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Beliefs

We believe....


Statement of Faith

SCRIPTURE (THE WORD OF GOD)
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, complete as the revelation of God's will for salvation, and the supreme and final authority in all matters to which they speak.
II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 19:7-11; Hebrews 1:1

THE TRINITY, GOD THREE IN ONE:
We believe in one true God, existing eternally in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The three Persons are equal in power and majesty, yet performing distinct, but harmonious functions.
II Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 2:18; Genesis 1:26-27; Matthew 3:13-17

GOD, THE FATHER:
We believe that God is sovereign of all the created universe, and that He is holy, under no constraints or other authority. We believe that He does what He pleases, when and how He pleases, and that His purpose for creation is to display His glory and name.
Isaiah 14:24-27, 29:15-16, 43:6-7, 46:8-10, 55:8-9; Romans 9; I Samuel 2:2; Daniel 4:35; Revelation 4:11

GOD THE SON, JESUS CHRIST:
We believe that Jesus Christ is God's eternal Son, and has precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He is not only true God, but true Man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We believe in His sinless life, His substitutionary atonement, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, His priestly intercession on behalf of His people, and His personal, visible, premillennial return from heaven.
John 1:14; Luke 1:26-35; Acts 1:11; Acts 2:22-36; Hebrews 1:1-4

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT:
We believe in the Holy Spirit, His personality, and His work in regeneration, sanctification, and preservation. His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and implement Christ's work of redeeming the lost and empowering the believer for godly living and service.
John 3:5-8; John 14:16-18; Ephesians 1:13-14; I Corinthians 6:11; John 16:7-14

SPIRITUAL GIFT(S):
We believe that God chooses which gift to give each believer, and that speaking in tongues and the other sign gifts gradually ceased as the new Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. We do not judge either the salvation experience or earnestness of those who believe otherwise.
Romans 12:1-8; I Corinthians 1:22, 12:4-11, 13:8, 14:20-22; II Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12; Hebrews 2:4

THE CHURCH:
We believe that the Church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the head and is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. This body expresses itself in local assemblies whose members have made a credible confession of faith and have associated themselves for worship, instruction, evangelism, and service. We also believe in the interdependence of local churches and mutual submission of Christians to each other in love.
Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18,24; I Corinthians 1:2; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 16:5; II Thessalonians 1:1; Acts 2:47; Acts 11:26; I Corinthians 4:17; Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 16:1; II Corinthians 8:23-24; Ephesians 5:21

CHURCH ORDINANCES:
We believe that Jesus Christ instituted the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper (communion) to be kept only by born again believers who understand their condition before God and stand accountable before Him. A believer is to be baptized by immersion as an outward sign of an inward work of grace by the Holy Spirit. The Lord's Supper or communion is to be observed continually until He comes.
Acts 8:34-39; Romans 4:10-11 (baptism is a sign like circumcision); Matthew 28:19;
I Corinthians 11:23-29

SATAN:
We believe that Lucifer was a spiritual creation of God, who rebelled, and became Satan, placing himself in mortal combat with his Creator. He is hateful and cunning, intending to destroy God's creation and usurp God's sovereign role. Although he is extremely powerful, he does not have God-like attributes, therefore, does not control or know human thought as God does. He achieves his purposes and control by placing external temptation in front of man. Man, however, makes the decision to succumb to the temptation or refrain. Because believers are indwelt by God's Spirit, they cannot be demon possessed (possessed by Satan's evil angels).
Isaiah 14:3-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Revelation 20:10; Matthew 4:1-11;
II Corinthians 11:13-15, 6:14-16; James 1:12-15

THE CONDITION OF MAN:
We believe that man is born totally depraved and corrupted, hating God and unable to please, obey, communicate, or respond to Him. All men have sinned and come short of God's glory and without salvation are lost and going to Hell for eternity.
Romans 3:9-19, 3:23, 8:5-8; Isaiah 53:6; II Thessalonians 1:7-9

THE PURPOSE OF MAN:
We believe that the primary and most important purpose of man is to worship God and to bring glory to Him forever.
Isaiah 43:6-7, 6:21; Ephesians 1:3-6, 6:11-12, 3:10, 3:20-21; I Peter 2:9

