Calvary Baptist Church Covenant
As a bond of unity among us this church accepts for its members the following covenant:
Having been led by the Holy Spirit to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour and on the profession of our faith in Him, having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We promise that we will watch over and counsel one another in the spirit of brotherly love, that we will remember one another in our prayers, and that we will aid each other in sickness and distress.
We further agree, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; and to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of all the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
We further covenant to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to live carefully in this present world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from everything that will cause our brother to stumble or that will bring reproach upon the cause of Christ; and to strive to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, that amidst evil and good report we will humbly and earnestly seek to live to the honor and glory of Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
Statement of Faith
We believe that the Holy Bible, consisting of sixty-six Books of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, was written by men divinely inspired and It 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 to the end of the world, the true Center of Christian union, and the supreme Standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried. We believe that the preserved Word of God for the English speaking people is the King James Version of the Bible.
II Timothy 3:16–17; II Peter 1:21; II Samuel 23:2; Acts 1:16; Acts 3:21; John 10:35; Luke 16:29–31; Proverbs 30:5, 6; John 17:17; Revelation 22:18, 19; Romans 2:12; 3:4; John 12:47, 48
The True God
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one living and true God, and infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the God-head there are three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct, but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
John 4:24; Psalms 147:5; 83:18; Hebrews 3:4; Romans 1:20; Jeremiah 10:10; Exodus 15:11; I Peter 1:15, 16; Revelation 4:6–8, 11; Mark 12:30; Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 2:18
The Fall of Man
We believe the Scriptures teach that man was created in innocence, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression, he fell from that holy and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but by choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
Genesis 1:27, 31; Acts 17:26; Genesis 2:16, 17; 3:6–24; Romans 5:12, 19; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:9–18; Ephesians 2:3; Romans 1:18, 32; 2:1–16; Galatians 3:10; Ezekiel 18:19, 20; Romans 1:20; 3:10; Galatians 3:22
The Virgin Birth
We believe the Scriptures teach that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born, or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God, and God the Son.
Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 25; John 1:14
God’s Purpose of Grace
We believe the Scriptures teach that Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, God's purpose comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that grace is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that grace utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of His free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
II Timothy 1:8, 9; II Thessalonians 2:13, 14; II Timothy 2:10; Romans 8:28–30; John 6:37–40; II Peter 1:10; I Timothy 1:14; Exodus 33:18, 19
The Way of Salvation
We believe the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the shed blood and mediatorial offices of the Son of God; Who, according to the will of the Father, assumed our nature, yet without sin; honored the Divine Law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven; and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. He is every way qualified to be suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Saviour.
Ephesians 2:5; Matthew 18:11; I John 4:10; I Corinthians 3:5–7; Acts 15:11; John 3:16; John 1:1–14; Hebrews 4:14; 12:24; Philippians 2:6, 7; Hebrews 2:9, 14; II Corinthians 5:21; Isaiah 53:4, 5; Hebrews 7:25; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 2:18
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born-again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is an instantaneous act and not a process; that it is the miraculous result of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ; that in the new birth, the one dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Ghost in connection with divine truth: so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:17; I John 5:1; John 3:6, 7; Acts 16:30–33; II Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; II Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 2:13; John 3:8
Repentance and Faith
We believe the Scriptures teach that repentance and faith are sacred duties and inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God, whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with confession and supplication for mercy; and at the same time we heartily receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and rely on Him alone as the only all-sufficient Saviour.
Mark 1:15; Isaiah 55:7; Acts 11:18; 20:21; 2:37, 38; Romans 10:9, 10; Ephesians 2:8; Acts 3:19; 5:31
We believe the Scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that justification is an act which includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood; by virtue of which faith, His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures us every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
John 1:16; Acts 13:39; Romans 8:1; 5:9; Matthew 9:6; Acts 10:43; Romans 4:25; 5:1, 2, 11; I Corinthians 1:30, 31; II Timothy 4:8
We believe the Scriptures teach that adoption is a gracious act, by which the Father, for the sake of Christ, accepts believers, whereby they become members of the family of God and are entitled to all the rights and privileges and promises of children, and if children, then heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ, to the heritage of the saints on earth, and an inheritance reserved in Heaven for them.
Romans 8:14–16; Galatians 3:26; 4:6, 7; Ephesians 1:5; I John 3:1; Hebrews 12:7
We believe the Scriptures teach that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His Holiness; and that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; 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; and in the practice of godly exercises and duties.
I Thessalonians 4:3; 5:23; II Corinthians 7:1; 13:9; Ephesians 1:4; Proverbs 4:18; II Peter 3:18; II Corinthians 3:18; Hebrews 6:1; Romans 8:5; Philippians 2:12, 13; I Peter 2:2; II Corinthians 13:5
The Perseverance of the Saints
We believe the Scriptures teach that such as are truly regenerate, being born of the Holy Spirit, will not utterly fall away and finally perish, but will endure until the end; after salvation, their attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
John 6:39; 3:31; I John 2:27, 28; 3:9; 5:18; 2:19; John 13:18; Romans 8:28; Philippians 1:6; 2:12, 13; Jude 24, 25; Hebrews 13:5; John 10:27–29; Romans 8:38, 39; I Peter 1:5
The Local Church
We believe the Scriptures teach that a local church is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; 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 clearly defined in the Epistles of Timothy and Titus. We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have the opportunity, and the building up and edifying of the saints. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations and that the one and only Head is Christ through the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:41, 42; 8:1; I Corinthians 4:17; Acts 2:47; I Corinthians 11:2; Matthew 28:20; John 14:15; 15:10; Acts 14:23; 15:22; II Thessalonians 3:7; Romans 16:17–20; I Corinthians 11:23; Matthew 18:15–20;
I Timothy 3; Titus 1
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water, in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, with authority of the local church, to show forth in 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; that it is a pre-requisite to church membership.
