Doctrinal Statement Calvary Baptist Church Spalding Basis of FaithThe ScripturesWe believe the Holy Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, was written by men divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is, and shall remain, the true centre of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried. We believe that the Old and New Testament are preserved by God, being best represented in the English language by the Authorised Version of the Bible, and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and life. Psalm 12:6-7; 119:89; Isaiah 8:20; 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 5:21; 2 Timothy 3:15,16. The True GodWe believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; that He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honour, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit - equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Exodus 15:11; Psalm 83:18; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:30; John 1: 1-3, 4:24, 10:30; Ephesians 2:18; 1 John 5:7. The Lord Jesus ChristWe believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the manifestation of God in the flesh; that He is both the Son of God and God the Son; that He was conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the virgin Mary, true God and true man. That His life was sinless; that His death was vicarious; that His resurrection was bodily and that His ascension was real. We believe that His high priesthood was exercised for us, and that He is the only mediator between God and man. Matthew 1:18-21; John 8:58, 10:30; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8. The Return of the Lord Jesus ChristWe believe in the imminent, personal, pretribulation and premillennial return of Christ for His Church. At that moment, the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies and the living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies without tasting death, and all shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the “seventieth week” of Daniel.We believe that the Tribulation, which begins when Antichrist signs a seven-year covenant with Israel (Dan 9 v.27), will be culminated by the revelation of Christ in power and great glory to establish His earthly millennial reign and to sit upon the throne of David in Jerusalem. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44; 51-54; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Philippians 3:20-21; Revelation 3:10, 20:1-6; Daniel 9:25-27; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 1:30-33; Isaiah 9:6-7; 11:1-9; Acts 2:29-30. The Holy SpiritWe believe in the Holy Spirit of God; co-equal with God. He is a person, the third member of the Trinity. His present ministries include magnifying the Lord Jesus Christ, convincing the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, comforting and teaching believers, and edifying the Body of Christ. That the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the church. The Holy Spirit glorifies neither Himself nor His gifts by ostentatious displays, but He does glorify Christ by implementing His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the most holy faith. We believe that God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowing of all His gifts for the perfecting of the saints today and that the sign gifts of the Apostolic era were for the primary purpose of pointing to and authenticating the Apostles as revealers of divine truth. We now have the Bible as the completed revelation of God which is the standard against which everything is tested. John 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; Acts 5:1-4.; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 13:8-10; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12; Hebrews 2:1-4.CreationWe believe the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory or myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God without any evolutionary process; that man, spirit, soul and body, was created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing life forms; and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race. Genesis 1 & 2; Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:3. SatanWe believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, and the ruler of all the powers of darkness, destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the Lake of Fire. Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10. ManWe believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred spiritual and physical death. We believe that without exception all men are sinners by both birth and choice and have need of the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Genesis 1:26, 2:7; Romans 5:12-18; 1 Corinthians 15:22. SalvationWe believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. He was, and is, our substitution and vicarious atonement for sin. We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ; that He ascended bodily into heaven, is seated on the right hand of the Father, and ever lives to make intercession for all born-again believers, thus making them eternally secure. We believe that salvation is by grace through faith without works of any kind. Isaiah 53; Acts 4:12; Romans 5:15-21, 8:33-39; 2 Corinthians 1:22-22; Ephesians 1:13; 2:8-9; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 7:25. The Freeness of SalvationWe believe in God´s electing grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and an obedient faith; and nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation. We believe that in no way does Man’s free will override God’s sovereignty. The position of this Church is that man has a will, but that will is not “free” in the accepted sense. Its freedom is subordinate to God’s will. Man’s will has God-given authority, but not sovereignty. The sovereign will of God is more powerful than Man’s will. God is truly sovereign but He exercises this sovereignty in harmony with His other attributes, especially His omniscience, justice, holiness, wisdom, grace, and love. This sovereignty will always exalt the will of God in a manner totally consistent with His character as revealed in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ.Isaiah 55:7; Isaiah 55:6; John 3:15-19, 3:36, 5:40, 6:37; Romans 8:29-30; Romans 9:11-16; Romans 10:9-13; Romans 16:25-26; Matthew 11:25-28; 2 Timothy 1:9; 1 John 5:13.RegenerationWe believe that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given. It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God, when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation. Genuine