CLEARVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH

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

WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT THE SCRIPTURES AND FATHER GOD

 

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

 We believe and teach that the Bible is God's written revelation to man, and thus all 66 books of the Bible are given to us by the Holy Spirit. We teach the Word of God is verbally inspired and absolutely inerrant in the original documents, infallible, and God-breathed. We teach that the Bible constitutes the only infallible rule of faith and practice and that the Holy Spirit so superintended the human authors that they "spake as moved by the Holy Spirit" and thus wrote without error. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Cor. 2:7-15; 2 Pet. 1:20,21; Heb. 4:12: 1 John 2:20)  

 

GOD THE FATHER

We believe and teach that there is one and only one living and true God.  The eternal God of the Bible is Spirit, one in essence and Triune in nature and the Creator of all things. God is the omnipotent ruler of the Universe, He is Sovereign and He has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass He reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without the division of nature, essence, or being.  God as the Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. God is the Creator of all men, but Father to those who become children of God through their faith in Jesus Christ. (Deut. 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; I Cor. 8:4; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 4:24; Matt. 28:19; Eph. 1:11; 4:6; Gal. 3:26; Heb. 12:5-9)

WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT JESUS

We believe and teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, and posseses all the divine excellencies, and in these Christ Jesus is co-equal, and co-eternal with the Father, He is the God Man. In His incarnation He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and virgin born. The purpose of the incarnation was to reveal God, redeem men, and rule over God's Kingdom. While on earth He honored and kept the divine law of God perfectly by His personal obedience. Our Lord Jesus accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His blood and sacrificial death on the cross and that His death was voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, propitiatory and redemptive. provided forgiveness for all who will believe in Him. We teach that Jesus died and was buried and was literally and physically resurrected from the dead and is now ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He now mediates as our Avocate and High-Priest. We teach that Jesus Christ will return to recieve the church, which is His body unto Himself at the Rapture. We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is the one through whom God will judge all mankind. (John 1:1-3,14,29; 5:22-23; 10:30: 14:9; Col. 1:15-17,3; 2:9; Heb. 1:2: Phil. 2:5-8; John 5:23-29, 10:15; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; Rom. 3:25, 4:25, 5:6-9, 2 Cor. 5:10-15; I Peter 2:24, 3:18; Acts 1:9-11; I Thess. 4:13-18; Rev.20:11-15) 

WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe and teach that the Holy Spirit is a fully divine person, eternal, underived, posseing all the attributes of personality and diety including intellect, emotions, and will. In all the divine attributes He is co-equal, and co-eternal with the Father and the Son. We teach that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to execute the divine will with relation to all mankind and we teach His sovereign activity in creation, the incarnation, and in the written revelation, and in the work of salvation. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Triune God and He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ and transforming believers into the image of Christ. The Holy Spirit is the supernatural and sovereign agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ and indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers them for service, and seal them unto the day of redemption. We teach that the Holy Spirit is the divine teacher who guided the phrophets and apostles into all truth as they committed to writing God's revelation the Bible. Every believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation, and it is the duty of all those born of the Spirit to be filled with (controlled by) the Spirit. Finally, we teach the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the church. (I Cor. 2:10-13; 12:4-13; Eph. 2:22; 4:30; Isaiah 40:13,14; Psalms 139:7-10; John 14:16-17; 15:26; 16:7-9; Heb. 10:15-17)

 


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