What We Believe
Statement Of Faith
Calvary Church is an independent, evangelical, Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church. Calvary Church is committed to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ through spoken, published, and broadcasting methods, in order to bring humanity everywhere to the knowledge of salvation and eternal life through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer-Kinsman.published, and broadcasting methods, in order to bring humanity everywhere to the knowledge of salvation and eternal life through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer-Kinsman.
The purpose of Calvary Church is to reach, preach, and expound the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to the Holy Scripture and in so doing “Love People to Life”.
The Scriptures Inspired
We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God and accept the same as the only infallible guide and rule of our faith and practice. Scripture References: Matthew 24:35, Psalm 119:89, II Timothy 3:16-17, II Timothy 2:15, II Peter 1:19-21.
The One True God
We believe in the eternal omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and immutable triune God, Maker of heaven and earth; and in the unity of the Godhead where three Persons, equal in every divine perfection and attribute, execute distinct, harmonious offices, in the great work of redemption. Scripture References: I John 5:7, II Corinthians 13:14, Genesis 1:26, I Timothy 1:17.
The Christian Life
The Fall of Man
We believe that everyone has sinned and falls short of God’s glorious standard. Scripture References: Genesis 1:27, Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12; Isaiah 53:6.
The Plan of Redemption
We believe that Christ was the Lamb of God, foreordained from the foundation of the world. By the shedding of His blood on the cross, He provides salvation for all. We believe that having been cleansed by the blood of Christ and quickened by the Spirit, it is God’s will that we should be sanctified daily and be made partakers of His holiness, walking not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, forsaking the very appearance of evil. Scripture References: I Peter 1:19-20, Isaiah 53:5, Titus 2:14, Hebrews 7:25, Romans 8:1, 8:5, 12:1-2; II Corinthians 7:1, I Peter 1:15, I Thessalonians 5:22.
The New Birth
We believe that because of man’s total inability to save himself, salvation is by God’s grace alone, through faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is received through sincere, godly repentance, and whole-hearted acceptance of Jesus Christ as personal Savior. Through being born again, we become new creatures in Jesus Christ. Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Scripture References: John 3:3, II Corinthians 5:17, Galatians. 2:20, I Peter 2:24.
We believe that marriage is between one woman and one man. Knowing that marriage was instituted by God, sanctioned by the Lord Jesus Christ, and commended by St. Paul, we believe that a Christian man or woman should not marry an unsaved person. Having been united by God in holy matrimony, both are bound by Scripture and must follow it carefully. We believe that Calvary Church is called to be a family-oriented church which endeavors to train God’s people to live effectively in Christian families. Our children’s and youth ministries place an emphasis on teaching God’s Word in a way that can be lived out. Our desire is to augment, not compete with, parental responsibilities. We will provide both ministry opportunities and teaching/learning programs for all members of the family-youngest to oldest as well as those who are unmarried. In addition, it is our belief that strong, healthy marriages and a commitment to the sanctity of life are additional components of family commitment. Scripture References: Malachi 2:10-16, II Corinthians 6:15, Matthew 19:5-9, Luke 16:18, Hebrews 13:4, Matthew 19:14, Proverbs 6:20, Proverbs 24:3-4, Deuteronomy 6:6-9.
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as either male or female and that these two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God. Scripture References: Genesis 5:2, Genesis 1:27-28, Matthew 19:4-5.
We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one biological man and one biological woman and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union.” Scripture References:1 Timothy 4:12, Hebrews 13:4, Genesis 2:24, II Corinthians 11:8-9, Mark 10:6-9.
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. Scripture References: Psalm 139:13-16, Jeremiah 1:5, Proverbs 21:21, Isaiah 40:31.
We believe that water baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost, and in Jesus’ name, is commanded by God. It is subsequent to conversion and not a saving ordinance, but an outward sign of an inward work. Scripture References: Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:4, Acts 2:38.
The Lord’s Supper (Communion)
We believe in the commemoration of the Lord’s Supper as a type of the broken body and shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is an ordinance showing forth the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord. We look forward to the marriage supper of the Lamb.
Scripture References: I Corinthians 11:23-33, Luke 22:14-20.
We believe that all Christian believers, regardless of church affiliation, may partake of the Lord’s Supper if they are responsible members of a local church. Scripture References: I Corinthians 11:27-28, II Corinthians 13:5.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
We believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a definite experience, not identical with conversion. When the baptism of the Holy Spirit is received, the ability to speak or pray in tongues will follow, but when that manifest is between the Lord and the believer. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is given to endue the believer with power from on high; to give inspired utterance in witnessing for Christ; to lead the believer into holiness and sobriety; and to equip them for a practical, efficient, spirit-filled, soul-winning ministry and service. Inasmuch as this is the dispensation of the Holy Spirit, every believer has a right to expect His incoming to be after the same manner as recorded by the Word of God in Bible days. Scripture References: John 14:16, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 19:6.
