What We Believe

Calvary Chapel has been formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our supreme desire is to know Christ and to be conformed into His image by the power of the Holy Spirit.

-- We are not a denominational church, nor are we opposed to denominations as such; we are only opposed to the over-emphasis of the doctrinal differences that has often led to the division of the Body of Christ.

We believe that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is His (Agape) love, which is greater that any differences we possess and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.

We believe in the inerrancy of Scripture (that is, that all Scripture is free from error), and that the Bible -- Old and New Testaments -- is the inspired and infallible Word of God.

We believe that God is eternally existent in three separate persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe that God the Father is the personal, transcendent and sovereign Creator of all things.

We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, that He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, provided for the atonement of our sins by His substitutionary death on the cross, was bodily resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit, ascended to the right hand of God the Father, and ever lives to make intercession for us.

After Jesus ascended to heaven, He poured out His Spirit upon the believers in Jerusalem, enabling them to fulfill His command to preach the Gospel to the entire world, an obligation shared by believers today.

We believe that all people are by nature separated from God and responsible for their own sin -- but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all his/her sins are forgiven and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord.

We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and that they are proven valid for today if they are exercised within Scriptural guidelines. We as believers are to covet the best gifts, seeking to exercise them in love so that the whole body of Christ might be edified. We believe that love is more important than any spiritual gift, no matter how impressive it might seem, and that without love all exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and eternal life in Heaven, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal life in Hell.

We await the pre-tribulation rapture of the church, and we believe that the second coming of Christ with His saints to rule the world on the earth will be personal, pre-millennial, and visible.

Philosophy of Ministry

-- The Application of What We Believe

We believe that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ's (agape) love, which is greater than any differences we possess, and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit. By His indwelling, any Christian is enabled to live a godly life, and to be a witness for Christ. We also believe that Christ's power, gifts, and enablement are available to all believers today.

We believe that the worship of God should be spiritual. Therefore, we remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.

We believe that the worship of God should be inspirational. Therefore, we place great emphasis on music in our worship.

We believe that worship of God should be fruitful. Therefore, we look for His love in our lives as the supreme manifestation that we have been truly worshipping Him.

We believe in the inerrancy (free from error) of Scripture. Therefore, our ministry emphasizes the exposition of God's Word from Genesis to Revelation, line upon line, precept upon precept. We also seek to teach God's Word in such a way that its message can be applied to an individual's life, leading that person to greater maturity in Christ.

We believe that it is important to uphold the Scriptural practices of the early church. Therefore, we hold to the practice of water baptism (immersion) and the regular taking of communion. We do not believe that either of the practices is essential for salvation, but that they serve as a demonstration of our living faith in Christ.

In our service, we focus on a personal relationship with God through worship, through prayer, and through the teaching of the Word of God. We teach expositionally (going through the Scripture line by line, studying and analyzing).