What We Believe
» Calvary Chapel has been formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our supreme desire is to know Christ and to be conformed into His image by the power of the Holy Spirit.
» We are not a denominational church, nor are we opposed to denominations as such, only their over-emphasis of the doctrinal differences that have led to the division of the Body of Christ.
» We believe that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is God's (agape) love, which is greater than any differences we possess and without which we have no right to claim to be Christians.
» We believe worship of God should be spiritual.
Therefore we remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.
» We believe worship of God should be inspirational.
Therefore we give a great place to music in our worship.
» We believe worship of God should be intelligent.
Therefore our services are designed with great emphasis upon teaching the Word of God so He can instruct us how He wants to be worshipped.
» We believe worship of God should be fruitful.
Therefore we look for His love in our lives as the supreme manifestation that we have truly been worshipping him.
» We believe in the fundamental doctrines of evangelical Christianity.
» We believe in the inerrancy of Scripture; that the Bible (Old and New Testaments) is the inspired, infallible Word of God.
» We believe that God is externally existent in three separate persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
» We believe that God, the Father, is the personal, transcendent, and sovereign Creator of all things.
» We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, that He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, provided for the atonement of our sins by His vicarious death on the cross, was bodily resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit, ascended back to the right hand of God the Father, and ever lives to make intercession for us.
» After Jesus ascended to Heaven, He poured out His Holy Spirit on believers in Jerusalem enabling them to fulfill His command to preach the Gospel to the entire world, an obligation shared by all believers today.
» We believe that all people are by nature separated from God and responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption and forgiveness are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, trusting Him to save, that person is born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all of his/her sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord.
» We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Scriptures, and that they are valid for today and are to be exercised within scriptural guidelines. We, as believers, are to covet the best gifts, seeking to exercise them in love that the whole Body of Christ might be edified. We believe that love is more important than the most spectacular gifts, and without love, all exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless.
» We believe that the church government should be simplistic rather than a complex bureaucracy, and that we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead, rather than on fleshly promotion.
» We await the pre-tribulation rapture of the church, and we believe that the Second Coming of Christ with His saints to rule the earth will be personal, pre-millennial, and visible. This motivates us to holy living, heartfelt worship, committed service, diligent study of God's Word, regular fellowship, participation in adult baptism and Holy Communion. We recognize that Christians hold differing views on this issue and we do not believe those Differences should separate us, but we wish to affirm the pre-tribulation rapture of the Church as a distinct belief held by Calvary Chapel
» We seek to teach the Word of God in such a way that its message can be applied to the individual's life, leading that person to a greater maturity in Christ.