Statement of Faith
I. THE HOLY BIBLE
We believe the Holy Bible to be the verbally, unqualified, absolute inspired Word of God; composed of 66 books: 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament, from Genesis through Revelation, We believe the Holy Scriptures are infallible, inerrant, and God-inspired; perfectly preserved for us today. These truths are the only authority for life and faith. These Holy Scriptures are complete and considered a closed book needing no new revelation from God to man. We believe the King James translation of the bible to be the accurate preserved Word of God relevant for the church today. These Scriptures should be interpreted with other Scriptures within itself according to their normal grammatical/historical meaning. (Psalms 12:6-7; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
II. THE GODHEAD
We believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; all being one single triune God, each being omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful) and omnipresent (present everywhere); all sharing the attributes in nature, in power and exaltation and having the same qualities and excellence. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 14:10 & 26; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
III. The PERSON AND Work of Christ
A. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, being the second Person of the Trinity, is the eternal Son of God who was prophesied to become man while still being God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, that he might reveal God and redeem sinful men; that this same Jesus is our High Priest and only mediator between God and man. (Isaiah. 7:14; Isaiah 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-4, 14; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 9:11)
B. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ finished our redemption completely by His death on the cross as an expressive, substitutionary sacrifice – the just for the unjust; the one and only true sacrifice acceptable by God, and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead showing He is God over the living and the dead; that while He suffered He became sin for us and was the perfect sacrifice and that His pure righteousness was imputed to those who have repented of sin and believed on His name. (Acts 2:18-36; Romans 3:24-26; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
C. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven after the resurrection, and is highly exalted and sits fully glorified at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Intercessor, Advocate and Representative. (Acts 1:9-10; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; 1 John 2:1-2)
IV. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost)
A. We believe the Holy Spirit, being the third Person of the Trinity, reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that His ministry involves regeneration, baptizing new believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; Roman 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13-14)
B. We believe the Holy Spirit is our teacher helping believers to understand and to guide us into all truth; to properly discern and apply Scriptures correctly. We also believe that it is our duty and joy as believers to be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 1:17-18; Ephesians 5:18; 1 John 2:20; 1 John 2:27)
C. We believe that God gives unique spiritual gifts to all born again believers of His church, so God enables evangelists, pastors, and teachers for preparing the church for ministry. (Romans 12:3-8)
We believe that mankind was created by God in His image and in His likeness yet not being His equal. But Adam, through his sin, passed on to all following generations the nature of sin. Thus, Adam and all of mankind have been alienated from God and are hopeless without Christ. (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1)
We believe salvation is God’s free gift given by His unmerited grace and favor to all who have repented from sin and placed their faith, hope, and trust in Jesus Christ. This same Jesus, being the sacrificed Lamb of God, gave Himself for our sins, whose blood was shed for the forgiveness of sins; that Jesus Christ was raised on the third day and was victorious over death, sin and hell. (Isaiah 55:7-8; Act 17:30; Romans 4:24-25; Romans 10:9-13; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19)
VII. The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believer
A. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; Romans 8:1, 38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:4-5)
B. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to sin. (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)
VIII. The Church
A. We believe the Bible describes the church as pictorially being the bride of Christ and likewise this same church as being the body of Christ. We believe all local assemblies are made up of believers and followers of Christ Jesus our Lord. (1 Corinthians 12:12)
B. We believe the Scriptures has left the church with two ordinances that are always to be performed: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
We believe that born-again believers live peculiar lives that are holy and unlike the world’s ways; that we live lives that are not self-indulging, but our joy is service to God and man; that we place no wicked thing before our eyes and create no stumbling block before our fellow brother or neighbor. We avoid the sinful pleasures in hopes of a better reward. (Romans 6:6; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Peter 1:16; 1 John 2:15-17
X. The Return of Christ
We believe in that “blessed hope,” the personal, imminent return of Christ, who will rapture His Church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return, with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the Nation of Israel. (Psalms 89:3-4; Daniel 2:31-45; Zechariah 14:4-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20: 1-6)
Calvary Baptist Church
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expense of the church, the relief of the poor and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.