God is alive and has manifested Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He continues to reveal Himself today through his Word, the Bible. According to the Bible, all men have been created equal in the image of God, yet are free and prone to pursue selfish desires and actions contrary to God's will.
While we are equally desperate, we are equally loved by God and He has provided one single remedy for our redemption: the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is only through faith in Jesus that anyone can receive salvation by God’s grace.
Through teaching the Scriptures, Calvary Baptist Church seeks to provide a safe environment for all seeking redemption, and for believers who wish to grow in their faith and spread the message and love of Jesus Christ.
FROM PASTOR VICTOR L. STANLEY:
A WORD TO PASTORS
I love people. I feel it is part and parcel to my vocation. I am a pastor and it is hard work. If you are a pastor, you already know what I mean. Pastors are "on" 24/7. But pastors are people too. So how do they continue to stay encouraged and inspired when they seem to never be off duty? This little book offers some suggestions. It is hardly comprehensive. Nevertheless, it offers some tips that have been born out of many years of "doing" ministry. May it serve to inspire and to encourage you to keep "Fanning the Flame."
THE HOLY BIBLE
We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Word of God, that the Holy Bible, comprising both the Old and New Testaments, is the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings and infallible. (Matthew 5:17-18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
We believe in one triune God, creator of Heaven and earth, eternally existing in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power, holiness and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Exodus 20:2-3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7; Revelation 4:11)
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:30-35; John 1:1, 2, 14, 18; Philippians 2:5-8)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Romans 3:24-25; 5:8; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 2:24)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministries of representative, intercessor and advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 9:24; 1 John 2:1-2)
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; and that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling them and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 14:16-17; 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13-14)
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (John 16:13; Ephesians 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27)
THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God, and that man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 1:26-27; Psalms 14:1-3; 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; John 3:6; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3)
We believe that salvation is the free gift of God brought to man by grace and received only by personal faith in Jesus Christ, who died and shed His precious blood on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins and was raised for our justification. (John 1:12; 3:16; Romans 5:8-10; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 3:18)
We believe that all the redeemed, once justified, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever, and that it is their privilege 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 to the flesh. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; 13:13-14; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 5:11-13)
THE TWO NATURES OF THE BELIEVER
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and, that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. (Romans 6:13; 8:12-13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9)
We believe that all who are justified are called to live above reproach by faithful reliance on the Holy Spirit, to reject religious apostasy, worldliness and sinful practices. (Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5)
We believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23)
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches for the purpose of evangelizing the lost and edifying the saved is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament. (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-30; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)
We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Gospel and to seek to proclaim its message to all mankind. (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20)
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall, that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man, and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire. (Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10)
THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST
We believe in the "Blessed Hope" – the personal, imminent, pretribulational and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and His subsequent return to earth with the saints to establish His millennial kingdom. (Zechariah 14:4-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)
THE ETERNAL STATE
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5, 6, 12-13)
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the only ordinances instituted and commanded by Jesus Christ to be continued by His church until He returns. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 10:47; 19:5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
Baptism is for believers and is a public testimony of faith in Christ in obedience to His command. Baptism identifies the believer with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. This church will baptize by immersion in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16; 28:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 8:38) after a person professes faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior. Those desiring to be baptized shall meet with the Pastor and/or the Elders. The ordinance of baptism provides no eternal salvation.
The Lord’s Supper was instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ the same night in which He was betrayed and is to be observed in His churches until He returns, for the continual remembrance of His death (Matt 26:26-28). The Lord's Supper will be served on a regular basis. Any person professing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior may participate. The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper provides no eternal salvation.