Welcome to Cleary Baptist Church
We are so glad you decided to stop by and visit us online. Under the leadership of Senior Pastor Rev. Kevin Wade, Cleary Baptist Church seeks to serve the Kingdom by reaching the world for Christ.
At the age of fourteen, in a lonely dark place, Jesus found me. My testimony is Ephesians 2:1-10. I repented of my sins and trusted in Christ alone for the forgiveness of my sins. On that day, everything inside my soul changed. I was born again (John 3:1-8) and became a new creation in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). Praise the Lord for His Mercy and Grace.
Vision for Cleary Baptist Church
This church has become a family to me. It's been a blessing to be their pastor, but it's been more of blessing to be a part of this family of faith. You see, Cleary Baptist Church is a body of Jesus followers who are actively living together for the Glory of God. All over the New Testament, the church is described as a body in which Christians are parts, or members. Instead of a building, you see a body made up of members and a family made up of brothers and sisters who together have died to themselves and are living in Christ. Christians are joined together by Jesus' death, his Spirit, his gospel, his sufferings, and his life (See 1 Corinthians 10: 16; 2 Corinthians 13: 14; Philippians 1: 5; 3: 10; and 1 John 1: 3-7).
Biblically, a church does not consist of people who simply park and participate in programs alongside one another. Instead, the church is comprised of people who share life in Christ with each other on a day-by-day, week-by-week basis. The New Testament envisions followers of Jesus living alongside one another for the sake of one another. The Bible portrays the church as a community of Christians who care for one another, love one another, host one another, instruct one another, forgive one another, motivate one another, build up one another, encourage one another, comfort one another, pray for one another, confess sin to one another, esteem one another, edify one another, teach one another, show kindness to one another, give to one another, rejoice with one another, weep with one another, hurt with one another, and restore one another. (See: 1 Corinthians 12: 25; John 13: 34-35; hosting, 1 Peter 4: 9; receiving, Romans 15: 7; honoring, Romans 12: 10; serving, Galatians 5: 13; Romans 15: 14; Colossians 3: 13; Hebrews 10: 24; 1 Thessalonians 5: 13; 1 Thessalonians 5: 11; 2 Corinthians 1: 3-7; James 5: 16; Philippians 2: 3; Romans 14: 19; Colossians 3: 16; Ephesians 4: 32; Acts 2: 45; 2 Corinthians 8- 9; Romans 12: 15; 1 Corinthians 12: 27; Galatians 6: 1-5; Matthew 18: 15-20).
All of these "one anthers" combined together paint a picture not of people who come to a building filled with customized programs but of people who have decided to lay down their lives to love one another. Being a member of a church means so much more than standing next to someone else and singing some songs once a week. Being a member of a church means realizing that we are responsible for helping our brothers and sisters around us grow as disciples of Jesus. And as we lay down our lives for one another in the church, we express the love of Christ to the people in the world (see: John 13:34-35).
Together, we are the brothers and sisters of one body who love one another with the love of Christ. We are brothers and sisters who see Jesus as worthy to be worshiped by every tribe, every nation, every tongue, and every people on the planet. We are brothers and sisters of one body who live for the Glory of God! This is who God has called us to be at Cleary Baptist Church and I'd like to invite you to join us on this journey.