Statement of Faith
Calvary Christian School and Calvary Baptist Church Statement of Faith
Section 1. THE SCRIPTURE
We believe that the Scriptures consist only of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. The Scriptures as originally written are verbally inspired by God and without error. We believe that every word is equally true, accurate, and will be fulfilled. The Scriptures are the supreme and final authority for faith and life. 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
Section 2. THE TRUE GOD
We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth. God is inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love. In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Ex. 20:2,3; Matt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 8:6; 2 Cor. 13:14; Rev. 4:11.
Section 3. JESUS CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son, that He is both divine and human, both fully God and fully man. He existed from eternity and is equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit, was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life. We believe that He died on the cross, was buried, arose bodily from the grave, and that He ascended bodily into Heaven, providing a substitutionary atonement for sinful man. We believe that He now intercedes for believers, and that He will return physically to earth after the Tribulation to set up His millennial reign. Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Mark 16:6, 19; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2,14; 10:30; Acts 1:11; 1 Cor. 15:4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 2:5-8; Heb. 4:15; 9:26; 1 John 5:20.
Section 4. THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature. He was active in the creation. In relation to the unbelieving world, He restrains the evil one until Gods purpose is fulfilled and He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel, and that in the new birth He calls, regenerates, baptizes into Christ, indwells, seals, and fills for service. In the life of a believer He guides, teaches, helps, witnesses and sanctifies. We believe that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to all believers, but that the sign gifts of prophecy, knowledge, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, miracles, and healing are not now active in the work of the Holy Spirit in this age. Gen. 1:1-3; Matt. 28:19; Mark 1:8; Luke 24:49: John 1:33; John 3:5, 6; John 14:16, 17; John 14:26; John 16:8-11; Acts 1:16; 5:30-32; Rom. 8:14, 6, 26, 27; 1 Cor. 13:8-10; Gal. 5:22, 23; Eph. 1:13, 14; Heb. 9:14.
Section 5. THE DEVIL, OR SATAN
We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, and that he was created by God as an angel but, through pride and rebellion, became the enemy of his Creator. He is the unholy god of this age, and the ruler of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the Lake of Fire. Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:13-15; Matt. 4:1-11; 2 Cor. 4:4; 1 John 5:19; Rev. 20:10.
Section 6. CREATION
We believe that all things were created by God in six literal 24 hour days. We believe it was a direct and immediate act of God without any evolutionary process. We believe the first humans, Adam and Eve, were created by God, in His image, as male and female. Human life, sexual identity and roles are part of God’s creative design. The public advocacy for or act of altering one’s original sex design through medical transition or transgender expression is a violation of God’s design for sexual identity. In light of God’s creative design, we believe that the Bible teaches that marriage is the joining of one man and one woman and that sexual intimacy is to be expressed only within the bonds of a Biblically defined marriage. Any other form of marriage or sexual intimacy is immoral and a violation of God’s gracious will. Genesis 1 and 2; John 1:3; Col. 1:16, 17; Matthew 19:4-6; Romans 1:24-29; 1 Corinthians 6:9-20; 7:1-5; 11:7-9; Ephesians 5:22-33; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3, 22-33; Colossians 3:5-6; Hebrews 13:4.
We believe that all things were created by God in six literal 24 hour days and that it was a direct, immediate act of God without any evolutionary process. Genesis 1 and 2; John 1:3; Col. 1:16, 17.
Section 7. THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created perfect in the image of God. However, man chose to sin, resulting in not only physical death but also spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God. Consequently, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners in thought, word, and deed and therefore are justly under condemnation without defense or excuse.
Gen. 3:1-6; Rom. 1:18, 32; 5:12-19.
Section 8. SALVATION
We believe that the salvation of sinners is totally a work of God and entirely of grace, through the sacrificial work of Jesus Christ. Forgiveness of sins and a right relationship to God is possible through Jesus Christ alone. Christ, being obedient to the will of the Father, voluntarily took on the form of a man, lived a sinless life and fulfilled the divine law, enabling Him to be our perfect sacrifice. By His death He made a full and substitutionary atonement to pay for our sins and brought full justification before God, who demands holiness. By His resurrection He sealed salvation for everyone who believes. Jesus Christ is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and all-sufficient Savior. Isa. 53:4-7; Matt. 18:11; John 3:16, 14:6; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 2:8; Phil. 2:7-8; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 2:14; 1 John 4:10.
