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STATEMENT OF FAITH


The human terminology employed in this statement is not inspired nor submitted as such; but the truth set forth is held to be essential to a whole Gospel ministry. No claim is made that it contains all the truth in the Bible, only that it covers essential orthodox teaching as understood by the majority of Evangelical Christians. This Statement of Fundamental Truths is intended simply as a basis of fellowship among us (i.e., that we all speak the same thing, 1 Corinthians 1:10; Acts 2:42).


ONE GOD


There is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), who is infinitely perfect (Matthew 5:48), existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). The tree Persons of the eternal God are co-equal in all respects regarding their nature as God; none of them lesser in their eternal nature with each being omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent and in all other ways equal. Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man (Philippians 2:6–11). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary (Luke 1:34–38). He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust (1 Peter 3:18), as a substitutionary sacrifice (Hebrews 2:9), and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood (Romans 5:9). He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures (Acts 2:23-24), and He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest (Hebrews 8:1). He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace (Matthew 26:64)


DIVINITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT


The Holy Spirit is a divine Person (John 14:15–18) along with the Father and the Son; sent to indwell, guide, teach, empower the believer (John 16:13; Acts 1:8), and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:7–11).


THE UNIQUENESS OF JESUS CHRIST


Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son (John 3:16), and salvation is found in Him alone. (Acts 4:12) God bears witness of Himself in the creation and within the human conscience, that He exists and He is worthy of worship. Nevertheless, it is in Christ that the full revelation of God is understood since one of Jesus’ primary reasons for walking among humanity was to reveal the Father. (John 1:18) In light of the pluralism found in the modern world, we therefore with humility proclaim that Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God and only Savior of humanity. He alone does not require sacrifices, He instead became the perfect sacrifice for all sinners who would believe that He died for their sins, rose from the dead to bring us life, and confess Him as the Lord of their life. (Romans 10:9-10)


AUTHORITY OF THE SCRIPTURES


The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice (2 Peter 1:20–21; 2 Timothy 3:15–16).


ORIGINAL SIN AND SALVATION


Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27): he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are as a result, born with a sinful nature (Romans 3:23), are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians15:20–23). The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment (Revelation 21:8); and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss (Revelation 21:1–4). Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God (Titus 3:4–7).


BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT


It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be wholly sanctified (1 Thessalonians 5:23), being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service (Acts 1:8). This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion (Romans 6:1–14). We believe God empowers and calls all believers to serve in the Body of Christ and therefore gifts them according to their calling for the edification of others. (1 Corinthians 12:7)


THE CHURCH BODY


The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit – regardless of what denomination or building they may find themselves in. God created one universal Church which includes all who have come to follow Christ. (Ephesians 4:4) Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church (Ephesians 1:22–23), which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations (Matthew 28:19–20). The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:41–47). Unity is something Jesus prayed for (John 17), and therefore we are compelled to strive for it. This means refusing all barriers of race, culture, nationality, and anything else which might interfere with establishing and maintaining unity.


A HOLY LIFE


Because God has redeemed His people from their sin, we believe His intentions toward us are for a holy life lived as His obedient people. In fact, we believe that it is a sign of our love for God that we live in obedience to His commands. (John 14:15) We reject any idea of justification by grace which is divorced from a sanctifying union with Christ. We believe you cannot come to Christ and not see a changed life as a result of this relationship with God. Repentance has been a part of the message of the gospel since its beginning. (Matthew 4:17; Acts 2:38; Romans 2:4)


The Resurrection and Second Coming


There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life (1 Corinthians 15:20–23); for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment (John 5:28–29). The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent (Hebrews 10:37) and will be personal, visible, and premillennial (Luke 21:27). This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service (Titus 2:11–14).


HEAVEN AND HELL


There is a literal Heaven and a literal Hell, and that all those who place their faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord; while those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from the Lord. (Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3, 5:22, 18:9 and 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11; 20:11-15) We believe God desires all men to be saved from their sins (1 Timothy 2:4) but because of human self-will and sin, many will choose to reject God’s offer of salvation.


