit that you are a sinner, ask God to forgive your sins for Christ sake, Invite Jesus into your life as Savior and Lord. (Romans 10:13) pray a prayer like this..........."Lord Jesus I know that I am a sinner, I ask for your forgiveness, I believe you died and was resurrected for my redemption, I turn from my sins to you and invite you to come in to my heart and save my soul from eternal damnation, Lord I want to be a christian in my heart, thank you for saving me, take over in my life and make the person you want me to be, for I pray in Jesus name, Amen".  If you prayed this prayer in faith you are a Christian, welcome to the family of faith, accepting Christ is the beginning. Contact us at (410-363-6722) leave your name and address and we will send you a free Bible and a free devotional study guide postage paid.  As God's child you need to find a bible believing, Christ centered Church in your area, and when you do join it, being baptized as a believer, there you can begin a study of the word of God and become a disciple. God bless you, caring for people God's way.  Pastor Keith Greer Sr.

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