What we believe at Calvary Baptist about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church

Our Beliefs

The Bible

We believe all 66 books of the Bible originated from God. He revealed His words to mankind through human authors, using their unique personalities to express exactly what He desired to tell mankind. As a result, the Bible is God’s absolute, timeless truth about who God is, what He has done, and how we ought to view and live life. There are no other words or writings inspired by God. (2 Timothy 3:16Luke 24:25-27)


We believe there is only one living and true God, who has always existed as the just and loving Creator, Sustainer and Ruler over all that exists. He has the power and authority to accomplish His purposes and will. He is one God who exists as three distinctive persons, Father, Jesus the Son, and Holy Spirit, functioning relationally in absolute oneness, humility, and harmony. (Isaiah 46:9-10Matthew 28:19)

Man's Dilemma

God desired to be in relationship with the people He created. But, at the beginning of human history, Adam and Eve chose to rebel against God. This sin fractured the relationship between God and mankind, infecting the very nature of all humanity with sin, and totally alienating humanity from God. Because of sin, no one could ever rescue himself or herself from Gods righteous judgment. But, God, in unmerited grace, and for the praise of His Great Name, had a plan to rescue a people so that they could love Him and enjoy Him forever. Gods plan was to send Jesus into the world. (Genesis 3Romans 5:12-14Ephesians 2:1-7)

Jesus Christ and salvation

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to live among mankind. He was miraculously born through the Virgin Mary. He has always existed and is fully God and fully human. He lived a righteous life of perfect obedience to the Father. Jesus voluntarily died on the cross, even though He had no personal sin to die for Himself. He physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will one day return. All who, by the Holy Spirit, repent and trust in Jesus finished work are united with Jesus. In this union, sinners are credited with the perfect righteousness of Jesus (that God requires) and are freed from the just penalty of sin (which Jesus bore for them on the cross). (2 Corinthians 5:17-211 Peter 3:18)

The holy spirit and the christian life

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit brings about conviction of sins, repentance, and belief in Jesus. The Holy Spirit permanently indwells each believer and gives spiritual gifts to help them accomplish His purpose in the church and in the world. As believers progressively learn to see, know, and trust God in their life, under the guiding influence of the Holy Spirit, their actions and attitudes will increasingly be like those of Jesus. God uses many varied means, including prayer, relationships, the Scriptures, and suffering to accomplish this progressive change in a believers life. (John 3:1-10John 6:63John 16:4-152 Corinthians 3:18Ephesians 1:13-14Titus 2:11-141 John 5:1)

Human destiny

All humans begin life at conception but will live from that point onward eternally. Believers, at death, will be received into the presence of God to a place the Bible calls Heaven to live out that perfect relationship with God they were designed to enjoy for all eternity. All who have rejected Jesus will remain in their sins, permanently separated from God in judgment to forever live in a place the Bible calls Hell. (Psalm 139:13John 3:16-17John 3:36Philippians 1:21-23)

the church

The church is a group of believers brought together by the Spirit of God to carry out the Great Commandment by practicing the Great Commission and observing the two ordinances of the church – baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Each church as an autonomous body operating under the leadership of Christ as the Head of the Church and is called to come together:

  1. to focus on and honor God,
  2. to call upon God directly, by faith, to make a difference in and through them,
  3. to spend time together helping and encouraging each other in their faith,
  4. to be taught in a way that helps them understand what God has said in the Bible,
  5. to make a public declaration of their faith in Jesus by being baptized,
  6. to remember what Jesus has done for them on the Cross through communion,
  7. to serve other believers in the church by using their spiritual gifts,
  8. to be sacrificially generous to accomplish God's work in and through the church, and
  9. to reach out with words and actions of love to all who have not yet put their faith in Jesus.

The church’s scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. Both men and women are given gifts by the Holy Spirit for service in the church. The office of pastor is limited to men that meet the qualifications found in Scripture. Members of each local congregation are led by those who meet the qualifications of church leadership explained in the Bible. (Matthew 16:15-1918:15-20Acts 2:41-42,475:11-146:3-613:1-314:23,2715:1-3016:520:28Romans 1:71 Corinthians 1:23:165:4-57:179:13-1412Ephesians 1:22-232:19-223:8-11,215:22-32Philippians 1:1Colossians 1:181 Timothy 2:9-143:1-154:14Hebrews 11:39-401 Peter 5:1-4Revelation 2-321:2-3)

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