Statement of Faith
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. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:16-21)
We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that these three are equal in all divine perfection and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. (Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of people, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Mark 12:29-30)
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. We believe further that He is not only true God, but true man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. We also 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. (Matthew 1:18-23; Colossians 1:15-19)
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 16:7-11; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
We believe God created people, male and female, in the image of God and free from sin. We further believe people are sinners by nature and choice and are therefore spiritually dead. We also believe that those who repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 1:11-14)
We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We further believe that this salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, and was purchased by Christ on the cross, and is received by people through faith, apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. We further believe salvation results in righteous living, good works, and proper social concern. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Ephesians 2:10)
We believe that the Church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the head. We believe that the true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe that this body expresses itself in local assemblies whose members have been immersed upon a credible confession of faith and have associated themselves for worship, for instruction, for evangelism, and for service. We believe the ordinances of the local church are believers’ baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper. We also believe in the interdependence of local churches and the mutual submission of believers to each other in love. (Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30; Ephesians 4:4-6; Hebrews 10:25)
SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
We believe that each local church is self-governing in function, and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. We further believe that every human being is directly responsible to God in matters of faith and life, and that each should be free to worship God according to the dictates of his conscience. (Acts 5:29)
We believe that the supreme task of believers is to glorify God in their lives; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of the possessions God has given; and that they should seek to realize for themselves the full stature of maturity in Christ. (Romans 6:1-4; Colossians 3;1-11)
Baptism by immersion is required for church membership unless chronic illness or a disability makes this impossible. The baptism doesn’t have to be at Calvary but must be after acceptance of Christ (not infant baptism) and by a theologically similar church. To be baptized candidates must take a baptism class or meet with a pastor.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and lost, the eternal existence of all people either in heaven or hell, in divine judgments, rewards, and punishments. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Peter 3:1-16)
As ordained by God, Calvary Community Church defines “marriage” as the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment. A civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by the church only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of “marriage” found in these Articles.
Legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage. Hence, sexual activities outside of marriage (referred to in the New Testament as “porneia”) including but not limited to, adultery, premarital sex, homosexuality, and pedophilia are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the Church. Further, lascivious conduct, transgender behavior, and the creation and/or distribution and/or viewing of pornography, are incompatible with biblical witness.