WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30).
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative and inerrant Word of God. The Bible is the foundation upon which the church operates and is the basis for which the church is governed (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:3-4; 2 Peter 1:21).
We believe in the person of God the Father; an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humanity; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; John 3:16; John 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3).
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ; God’s only Son; His virgin birth; His sinless life; His miracles; His vicarious and atoning death; His burial; His resurrection; His ascension to the right hand of the Father; His personal future return to earth in power and glory to rule and reign in righteousness (John 10:33; John 3:16; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:34-35; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 7:26; John 2:11; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 2:9; John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-13; Revelation 19:14-16; John 14; 1 Thessalonians 4; Revelation 19-22).
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit sent forth from the Father and Son to: convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment; and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Jesus Christ; and by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life and be equipped and empowered to be witnesses for Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:26; Romans 15:13 Romans 15:16; Hebrews 9:14; Romans 8:13-14; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 1 Corinthians 14; Ephesians 4:30; Ephesians 5:18; Zechariah 4:6; Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:8; Romans 15:13; 1 Corinthians 2:4; 1 Corinthians 5:4; 2 Timothy 1:7).
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and therefore under condemnation. It is God that saves and regenerates people. Salvation comes by grace alone, is accessed by faith alone, and requires repentance of sins and confession that Jesus Christ is Lord (Acts 8:15-17; Ephesians 2:1-3; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8; Titus 3:5).
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved (Christian) and the lost (non-Christian); those who are saved by faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ unto the resurrection of eternal life with God in Heaven, and those who are lost unto the resurrection of eternal separation from God in Hell (Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3; Matthew 5:22; Matthew 18:9; Matthew 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18; John 5:28-29; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11; Revelation 20:11-15).
We believe the Church to be the spiritual unity of believers, a living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head and that all believers form the Body of Christ (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Galatians 3:26-28; Ephesians 4:15-16).
We believe that Christ will return for His Church prior to judgment, resurrecting the dead and rapturing the living at His coming, saving them from the judgment and wrath that will come upon the world for sin, not suffering the just in Christ to be judged with the unjust (Isaiah 26:20; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:36; Romans 1:18, 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; 2 Peter 2:7-9; Revelation 3:10; Revelation 5:7-10; Revelation 7:13-14).
We believe that the second coming of Jesus Christ with His Church to rule on the earth will be personal, pre-millennial, visible and is for a literal 1,000-year Millennial reign (Revelation 5:7 – 10; Revelation 20:4-6).
We believe in God’s continued prophetic purposes for national Israel; that a partial spiritual blindness has come upon the Jewish people and that through this the gospel has come to the Gentiles as purposed by God. Once the fullness of the Gentiles has come in then Israel will receive Jesus Christ as their Messiah and be saved (Romans 11:1-2, 11-12, 25-27; Zechariah 12:10-14, 13:6).
We believe in adult baptism by immersion and in the participation in communion done in obedience to Jesus Christ’s command (Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:38; Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:26).
We believe that we as Christians are called to live life as a people sent into the world for the demonstration and proclamation of God's love, as made evident in the gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20; 1 John 4:16-17).
WHAT WE DO NOT BELIEVE
At Calvary we want to be known for what we believe and who we are rather than what do not believe and who we are not. Sadly, however, there are many false teachings and wrong practices within the wider church today so we want to be clear regarding those teachings and practices with which we disagree. This does not mean that we will not fellowship with those holding certain views, it simply means that such views are outside the boundaries of what constitutes our church.
We disagree with and reject teachings of: the word-faith movement with its positive confession and prosperity gospel; the social justice gospel; the green gospel; the signs and wonders movement; the new apostolic reformation (NAR); extrabiblical teaching and practices regarding gifts of the Spirit common within Pentecostalism; gifts of the Spirit cessationism common within Reformed churches; replacement theology; hyper-Calvinism; and human secular psychology and philosophy contrary to Biblical orthodoxy.