Confessions

We’re a confessional church. This means we think it’s valuable for churches to give clear summaries of what they believe and do not believe. These summaries are called “confessions of faith.”

Now, no confession of faith can ever substitute for the Bible, and it shouldn’t try to. Confessions are writings of men, and always subject to error. Even so, they're often good ways to find out what a particular church believes on a given subject. For instance, if you want to know whether or not a Southern Baptist church believes that Christians are saved by faith alone, you can quickly find the answer in the Baptist Faith and Message. If you want to find out what the Missouri Synod Lutheran church (LCMS) believes about baptism, you can consult the Augsburg Confession.

Writing such a summary is a lot of work and has been done numerous times throughout the years. So rather than try to produce a new one, we have adopted one that is well-known and that we agree with. Our pastors and elders have found the Westminster Standards (the Confession of Faith, Larger Catechism, and Shorter Catechism) to be the best, truest summary of what Scripture teaches. Elected officers at ClearNote Church are required to subscribe to these, with certain exceptions permitted (e.g, see Baptism). CNC “holds" to these standards as providing the best explanation of what Sacred Scripture, our final authority, teaches. So if you want to know what we believe and teach, you can get a good idea by looking at the Westminster Standards.