These core values are not unique to Calvary Baptist Church, however, they are helpful motivators to keep each of our ministries purposeful in kingdom building.
- Lost people matter to God therefore they must matter to us. This value reminds us that Jesus came to reach the lost. Therefore, as believers, we must care enough to go and share the Gospel.
- Believers grow as they are taught to obey truth at their level of understanding. This value reminds us that one size teaching does not fit all. The Christian life is a complex journey. Calvary must offer teaching for all levels of Christians, whether brand new or seasoned in their faith.
- Deep relationships and life-changing growth occurs best in small groups. This value elevates the relational closeness, safety, and trust that can be created in a healthy small group environment.
- Worshiping God will remain Biblically sound and culturally relevant. This value speaks of our commitment to teach God's Word. Our purpose is to vary service formats in order to engage all generations in worship.
- Ministry is best accomplished through teams. This value reminds us that we were created to serve God. Believers are blessed with gifts and talents. As one gifted person joins with other gifted people, it energizes, encourages, and moves ministry forward
About the Bible:
- God's unique revelation to people.
- It is the inspired, infallible Word of God, and the supreme and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches.
- No other writings have such divine authority.
- References: Psalms 119; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20
- There is only one God, Creator of heaven and earth.
- Exists eternally as three persons -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each fully God yet each personally distinct from the other.
- References: Genesis 1:1-3; John 1:18; 14:15-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14
- All people are created in God's image and matter deeply to Him.
- Central to the message of the Bible is that God loves people, and invites them to live in connection with Himself and in community with each other.
- References: Genesis 1:26-27; Psalms 8:5-6; Acts 17:28
- Apart from Jesus Christ, all people are spiritually lost and, because of sin, deserve the judgment of God.
- However, God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on their behalf.
- Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort.
- Salvation is a gift that must be received by humble repentance and faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross.
- References: Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1-9
- Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, was born of the virgin Mary and lived a sinless human life.
- Jesus Christ willingly took upon Himself all of our sins, died and rose again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father as our Advocate and Mediator.
- Some day, He will return to consummate history and to fulfill the eternal plan of God.
- References: Mark 8:27-29; John 8:51-59; 10:30-38; 20:26-29; Acts 2:36; Hebrews 4:15; 2 Peter 1:1
About the Holy Spirit:
- The Holy Spirit, third Person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin and draws people to Jesus Christ.
- He indwells all believers.
- He is available to instruct, guide, and empower followers of Jesus to lead Christ-like lives.
- He gives spiritual gifts with which to serve the church and reach out to a lost and needy world.
- References: Genesis 8:1; Psalms 104:29-30; Ezekiel 37:1-10; John 14; Acts 2; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
- All believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal.
- The local church is a community of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability with each other.
- In the church, believers invest time, energy, and resources to fulfill the Great Commission.
- References: John 17:20-21; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 12:1-31; Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:3-6; 1 Peter 2:9
About Baptism and Communion:
- Our Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the church: Water Baptism and Communion.
- These are available to all believers, but should not be considered a requirement for salvation.
- References: Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:2-4; 1 Corinthians 10:14-17; 11:23-26
About Final Judgment:
- Death seals the eternal destiny of each person.
- At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation.
- Believers will be received into God's loving presence and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life.
- References: Romans 8:34-39; 1 Corinthians 15; Philippians 1:23; 2 Timothy 1:10; Revelation 21 & 22