What We Believe
What We Believe
The Bible is the inspired Word of God,
giving a true history of the creation of heaven, earth, and
humanity and containing a correct prophecy of the ages to come
regarding heaven, earth, and the destiny of humanity. Moreover,
there is no salvation outside of what is taught in its pages.
There is only one God
(Deuteronomy 6:4). He is the creator of heaven and earth, and of all
living beings. He has revealed Himself to humanity as the Father
(Creator), in the son (Savior), and as the Holy Ghost (indwelling
God is a Spirit (John
4:24). He is the Eternal One, the Creator of all things, and the
Father of all humanity by creation.
He is the First and the Last, and beside Him there is no God (Isaiah
There was no God formed before Him; neither shall be there any after
Him (Isaiah 43:10).
Jesus is the Son of
God according to the flesh (Romans 1:3) and the very God Himself
according to the Spirit (Matthew 1:23). Jesus is the Christ (Matthew
16:16); the creator of all things (Colossians 1:16-17); God with us
(Matthew 1:23); God made flesh (John 1:1-14); God manifested in the
flesh (I Timothy 3:16);He which was, which is, and which is to come,
the Almighty (Revelation 1:8);the mighty God, everlasting Father,
and Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6).
Jesus Himself testified of His identity as God when He said, "He
that hath seen me hath seen the Father" (John 14:7-11) and "I and my
Father are one" (John 10:30).
It took shedding of blood for the remission of the sins of the world
(Hebrews 9:22), but God the Father was a Spirit and had no blood to
shed. Thus He prepared a body of flesh and blood (Hebrews 10:5)and
came to earth as a man in order to save us, for in Isaiah 43:11 He
said, "Beside me there is no Saviour." When He came in flesh the
angels sang, "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a
Savior, which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11).
The Holy Ghost is not
a third person in the Godhead, but rather the Spirit of God (the
Creator), the Spirit of the resurrected Christ. The Holy Ghost comes
to dwell in the hearts and lives of everyone who believes and obeys
the gospel, as the comforter, Sustainer, and keeper (John 14:16-26;
Salvation consists of
deliverance from all sin and unrighteousness through the blood of
Jesus Christ. The New Testament experience of salvation consists of
repentance from sin, water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus
Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost,
after which the Christian is to live a godly life (Acts 2:36-41).
Water baptism is an
essential part of New Testament salvation and not merely a symbolic
ritual. It is part of entering into the kingdom of God (God's
church, the bride of Christ), and therefore, it is not merely a part
of local church membership. (See John 3:5; Galatians 3:27).
Water baptism is to
be administered only by immersion. Paul said, "We are buried with
him [Jesus Christ] by baptism (Romans 6:4; see Colossians 2:12),
Jesus came up "out of the water" (Mark 1:10), and Philip and the
eunuch went down "into the water" and came up "out of the water"
Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection are applied to our lives when
we experience New Testament salvation: "Repent [death to sin], and
be baptized [burial] every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy
Ghost [resurrection]." (See Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-7; 8:2).
or infant baptism of any kind cannot be substantiated by the Word of
God, but are only human traditions.
The name in which
baptism is administered is vitally important, and this name is
Jesus' last command to His disciples was, "Go ye therefore, and
teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:19). We should notice
that He said name (singular) not names. As previously explained,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not names of separate persons, but
titles of positions held by God. An angelic announcement revealed
God's saving name in the New Testament: "She shall bring forth a
son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his
people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21).
understood that Jesus was the name to use at baptism, and from the
day that the church of God was established (the Day of Pentecost)
until the end of their ministry, they baptized all nations
(Jews--Acts 8:16; Gentiles--Acts 19:5) in the name of the Lord Jesus
In fact, Jesus is the
only name given for our salvation. "Neither is there salvation in
any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among
men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
The baptism of the
Holy Spirit is the birth of the Spirit (John 3:5). This spiritual
baptism is necessary to put someone into the kingdom of God (God's
church, the bride of Christ) and is evidenced by speaking in other
tongues (other languages) as the Spirit of God give utterance.
It was prophesied by
Joel (Joel 2:28-29) and Isaiah (Isaiah 28:11), foretold by John the
Baptist (Matthew 3:11), purchased by the blood of Jesus, and
promised by Him to His disciples (John 14:26; 15:16). The Holy Ghost
was first poured out on the Day of Pentecost upon the Jews (Acts
2:1-4), then upon the Samaritans (Acts 8:17), and later upon the
Gentiles (Acts 10:44-46; 19:6). "The promise is unto you, and to
your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the
Lord our God shall call" (Acts 2:39).
After we are saved
from sin, we are commanded, "Go, and sin no more" (John 8:11).
We are commanded to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this
present world (Titus 2:12) and warned that without holiness no one
shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).
We must present ourselves as holy unto God (Romans 12:1), cleanse
ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit (II
Corinthians 7:1), and separate ourselves from all worldliness (James
If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the
sinner appear? (I Peter 4:18).
No one can live a holy life by his own power, but only through the
Holy Spirit. "Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is
come upon you" (Acts 1:8).
God has made Himself
known through the ages by miraculous healings and has made special
provisions in the age of grace to heal all who will come to Him in
faith and obedience. Divine healing was purchased for us by the
blood of Jesus Christ, especially by His stripes (Isaiah 53:5;
Matthew 8:16-17; I Peter 2:24).
Jesus went everywhere healing those who were sick (Matthew 4:23-24),
and He commanded His disciples to do the same (Matthew 10:8). He
said concerning those who believe the gospel, "They shall lay hands
on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:18). Mighty healings
and miracles followed the disciples wherever the gospel was
There is no sickness or disease too hard for God. Any of us, our
children, or our friends can be healed by the power of God.
"Is any sick among you? 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 shall raise him up: and if he have committed sins they
shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray
one for another, that ye may be healed" (James 5:14-16).
Calvary Church is
affiliated with the
United Pentecostal Church