About Calvary Christian Church
When you walk through the doors of Calvary Christian Church and into the gathering of God’s people, we want you to experience three things: fellowship with our Heavenly Father, learning more about His ways, and fellowship with brothers and sisters in the family of God. We’ve been asked many times why, on a weekly basis, many families travel over an hour, each way, to attend our services. We believe it’s because our driving passion is to see people share this experience. Thank you for visiting our site: please feel free to contact us with any questions. May His Kingdom come and His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven!
Statement of Faith
Calvary Christian Church accepts the Holy Scriptures as the revealed will of God, the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the final authority for all matters of faith. The following Statements of Fundamental Truths is taken from Calvary Christian Church’s Constitution and Bylaws.
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Beliefs of Calvary Christian Church This assembly accepts the Holy Scriptures as the revealed will of God, the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the final authority for all matters of faith. The following Statements of Fundamental Truths is taken from Calvary’s Constitution and Bylaws.
1. The Scriptures Inspired The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
2. The One True God The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM”, the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles or relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Ghost (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 43:10,11; Matt. 28:19; Luke 3:22).
3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare: a) His virgin birth (Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:31,35). b) His sinless life (Heb. 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22). c) His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38). d) His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor 5:21). e) His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matt 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1Cor 5:21). f) His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11; 2:33; Phil. 2:9-11; Heb. 1-3).
4. The Fall of Man Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. (Gen. 1:26,27; 2:17,3:6; Rom. 5:12-19).
5. The Salvation of Man Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God. a) Conditions to Salvation Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope or eternal life (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Rom. 10:13-15; Eph. 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7). b) The Evidence of Salvation The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Rom. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:24; Titus 2:12).
6. The Ordinances of the Church a) Baptism in Water The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Saviour and Lord are to be baptized. They declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matt 16:16; Acts 10:47; Rom 6:4) b) Holy Communion The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements -bread and the fruit of the vine- is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Cor. 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Cor. 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”.
7. The Baptism in the Holy Ghost All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:29; Acts 1:4; 1Cor 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9). With the baptism in the Holy Ghost come such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:42; Heb 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42) and a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost (Mark 16:20).
8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit The baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (1 Cor 12:4-10, 28), but different in purpose and use.
9. Sanctification Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Rom 12:1,2; 1 Thess 5:23; Heb 13:12). The scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.” (Heb 12:14) By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command; “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15, 16). Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Rom 6:1-11, 13; 8:1,2,13; Gal 2:20; Phil 2:12,13; 1 Peter 1:5)
10. The Church and Its Mission The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, which are written in heaven (Eph 1:22,23; 2:22; Heb 12:23) Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority-reason-for being a Church is: a) To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8; Matt 28:19,20; Mark 16:15,16). b) To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Cor 12:13). c) To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Eph 4:11-16; 1 Cor 12:28, 14:12). d) To teach and encourage believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. This experience : (1) Enables them to evangelize in the power of the Spirit with accompanying supernatural signs (Mark 16:15-20; Acts 4:29-31; Heb 2:3,4); (2) Adds a necessary dimension to worshipful relationship with God (1 Cor 2:10-16; 1 Cor 12, 13 and 14); (3) Enables them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in expression of fruit and gifts and ministries as in New Testament times for the edifying of the body of Christ (Gal 5:22-26; 1 Cor 14:12; Eph 4:11,12; 1 Cor 12:28; Col 1:29).
11. The Ministry A divinely called and scripturally-ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the three-fold purpose of leading the Church in: (1) Evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20), (2) Worship of God (John 4:23, 24), (3)Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Eph 4:11-16).
12. Divine Healing Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement and is the privilege of all believers (Isa 53:4,5; Matt 8:16,17; James 5:14-16).
13. The Blessed Hope The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the blessed hope of the Church. (1 Thess 4:16,17; Rom 8:23; Titus 2:13, 1 Cor 15:51,52).
14. The Millennial Reign of Christ The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, and the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years (Zech 14:5;’ Matt 24:27, 30; Rev 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6). This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel (Ezek. 37:21,22; Zeph 3:19, 20; Rom 11:26,27) and the establishment of universal peace (Isa 11:6-9; Psa 72: 3-8; Micah 4:3,4).
