ABOUT CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH
To be a dynamic, spiritual organism empowered by the Holy Spirit to share Christ with as many people as possible in the church, the community, and throughout the world. To be a worshiping fellowship; experiencing an awareness of God; recognizing His person; and responding in obedience to His leadership. To experience an increasingly meaningful fellowship with God and fellow believers. To help people experience a growing knowledge of God and man. To be Christ-like in our daily living by emphasizing total commitment of life, personality, and possessions to the lordship of Christ.
The Bible is our sole authority of our faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16).
Autonomy of the Local Church
We are a self-governing, self-supporting local church (I Corinthians 6:1-4; I Timothy 3:15).
Priesthood of the Believer
Every born-again believer has personal access to the throne of God through the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:14-16).
Two Church Officers
The Pastor and the Deacons function as servant leaders in the local church (I Timothy 3:1-13). The role of the pastor is to lead and guide the congregation, as well as preach and teach the Bible. (I Peter 5:1-4). The role of the deacons is to primarily attend to the physical needs and concerns of the church membership (Acts 6:1-7).
Individual Soul Liberty
Every born-again believer is answerable before God for the choices he or she makes. However, this does not override the duty of a local church to exercise church discipline of its members, when required (Romans 14:1-12; I Corinthians 5:1-13).
Separation of Church and State.
The state should have no power to intervene in the free expression of religious liberty (Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29–31; Romans 13:1–4).
Two Church Ordinances
Baptism by immersion (Acts 2:41; 8:36-39) and the Lord's Table (I Corinthians 11:20-30) are the ordinances of the local church. These ordinances have no part in salvation and only serve as pictures of what Christ did for us.
Security of the Believer
Once a person is truly saved, he or she is eternally secure. The Holy Spirit securely seals every justified believer until final glorification (John 10:27-29; Ephesian 1:13-14).