Cleary Baptist Church is an elder-led Southern Baptist Church in Florence, MS. We strive to teach sound doctrine in accordance with the historic Christian faith, which was “once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). We strive to grow in our knowledge and relationship with God through Christ Jesus as we carry His gospel to our local community and the world abroad- all for the glory of God.
Section A: The Word of God
We believe the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
Ref: 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31-32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32
Section B: The Trinity
We believe there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal, in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
Ref: Genesis 1:1, 26; John 1:1-3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19-20; Ephesians 4:5-6
Section C: God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Ref: Luke 10:21-22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:1-2; 2:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6
Section D: Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.
Ref: John 9:14; John 20:28-29; 1 John 4:9; Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Luke 19:37; Acts 2:22; Matt 5:19; Matthew 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:16; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28
Section E: The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.
Ref: John 14:16-17, 26; John 15:26-27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26
Section F: Regeneration
We believe man was created by God in His own image, that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God. Consequently, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. We believe those who repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life.
Ref: Genesis. 1:26; 5:2; Genesis 3; Genesis 2:17; 3:19; John 5:24; 8:12; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Rev. 19:3, 20; Revelation 20:10; Revelation 14-15, 21:18; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1; John 3:14-16; John 1:12-13; Romans 3:10-19; Psalm 51:5
Section G: The Church
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
Ref: Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25
Section H: Conduct
We believe a Christian should live for the glory of God and the wellbeing of his fellow men, that his conduct should be blameless before the world, that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions, and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
Ref: 1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:13; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15, 23-24; 1 John 2:3-6; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; 1 Corinthians 4:2; Colossians. 1:9, 10
Section I: The Ordinances
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ref: Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Section J: Religious Liberty
We believe every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith, that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority, that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
Ref: 1 Timothy 2:5; Romans 14:7-9, 12
Section K: Church Cooperation
We believe local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization whether national, regional, or local exists and functions by the will of the churches. This church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, and may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary independent basis.
Ref: Acts 15:36, 41; 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:1; Galatians 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4, 10-11
Section L: The Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal happiness of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.
Ref: Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:15; 2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 1 Corinthians 15; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15; Revelation 19:3-20
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