We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration, by the use of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine, of the death of Christ until He comes again; to be preceded always by solemn self-examination.
Acts 8:36–39; Matthew 3:6; John 3:23; Romans 6:4, 5; Matthew 3:16; 28:19; Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41, 42; Matthew 28:19, 20; I Corinthians 11:23–28
We believe the Scriptures teach that civil government is of Divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society; and 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 the conscience, and coming Prince of the kings of the earth. Civil rulers have no rights of control over, or of interference with religious matters.
Romans 13:1–7; I Peter 2:13; Matthew 22:21; Titus 3:1; I Timothy 2:1–8; Acts 5:29; Matthew 10:38; Daniel 3:15–18; 6:7, 10; Acts 4:18–20; Matthew 23:10; Romans 14:4; Revelation 19:16; Psalm 72:11; Psalm 2
The Righteous and the Wicked
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are, in His sight, wicked and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in this life and after death, in the everlasting bliss of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
Malachi 3:18; Isaiah 5:20; Genesis 18:23; Jeremiah 15:19; Acts 10:34, 35; Romans 6:16; 1:17; I John 2:29; 3:7; Romans 6:18, 22; I Corinthians 11:32; I John 5:19; Galatians 3:10; John 3:36; Isaiah 57:21; Psalms 10:4; Isaiah 55:6, 7; Proverbs 14:32; Luke 16:25; John 8:21–24; Luke 12:4, 5; 11:23–26; John 12:25, 26; Matthew 7:14, 15
Satan or the Devil
We believe the Scriptures teach that the personality of Satan is: the unholy god of this age, and the author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the Lake of Fire.
Matthew 4:1–3; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10
The Return of Jesus Christ and the Resurrection
We believe in the bodily, personal, premillennial return of Jesus Christ to catch away His church and to judge the living nations and to set up His Kingdom on earth.
I Thessalonians 4:13–18; Matthew 25:31–46; Revelation 19:11–21
We believe in the resurrection of the bodies of the dead; that believers who sleep in Jesus will be raised at the pretribulational coming of Christ for His church and caught up with transformed living saints to meet the Lord in the air; and that the wicked dead will be raised at the close of the Millennial Kingdom and stand in their bodies at the Great White Throne Judgment to receive their final doom.
John 5:21–30; I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 7:9–17; 20:11–15
We believe that the command to give the Gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable; and that this commission is the responsibility of all believers.
Matthew 28:18–20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:13–15
The Grace of Giving
We believe that Scriptural giving is one of the important aspects of the faith of all believers. We believe that proportionate giving is a distinct and positive command in the Scriptures and pledge ourselves to a systematic contribution for the support of the church of such a portion of our income as we believe God requires of us according to the principles laid down in I Corinthians 16:1, 2.
II Corinthians 8:1–16; Malachi 3:8–11
Separation From All Forms of Apostasy and False Gospels
We believe that modernism, liberalism, "social gospel," and any other gospel other than the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, are not of God, but are of antichrist; and that we as believers should have no fellowship with such unfruitful works of darkness, and that we are called upon to separate from all alliances, churches, groups, organizations and individuals that sanction such doctrines.
II Corinthians 6:14–18; II Peter 2:1, 2; I John 2:22; Jude 4; II Thessalonians 3:6; II John 7–11; Ephesians 5:11; I Timothy 6:3–6; Revelation 18:4, 5; Acts 19:8–10; Romans 16:17, 18; Galatians 1:8–10; Philippians 3:17–19; Matthew 7:15–20
We believe the Scriptures teach that marriage is the sacred relationship between a man and a woman, with the first ceremony performed by God Himself. This union symbolizes the bond of Christ and His bride, the church. Marriage is the joining of a man and woman to become one under God for life never to be separated until death. Therefore, we believe that there are to be no sexual relations outside of the bond of marriage. Marriage is the framework under which man is to replenish the earth by reproduction. So is the church, the framework for reproducing, reaching souls for Christ, to be born into the family of God.
Genesis 1:27, 28; 2:24; Ephesians 5:22–25, 30–33; Hebrews 13:4; Mark 10:12; Romans 7:2; 7:2–4; Mathew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8
Separation From Worldliness
We believe that all believers should walk in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon our Lord and Saviour and that separation from worldly pleasures and practices is commanded of God.
Romans 12:1, 2; 14:13; II Corinthians 6:14–7:1; I John 2:15–17
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of the marriage union. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, beastiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sexuality. We believe that God disapproves and forbids the altering of the use of, or the gender of our bodies. We are His workmanship, for His purpose and pleasure are we created.
Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26–29; I Corinthians 7:2; Revelation 4:11; I Corinthians 6:9–10
Sanctity of Life
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies for any reason is acceptable. We believe that God disapproves euthanasia, as it is taking the life of a human being. God is the giver and the taker of life. Our bodies are given to us by God and are to be used to bring honor and glory to Him.
Exodus 20:13; Genesis 9:6; Ecclesiastes 7:17; Psalms 51:5;139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24, Luke 1:44; Job 33:4; Revelation 4:11