Scripture Is The Standard Of Belief.
A STATEMENT OF FAITH IS THE WRITTEN DECLARATION OF OUR POSITION ON ESSENTIAL MATTERS THAT ARE DIRECTLY LINKED TO OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH.
THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS COMPRISE REDEMPTION CALVARY’S STATEMENT OF FAITH, AND ARE BASED COMPLETELY UPON WHAT WE BELIEVE TO BE THE CLEAR TEACHING OF THE BIBLE.
WE BELIEVE that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God.
The Scriptures are fully inspired, literally being breathed by God through human writers. We believe in the verbal, plenary inerrancy of the entire Bible in its original manuscripts. The Scriptures govern the infallible rule of faith and practice. The Bible should be taken in its plain and literal sense, unless the text and context clearly indicates otherwise.
WE BELIEVE that there is one true and living God.
God eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Each person of the godhead is equal in power and glory. While God has revealed Himself in three persons, we do not worship three gods. This triune God created all things, upholds all things, and governs over all things. He is personally and transcendent over all His creation. He is personally involved with His creation concerning Himself with the affairs of humanity.
WE BELIEVE in GOD THE FATHER.
God the Father is the first person of the Godhead and is an infinite, personal Spirit; perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. He concerns Himself mercifully and graciously in the affairs of men. He hears and answers prayer. He alone saves all who come to Him being repentant of (or renouncing) their sin (any thought, belief, or action against the character and nature of God). This salvation from the right and just penalty of sin is only achieved through a person’s individual, personal faith in Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE in GOD THE SON.
Jesus Christ is the second person of the Godhead. He was sent from God The Father, born of the virgin Mary by miraculous conception of God The Holy Spirit. The purpose of His virgin birth, sinless life, sacrificial death, and miraculous resurrection from death is to save all of humanity for all of time from the eternal consequence and penalty of sin. This salvation is obtained by mankind by grace alone, through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.
WE BELIEVE in the eminent, personal, visible RETURN OF CHRIST.
Jesus came to Earth the first time as a suffering servant fulfilling that portion of prophecy. He will return to Earth in fulfillment of the rest of prophecy concerning Him as a conquering King. He will establish His millennial Earthly Kingdom, ruling the entire world from the third Temple to be rebuilt in Jerusalem. We believe in the resurrection of our bodies and the final judgment of all humanity for all of time. This righteous judgment of God upon all of humanity for all of time will result in the the righteous being welcomed into Heaven through faith in Jesus, and the wicked being condemned to Hell through rejection of Jesus.
WE BELIEVE in GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT.
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. He was sent from the Father and Son upon Jesus’s ascension into Heaven. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is the one who regenerates, seals and empowers believers in Jesus Christ causing them to live a transformed life. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ beginning at conversion, and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide. We believe in the exercise of all Biblical gifts of the Spirit, and in the empowering or baptizing of the Holy Spirit with power to be bold witnesses of Jesus Christ to the people of the world for the Kingdom of God.
WE BELIEVE in the supernatural GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
These gifts are listed and described in the Scriptures. They have not ceased their usefulness and are valid for today. They must be exercised within the prescribed design of Scriptural guidelines. Christians are all given at least one spiritual gift for the express purpose of exercising it/them in love for the building up of one another. Love is the greatest gift, and is the true mark of the Holy Spirit indwelling and empowering a Christian. Love is more important than the seemingly spectacular gifts, and without this love, all exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless.
WE BELIEVE in the LAYING ON OF HANDS for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Physical touch is often a point of actualization for faith, or something for faith to do. Receiving the gifts of the Spirit is, at times, predicated upon the baptism of the Holy Spirit; as well as healing of the sick and afflicted. Spiritual authority is distributed through the laying on of hands in the ordination of pastors, elders and deacons upon their commission within the church.
NOTE: God has revealed Himself as a God of order and self control is part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Therefore the baptism of the Holy Spirit cannot be validly expressed nor experienced through anything out of order nor laking self control.
WE BELIEVE that all PEOPLE are sinners by nature and choice.
Sin is to think, believe or do anything inconsistent with, or in opposition to the character and nature of God. All people are born as sinners, meaning that they are sinners by nature. People do not become sinners when they sin, instead all sin because all are sinners. Also people choose to sin. There is something within the heart of mankind that the Bible refers to as “the flesh” that desires what is wrong, that actually chooses sin over righteousness. Mankind is born into sinfulness and bent upon sinfulness.