SALVATION:
We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, and was purchased by Christ's death on the cross, and was consummated by his bodily resurrection for our justification. This salvation is received through faith apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. We believe salvation results in righteous living and good works. We also believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates those who trust Jesus Christ as Savior. We are saved forever and nothing can separate us from God's love. We are eternally, spiritually shielded and we can never, nor will God ever, bring about a separation between the believer and Himself.
Hebrews 5:9, 10:10, 10:14-18; Romans 8:38-39; John 10:27-29; I Peter 1:3-5;
II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 5:22-26; Matthew 5:16

PROGRESSIVE SANCTIFICATION:
As believers, we are in an ongoing process of being set apart from the world of sin to the purpose of God in our lives. We actually share and participate in God's holiness as the Holy Spirit is active in our lives. The continuous result is a life increasingly reflective of the character of God.
Philippians 2:12-15, 3:12-14; Ephesians 4:11-16; II Peter 1:2-11

CHRISTIAN BEHAVIOR:
In view of the fact that we are a set apart people, chosen of God for His glory to holiness and purity of life, we believe that we must be obedient to God, followers of Christ, setting a standard of purity not only for our brothers in Christ, but also for the world around us, for we are called to be reconcilers and ambassadors.
I Peter 2:9; Ephesians 1:3-14; II Peter 3:11, 3:14, 3:17-18; Philippians 1:27;
I Corinthians 8; Ephesians 4:1; I Peter 1:13-16; II Corinthians 5:18-21

ETERNAL STATE OF MAN:
We believe that at death believers depart to be with Christ, there to live with Him in conscious joy and worship forever. At death, unbelievers are forever banished from the presence of God into Hell in a conscious condition of terrible remorse and punishment.
II Corinthians 5:8; John 14:1-3; Luke 16:19-26; II Thessalonians 1:6-9;
Revelation 5:11-14, 20:11-15

LAST THINGS:
We believe the last days of God's plan for mankind will include the following major events: The rapture of the church, a time of great tribulation, the bodily return of Christ to establish Christ's kingdom on earth for one thousand years, the ultimate and final victory of God over all His foes including His arch enemy, Satan. (See Eternal State Of Man section).
I Corinthians 15:50-54; I Thessalonians 4:13-17, 5:9-10; Acts 1:9-11; Daniel 9:24-27, 12:1-2; Matthew 24:16-46; Revelation 20:1-10; Daniel 2:44, 7:27; Revelation 21:1-27


This expression of the doctrinal position of Calvary Baptist Church is by no means exhaustive. The beliefs and teachings of the Church go far beyond this simple statement in that we hold the Bible in it's totality to be the Word of God and it is our aim to proclaim the "whole counsel of God." This brief statement is intended to convey our fundamental position regarding a few of the basic Bible truths.


THE BAPTIST DISTINCTIVES
A fellowship of true disciples. The church consists of a regenerate membership. Each local church, while ministering to the unconverted, is to be a fellowship of those who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ. Each formal member of the local church should profess Christ as Savior and participate in the life of the local body.

A priesthood of believers. We are all priests as believers and are equal in the sight of God. So we do not need special performers to “do the service”, but each of us is responsible to participate in the service as a believer-priest. Each member of the church is to participate and share in the ministry and mission of the church equally.

A congregation under the Word of God. Assembled believers should look to the Scriptures as their authority in matters of faith and practice. God’s Word is expressed in two ways: 1) in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ where God spoke the loudest and the clearest to humanity, 2) in the written words of the Bible. It is in the Bible where we have the sole authority for matters of faith and practice.

Participants in the Gospel ordinances. There are two biblically commanded ordinances: Baptism and Communion. These are special, symbolic events in the church which look back at His death and resurrection, and look forward to His return. They enact the Word of God in symbolic expressions of the Gospel. therefore, while the participants in these events should be only believers, unbelievers should be able and encouraged to observe.

