Our Beliefs - Doctrinal Statement
~ Concerning the Bible
~ Concerning God
~ God the Father
~ God the Son
~ God the Holy Spirit
~ Concerning Man and His Need
~ Concerning Redemption
~ Man's Response to God
~ The Christian's Responsibility
~ Marriage and Sexuality
~ Concerning the Church
~ Concerning the Future
Why Doctrine Matters:
"What comes into our minds when we think about God
is the most important thing about us."
~ A. W. Tozer
Every day, our world and culture shout out many contrasting philosophies and opinions about God in an attempt to define who He is. If we look to our society to frame our understanding of God’s character, we will be severely misguided. The history of the Israelites, seen in the Old Testament, points to the dangerous consequences of following such philosophies and opinions, and losing sight of who God actually is. Therefore, sound doctrine matters. God, through Scripture, reveals to us everything that we need to know about Him. This is the foundation of truth that guides the Church in knowing God and wholly worshipping Him.
Many people ask two questions:
"Where do I begin?" and
The intent of our priorities is to answer these questions and to help you along as you walk with God.
Baptism signifies our new life in Christ. It beautifully illustrates two wonderful truths: 1) The death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2) The truth that our "old man" is dead and buried and we are a new creation with a new life in Jesus Christ. Baptism does not save us. Rather, it is a response in the present to what God has done in the past. It is an outward expression of an inward faith in Jesus. We encourage each believer to be baptized.
Our next baptism is not scheduled at this time.
As Christians, we are members of God’s household (Ephesians 2:19) called to function, participate, and minister in a particular place within the body of Christ. A healthy body requires that each member do its part well. A healthy church requires the same: members who are sacrificially committed and well-equipped to do the works of service that God has prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10; 4:12). Calvary Bible Church holds its members in high regard; we expect them to lead as missionaries of the gospel to our church, our community and the world. God, in his sovereignty, placed us in this location, among these people, in this century, for a reason (Acts 17:26-27).
In the household of God, elders are called to fulfill a special ministry exemplifying the character of Christ through serving. Within that role of serving, elders watch over the general welfare of the congregation and determine the spiritual and growth needs of the flock. Elders look ahead prayerfully to the future in order to determine the direction of ministry that would most honor God and encourage maturity in His people. Elders also stand alongside ministry staff, sharing in the workload and providing counsel. They actively participate in serving communion and praying for the congregation.
back row: Steve Belch, Craig McAtee, Bo Salisbury,
front row: Tom Griffith, Jim Schuessler, Scott Gallagher, Ricardo Flores, Ken Goforth
not pictured: Duane Davidson, Brian Dougherty, Matt Larson, Darrell Thacker, Jason Wood
In the household of God, Deacons are called to fulfill special ministry exemplifying the character of Christ through serving. The New Testament makes it clear, a Deacon is to be alert to physical needs of members and others affiliated with the church fellowship. They are to be alert to needs such as ill health, financial setbacks, individuals lacking adequate support materially or socially, and specifically for widows and orphans. Deacons either move directly to meet such needs and/or mobilize other members to help.
back row: Tim Gizzi, Mark Paulson, Scott Murray, Marshall Holober
front row: Sean Dunbar, Brian Coalson, Kitt Navo, Bill Balmain, Larry Purciel,
not pictured: Garritt Cox, RJ Liller,
In the household of God, deaconesses are called to fulfill a special ministry exemplifying the character of Christ in serving. Within that role of serving, deaconesses are to assist the elders, deacons, and the church body by helping where needed.
back row: Anita Mills, Jennifer Murray, Carrie Cummins, Esther Lilly, Jill Paulsen, Pat Towne
front row: Bonnie Rekers, Jessy O'Brien, Karen Zubetz, Donna Lichti, Sue Holober, Pattie Hong, Nancy Musselman
not pictured: Marilyn Bergen