GOD AS CREATOR


We believe God created all things as the Bible declares in Genesis chapters 1 and 2. We therefore reject Darwinian macro-evolutionary theory on the whole because of its inherent problems of being in conflict with known scientific facts, as well as the scriptures of the Old and New Testament. While we accept some aspects of evolutionary processes taking place on the micro level, these remain evidenced in minor changes within species, yet with no evidence of species changing and becoming other species.


THE SACREDNESS OF MARRIAGE AND SEX


God created humanity; and when He created them, He formed them as male and female. (Genesis 1:27) As such, He created them different so as to complement and complete each other. We also believe these inherent differences physiologically, emotionally and mentally are plain and obvious. Further, at the creation, God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, marriage is a sacred institution because it was created by God, and not by men. We also see this understanding reinforced in the New Testament. (Matthew 19:4; 1 Timothy 3:2)


We believe that marriage is exclusively the legal union of one genetic male and one genetic female, evidenced by a marriage ceremony which we believe to be a sacred worship service and not a public service provided by the local church. Accordingly, we cannot perform any marriage ceremonies between two individuals of the same sex. It cannot affirm, condone, or recognize such same-sex marriages, civil unions, or domestic partnerships even if the State passes laws that provide for recognition of such unions because this would be contrary to the sacred union of a man and woman as God created it.


We further believe that legitimate biblical sexual relations are sacred and are to be exercised solely within the context of marriage – therefore sexual activities such as, but not limited to; adultery, fornication, pre-marital sex, incest, polygamy, homosexuality, transgenderism, bisexuality, cross-dressing, pedophilia and bestiality because they are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the Church. We further hold that lascivious behavior such as the creation, viewing and/or distribution of pornography and efforts to alter one’s physical gender or gender related appearance are incompatible with a true biblical witness. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; John 4:16-18; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-11, 6:18-20, 7:1-3 and 7:8-9; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-7; 1 Timothy 1:9-11) For this reason homosexuality, and all other “sexual preferences” or “orientations” are in conflict with scripture and therefore unacceptable to God. These things being in conflict with the clear teachings of scripture, therefore prohibit us from accommodating or supporting in any way, such behaviors or worldviews.


With all of that being said, we believe we cannot leave this subject without also declaring our deep love for all of humanity. And because of this, we believe we must remain open to accepting anyone who would seek to join our community of believers who is struggling with same-sex attraction, but desires to follow after Christ. Like all sinners, we believe Jesus would have us embrace anyone who desires to follow Him, but needs help with living the Christian life. Anyone, not matter what their sin, who desires to follow Christ will be welcomed without judgment and without bigotry. We are all sinners seeking to live humble, repentant lives – we therefore welcome all sinners who would like to do this in community.


BALANCE


Fundamentalism includes that portion of Protestant churches that hold to the literal interpretation of the Scriptures, believing that they are divinely inspired and inerrant. Hence, the "fundamentals" of the faith are emphasized. Pentecostalism as a modern movement, grew out of the Azusa Street revival in Los Angeles at the turn of the 20th century and produced denominations that emphasize the fullness of the Holy Spirit and the exercise of the Scriptural Spiritual gifts of the Spirit. Pentecostalism restored to the church the importance of the gifts of the Spirit and the power of God for the believer today.

In a broad general sense, Calvary Chapel is the middle ground between fundamentalism and Pentecostalism in modern Protestant theology. We believe this to include modern experiences of the same things found in the book of Acts and according to the truths provided through the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11-14. We seek to remain balanced and orthodox in doctrine and in church practice. In fact, we believe that this is at least one important part of the reason why God has raised up this ministry.


LOVE


We prefer to be known for what we are for, rather than for who we are against. God help us to love Him, love His people, and love those who do not know Him and for whom He died.

Our simple heart's desire is to love our God, and demonstrate His love towards His people, and those who do not know God. We want to stay focused on Christ, not on the peripherals of religion. So we gather in an informal atmosphere of thankfulness to Christ, and leave everything else outside as best as possible.