15. The Final Judgment There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matt 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Rev 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8).
16. The New Heavens and the New Earth “We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2Peter 3:13; Rev 21,22).
17. The Ordinances Section 1. The ordinance of Baptism by immersion in water (Matt 28:19) shall be administered to all those who have repented of their sins and who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ to the saving of their souls, and who give clear evidence of their salvation. (Rom 6:3 5; Col 2:12) Section 2. The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper shall be observed regularly as enjoined in the Scriptures (Luke 22:19,20; 1 Cor 11:23-36).
Why We Worship
Calvary Christian Church believes that “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24) We believe that the Bible is the infallible revelation of God’s ways to mankind. Therefore, if we are to worship in spirit and in truth, we must pattern our worship after the Scriptures and not our personal traditions. It is very possible that our worship service will be different than many others you have attended. We are often asked by visitors to explain, from a Scriptural standpoint, some of the practices they have observed in our services. Our purpose in presenting this page is to introduce you to the Biblical basis for what we do. We seek to be led by the Holy Spirit each time we meet together; consequently, not every service is the same. Therefore, you may not observe all the different aspects of worship that we explain, but we want to answer the most common questions.
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Beliefs on Praise & Worship Calvary Christian Church believes that “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24) We believe that the Bible is the infallible revelation of God’s ways to mankind. Therefore, if we are to worship in spirit and in truth, we must pattern our worship after the Scriptures and not our personal traditions. It is very possible that our worship service will be different than many others you have attended. We are often asked by visitors to explain, from a Scriptural standpoint, some of the practices they have observed in our services. Our purpose in presenting this page is to introduce you to the Biblical basis for what we do. We seek to be led by the Holy Spirit each time we meet together; consequently, not every service is the same. Therefore, you may not observe all the different aspects of worship that we explain, but we want to answer the most common questions.
1. Why do we clap hands and shout praises? The Scripture clearly teaches that the clapping of our hands is an expression of worship to our great God and King. The Bible says, “Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!” Psalm 47:1 (RSV). Clapping of the hands is a universal expression of praise and joy. It is used extensively to express adulation, appreciation, praise, delight, approval, recognition and joy. We display it in everything from concerts to basketball games. We believe that if there is a valid reason for clapping, it is because we want to honor our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through obedience to His Word. We are told in Psalm 32:11 (NKJV), “Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”
2. Why do we lift our hands? The Apostle Paul said, “I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” (1 Timothy 2:8). The lifting of hands expresses various things. It reveals hunger and desire for the Lord; “I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land.” (Psalm 143:6). It is an act of worship, “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.” (Psalm 134:2). It is a universal expression of surrender. Also, like clapping, it is used throughout public gatherings to express joy, praise, adulation, approval and delight. Whatever it may mean to each individual as they lift their hands, it is an expression of worship that is mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments.
3. Why are the song services so lengthy? We emphasize singing and worship because it delights the Lord and causes His Presence to draw near. As we praise the Lord our hearts are prepared to hear His Word. Worship is not a spectator activity, but an activity that all should collectively participate in. Psalm 69:30-32 (NKJV) says, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the Lord…The humble shall see this and be glad.” Psalm 22:3 in the King James Version declares, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” The New King James Version renders this verse, “But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.” Psalm 47:6-7 (NKJV) commands us, “Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding.”
4. What are the different kinds of songs we sing? Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:19 (NKJV) “Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” We practice all three types of singing that are mentioned in these verses.
Psalms – Psalms are verses directly from the Scriptures. The Psalms were the songbook for Israel and have always been sung by God’s people throughout history.
Hymns – Hymns are songs written by godly people. They are not divinely inspired as the Scriptures are but have been recognized as anointed by the Holy Spirit, and are therefore spiritually edifying. Jesus sang hymns with His disciples according to Matthew 26:30.
