Man was created in the image of God but fell through sin, bringing not only physical death; but also spiritual death or eternal separation from God. Now all of mankind exists as a fallen race with an inherited sinful nature. (Genesis 2:16, 3:16-19, Romans 3:1-23)
We believe that God is eternally existing, as a Trinity in unity- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, – three Persons and yet one God. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matt 26:19, 1 Corinthians 8:6)
Jesus Christ, eternally existing, is the only begotten Son of God, who became a sinless man in order to redeem us from our sins. He was born of a virgin and is both true God and true man. (Luke 1:30-55, John 1:1-15, Philippians 2:5-8)
We believe the Bible is the inerrant, infallible, and inspired Word of God and that it is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. We take Bible preaching very seriously, and our pastor is committed primarily to sequential exposition of the Word of God. We believe understanding is more dependent on faithful study and careful teaching, than which English translation a person prefers. While the King James Bible is used from the pulpit, folks are welcome to bring whatever version they are comfortable with as we study together.
The local church is a group of believers who have obeyed the Lord’s command to be baptized and have joined together for the purposes of evangelism, edification, and exhortation as Christ commanded in the Great Commission; preaching the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15, 1 Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 1:22-23
Sacrifice of Christ
The Lord Jesus suffered and died as a substitutionary payment for the sins of the whole world. He physically arose from the dead and then ascended into heaven. Turning from your sin and putting your simple faith in this sacrifice is the only way of salvation for mankind. (Romans 5:8-10, 1 Peter 3:18, Luke 24)
When a person has received the gift of salvation, they become part of the family of God. This position is secure, and like a parent’s relationship with a child, cannot be taken away. Fellowship with God may be hindered by a sinful lifestyle, and can be restored by confessing and repenting of sin. (John 10:27-28; 1 John 1:6-10)
After prayerfully considering these key areas, there may be some questions that arise. Our pastor would love to go over any areas that concern you or that need further clarification.
Our hope is that we would find ourselves in agreement and can move forward together! It is always an exciting to have folks join the Calvary Baptist family! There are three Scriptural ways that can be done:
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Baptism After Salvation
After you have accepted Christ as your personal Savior, you may follow God’s simple command of being baptized. Baptism does not give you salvation; it is simply a public testimony of your faith. As you follow Christian baptism, you will be added as a member of Calvary Baptist Church. (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:41)
Statement of Faith and Transfer of Membership
If you have already accepted Christ and have been baptized in a Baptist Church whose doctrine is in agreement with us, you may present your testimony of salvation and be voted into membership by your statement of faith or transfer of membership from another Baptist church. You may do this by stepping forward and speaking with the Pastor during the invitation in any church service. (Acts 9:26-28)
Statement of Faith and Baptism
If you have accepted Christ and have not been baptized in a Baptist church of like faith, you will be asked to publicly identify with Christ and Calvary Baptist Church by being baptized into our membership. This is also true if your mode of baptism was other than immersion, or if the doctrine was different in your previous church. We are committed to maintaining a doctrinal unity in this day of confusion and doctrinal compromise. If you believe that God has led you to this church, and if you understand that baptism is simply a testimony of your faith, we invite you to identify with Christ and Calvary Baptist Church by being baptized as the Lord leads you. (Matthew 3:16, John 3:23, Acts 8:38)