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again. This new birth is instantaneous and not a process. All men are born sinners and are dead in trespasses and in sins. It is by Gods grace that we become partakers of the divine nature and receive eternal life. Faith in the Lord, evidenced by repentance, is the only condition of salvation. The believer who confesses faith in Jesus Christ is completely justified before God and possesses a salvation which is eternally secured. Our new birth is evidenced by repentance, faith and newness of life. John 3:3,8; Acts 13:39, 16:30-33; Rom. 5:9, 6:23, 8:1, 10:9-10, 13; 2 Cor. 5:17,19; Eph. 2:1; Col. 2:13; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 5:1.
Section 9. THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that the local church is an organized body of believers who have been baptized by immersion, who are united by the Scriptures and in doctrine, and who observe the ordinances of Christ. The two offices of the church are pastor and deacon. Every individual in the church has been given spiritual gifts for the advancement and edification of the church. The mission of the church is to glorify God by conforming to the image of Christ and by proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ to our neighbors and around the world. The local church has been given its mandate from Gods Word and is independent, self governing, free from any outside interference, and is directly responsible to God. The local church is a part of the universal body of believers, of which Christ is the Head. The universal church includes all believers from Pentecost to the Rapture. Acts 2:41-42; Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 1:2; Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 4:11-12; Eph. 5:23; Col. 1:18; 1 Tim. 3:15.
Section 10. BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe that the Scriptural ordinances given to the local church are Baptism and the Lords Supper. Baptism, by immersion, should be administered to believers only, as an identifying symbol of their belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and our death to sin and resurrection to a new walk in life, and that it is a prerequisite to local church membership. The Lords Supper is a commemoration of His death, and should be preceded by believers baptism and solemn self-examination. Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41, 8:36-39, 18:8; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 11:23-32; Col. 2:12.
Section 11. THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked. Only those who are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of God are truly righteous in Gods sight. All men who are still in unbelief and refuse to repent are wicked in Gods sight and under the curse of death. We believe in the bodily resurrection from the dead; the believer to a life of eternal glory in Heaven with God and the unbeliever to eternal judgment in the Lake of Fire. Gen. 18:23; Dan. 12:2; Mal. 3:18; Matt. 25:34-41; Luke 16:25; John 5:28-29; John 8:21; Rom. 6:17-18, 23; Rom. 7:6; 1 John 5:19; Rev. 20:5-6, 11-15.
Section 12. CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that those in authority are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed. However, we believe that civil government has no right to legislate or seek to control matters of religious faith or practice. Ex. 18:21-22; 2 Sam. 23:3; Dan. 3:17-18; Matt. 22:21; Acts 4:19-20 and 5:20; Acts 23:5; Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Tim. 2:1-2.
Section 13. FUTURE EVENTS
We believe the return of the Lord Jesus Christ could occur at any moment. We hold to a pre-tribulational, pre-millennial rapture of the church. At that time, Christ will return in the air to take both the dead in Christ and all believers who are still living to be with Himself. In Heaven, all believers will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ and will participate in the Marriage Feast of the Lamb. On earth, the seven years of tribulation will immediately follow the rapture of the church when Christ will pour out His wrath on the unbelieving world. The Tribulation will be culminated by the return of the Lord to the earth to sit upon the throne of David and to establish His literal, 1000 year millennial reign, characterized by righteousness and by the fulfillment of Gods promises to the nation of Israel. After the 1000 year period, the unsaved will be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire along with Satan and his demons. Finally, the eternal state will be established with a new heaven and a new earth where God will rule, sin and death will not exist, and where the saved will enjoy Him forever. Psalm 72:8; Isa. 9:6-7, 11:1-9, 32:1; Matt. 24:3-31; Luke 1:32; John 14:3; Acts 1:11, 2:29-30; 1 Cor. 15:25, 51-53; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Heb. 9:28; James 5:8; Rev. 7:14, 20:4-6, 14-15.