Spiritual Songs – The third type of singing mentioned is spiritual songs. This may be the first time you have ever been exposed to this expression of Biblical worship. Please remember that many things which are unfamiliar to our past spiritual experience may at first seem confusing. Pause a moment and notice that there is a glorious harmony of hearts and voices that are glorifying the Name of Jesus together. In the Scripture, this manifestation of worship is called the Song of the Lord. “And when the burnt offering began, the song of the Lord also began, with the trumpets and with the instruments of David king of Israel.” 2 Chronicles 29:27 (NKJV) Both the Old and New Testaments call this singing a new song unto the Lord. Psalm 33:3 says, “Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.” In Psalm 40:3 David writes, “He has put a new song in my mouth; Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.” Psalm 149:1 exhorts us, “Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the assembly of saints.” In Revelation 5:9 we are told, “And they sang a new song.” (See also Psalm 96:1, 98:1, 144:9, Revelation 14:3.) Paul the Apostle mentions singing spiritual songs in 1 Corinthians 14:15 when he said, “I will sing with the spirit.” In this context he was referring specifically to singing in unknown tongues. The divine expression of “speaking in other tongues” is mentioned throughout the book of Acts. Paul mentions it in 1 Corinthians 13:1, where he writes about speaking “with the tongues of men and of angels…” Tongues is the supernatural ability, given by the Holy Spirit, to sing or speak in a language not known or understood by the one speaking. Paul devotes an entire chapter (1 Corinthians 14) to this gift of the Holy Spirit and its use in the church.
5. Why do we bow? Again, we desire to worship in truth, and the Scriptures tell us to bow before Him. Psalm 95:6 exhorts, “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” Paul writes in Ephesians 3:14, “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” He writes further in Philippians 2:10-11, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow… and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
6. Why do we use a variety of musical instruments? We believe in using all the instruments mentioned in the Scriptures. Psalm 150 refers to a large list of instruments that we are commanded to use in praising the Lord. It says, “Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel, Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!” We would like to also mention that we do not make use of any instruments that are not mentioned in the Scriptures, such as drums.
7. Why do we dance as we do? We don’t want to be redundant, but we dance because the Lord through the Scripture tells us to dance. Psalm 150:4 says, “Praise Him with the timbrel and dance.” Psalm 149:3 states, “Let them praise His name with the dance.” There are many references to the people of God dancing for joy throughout their Biblical history. (Exodus 15:20, Psalm 30:11, Jeremiah 31:13) As Ecclesiastes 3:4 says, there is “a time to dance.” The dancing you may observe will not be sensual or practiced. Spiritual dancing will not be pleasing to the flesh or natural man, as we can see from the response of Michal, the daughter of King Saul and wife of King David. 2 Samuel 6:14 tells us, “David danced before the Lord with all his might.” The response of Michal is given in 2 Samuel 6:16, “Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling (literally “dancing”) before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.” One of the Hebrew words translated “rejoice” in the English Bible actually means to “jump up for joy.”
8. Why do individuals spontaneously speak out? Paul tells us that the Body of Christ has been given different gifts of the Holy Spirit, and that these gifts are “for the profit of all.” Among them are gifts that are manifested by someone speaking to the congregation by the unction of the Lord. (Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.) Often the Holy Spirit will direct a person to pray for a specific thing. Other times, the utterance will be in the form of prophecy, where the Lord gives a word to the entire congregation or to an individual. 1 Corinthians 14:26 encourages us to exercise these gifts. Paul tells us, “How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.” Romans 12:6-8 says, “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith, or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” Paul encourages the public expression of prophecy in 1 Corinthians 14:1 where he writes, “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.” He becomes quite emphatic on the matter in verse 39, where he says, “Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.” Later, in his letter to the Thessalonians he plainly commands, “Do not despise prophecies.” (1 Thessalonians 5:20)
9. Why do we anoint a person with oil? We are obeying the command of the Lord through James when he says, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 5:14 NKJV) We believe our omnipotent Lord hears and answers these prayers in His perfect and sovereign way.
10. Why is no offering taken? We do not pass an offering plate because it tends to interfere with the spiritual flow of the service. When worship has opened the hearts of God’s people to hear His Word, we don’t want to interrupt that process. The New Testament supports this method in Mark 12:41 where it is recorded, “Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury.” We have placed two offering boxes on the back wall for the purpose of worshiping the Lord with tithes and offerings.