What We Believe

What We Believe

Mission

The purpose of Calvary Baptist Church is to glorify God by loving God and loving our neighbor (Mark 12:28-31; I Cor. 10:31).

Vision

Gather, Grow, & Go:

  1. Gather together to glory in Christ (Acts 2:42-47; Heb. 10:23-25)
  2. Grow in the grace & knowledge of Christ (Eph. 4:15-16; 2 Peter 3:18)
  3. Go on mission to evangelize the unsaved for Christ (Matt. 28:18-20)

Doctrinal Statement

WE BELIEVE…

I.  In the VERBAL (the exact choice of words) and PLENARY (full and complete thoughts) inspiration of the Scriptures, both in the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament, to be INERRANT in the original manuscripts (writings).  We hold the INSPIRATION, in a spiritual sense, means THAT GOD BREATHED (Theo-pneustos) upon the holy writers allowing them to use their own vocabularies, but guided them in the choice of their words and thoughts.  (II Tim. 3:16-17; Luke 24:27, 44; II Peter 1:19-21; John 5:24; John 12:48)

NOTE:  We do not hold the Apocryphal books to be inspired; neither do we believe that translations and paraphrases are without error.

II.  In the TRINITY OF THE GOD-HEAD:  one God who manifested Himself eternally existing in three equal persons – The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.  (Matt.  28:18-19; John 10:30; John 15:26)

III.  In THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE ETERNAL SON, ONE WITH THE FATHER AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, who without change in His divine person, became a man by the miracle of the Holy Spirit, who impregnated the Virgin Mary; thus, Jesus Christ was true God and true man.  He “… was in all points tempted like as we are…” yet, as God, He remained “… without sin…”  He voluntarily gave His life on the cross suffering the full penalty of man’s sin and God’s wrath; making it now possible for every human being, in faith believing, to be declared righteous from all guilt.  He literally arose in a tangible, but glorified body and ascended into heaven, now to appear in the presence of God as our advocate.  He literally will return for the believer and His return is pre-tribulation and imminent.  (Rev. 1:8; Matt. 28:18-19; Luke 1:35; John 10:30; Heb. 4:14-15; I Cor. 15:3; Rom. 10:9-10; Rom. 8:1; I Cor. 15:3-8; Heb. 10:24; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; Rev. 3:10)

IV. In THE PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, ONE WITH THE FATHER AND THE SON; Who is ETERNAL, INVISIBLE, OMNISCIENT (all-knowing), OMNIPOTENT (all-powerful), OMNIPRESENT (present everywhere); and Who can be vexed, tested, resisted and grieved.  He convicts (of sin), He converts (changes about the believer’s life from sinfulness to holiness), He indwells (in every believer’s life), He teaches, comforts, empowers and directs (our lives, if we will let Him), and He has a will and He glorifies. The Spirit gives gifts for the profit of the church as He wills. The lists of gifts in I Cor. 12, Romans 12, and Ephesians 4 are not complete and may not be the same today.  Tongues were languages (Rev. 7:9) (Ecstatic utterance is an emotional experience, not a gift.)  Healing is subject to God’s will and suffering is not to be interpreted as a lack of faith.  (Heb. 9:14; I Tim. 1:17; I Cor. 2:10; Luke 1:35; Psalm 139:7-13; Isaiah 63:10; Acts 1:8; Acts 5:9; Acts 7:51; Eph. 4:30; John 16:8-9; John 3:3-7; II Cor. 5:17; I Cor. 3:16, 6:19-20; John 14:26; Acts 8:29; I Cor. 12:11; John 16:14)

V.  In the DIRECT CREATION OF THE UNIVERSE and all that dwells therein, including man.  This creative act is apart from any evolutionary process. (Gen. 1:1, 27; John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16-17)

VI.  In the FALL (into sin) and the DEPRAVITY OF MAN: his need of regeneration, apart from his own merit or work.  This salvation from sin is a free gift from God to any individual who will place his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Christ.  This redemptive act is God’s eternal gift to every believer.  (Gen. 2:15-17; Gen. 3-6; Rom. 5:12; Gen. 5:3; Rom. 5:8; Rom. 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 8:1; John 5:24; Titus 3:5; John 10:28, 29; Rom. 5:1)

VII.  In a LIFE OF PRACTICAL HOLINESS AND SEPARATION from such worldly desires and practices that would impair the testimony of the individual and cause the name of Christ and the efforts of the local church to be ineffective.  (Rom 12: 1-2; I Peter 1:15-16; I John 2:15-17; Rom. 14:13, 21)

