Statement of Faith

We believe in the Scriptures of both the Old and the New Testaments as verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings and providentially preserved for the Church today and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and practice.  (We do use the King James Bible; however, we do not condemn those who disagree, as we recognize that salvation is not dependent on this issue, nor is it a first-order issue)

We believe in one eternal triune God,  existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same nature, being both omniscient and omnipresent.

We believe in God, the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from eternal death and from hell all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

We believe in the absolute Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ and his virgin birth, his hypostatic union (God made manifest in the flesh), that He lived a perfect, sinless life, though tempted as we, His bodily death through the shedding of His blood for the remission of sins, His bodily resurrection and ascension, His present high priestly intervention in heaven for believer, and His future second coming.

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a member of the Godhead; that He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; that He is the Agent of the new birth; that He baptizes all true believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sanctifying all of them, sealing and thus securing them unto the day of redemption; that He endues, guides, teaches, and helps believers; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit.

We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life according to its kinds, in six literal, twenty-four-hour days, by the spoken Word of the Lord and not by the process of evolution.

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that by reason of his sin he fell from his high and holy state; that all human beings since then are born with a sinful nature; and that all who reach the age of moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word, and deed.

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in virtue of His redemptive work on the cross, and that neither baptism, the Lord’s Supper, nor any other act, religious activity, or work can save. Christ alone saves, by grace through faith.

We believe that every saved person possesses two natures: that he has the old nature for the duration of his earthly life, but that provision is made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. He should not be controlled by his old nature, but by his new.

We believe that sanctification for the believer is immediate, upon acceptance of Christ as Savior, and progressive, continuing to the end of earthly life; and that the progressive phase of sanctification is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that the saved are called into a life of separation from religious apostasy and from all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations. We are to be in the world, but not of the world and thus should be very careful that we think on things that are pure, just, honest, lovely and of good report.

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman and that this union is intended for life.

We believe that Christ committed to the Church the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, thus setting forth in symbol his union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection: it does not save; that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the Lord’s death until He comes; and that, in this ordinance, the Lord’s table should be open to all regenerated persons living in fellowship with and obedience to Jesus Christ.

We believe in “that blessed hope”, the literal bodily, personal, and imminent coming of our Lord in the air to catch away His Church before the tribulation period; also in the personal, visible and glorious return of Christ to the earth, to judge the living nations and to set up His kingdom.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men: the saved to everlasting blessedness at the coming of Christ and, one thousand years later, the lost to the judgment at the Great White throne and then to everlasting, conscious punishment in the Lake of Fire.

We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection; that the souls of the lost remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection.

We believe that Satan, a fallen angel, is a distinct and real personality, the god of this age, the adversary of Christ and His Church, and that his destiny is eternal punishment in the lake of fire.

We believe that every believer is called to preach the Gospel to every creature. While God may direct each believer to answer this call differently, we reject the idea that the Gospel should only be preached through actions for the Word of God is quick, powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword. Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God; therefore every believer ought to both live a Christ-like life and proclaim the Gospel as the Lord provides opportunity.

 

Adapted from the statement of faith of Calvary Independent Baptist Church