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The purpose of  Biblical Clarity is to proclaim and teach Biblical truth with clarity, so that the people of God will exalt Christ and be established in Him. This website contains articles, Bible exposition, and a children's theology with that purpose in mind. You can also receive updates and various quotes on our Facebook page and on Twitter.


Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law
— PSALM 119:18

OUR BIBLE TEACHER

Biblical Clarity is a teaching ministry of Andrew Courtis. Andrew serves as Pastor of Hills Bible Church which is located in Melbourne, Australia. He is married to Dianne and they have three children (Kate, Emma and Jack). Born and raised in Melbourne, he moved to Adelaide to undertake theological studies (BMin.), and completed additional studies with the Presbyterian Theological College (MATh.). Andrew has served in pastoral ministry in both Melbourne and Sydney and is a qualified school teacher. As a Pastor he is committed to expository preaching and making the Word of God known and understood.

 

OUR BELIEFS

Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)

The Scriptures are sufficient in all spiritual matters. Authority for teaching and the message of salvation are found in the Scriptures alone. The fact that so many appeal to experience, extra-biblical revelations, mysticism, pragmatism, tradition or philosophy in-order to claim and know spiritual truth is an evident attack against the truth of Sola Scriptura. Many seem to embrace many of the above categories before consulting the Scriptures or even embrace them above and in place of the Scriptures. Such trends sweep through the church and distort the Biblical doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture. If we are going to know the truth about salvation and know the necessary spiritual truth for godliness we must know and protect this affirmation. Why? Because it is the teaching of Scripture that the Scripture is sufficient for all spiritual matters (cf. 2 Pet. 1:2). The Scriptures alone are sufficient for salvation, sanctification and proclamation (2 Timothy 3:14-4:5).

Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)

Despite the effort of many people who try to obtain or maintain salvation by means of works, the words Sola Gratia destroy such a belief. They affirm that the only basis of salvation is the grace of God. The Scriptures are clear on this matter, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8). If one is to have a right standing with God, it cannot be achieved or inherited. Instead, it must be given by grace (cf. Rom. 3:24). Justification or the righteousness of God is a gracious gift given by God and there is no basis, ground or merits in ourselves that makes us deserving of justification. What is grace? The term “grace” refers to God’s favour towards those who do not deserve it.

Sola Fide (Faith Alone)

Saving faith does not trust in or rely on one’s own achievements; instead, the object of trust and reliance is the Lord Jesus Christ. Genuine saving faith is the recognition that we have nothing to offer God in-order to be forgiven of our sin and be saved. Faith is God’s appointed means in-order for us to receive salvation. Therefore, faith is coming to God on the grounds of grace – having nothing to offer – and trusting and adhering to Christ as Lord. Saving faith is a gift from God (cf. Phil. 1:29and 2 Pet. 1:1), and with this gift we cling to His Son.

Solus Christus (Christ Alone)

Faith alone must be placed in Christ alone for salvation. Without faith “toward the Lord Jesus” (Philemon 5) there is no hope of salvation because He alone is “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). There is only one saving and sure object of salvation, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ – “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). The Lord Jesus Christ is the only Saviour that can truly save people from their sin and the just judgement of God.

Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)

The apostle Paul proclaimed, “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (Rom. 11:36). In this verse God is seen as the source (“from Him“), sustainer (“through Him“) and goal (“to Him“) of "all things". This is why He deserves all the glory. This is the recognition of those in Heaven, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created” (Rev. 4:11). Our response to this ought to be as follows, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). All social activities, work activities, play, Bible study, relationships, eating, talking – every activity we participate in is to be done to the glory of God. 


 

What We Do

Biblical Clarity provides teaching and proclamation of Biblical truth by means of Bible exposition, articles, seminars or preaching.

 
 
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Bible Exposition

The following section contains a growing number of Bible expositions. Most of these come as a result of weekly sermon preparation and preaching. The goal in these expositions is to provide a clear understanding of the relevant passage of Scripture with the view of encouraging and equipping the people of God.

 
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Articles

These articles include a wide range of topics. This section continues to have new articles added and they are written from a Biblical perspective. Some of the topics covered are, doctrine, preaching, relationships, the will of God and many others.

 
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Seminars

Andrew Courtis is available for Bible teaching and/or preaching in seminars, conferences, camps, or Bible study groups. Andrew's priority is his ministry at Hills Bible Church. So any ministry engagements outside will need to be discussed with the Eldership at HBC.