regeneration is manifested by fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in righteous attitudes and conduct. Good works will be its proper evidence and fruit, and will be experienced to the extent that the believer submits to the control of the Holy Spirit in his life through faithful obedience to the Word of God. This obedience causes the believer to be increasingly conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ. John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5; John 5:24; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 2:10; Ephesians 5:17-21.JustificationWe believe that the great Gospel blessing, which Christ secures to such as believe in Him, is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin and the promise of eternal life in principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any work of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood, by virtue of which His perfect righteousness if freely imputed to us of God; that justification brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favour with God. John 1:16; Acts 13:39; Romans 4:4-5, 5:1,2,9. SanctificationWe believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means - especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer. 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 John 2:29. SecurityWe believe that all the redeemed once saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for sinful living and carnality.John 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 5:9-10; 8:1, 31-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 7:25; 13:5; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24; Romans 6:15-22; 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13, 25-26.Separation - Personal and Ecclesiastical We believe the believer should be separated from the world while being present in the world; that he should abstain from all appearances of evil as a testimony to the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that the local Church should maintain a position of separation from all forms of apostasy, modernism, ecumenism, new- evangelicalism and any other departure from the written principles of the Word of God. We believe that 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 and 2 John 10 prohibits the joining together of believers with unbelievers in the Lord's work, such as in ecumenical organisations or in ecumenical evangelistic efforts. The Church shall continue to be free from any government outside of itself whatsoever, excepting legal requirements necessary to lawful operation not contrary to the nature of an independent Baptist Church. 1 Corinthians 10:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; 2 Timothy 2:15:18, 4:1-3; Titus 1:9-11, 2:10-15. IsraelWe believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God’s eternal, covenant people, that she is now dispersed because of her disobedience and rejection of Christ and that she will ultimately be regathered in the Holy Land and after the completion of the Church will be saved as a nation at the second advent of Christ. Genesis 13:14-17; Romans 11:1-32; Ezekiel 37. The Local ChurchWe believe that the true Church, the body of Christ, of which He is the head is composed of regenerated believers only. We believe that a visible Church of Christ is a congregation of baptised believers, associated by covenant in the faith and the fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ which are baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his Word; that its only Scriptural officers are bishops or Pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the epistles to Timothy and to Titus. This Church is an independent local autonomy, governed internally and responsible only to the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 16:18, 28:19-20; Acts 2:47, 14:23, 20:28; Romans 16:5; Ephesians 1:22; 1 Timothy 3. MissionsWe believe that God has given the Church a Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20. Giving We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God's wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local Church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the Church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the ultimate use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made. Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17. Baptism and the Lord's Supper We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. We believe that the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the Church by the use of bread and new wine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ, is to be preceded always with solemn self-examination. Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:41-42, 8:36-39; Romans 6:4-5; 1 Corinthians 11:26-28. Civil Government We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society, and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, as set forth in his Word, who is the only Lord of the kings of the earth. Matthew 22:21; 23:9-10; Acts 5:28-29; Romans 13:1-7. The Righteous and the Wicked We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem; that all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and that this distinction holds among men both in and after death and throughout all eternity. Malachi 3:18; Luke 16:19-31; John 3:14-21, 36; Romans 1:17-18; 1 John 5:19. Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. Because marriage is a covenant between one man, one woman, and God, the church has the responsibility, in its sole discretion, to evaluate the readiness of those seeking to enter into the marriage covenant. The church may decline to solemnize or host a marriage ceremony for various reasons including but not limited to unequally yoked partners, those emotionally or financially unprepared for marriage, or those seeking to enter into a marriage relationship that is contrary to the church's Statement of Faith or the Bible.We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behaviour, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Calvary Baptist Church as the local Body of Christ, it is imperative that all members of Calvary Baptist Church agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behaviour or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Calvary Baptist Church. Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:18-25; 1 Corinthians 6:18, 2 Corinthians 6:14, 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4; Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.