Spirit Filled Life
We believe that having received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the believer should experience a continual renewing of the power from on high. The Holy Spirit is as a gentle dove, easily grieved, wounded by coldness, prayerlessness, idle conversation, worldliness, and a judging, critical spirit. It is the will of God that we walk and abide in the Spirit. Scripture References:
Ephesians 4:30-32, 5:18, Acts 4:31, I Corinthians 3:16-17, Galatians 5:16-25, I John 2:6.
Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit
We believe that for the edification of the saints and the building up of the church of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit has the following gifts to bestow upon the individual believer: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, diverse kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues, dividing to every man severally as He will. These gifts should be coveted earnestly by all spiritual believers and exercised in the spirit of love. We believe that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is no law. These should be cultivated in the life of every believer. Scripture References: I Corinthians 12:7-11, 31;
Galatians 5:22-23, John 15:4,8.
We believe that our moderation should be known to all men. The Christian should be sober, well-balanced, and seasoned with love. His zeal should be governed by godly wisdom. Scripture References: Philippians 4:5; Ephesians 4:14-15; I Corinthians 13:5; Col. 3:12-13.
We believe that divine healing was provided by the atonement of Christ Jesus’ death. It is the power of God to heal the sick and afflicted in answer to believing prayer. We believe that God is willing to heal the sick today and does so. Scripture References: Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:16-17, James 5:14-16, Acts 3:16.
Second Coming of Christ
We believe that the second coming of Christ is imminent as Bible prophecies are fulfilled, and pre-millennial. The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, with the trumpet call of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then the redeemed which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall they ever be with the Lord. We should therefore be ready, for in such an hour as we think not, the Son of Man will return. Scripture References: I Thessalonians 4:16-17, Titus 2:12-13, Matthew 24:36, 44, Acts 1:11.
We believe that the coming of Jesus Christ with His saints will end the great tribulation at the Day of the Lord and establish the millennial kingdom on earth, when Christ shall rule and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. Scripture References: Revelation 1:7, Zechariah 14:4, II Thessalonians 1:7-10, 2:8.
We believe that every born-again child of God should identify with the visible church of Jesus Christ, should labor diligently, and should contribute his temporal means toward the spreading of the Gospel here on earth. We believe that tithes (the first ten percent of one’s income) and offerings should be given into the storehouse of the Lord, which is the local church. Scripture References: Nehemiah 13:10-14, Hebrews 10:24-25, Psalm 111:1, Acts 2:47, Acts 16:5, Romans 12:5, Malachi 3:8-12, II Corinthians 9:6-7, I Corinthians 16:2, Matthew 23:23.
We believe that government is ordained of God, and all Christians should be subject to the laws of the land, except those contrary to the revealed will of God. We offer prayer, moral and spiritual support to the United States of America. In times of war, the individual’s participation in actual combat and taking of life shall be governed by his own conscience. Scripture References: Romans 13:1-7, Acts 5:29, Matthew 5:39-48, Hebrews 12:14.
We believe in the final judgement of the wicked at the great white throne, when the dead, both small and great, shall be resurrected to stand before God to receive the reward of their deeds done in the flesh. Scripture References: Matthew 13:41-43, Revelation 20:11-15.
The New Heavens and New Earth
We believe that heaven is the habitation of the living God, where Christ has gone to prepare a place for all His children, and where they shall dwell eternally in happiness and security with Him. Scripture References: I Corinthians 2:9, John 14:2,
Revelation 7:15-17, 21:4, 22:5.
We believe hell is a literal place of utter darkness, bitter sorrow, remorse, and woe, prepared by God for the devil and his angels. Further, the unbelieving, the abominable, the murderers, sorcerers, idolaters, liars, and those who have rejected the love of Jesus Christ, whose names are not written in the Lamb’s book of life, shall be cast into a lake burning with fire and brimstone. Scripture References: Revelation 14:10-11, 20:10, 14-15, 21:7-8, Matthew 25:41, Mark 9:43-44.
We believe that the coming of Jesus Christ is imminent as Bible prophecies are fulfilled. As His redeemed children, we should put forth our utmost efforts to spread the Gospel to every “kindred, tribe, and tongue.” Because making disciples is the chief mission of the church, every hindrance and hair-splitting doctrine which would quench or dampen the flame of world-wide evangelism should be cut off and cast away. Scripture References: II Timothy 4:1-2, Ephesians 5:14-16, Proverbs 11:30, John 4:35-37.
We believe that the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ to the entire world is literal, imperative, and binding today. It is the supreme privilege and duty of the church to stress the cause of world-wide missions. The very life and strength of the home church depends on its whole-hearted sacrifice for, and support of, a world-wide missionary program. Scripture References:
Matthew 28:19-20, Matthew 9:38, Mark 16:15, Romans 10:13-15, James 5:20, Psalm 2:8.
We believe in the five-fold ministry gifts: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. God speaks to His body through these “gifts” to the church. God did not ordain or establish committees, but individuals, filling one of these five-fold ministry gifts. Scripture References: Ephesians 4:8-12.