What We Believe
We know that the gospel changes everything and desire to see all people be impacted and transformed by the love and grace of Jesus Christ. Simply put, the Gospel is:
- We are worse off than we could ever imagine
- What Jesus Christ did is greater than we could ever know
- We who are in Christ are better off than we could ever dream
“Teacher, what is the greatest commandment?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
For more information on the Doctrine of Calvary Baptist Church, please take a look at our Statement of Faith.
Calvary’s Statement of Faith
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe that all Scripture is given by divine inspiration of God and that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to both the Old and New Testaments. (II Timothy 3:16). They are complete and are of supreme, final authority in faith and life (Mark 12:26, 36).
We believe that God, the Supreme, Eternal, and Unchangeable One has revealed Himself in Three Persons, the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit and that these three are one God (John 10:30); having the same nature, attributes, perfections and commanding the same worship, confidence, and obedience. (II Corinthians 13:14)
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 2, 14; 10:30) that He was begotten of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20), and born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:21) and is very God and very man (Colossians 1:15). We believe that His death on the cross was substitutionary and representative (Romans 5:6-8), and sufficient payment for the guilt of all men (Romans 6:10, 14, 17, 18). We believe that He was raised from the dead in bodily form (Matthew 28:5-7) and ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-11) where He lives to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:22-25). We believe in the personal, bodily and pre-tribulational return of our Lord Jesus Christ for His Church (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 3:10), and after the Tribulation, His return with the company of redeemed to judge the nations (II Thessalonians 1:6-10) and establish worldwide kingdom of righteousness and peace (premillennial, Revelation 11:15-19).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the divine personality of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16; 15:26) that He represents the Lord Jesus Christ in His absence (John 16:13, 14), and that His ministry consists of convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8-11), that He is the source and power of all acceptable worship and service (John 15:26, 27). We believe that He takes up His residence within the believer at the moment of salvation (I Corinthians 6:19), baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13), teaches scriptural truth (John 14:26) and enables the believer to live a godly life (Galatians 5:22, 23).
The Universal Church, which began at the day of Pentecost and will continue to the Rapture, is made up of born again believers. At the Rapture, Christ, who is the Head of His Church, will come to take away His Bride (I Thessalonians 4:16, 17). The Holy Spirit baptizes each believer at conversion into His Church, the Body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13), and imparts to each believer a certain gift or gifts for His service (I Corinthians 12:11). The Universal Church is instructed to allow the Holy Spirit to produce His fruit both collectively and individually so that the unsaved will see the transformation of their lives as well as hear the claims of our Lord Jesus Christ presented as mankind’s only hope of salvation.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and the Lord’s Table (Communion). We believe the obedient believer publicly identifies with the Lord’s death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-11) by immersion in the water in the name of the triune God (Matthew 28:19, 20). We believe that the Lord’s Table was instituted by Christ (Matthew 26:26-29) for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 11:23-26)
We believe that our salvation is solely by the grace of God, through personal faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. It was not accomplished by anything we have done (Ephesians 2:8, 9). We believe that Jesus Christ paid the complete penalty for all the sins of mankind through the shedding of His blood on the cross of Calvary. (I Peter 1:18-20; 2:24). We also believe that the salvation of all believers is sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30), an is so secure that nothing can separate the believer from the love of God. (Romans 8:35-39)
We believe that man was created in the image of God by a direct act of creation (Genesis 1:26, 27); that he sinned (Genesis 3:6) and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Romans 6:23). As a consequence of this disobedience, all mankind is declared by God to be totally depraved, having inherited a sinful nature and having become sinners in thought, word and deed. (Romans 3:10-23) We believe that there is the absolute necessity of the new birth for an individual’s salvation. (John 3:3, Galatians 3:22)