Therefore all people are condemned under the just and holy wrath of God. Yet, through the virgin birth, sinless life, sacrificial death and miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s wrath has been satisfied. Now, instead of wrath against sin, God’s grace is offered to all who would renounce their sin and put their faith and hope in Jesus. God then regenerates, by the Holy Spirit, those who repent of their sins, confessing and receiving Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. This is to be born again by the Holy Spirit. Being born again is to become new in Christ, to gain a new nature bent upon holiness instead of sinfulness. They are to no longer live as they did before coming to Jesus Christ in repentance, but will be sanctified (set apart) from their sin, and set apart to a new life resulting in godliness.
WE BELIEVE in the universal CHURCH as the living spiritual Body of Christ.
Jesus Christ is the leader of His people. Scripture uses the analogy of a body to describe the proper relationship of His church to Himself. Jesus places Himself in the position of authority and control as the head and the church functions as members of His body. All regenerated, or born again, people are members of the body of Christ. Every believer in Jesus Christ has the responsibility to participate in their local church. This participation requires the use of their spiritual gifts, talents, abilities and resources to serve their church body in its building up, development and growth. The church is the people, an organism, a body and it is not an organization or structure.
WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ORDINANCES to the Church.
Jesus Himself passed down two ordinances, or sacraments, for His disciples, or followers, to keep. The purpose behind both of them is to remember Jesus and His great love for His people. They represent the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus on our behalf, and remind us of His victory over our failure. Water baptism is one. Baptism does not cause salvation, but is an act of obedience following salvation. It is as an identification of the believer with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Communion is the other. Communion is a celebratory memorializing and constant reminder of the death of Jesus as payment for our sin, of His soon return and coming Kingdom. These are both to be commemorations of celebration of life in Jesus.
WE BELIEVE in the PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.
Prior to the judgment of God being poured out upon the Earth as described in the book of Revelation, Jesus will rapture or miraculously, graciously and mercifully remove His people. Following the judgment of God as described in Revelation, Jesus will return to Earth in His second coming, with His people, as a conquering King in fulfillment of prophetic Scripture. The rule of Jesus on the Earth will be personal, pre-millennial, and visible.
WE BELIEVE that LEGITIMATE SEXUAL RELATIONS are exercised solely with marriage.
God is the One who has created and instituted the marriage relationship, and He has established this relationship as the only legitimate means for a sexual relationship to be experienced. God has also established that this marriage relationship is exclusively the legal union of one man and one woman and this union is designed as a lifetime commitment. Hence, sexual activities, such as, but not limited to adultery, fornication, incest, polygamy, homosexuality, pedophilia and bestiality are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible. Further, lascivious behavior, the creation and/or distributions and/or viewing of pornography, and efforts to alter one’s gender, are incompatible with the Biblical witness. Marriage is a sacrament, ordinance, and the rite of the Church. Marriage has been ordained and established by God. This church recognizes marriage as exclusively the legal union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment.
WE BELIEVE that life begins at conception.
Life is miraculously created by God alone. We hold strongly to the sanctity of human life. God alone is the giver, sustainer and taker of human life. Also, human life is to be guarded, protected and sustained as much as is medically and humanly possible. We believe abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, and embryonic stem cell research to be immoral and in violation of Gods clear Biblical commands and principle.
WE BELIEVE that CHURCH GOVERNMENT should be simplistic.
Jesus is the leader and head of His Church. He calls, equips and ordains men to lead under His direction, in submission to Him. Through His indwelling Spirit, God directs His church in a manner consistent with His Scriptures. It is up to the men God has called into leadership roles to be in submission to Him personally, looking to Him to lead them and direct them. Structure and government are put in place to better serve the church, the church is not put on place to serve the structure and government. We rely upon God to raise up leaders rather than on people to promote themselves.
WE BELIEVE that WORSHIP OF GOD SHOULD BE INTELLIGENT.
God has specifically revealed Himself in Scripture as a God of order, intelligent design, creative, having emotion, and enjoying relationship. Therefore, our church services are designed with great emphasis upon the teaching of the Word of God that He might instruct us how He should be worshipped. Emotion devoid of intelligence results in foolishness, and intelligence devoid of emotion results in heartless. Neither of these are proper ways to worship Jesus.
WE BELIEVE that it is our duty to TEACH AND PREACH the Word of God.
The church gathers together for the purpose of worshiping God. Through the preaching and teaching of the Scriptures, people will come to know God, learn to love what He loves and hate what He hates. We are passionate about preaching and teaching God’s word with the utmost of integrity. Our church services, Men’s and Women’s Bible studies, Children’s Ministry, and small groups are specifically designed with the Scriptures as our focus. God has chosen to reveal Himself through His written word, therefore understanding Him by what He has written becomes vitally important. We seek to submit our understanding and beliefs to the Scriptures, and we do not seek to submit the Scriptures to our understanding nor beliefs.