(What we believe as Evangelical Baptists)
1. he Calvary Baptist Church affirms its acceptance of the adherence to the
doctrinal position historically held by Evangelical Baptists, which doctrinal
position may be generally defined by the Confession of Faith of the Fellowship
of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada (October 1953).
n confirming its acceptance of the above-mentioned Confession of Faith
the Calvary Baptist Church affirms its faith in the following doctrines:
(1) BIBLE We
believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as
originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired
by the Holy Spirit of God and were entirely free from error; that the Bible is
the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of
(2) GOD We believe in one God, Creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the absolute and the essential deity of Jesus Christ, in
His eternal existence with the Father in Pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin
birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant
ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return.
(4) THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the
Holy Spirit who convinces of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; who
regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus
We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality, the originator of
sin, the arch-enemy of God and man.
We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God; that he
sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total depravity, thereby
incurring physical and spiritual death.
We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing grace of God;
that by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious,
expiatory and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone in the
all sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ; and that
those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally
perfected in the image of the Lord.
(8) FUTURE THINGS
We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus
Christ; in bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; in the eternal
blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgment and conscious, eternal
punishment of the wicked.
(9) THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that a church is a company of immersed believers, called out
from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus; voluntarily associated for the
ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of
the faith and the observance of the ordinances.
We believe it is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own
divinely awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ,
the Great Head of the church.
We believe that there are only two ordinances for the church regularly
observed in the NEW testament IN the following order;
BAPTISM Which is the
immersion of the believer in water, whereby the Christian obeys Christís
command and sets forth his or her identification with Christ in His death,
burial and resurrection; and
THE LORDíS SUPPER Which
is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, the bread and
the wine, which symbolize the Lordís body and shed blood, proclaiming His
death until He comes. This
ordinance is to be normally observed on the first Sunday of each month.
(11) THE CHURCH AND STATE
We believe in the entire separation of church and State.
We believe in religious liberty; that every man and woman has the right
to practice and propagate his or her beliefs.
(13) THE LORDíS DAY
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lordís day and that,
in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual
(14) CIVIL GOVERNMENT We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of conscience and Prince of the Kings of the earth.
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