A spiritual democracy at work. The autonomy and interdependence of the local church is based on the priesthood of the believers. As a community of believers they are united in Christ and are interdependent with one another as the Body of Christ. Believers are not united by an organization. As a believer-priest, each member of the church is responsible for the church's government and the selection of qualified spiritual leaders. The church and its government has authority in three areas: 1) the spiritual maturity and vitality of its membership, 2) the nature of the ministries the church will participate in, and 3) the manner and extent the church will participate with other churches and organizations.

A free church in a free state. The final Baptist distinctive is that of religious liberty. This liberty is to express a faith different from the majority and stresses the equality of all persons. This liberty should not be confused with toleration which makes a false distinction between seemingly superior and inferior persons. A Baptist can live and worship under any government system, however, they expect that the government should exercise its authority in civil matters only, and that they will expect no special rights from the government beyond religious liberty.

OUR VALUES
A COMMITMENT TO PRAYER. We believe that God desires His people to pray and that He hears and answers prayer (Matthew 7:7-11; James 5:12-18). Because of this, the ministries of Calvary Baptist Church desire to be characterized by a genuine reliance upon God that is demonstrated by incorporating prayer in everything we do. We believe the church "advances on its knees".

A COMMITMENT TO WORSHIP. We believe that the Worship of God begins with a reverence for God expressed in submission to His will. We also believe that a major factor in being a healthy church includes corporate gatherings of the entire body for teaching, prayer, and songs of praise. We want our worship services to be characterized by a spirit of celebration and reflection maintaining a balance between truth and spirit.

A COMMITMENT TO FRIENDSHIPS AND RELATIONSHIPS. We believe that building friendships and relationships is a high priority. Everybody needs to be loved and accepted. Through our Home Fellowship Groups and other small group ministries, it is our goal to express and receive that love. We believe that small groups are the most effective means of building relationships, stimulating spiritual growth and developing leaders.

A COMMITMENT TO SEE ALL OF GOD'S PEOPLE UNLEASHED TO CARRY OUT THEIR PARTICULAR GOD-GIVEN MINISTRY. We believe that God has uniquely gifted every believer and that every believer has a special "calling" to minister. According to Scripture every believer is a minister and has the potential of a very fruitful ministry! We want to see God's people unleashed both in our community and around the world to use their specific gifting to advance God's Kingdom upon earth! We believe the church is to be an army, not an audience.

A COMMITMENT TO GRACE ORIENTED MINISTRY. We believe that people grow best in an environment of grace. Legalism kills. Grace gives life. We believe that teaching and living a grace-oriented lifestyle is the greatest witness to a watching world. We believe that grace does not negate the importance of obedience to God's Word. Grace frees us to obey Christ with the right heart and the right attitude. We believe that the church (the body of Christ) is supported through the grace-giving of its members!

A COMMITMENT TO GIVE AWAY OUR FAITH. We believe that reaching spiritually lost people is one of the main reasons why God has left His church here on earth. Scripture says that all believers are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Through friendship evangelism, we see our community being reached for Christ. Our desire is for all believers to get out of the salt shaker and into the world in order to minister to hurting people with the life changing message of Jesus Christ. We deeply believe that lost people matter to God!

A COMMITMENT TO SIMPLIFIED MINISTRY. We feel that because of the busyness of people's schedules in today's society, we want to free people up to spend time with their families in order to develop a strong and healthy home environment. We also want to free people up so they have time to develop relationships with their unchurched neighbors and friends so that they can share the message of Christ with them.

A COMMITMENT TO RELEVANT BIBLE TEACHING. We believe that the Bible is God's inspired Word, the authoritative and trustworthy rule of faith and practice for Christians. We are committed to equipping Christians, through the preaching and teaching of God's Word, to follow Christ in every sphere of life. Our focus is on teaching people God's Word in a way that applies to everyday situations of life. Our desire is to help people see how Scripture is relevant to their lives.

A COMMITMENT TO CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY. We believe that reaching the lost of all cultures is the reason Jesus came to earth. Missions is a major focus in the life of the church. We are committed to giving generously toward missions. We further intend to multiply our world-wide ministry by planting churches, by preparing our people for leadership roles in vocational ministries and para-church groups, by sending out missionaries and by becoming a resource center and model to our community.
 

 

 


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