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OUR BELIEFS

Along with our agreement with the "Apostles Creed", the following Statement of Faith is given as what we believe to be that which defines our basic Christian beliefs, and in some areas distinguishes us particularly as a Calvary Chapel. Though we consider these beliefs to be extremely important and clearly Biblical, we believe that two people who are truly "born again" can hold differing positions. The Scripture verses given are definitely not all inclusive of those that would apply, but are given as a starting point for study and discussion.

#1 THE BIBLE

We believe the Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative written Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21

#2 THE GODHEAD

We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.; each one distinguishable from the other, yet indivisible as God. Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2

#3 THE NATURE AND WORK OF CHRIST

We believe in the full deity and full humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ; in His virgin birth and sinless life; in His complete and finished work on the cross and His bodily resurrection from the dead. Luke 1:26-35; Hebrews 2:14-15; Hebrews 10:11-12; John 1:12

#4 SALVATION BY FAITH AND THE INDWELLING SPIRIT

We believe that the only means by which we can be forgiven of our sin is to personally accept the death of Jesus Christ as the only payment for our own penalty, and to receive Him as Savior and Lord. Further, we believe that anyone who believes and accepts Christ as Savior becomes the recipient of God's Holy Spirit, by which he/she is born again. John 3:3-9; John 20:22; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8-9

#5 WATER BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER

We believe our Lord gave to us the two ordinances of Water Baptism by immersion and a regular observance of the Lord's Supper (not for salvation but because of salvation) to fulfill the command of Christ. Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:34-36; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30

#6 THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe there is a work of the Holy Spirit, separate from and in addition to the regenerative work. This Baptism enables the believer to enter into a new and powerful realm of service, praise, worship, personal edification and witnessing. Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 19:2-6

#7 CURRENT OPERATON OF THE GITFS OF THE SPIRIT

We believe in the operation of the gifts of the Spirit as manifested in the early Church and recorded in the book of Acts and various letters of the New Testament. All things are to be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 12:13-14

#8 CHRIST IS OUR SOURCE AND PROVIDER

We believe that in Christ there is found healing for the broken physically, spiritually and emotionally. Psalm 103:3; Psalm 147:3; Isaiah 53:4-12; Luke 9:42; James 5:14-15

#9 RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH, SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST AND FINAL JUDGMENT

We believe the Church is the Bride of Christ, and will be translated (raptured) to meet the Lord in the air. This includes believers who have died in Christ as well as those living on the earth at that time. We believe the Church will be hidden with Christ during the Great Tribulation which will come upon the whole earth and then return with Him after that time in what the Bible refers to as the "Second Coming". We believe in the thousand year reign of Christ upon the earth, the final resurrection and judgment, eternal life for believers and eternal punishment for unbelievers. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:9; Revelation 20:1-6

#10 OUR ROLE IN THE CHURCH UNIVERSAL

We believe the Church is the Body of Christ on the earth and God's chosen instrument to proclaim the Gospel of Christ, and be a restraint to sin. By this statement, we proclaim our alliance with and prayerful support of every Bible-believing, Christ-honoring fellowship worldwide. Matthew 5:13-14; Matthew 16:18; John 13:35

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