The Trinity

We believe that there is one God eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The Bible

We believe the Bible is God’s authoritative, written revelation to man. We believe it is verbally inspired and without mistakes as originally written. We believe it provides the complete revelation of His will for salvation and the rule of faith and practice for daily Christian living.

Jesus Christ

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, that He also took on humanity at His virgin birth, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross to provide for our redemption, bodily rose from the grave, ascended into heaven and is presently making intercession for us. We believe in His personal imminent return.

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, that He performs the miracle of the new birth in an unbeliever and indwells believers, enabling them to live a Godly life.

Mankind

We believe that man was created in the image of God, but because of sin was alienated from God. We believe that all people are sinners by nature and practice and cannot save themselves. We believe in the gospel of grace, that it is only through faith in Christ alone for salvation which was made possible by His substitutionary death on the cross and resurrection that our alienation can be removed. We believe that once saved, the believer can never lose his salvation. We believe that the assurance of our salvation lies not in our works but in the Word of God.

Salvation

We believe that we are not only saved from the penalty of sin by grace through faith, but we believe that we are also empowered by the Holy Spirit for daily living and victory over sin by grace through faith.

Resurrection

We believe in the bodily resurrection of everyone who has lived. We believe that those in right relationship with God will rise to everlasting life and blessedness and those who have rejected God’s forgiveness in His Son will rise to everlasting punishment.

Judgment

We believe that all believers will stand before the judgment seat of Christ where believers will appear to give an account for how their lives were lived as believers. We believe that faithfulness will be rewarded by Christ Himself while loss of reward will be accorded to those who have not.

References:

1. Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 8:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14

2. Matt. 5:17-18; John 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21

3. John 1:1,14; Col. 2:9; Matt. 1:23; 24:30; Heb. 4:15; 7:25; Acts 2:22-23;
1 Pet. 3:18; 1 John 1:7; 1 Cor. 15:4; Mark 16:19

4. 1 Cor. 2:10-11; 6:19; 12:11; Gal. 5:16, 22-23; Eph. 5:18

5. Gen. 1:27; 1 John 3:4; 5:11-13; Rom. 3:23-24, 28; 5:8; John 3:16; 14:6;
Acts 4:12; 1 Cor. 15:3-8; Eph. 1:7, 13-14; 4:30; 2:8-9; Phil. 3:9

6. Rom. 7:24 – 8:11; Col. 2:6-7

7. 1 Cor. 15:50-54; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Matt. 25:41; John 3:18, 36; Jude 6;
Rev. 20:10-15

8. 2 Cor. 5:9-10; 1 Cor. 3:9-15; Matt. 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27; 2 John 8

Baptism – We believe that eternal life is a gift and the means by which that gift is freely received is by trusting only in Christ. We thus declare salvation is by faith alone in Christ alone. However, once that gift is received, a life of obedience is commanded. Baptism is Biblically the first step of obedience following the reception of the free gift of eternal life. It was commanded by the Lord in Matthew 28:18-20, practiced by the early church (Acts 8:38) and commanded by the apostles (Acts 10:44-48).

One of the meanings associated with the word baptize means “to identify with” and thus it is the means by which God commands us to publicly identify with Christ. It is His way for us to declare to the world that we have become Christians.

Second, the word baptize can also mean “to dip” or “to immerse.” In light of this second meaning we practice baptism by immersion. As such this mode best pictures the spiritual transaction that is expounded upon in Romans 6:4-6 and takes place at the moment one trusts in Christ for eternal life. It demonstrates death to an old way of life and burial as we go under the water and resurrection to a new way of life as we are raised up out of the water. The spiritual transaction of death and resurrection as we are baptized by the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation is thus pictured in this ordinance.


The Lord’s Table – It is probable that 1 Corinthians 11:17 through 1 Corinthians 14 describes not only the life of the early church, but the worship service of the early church.  Note the words in 1 Corinthians 11:17 ”since you come together.”  Observe that the Lord’s Supper was part of the early church worship service.

Luke 22:15, Acts 2:42 (the phrase “breaking bread” refers to the Lord’s Supper), and 1 Corinthians 11:24-25 demonstrate the importance of the Lord’s Supper.   Jesus instituted it and it was celebrated daily at the beginning and then weekly in the early church (Acts 2:46, 20:7).

It is variously called the Lord’s Supper, the Lord’s Table, and Communion.  It is a time of remembrance as we remember what the Lord as done for us, a time of anticipation as we anticipate in it the time when we will be with Him in eternity, a time of communion as we fellowship with Him and one another and a time of worship as we give God thanks for Him.

We at Cleburne Bible Church place a great deal of importance on the Lord’s Table because it It points us to the Person of Christ and the most important event in the history of mankind – the cross.  Thus, we celebrate it most weeks at our Sunday morning worship service and we take exception only when there is a special cause or reason.