What We Believe As Evangelical Baptists
The Calvary Baptist Church affirms its acceptance of the adherence to the doctrinal position historically held by Evangelical Baptists, which doctrinal position may be generally defined by the Confession of Faith of the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada (October 1953).
In confirming its acceptance of the above-mentioned Confession of Faith the Calvary Baptist Church affirms its faith in the following doctrines:
- BIBLE – We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit of God and were entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union.
- GOD – We believe in one God, Creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- CHRIST – We believe in the absolute and the essential deity of Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in Pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return.
- THE HOLY SPIRIT – We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit who convinces of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ.
- SATAN – We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality, the originator of sin, the arch-enemy of God and man.
- MAN – We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God; that he sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death.
- SALVATION – We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing grace of God; that by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious, expiatory and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone in the all sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ; and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord.
- FUTURE THINGS – We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgment and conscious, eternal punishment of the wicked.
- THE LOCAL CHURCH – We believe that a church is a company of immersed believers, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus; voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith and the observance of the ordinances. We believe it is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the Great Head of the church.
- ORDINANCES – We believe that there are only two ordinances for the church regularly observed in the New Testament in the following order;
- BAPTISM – Which is the immersion of the believer in water, whereby the Christian obeys Christ’s command and sets forth his or her identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection; and
- THE LORD’S SUPPER – Which is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, the bread and the wine, which symbolize the Lord’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes. This ordinance is to be normally observed on the first Sunday of each month.
- THE CHURCH AND STATE – We believe in the entire separation of church and State.
- RELIGIOUS LIBERTY – We believe in religious liberty; that every man and woman has the right to practice and propagate his or her beliefs.
- THE LORD’S DAY – We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s day and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual exercise.
- CIVIL GOVERNMENT – We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of conscience and Prince of the Kings of the earth.