The Scriptures

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, that it is written by men divinely inspired of God, in the original autograph, and it is the infallible and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (Isaiah 40:8; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

The King James Version shall be the official Bible used in all teachings and preaching at Calvary Baptist Church. We believe that the King James Version is the perfectly preserved translation of the original autograph containing the entirety of the word of God.

The Trinity

We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections; worthy of the same homage, confidence and obedience. (Matthew 28:18-19; John 14:16-18, 26)

God – We believe that there is one and only one, true and living God, whose name is Jehovah, the Creator and Supreme ruler of all Heaven and Earth. (Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:2-3; John 1:1; Hebrews 1:1-3)

Jesus Christ – We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. Christ was born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe that Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as our sinless representation, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. We believe that Jesus Christ ascended physically to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father, where He fulfills for the ministry of High Priest, Intercessor, and Advocate. (John 1:1-2; 3:16; 11:27; Hebrews 2:9-18)

Holy Spirit – We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with the Father and the Son, and of the same nature and substance, that He convicts men of sin, righteousness, judgment, and bears witness to the truth. The Holy Spirit is the agent of new birth, that He seals permanently, endue, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer, indwelling every true child of God. (John 14:16-17; Romans 8:14-27)

Sin

We believe that God created man in His own image and that man came into the world by the direct creation of God and not by the process of evolution. We believe that he was created in innocence, but that by voluntary transgression fell. We also believe that this spiritual death or total depravity of the human nature has been transmitted to the entire human race, the man Jesus Christ alone being excepted, and is under just condemnation without defense or excuse before God. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:10-19; I Timothy 5:6)

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.

We believe that because of universal death through sin, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless they are born again. No degree of reformation, no attainment in morality or culture, no baptism or other ordinance, however administered, can help a sinner go to Heaven. The initiation of salvation is through the Holy Spirit and not man. (John 3:1-7; 16-18; Ephesians 2:8-10)

Santification

We believe that sanctification which is a setting apart unto God is threefold:

It is positionally complete for every saved person, because their position toward God is identical with Christ’s position, since the believer “is in Christ.”

There is a progressive sanctification, wherein the Christian is to “grow in grace.”

We believe that the child of God will yet be fully sanctified when they shall see their Lord face to face and shall “be like Him.” We do not believe that the speaking in tongues is an indication of sanctification. (2 Corinthians 3:18-7:1; Ephesians 4:24; 5:25-27; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 Corinthians 14:19)

Eternal Security

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a substitution sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground, through His shed blood on the cross, and we are saved by grace through faith, wholly apart from human merit and works.

We believe that all who have been truly born again by the Spirit of God through faith in Christ are eternally secure. (John 10:29-30; Acts 13:38-39; Romans 8:35-39; Philippians 1:6)

Separation

We believe that all the saved should live in such manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord. (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 7:1)

We further believe that all Christians should separate themselves from the modern social issues of abortion and homosexuality. We accept the literal teachings on both of these subjects and believe them to be sin. (Leviticus 18:1-30; Psalms 127:8; 139:14-16; Isaiah 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5)

We believe in the absolute separation of church and state. (Matthew 22:21)

Commission

We believe that it is the explicit message of our Lord to those whom He has saved, that their primary purpose in life shall be to make Christ known to the whole world, and to lead our friends and neighbors into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-19; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20)

The Church

We believe that the church (the Bride of Christ) is composed only of born again believers, baptized by the Holy Spirit into the mystical body of Christ, of which He is the Head.

We believe the local church to be an assembly of born again believers of like faith and practice, baptized by immersion, united for the evangelism of the world, and for the edification of the saints, and the worship of God. (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 5:23-27)

The Ordinances

We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the only ordinances of the church and that they are scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. We believe that water baptism is the immersion of a saved person in water, setting forth in symbol the essential facts of redemption and separation.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the Lord’s death until He comes again. Wherein the symbols are bread and the fruit of the vine, and that it depicts the believer’s constant dependency upon Christ. (Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:26)

The Blessed Hope

We believe that according to the Word of God, the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the coming of the Lord in the air to receive to Himself, into Heaven, both His own who are alive and remain until the event, and also all who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

We believe that future events will take place in the following order: the Rapture of the Church, the Great Tribulation on earth, the Millennial Reign of Christ, the Great White Throne judgment, and All Things New. (Daniel 12; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 5:13-17; Revelation 20:12-15; Revelation 21)

Eternity

We believe that all people are immortal beings and will live forever upon their conception. As a result, everyone will live forever in only one of two locations mentioned in the Bible:  Heaven or Hell.

We believe in a literal Heaven and Hell as spoken of in the Scriptures. (Matthew 10:28; Luke 12:5; 16:23; Revelation 20:11-15) We do not accept the doctrines of annihilation of souls, soul sleep, purgatory, or reincarnation as possible eternal destinies.