Calvary Church Core Beliefs
What We Believe about God
We believe in one God, Creator of All Things, He is Holy, Sovereign, and Eternal. God is eternally manifesting Himself in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God the Father, is fully and completely revealed in and through Jesus Christ, God’s incarnate visitation to humanity in flesh and blood.
What We Believe About Jesus
We believe Jesus Christ is the Eternal God incarnate in human flesh. He is fully God divested of supernatural abilities and fully human. We believe in His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary; in His sinless birth and life; in His vicarious and atoning life in the flesh and death on the cross; in His resurrection from the dead, and His ascension to the Throne of God where He now reigns as Lord over all. Jesus is the High Priest to the family of God, the Shepherd of the church, and the Bridegroom appointed by the Father to those who are redeemed by the Grace of God.
What We Believe About the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person by Whom conviction, repentance and instruction comes. We believe in His continuing work as Teacher, Guide, Comforter, Agent of Power to and through the church, Revealer of Jesus Christ, and Source of worship and strength of God to His people. We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ to be a distinct, but not necessarily separate, work of grace, and in the ongoing ministry of the gifts of the Spirit in and through the church as is consistent with the unchanging activity of God.
What we believe about the Bible and Authority
We believe that the Holy Scriptures are the infallible, inspired Word of God, as is consistent with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, in the original autographs, and that they are the final rule for believers in matters of faith and standard of the Christian life. (Sola Scriptura). We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the valid and authoritative rule of faith and practice for sound doctrine, teaching, correction and guidance for the Body of Christ.
We believe that the local church is the highest form of corporate authority on the earth, subject to the Headship of Jesus Christ, and therefore, we believe in the autonomy of the local church. Local church government is clearly and firmly evident in the scriptures as government by the calling and appointment of God through the Holy Spirit, and that the Kingdom of God government in local churches functions as a theocracy and not a democracy. Government in the local church is thereby exercised by the Head, Jesus Christ, through the Overseer (Pastor), Elders and Deacons - in that order. We believe that the church is under the supreme government of Jesus Christ and not the world. Therefore, the church exercises all diligence to be subject to the laws of men except where those laws differ with the laws of the Kingdom of God. In matters of authority, civil leaders are servants of God and not His equal.
What we Believe about humanity
We believe that Adam was divinely created in the image of God; that by the sin of disobedience he fell from that state; that all his posterity inherited spiritual depravity and defilement; and that all men, therefore, are guilty before God and condemned to physical and spiritual death. We believe that all humanity is divisible by God, and only by Him, into two groups: the saved and the unsaved. We believe in the assurance of Eternal Life as the gift of God to those who believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and who depend upon Him as their sole hope of righteousness. We believe in the everlasting death and separation from God for those who personally and persistently deny and reject the grace and forgiveness of our compassionate and redemptive Creator.
What We Believe About Christians
We believe that Christians are sinners who have confessed their sins and accepted forgiveness by the grace of God through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. They are no better than any other human in matters of worth or personal merit; however, by their faith, they are a new creation in Jesus Christ and share in His gift of righteousness. In this regard their condition is better than their natural condition apart from Him. We believe that Christians are called to discipleship. Therefore, they are obliged to endeavor to grow in the knowledge and likeness of Him. This “walk” of discipleship does not add to the work of Christ within them nor add to their worthiness. Rather, it is a response of thanksgiving and faith in the fashion of a living sacrifice of praise which also allows them to grow in that grace. We believe that Christians are primarily a family. As such, we are called to live as a family, bearing one another’s burdens, sharing one another’s joys, and caring for the fellowship in loving service while endeavoring to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
What we believe about the sacraments
We believe in two sacraments, Water Baptism and Holy Communion.
Water Baptism is to be an act of one's profession of faith in Jesus Christ (believer’s baptism). While the mode of baptism does not affect efficacy, we practice baptism by immersion whenever possible as this reflects the burial into Christ’s death and resurrection to new life, This "washing of water" through faith is an outward sign of the inward washing by the blood of Christ to righteousness.
We believe the Lord’s Supper (Communion) to be representative of the Lord’s body and blood, and in the unique significance of its celebration within the community of believers. All those who declare their faith in Jesus Christ are welcome at this table. Because of the Priesthood of all believers in Jesus Christ, Communion may be observed and/or “administered” by any believer.