The following statements represent what we at Calvary Christian Fellowship affirm to be sound and accurate foundational teachings of the Bible. These statements are not meant to be comprehensive but reflective and representative of a Biblical faith. We welcome questions and discussion on these affirmations.
We affirm that there is one God, who exists eternally as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We affirm that God reveals Himself generally through creation and specially through His written word, the Bible.
We affirm that the Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible reveals God and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
We affirm that sin has entered the world through Adam, and that all born since Adam are born into a sinful and rebellious world. We affirm that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory with no hope of escape from the power of sin and death by any human merit.
We affirm that without God’s intervention, our sinful lives will result in eternal death and separation from God.
We affirm that Jesus is the Son of God, eternally existing before the beginning as the Word of God who was with God and was God. He is fully God and fully man.
We affirm that Jesus loves the world so much that He humbled Himself to the point of taking on the flesh of man; living a perfectly obedient, sinless life; and submitting Himself to a shameful, excruciating sacrificial death upon the cross on our behalf.
We affirm that He was raised to new life on the third day as the firstfruits of resurrection.
We affirm that Jesus, through His death, burial, and resurrection, is the only mediator and way to the Father.
We affirm that by the faithfulness of Jesus and our faith in Him, Jesus cleanses and removes our sin and unrighteousness, makes us right before God, grants to us His own righteousness, delivers us out of the kingdom of darkness into His own kingdom, and is the sole means of our acceptance by God.
We affirm that this salvation is by God’s grace alone, through faith in the Lord Jesus, not by any human merit, and is God’s sole intervention to reconcile our separation from Him and restore us to His deep love for us.
We affirm that baptism is a call of obedience out of relationship to all who have responded to God’s grace into salvation. Through baptism, the believer identifies with the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord, renounces and rejects the old life as passed away, and recognizes the new life granted through Christ.
We affirm that the Holy Spirit, who eternally exists as God with the Father and the Son, is poured out on all believers by Jesus from the Father, that all may know for certain that Jesus is Lord and Messiah by the will of God.
We affirm that upon and through saving faith, the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people, makes them alive to be a new creation in the Messiah, and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Jesus and follow Him.
We affirm that a believer demonstrates the indwelling life of the Holy Spirit when living out the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) and that through the Spirit all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus.
We affirm that followers of Jesus will receive power and gifting when the Holy Spirit comes upon them in order to be witnesses for the Kingdom of God to the extent of the entire earth.
We affirm that the church is the assembly or congregation of all of God’s people and is called to be the witnessing body of Jesus in word and in deed.
We affirm that faith in Christ is inseparable from membership into His body. Believers are granted and called to fellowship with one another, and our fellowship is commanded by Jesus to be embraced and cultivated in order to demonstrate our lives as His disciples.
We affirm that the Lord’s Supper is a focal point of worship in community. We affirm that the Lord’s Supper uniquely and soberly reflects upon the sacrificial death of Jesus. In communion, believers are to eat remembering the broken body of Jesus and to drink remembering the New Covenant in the shed blood of Jesus. Reflecting on our lives, we are to make sure we are in right relationship with Christ and one another before participating. We are to participate and proclaim the Lord’s death until He returns.
We affirm that the church has three primary directives: worship, community, and mission. In worship, we are called to grow in intimacy and expression of Jesus as our Lord. In community, we are called to embrace one another in love, truth, and the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit. In mission, we are called to go to the ends of the earth to make disciples who follow Jesus—baptizing all who will come in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We affirm that Jesus has physically ascended from the earth into heaven, where He sits at the Father’s right hand.
We affirm that Jesus will return to earth, bodily and visibly, to judge the living and the dead.
We affirm that all mankind will bodily resurrect from the dead to appear before the judgment seat of Christ, which will result in either eternal life in His kingdom or eternal death in the lake of fire.
We affirm the coming eternal kingdom of God on earth.
We affirm the historical statements of the early church, including the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. These confessions are subordinate to the Scriptures and are useful and helpful in understanding the teachings of the Scriptures.
This creed arose out of the early Western church and should be thought of as a summary of the Apostles’ teaching rather than directly attributable to them. Originally, it was essentially a baptismal confession and had several variations. The form in use today dates from the eighth century.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
This creed was first formulated at the First Ecumenical Council, held at Nicea, located in what is now Turkey, in 325, as a response to the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ. It was revised at the Second Ecumenical Council, held at Constantinople in 381 as a response to the Macedonian or Pneumatomachian heresy, which denied the divinity of the Holy Spirit.
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy universal and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
This creed is attributed to Athanasius, the fourth century bishop of Alexandria who was the strongest defender of the doctrines of the Trinity and the divinity of Christ. It defines the doctrines of the Trinity and the nature of Christ in very concise language.
Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the universal faith. Which faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the universal faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the persons, nor dividing the substance.
For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit. But the godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, is all one, the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit. The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Spirit uncreated. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible.
The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal. And yet they are not three eternals, but one Eternal.
As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated, but one Uncreated, and one Incomprehensible. So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Spirit Almighty. And yet they are not three almighties, but one Almighty.
So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. And yet they are not three gods, but one God.
So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Spirit Lord. And yet not three lords, but one Lord.
For as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge each Person by Himself to be both God and Lord, so we are also forbidden by the universal religion to say that there are three gods or three lords.
The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten. The Holy Spirit is of the Father, neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
So there is one Father, not three fathers; one Son, not three sons; one Holy Spirit, not three holy spirits.