Doctrinal Standards of Faith
At Calvary Community Church, we value fellowship and relationship, but we always give the worship and focus to God. God has continued to show his favor on the church over the years. We believe in power of the Gospel, for it is the way to salvation. Christ, being the center of it, is the one person we must reflect in all we do. But even in what we do, it is God who gives us strength and sustains us. We worship and live with the Holy Spirit in our lives today.
We will probably never fully understand the Trinity completely in this life. The closest understanding or picture might be marriage, “the two shall become one.” Which is why Christian marriage comes under attack in this nation. Scripture reveals God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This describes a unity of divine of love, three as one. The scriptures instruct us about His character and orders our relationship with the Him. 1 John 5:7, Philippians 2:6
The Scriptures “The Bible”:
The Bible is a prophetic revelation about God; giving us hope and salvation. It explains three basics. Who is God? Who are we? And what should our relationship be like with God and each other. The Bible is the source and final authority for what is “moral” or “right” behavior and thinking. It is the wisdom of God. This revelatory and prophetic work is an act of His supreme mercy, love, and faithfulness. It is the prophetic announcement of the impartation of God’s presence to each of us: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 2 Timothy 3:16, Romans3:4, 1 Thessalonians 2:13
Humanity – Fall and Redemption:
Humanity rebelled against God. We chose to offend. Therefore, we experience two curses 1) The curse of spiritual death and being cut off the life-giving presence of God and 2) The curse given to the earth (the creation) through our rebellion and therefore we experience sickness and death because of it. But ….God…. from the beginning of the curse began the plans for the offering of reconciliation and salvation to humanity. We would have to be “redeemed”. Genesis 1:27, Romans 5:12, Hebrews 9:14-18, Ephesians 2:8,9
New Birth and Eternal Life:
The reversal of the curse of spiritual death (reconciliation and salvation) would come through God’s love through Jesus the Christ being sent to earth through a prophesied virgin birth. Jesus (God the Son) would live a sinless life in perfect obedience to God the Father. Demonstrating how we are to live as humanity with God. Jesus taught about His Father and the Holy Spirit. He performed miraculous healing and gave miraculous insights and spoke with power. Out of obedience and love for you and I, He took our rebellion and sin upon Himself. Through His death He took our death (our sin, our rebellion) upon Himself. This substitutionary act of atonement had been taught and demonstrated to humanity through acts of worship taught to the Jewish people. Jesus fulfilled this substitutionary atonement for each of us. He enabled an offering of spiritual life to us again. (new birth, new life) All that is required for “spiritual life” is an acknowledgement of our rebellion and our offense to God. And in humility and as an act of repentance, we ask for the atonement and forgiveness made available to us through Jesus Christ, in the form of a prayer. Then God breathes into us once again the breath of life and we made alive once again. This is demonstrated through the resurrection of Jesus from the death He suffered on the cross. We come into relationship with God again through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the voice and presence of God that now resides in the heart of our lives. Through Jesus Christ we are given life now and eternal. When we die, in accordance to the curse still on creation, we will continue to live in heaven with God for eternity. Acts2:37-38, John 3:3-7
This is one of two sacraments (a physical act of worship done by the church represent something God has done for us) done in public worship. The sacrament of immersion water baptism is a public testimony and declaration of our commitment to follow Christ and live for Him and His kingdom. The symbolism is that we are immersed under the water with our sinful nature and are washed by the water of God’s forgiveness and we come out of the water a “new creation” now in restored relationship to Him. Matt 28:19, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12
Lord’s Supper or Communion
This is one of two sacraments of the church where we distribute bread (representing the body of Christ) and grape juice (representing the blood of Christ). We read the scriptures that help us remember the sacrifice of Jesus the Christ for our healing and imparted righteousness. After giving thanks, we eat the bread together and drink the juice together and remember that we are saved by grace that comes through Jesus. And we experience gratefulness once again, together, as His church.
Through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ being applied to lives we through our repentance, we experience the presence of the life-giving presence of the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in our hearts and mind. Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit who would follow Him. According to Jesus, the Holy Spirit, would comfort us, guide us into all truth, and guide our daily living. The Holy Spirit baptizes us into the life of Jesus by teaching and imparting the “mind of Christ” to us. He is God “in” us. Where God, in Jesus, was fixed in time and location, the Holy Spirit is able to work simultaneously in all of our lives coordinating the mission of bringing Gospel to fallen lives through His church and the expansion of His Kingdom, His influence on earth.