VIII.  In SEPARATING OURSELVES FROM ALL ORGANIZED EFFORTS AND CHURCHES

As to the separation of church and state in which each must define heir distinct responsibilities.  We do not endorse anarchy; but loyalty and patriotism as a personal responsibility without infringing on spiritual liberties.  (Matt. 22:21; Rom. 13:1-7; I Peter 2:13-17; Rom. 12:18)

As to Ecumenicalism with its confusion of doctrine, both in organized efforts and through local churches that would impair our doctrinal position, testimony and effectiveness through their apostasy.  We are not affiliated with the National or World Council of Churches.  (I Tim. 4:1-2; II Tim. 3:1-5; II Cor. 6:14-18; I Thess. 5:22)

IX.  In the LITERAL EXISTENCE OF ANGELS in the following manner:

The Holy Angels who were created as an innumerable host and to their responsible activities in heaven and on the earth.  (Col. 1:16; Psalm 104:4; Heb. 1:13-14; Heb. 12:22; Matt. 25:31; Luke 16:22; I Thess. 4:16-17)

Evil or Fallen Angels (II Peter 2:4; Jude 6; I Cor. 6:3)

Satan, the first recorded fallen angel. (Col. 1:16; Ezek. 28:12-14; Isaiah 14:12-14; Luke 10:18; Job 1:6-12; Rev. 12:9-10; Rev. 20:10; Matt 25:41)

Demonism, composed of fallen angels under the regimentation of Satan and their activities in the past and present in heavenly places and on the earth.  (Col. 1:16; Psalm 104:4; II Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Eph. 6:11-12; Mark 5:2-3)

X.  In the LITERAL RETURN OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST in the following manner:

He has promised to “come again” for His own before the tribulation, first in the clouds calling out the believing righteous dead and those living righteous believers.  This is known as the RAPTURE (I Thess. 4:16-17, “Caught-up” from the Greek word, “harpazo” which means to “snatch away.”)  During the seven-year period of tribulation on earth, those “caught-up” believers will be in the heavenlies being rewarded for their attitudes and righteous endeavors while on earth.  (I Thess. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:51-52; Rev. 3:10; II Cor. 5:10; I Cor. 3:12-15; I Cor. 9:24-25)

Seven years later, bringing to a close the tribulation, Christ will return with His saints in revelation setting His feet on the earth. He will rule with His saints on the earth for 1000 years closing this period with final judgment on the unsaved of all ages known as The Great White Throne Judgment.  He then will turn His rule over to the Father, ushering in Eternity.  (Matt.  24:21; Dan. 9:27; “one-week” indicates not a week of seven days, but a week of seven years.  (Rev. 1:7; Zech. 14:3-4; Rev. 19:11-16; I Cor. 15:14-28)

XI.  In the LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST meaning that the believer is not only eternally saved, but that he should willingly and without reservation surrender his desires and activities to the Lord, making himself completely available to the Lord’s will and work.  (I Cor. 12:13, 27; Col. 1:18; Eph. 5:23-27; I Cor. 12:14-18)

XII.  In the INDEPENDENCE AND AUTONOMY OF THE CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH and other local churches composed of “regenerated” or “born-again” individuals baptized by immersion and bonded together in Christian love and doctrinal beliefs.  (Acts 15:14; I Peter 1:18-19; Eph. 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; I Cor. 12:13; Acts 2:42, 46-47; Gal. 6:1; I Cor. 11:28-31; Matt. 18:15-17)

Ordinances

Baptism.  Baptism is by immersion only and is a definite requirement before being accepted into the membership of the Calvary Baptist Church.  Baptism is an outward demonstration that the individual has received Jesus Christ as Savior and has acknowledged the same before the Pastor and before the Board of Deacons.  Baptism is an indication that the said believer fully desires to identify himself or herself as being “buried” with Christ and intends, by God’s grace to “…walk in newness of life,” burying or surrendering those thoughts and deeds that would be detrimental or harmful to his or her testimony.  (Romans 6:4; Acts 8:35-38; II Cor. 5:17; I Peter 1:14-16)

Communion. The Communion or the Lord’s Supper was instituted by our Lord as a memorial of His death and resurrection in the behalf of every believer.  Since we do not hold to the doctrine of “transubstantiation,” that is, that the substances used actually become the body and blood of our Lord, we therefore accept them as types or symbols.  The bread, which should be unleavened, that is, without yeast which “raises or puffs up,” indicating pride remains bread; and the unfermented grape juice remains “the fruit of the vine,” even upon taking it. (Mark 14:25; I Cor. 11:23-33)

We hold to an “open” Communion:  that is, not restricting any believer from partaking.  It is a matter of personal conscience:  “…let a man examine himself… (not) eating and drinking unworthily…”  (I Cor. 11:28-31)