The primary foundation for unity in the church is what we believe; therefore, it is important that you understand the core doctrines of Calvary Church. We understand that many people do not yet have a clear grasp of every doctrine, and we invite you to talk with an elder on these important topics. If, however, you are strongly opposed to any of these teachings, we would be glad to help you find a good local church that might be better fit.
The Bible The Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts. Written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, it has supreme and only authority in all matters of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20- 21).
The Trinity There is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, and these are equal in every divine perfection and they execute providence and redemption (Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:10,11; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
God the Father God the Father is an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. Webelieve that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:11, 6:9, 5:45, 11:25; 1 Peter 1:17; John 3:16; Ephesians 2:10).
God the Son Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teaching. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal visible return to earth (Matthew 1:18-25, 3:17; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:3, 5:5-10; 1 John 4:3; Revelation 1:5).
The Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity who came forth from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide (John 14:16, Romans 8:13, 26).
Regeneration All of mankind are sinners by imputation, nature and by choice and are therefore under condemnation. Those who repent of their sins and trust only in Jesus Christ as their Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe that salvation with its forgiveness of sins, its imparting of the new nature, and its hope of eternal life is only by God’s grace and that we cannot earn it or contribute to it by moral living, acts of self-sacrifice, church membership, communion, baptism or any other good work (John 1:12-13; 3:3-8; Ephesians 2:3-10).
The Church We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are its members. We firmly believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith and associated in worship, service and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of building up the body of Christ through the dual activities of evangelism and the edifying of those evangelized toward maturity in Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Timothy 3:15; Acts 2:41-47; Ephesians 4:11-16; Matthew 28:19- 20).
The Ordinances The Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is by the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. It is our belief that these ordinances should be observed until the Lord returns (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:37- 39, 41; Mark 16:15-16; Romans 6:3, 4; Galatians 3:17; 1 Corinthians 11:22-26; Luke 22:14-23; Mark 14:22-25).
Last Things We believe in the personal visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His Kingdom. We believe in the eternal blessedness of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked (Acts 1:11; John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; James 5:8; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-53).
Sanctity of Life We believe that each person is a unique creation of God, and in upholding that sanctity of life, do oppose the destruction of human life because it is unwanted, imperfect or merely inconvenient, as an atrocity against all of mankind and against God. We oppose the wholesale destruction of life by abortion on demand, the direct or indirect infanticide of newborn children for reasons of mental or physical defects and the impending threat of legalized euthanasia directed toward the elderly portion of our society. Senility, infirmity, retardation, insanity and incontinence are not to be recognized as reasons for extermination and the consideration, teaching and support of these practices are inconsistent with God’s divine purpose (Jeremiah 1:4-5; Psalm 139:13-16; Exodus 23:7; Luke 1:15; Galatians 1:15-16; Psalm 127:3; Genesis 9:6).
Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10).