Jesus directed His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they would be baptized into Holy Spirit. John the Baptist prophesied that He, Jesus, would baptize us into the life of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2 records the event of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the formation of the Church of Jesus Christ. The mission of the Holy Spirit is the spread of the Gospel and worldwide Church of Jesus Christ through the formation of local churches. Each local church is an expression of the body of Christ. Each member of the local church is given or receives the impartation of gifts from the Holy Spirit. We don’t get to choose our spiritual gifting. With mutual submission, responsibility, and courage; we operate in the gift given to us within a local expression of the Body of Christ, the local church. We coordinate our spiritual gifting out of love for God and love for each other to spread the Gospel and His spiritual kingdom throughout the world. Therefore, the local church really is the hope of our families, our communities, and the world. Acts 1,2
The gift of tongues, praying in tongues, or speaking in tongues may be an evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Matt 3:11, John 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, 2:4, 2:38-39, 9:1-7
Another work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is the pursuit of holiness in our lives. The Holy Spirit moves through the different aspects of our lives as we continue to struggle to give Him authority in those aspects. Jesus as Savior is instantaneous. We are saved, and He will never leave us. The lordship of Jesus in our lives could be instantaneous but it is usually an ongoing process. Heaven and Hell are usually not at stake here. This is about becoming more like our Father in character and thinking more like Jesus in order that the spiritual gifts given to us would be able to work with greater effectiveness as part of the advancing of His Kingdom (His influence) into the darkness of the world. It is an expression of His mercy and prophetic statement from the beginning of creation, “Let there be Light.” Hebrews.12:14, 1 Thess. 5:23, 2 Peter 3:18, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 3:12-14, 1 Corinthians 1:30
From the beginning of His interaction with His called people, God has established that He would be our healer. In James 5, We have the Word of God that says “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” So, we do. The scripture also says “Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.” Faith is believing what God says. So, we as a congregation offer anointing with oil and prayer through the elders. And healing is provided in the atonement. We don’t heal. God heals. We don’t do magic. There is no secret prayer. You don’t have to work up faith. You only have to be obedient to His Word for you. We will be obedient to offer prayer and anointing. Not everyone is healed, and we are left sometimes to wonder why, but God really is sovereign and sometimes we are left with the Holy Spirit’s answer to the Apostle Paul, “my grace will have to be enough, at this moment.” And we have seen healings in our midst. James 5:13-15, Isaiah 53:4-5
Return of the Lord
We believe that Jesus is returning soon in a second coming to earth. We believe we are living in the biblical days of the “end times”. We don’t get caught up in opinions over the rapture of the church. We are simply observers of the days and times. We pray for His lordship in our lives and in our church and we pray, “Even so Lord, come quickly.” Meanwhile we live in the present day as His witness to the Gospel here on earth. Acts 1:11, 1 Thess 4:16-17, Rev. 20:6
Because of the rebellion of humanity and curse that is still being experienced by the creation, we will die. We will leave the bounds of this earthly experience. The question is where we will spend the rest of eternity. According to revealed knowledge from God found in scripture, after this existence here on earth, there is two options: Heaven or Hell. Heaven is a place where the relationship we have with God here on earth continues, except now, it is in His literal presence. We meet God face to face. We will join with believers who have died before and live forever in a beautiful place in Heaven.
The other option after this earthly experience is Hell, the place of eternal separation and punishment. Hell was never built for us specifically. It was built as a place of eternal pain and suffering for fallen angels. Because of our choosing to be rebellious in nature and because of a rejection of the Gospel while on earth. We will join the fallen angels in a place that that is described as fire, brimstone, agony, pain, separation from any hope for eternity.
Our mission is to present and persuade as many people as we can to accept the salvific message of the Gospel and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The more of God’s character that is developed in us, the more that we will feel the heartbreak of God for those in our families and communities who are destined for an eternal life that they were not created to experience.
His Kingdom is advancing. It is advancing in our lives today, therefore there is hope for others as we, the church, spread His influence and Lordship. “May HIs Kingdom come and His will be on earth as it is in Heaven.” “Even so, Lord Jesus come.” Heb.9:27, Rev 19:20, 1 Peter 1:3,4, Phil 3:20-21, Rev.7:9-17 e