Who We Are

Core Values

 

We believe the Bible is very clear about numerous things that define a church (such as the gospel and church membership) and even clear on church leadership and structure. We want you to understand the core values of Calvary Baptist Church.  We would consider them to be the principles that help govern and guide everything we do.  We believe each of them to be grounded in Scripture and help us to understand how we are function as a church body.

God’s Glory: We delight in living for the glory of God both when we gather and in our daily living. (Isaiah 42:8, Isaiah 43:1-7, 1 Corinthians 10:31)

Scripture as Authoritative:  We delight in the Word of God as our only source of knowledge and authority regarding Christ and sound doctrine. (1 Timothy 4:11, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Titus 2:15, 2 Peter 1:19-21)

Preaching and Teaching:  We delight in the faithful and constant preaching/teaching of God’s Word. (Isaiah 55:10-13, 2 Timothy 4:2, 2 Peter 1:3-6)

Doctrines of Grace:  We delight in God’s sovereign hand that leads sinners to repentance and a life of faithful obedience. The doctrines of grace include complete depravity, unconditional election, definite atonement, irresistible grace, and the perseverance of believers. We believe these to be completely consistent with the free agency of man. (Gospel of John, Ephesians, and unfolding story of OT)

Church Leadership:  We delight in being led by a plurality of elders and served by deacons. (1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-9)

Church Membership:  We delight in regenerate church membership, demonstrated in a living commitment in corporate worship, giving, prayer, and service. (Matthew 16:17-19 & 18:15-20, Ephesians 4:1-16)

Every-Member Ministry:  We delight in a community of mutual love and instruction as we pursue holiness and share in the joys and struggles of life together. This results in the gifting of each member as they joyfully participate in loving and strengthen one another in ministry. (Romans 12:6-8 & 15-16, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, Ephesians 4:1-16, Hebrews 3:12-14 & 12:2-17, 1 Peter 4:10-11)

Complementarian View of Marriage: We delight in men and women living as equals in dignity and worth before God but living in accordance with their complementary functions. (Genesis 1:26-27 & 2:21-24, Ephesians 5:22-32, 1 Timothy 3, Titus 2)

Dependence on Prayer: We delight to be humble people who are bold in individual and corporate prayer. (Mathew 7:9-11, John 16:23-24, Philippians 4:6-7, Hebrews 4:16)

Faithful Evangelism:  We delight in our responsibility to share the gospel and invite sinners to repent of sin and trust in Jesus. (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Romans 1:16, 2 Corinthians 2:14-17)

Local Church Revitalizing and World Missions:  We delight in assisting local and international churches so that they might be built up in the Word of God. (Matthew 24:14, John 10:16, Revelation 7:9)