Articles of Faith
The following statements comprise our Articles of Faith, excerpted from our church constitution. They summarize the position of Calvary Baptist Church on major areas of theology.
We believe the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God. We believe this inspiration to be verbal (extending to every word), plenary (equally in all parts), inerrant, and infallible in the original writings. We believe that God has providentially preserved His Word. We believe that the Bible is our sufficient and final authority in the church and in the life of the believer.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19–21; John 10:35; 17:17; Matthew 5:18; Psalm 19:7–11
The True God
We believe that there is only one sovereign, true and living God, that He is the Creator, and that He is infinite in every excellence. We believe that in the unity of the Godhead there are three distinct persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three persons exist eternally and are one in substance and equal in every Divine perfection. These three persons are distinct in their relationships and functions, yet one in essence.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Exodus 20:2-3; John 1:1; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:13
The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the absolute Deity and full humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, very God of very God, existing from all eternity with the Father and the Holy Spirit. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin and exists today as the God-man, possessing two natures in one person. He lived a sinless life and died for our redemption. He physically rose from the dead and ascended into heaven and is now at the right hand of the Father as our Intercessor and only Mediator.
John 1:1-4; Hebrews 1:1-3; Luke 1:35; Matthew 1:23; 1 Timothy 2:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Luke 24:46-47; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 4:14-16
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine third person in the Godhead. The Bible teaches that He performs many functions. The Holy Spirit was actively involved in the work of creation and the inspiration of the Bible, and He restrains the work of Satan. He convicts men of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is the agent of regeneration, imparting new life to the redeemed. Many operations of the Holy Spirit occur or begin at the moment of salvation such as the indwelling, sealing, baptizing, and gifting. We believe that some gifts were foundational (tongues, interpretation of tongues, healing, and prophecy) for the establishment of the Church and are no longer a part of God’s program. The Bible also mentions that the Holy Spirit teaches, guides, assures, and prays for the believer. The filling of the Spirit is an essential part of progressive sanctification where we become more and more like Christ.
Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Genesis 1:2; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:6-8; John 16:8-11; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; John 14:26; Romans 8:16; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22-23; Romans 8:29
We believe that Satan is a personal being that opposes the work of God. He is the spiritual being that instigated man’s fall in the garden. He is described in Scripture as the god of this age, the accuser of the brethren, and the prince of this world. Satan and his demons possess great power, but they are limited by the sovereign will of God. Satan will ultimately be cast into the lake of fire.
Matthew 4:1-12; Genesis 3:1-7; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:10; John 16:11; Ephesians 6:12; Job 2:1-6; Revelation 20:10
We believe that God created the heavens and earth out of nothing by His word in six 24-hour days as described in Genesis. The Bible teaches that all three members of the Trinity were involved in the Creation. We believe that this Creation was exactly as described in the Genesis account and not by any process of evolution.
Genesis 1:1-2:25; Romans 11:36; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17; Genesis 1:2
We believe that man was created in the image of God without sin on the sixth day. Since man was made in the image of God, all human life is sacred. Therefore, we are opposed to abortion and euthanasia. Although man was created in innocence, he deliberately chose to sin, plunging all of mankind into spiritual and physical death. Therefore, the entire human race sinned in Adam. The consequence of this fact is that all men are totally depraved and inheritors of Adam’s fallen nature and under the just condemnation of God. All people are incapable of pleasing God and incurably sinners by nature and choice. Therefore, man is utterly unable to redeem himself from the bondage of sin.
Genesis 1:27; 3:1-24; Genesis 9:6; Exodus 21:22-23; Deuteronomy 32:39; Romans 5:12-19; Romans 3:10-19; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Psalm 51:5; Hebrews 11:6; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:13-15; Ephesians 2:1-3
We believe that the salvation of sinners is entirely a work of God’s grace. All sinners must be born again to be saved. This new birth is known as regeneration and is wrought instantaneously by the agency of the Holy Spirit whereby we become partakers of the divine nature. Although salvation is instantaneous, the Bible speaks of being saved from the penalty of sin (justification), the power of sin (sanctification), and eventually the presence of sin (glorification). The Scriptures teach that we were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world according to the good pleasure of His will. We believe that the offer of salvation should be freely made to all. The basis of our salvation is the substitutionary death of the Lord Jesus Christ and His resurrection from the dead. Our redemption and forgiveness of sins is only through the blood of Christ. The death of Christ on the cross was sacrificial, vicarious, and propitiatory. When a sinner repents of his sin and turns to God in faith, he is declared righteous and credited with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. We believe that good works are a natural consequence of saving faith but never the cause of our salvation. We believe that a truly born again believer can never lose his eternal life because he is kept by the power of God.
Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:7; Titus 3:5; 2 Peter 1:4; Romans 3:24-31; 6:1-14; 8:30; Ephesians 1:4; Romans 10:13; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Colossians 1:14; John 10:15; Romans 5:8; Romans 3:24-25; Mark 1:15; Romans 3:26-28; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8-10; John 10:27-29; 1 Peter 1:3-5
We believe that the Church is a New Testament institution established by Christ and inaugurated on the day of Pentecost. The Church is a spiritual organism composed of all true believers in this present age. All believers are part of the body of Christ and under His headship. The local church is an organized assembly of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith who join together to worship God in the preaching of the Word, in fellowship, in the observance of ordinances, and in prayer. Every believer should be an active participant of a local church where he may exercise his spiritual gift(s). God has commissioned the Church to be his witnesses both at home and abroad through missions. We believe that each member of the church should contribute joyfully to their local assembly as God has prospered and directed him. We believe that it is best for the local church to be self-governing, free from external interference. The Bible teaches that there are two offices in a local assembly, the pastor (also known as elder, bishop, or overseer) and the deacon. These servant-leaders are under the authority of Jesus Christ and must meet specific Biblical qualifications. We teach the importance of discipleship, mutual accountability, and the disciplining of unrepentant members in the local body of believers. We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ should be radically and essentially different from the world. Therefore, we believe that this local church should be ecclesiastically and personally separate from apostasy and the many forms of defective doctrine and fleshly practice.
Matthew 16:18-19; 15-17; Acts 1:5; 2:1-21; 11:15-16; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Colossians 1:18; Acts 2:41-47; Romans 12:3-21; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Acts 15:6-31; 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; Matthew 28:18-19; 2 Timothy 2:2; Hebrews 3:12-13; Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; Matthew 5:16; 1 Peter 2:9; Romans 16:17-18; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 1 John 2:15-17
We believe that there are two ordinances that have been committed to the local church: believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that baptism is by immersion and is available to those who have placed their faith in Christ for salvation. Baptism is a public testimony of faith that beautifully pictures the Christian’s death, burial, and resurrection with Christ. It is also a sign of fellowship and identification with the body of Christ. We believe that the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, is a symbolic proclamation and commemoration of the sacrificial death of Christ. The Bible teaches that this ordinance should always be preceded with a time of solemn self-examination. The elements used in this observance are only representative of the body and blood of Christ. This ordinance is to be practiced until our Lord returns.
Acts 2:38-42; 8:36-39; Romans 6:1-11; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32
We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. A family is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. The Bible defines marriage as the unique one-flesh relationship between one man and one woman created by a covenant that lasts until death. God designed the marriage relationship for the purposes of procreation, companionship, sexual purity, and to picture the mystical relationship between Christ and His Church. The Bible clearly teaches that all sexual relationships outside of marriage are sinful and condemned by God. The Scriptures teach that the wife’s role in marriage is to submit to her husband’s leadership, while the husband’s role is to love his wife as Christ loved the Church. The Bible teaches that children are a special blessing from God. However, because all children are born sinners, they must be brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:24; Exodus 20:12; Malachi 2:14; Genesis 2:18; 1 Corinthians 7:1-5; Ephesians 5:22-33; Romans 1:24-32; Ephesians 5:22-24; Psalm 127:1–5; Ephesians 6:1-4
We believe that the civil government is ordained by God for the good of human society. Government officials should rule justly in the fear of God. The Bible teaches that believers should pray for, respect, obey, and submit to the human authority in our lives. We teach that this obedience includes the payment of taxes. The only occasion for disobeying man’s law is when it clearly violates God’s law.
Romans 13:1-7; 2 Samuel 23:3; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; 1 Peter 2:13-17; Matthew 17:24-27; Mark 12:13-17; Romans 13:6-7; Exodus 1:15-17; Acts 4:13-22; 5:29
We believe that Christ will bodily return for His Church, the Bride. We teach that this will occur before the seven-year tribulation. We affirm that this rapture of believers could occur at any time. We teach that, after the Tribulation, Christ will return to earth to set up His millennial kingdom. This kingdom is the fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust. We believe that the souls of all people will eternally exist in either heaven or hell. The Bible describes heaven as a place of blessed joy in the presence of God. Hell is a place of fiery torment, sorrow and eternal separation from God.
I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:9; Titus 2:13; Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 12:1; Matthew 25:31; Revelation 20:1-7; Isaiah 65:17-25; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Zechariah 8:1-17; Romans 11:25-31; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 25:46; John 14:1-3; Luke 16:19-31