What We Believe What We Believe

Calvary Chapel is a community of believers in Jesus Christ whose foremost desire is to know God and be transformed into His image by the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 4:5). We study the whole Bible, book by book, chapter by chapter and verse by verse, applying the Word of God to our lives (1 Tim. 4:13, Acts 20:27). We are a non-denominational church but maintain relationships with various denominations. We avoid excessive attention to those doctrinal differences that lead to division within the Body of Christ.

We believe in the infallibility of the Bible – that the Old and New Testaments are the inspired inerrant Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16).

We believe in the existence of the one true God, who revealed Himself to this world in 3 separate persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19).

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, who came to the earth in the form of a man, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. Jesus lived a sinless life and through His death on the cross provided atonement from our sins (2 Cor. 4:5; Lk. 1:30-35; Jn. 1:18).

We believe in the gospel of God’s grace, that Christ died for our sins, was buried and was bodily resurrected on the third day for our justification (Rom 4:25; 1 Cor. 15:1-4).

We believe  in Creation and the Fall of man as written in the book of Genesis, in humanity’s  complete spiritual depravity and their inability to attain righteousness by their own efforts, but that salvation is only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior (Rom. 5:1, 12, 18; Eph. 2:8-9).

We believe in the practice of all the Biblical gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12-14).

We believe in the filling of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8, 2:37-38;  Jn 14:16-17).

We believe in baptism with full immersion in water, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matt. 29:19).

We believe in the Lord’s Supper, communion, considering the elements to be symbolic of the body and blood of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 11:23-32).

We believe that marriage is a union of husband and wife (Matt. 19:4-5).

We believe in the rapture of the Church before the 7 year period of tribulation, which ends with the second coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth (1 Cor. 15:51; 1 Thess.4:14-18).

We believe that church government should be simplistic rather than a complex bureaucracy, and we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead (Eph. 1:22; 1 Tim. 3:1; Zech. 4:6).

We believe that Christ’s love, agape, is the only true basis of Christian fellowship (Jn. 13.35) and without which  all of our doctrinal understanding and scriptural convictions have no value (1 Cor. 13:1).