Statement of Faith
It is important that every parent understands that Calvary Baptist Academy is a ministry of Calvary Baptist Church. The biblical beliefs our church holds will be clearly taught throughout the school. We Believe:
- The Holy Scriptures to be the inspired Word of God, authoritative, inerrant and God-breathed (II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:21; Matt. 5:18).
- In one Triune God, existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfection (Deut. 6:4; II Cor. 13:14).
- 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 sinful in condition (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:12).
- 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 man; that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice; that our redemption is made sure to us by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; Rom. 3:24-25; Rom. 4:25; I Peter 1:3-5); that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in Heaven, exalted at the right hand of God, where He is the High Priest for His people, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate (Heb. 9:24; Heb. 7:25; Rom. 8:34; I John 2:1-2).
- That the Holy Spirit is a person, who convicts the world of sin, indwells all believers in the present age, baptizes them into the body of Christ, seals them unto the day of redemption and that it is the duty of every believer to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 12:12-14; Eph. 1:13-14; Eph. 5:18). We do not believe “speaking in tongues,” as practiced by the modern “charismatic movement,” is scriptural (I Cor. 12-14).
- That salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins (Eph. 2:8-10; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7).
- That all believers are kept secure in their salvation forever (Rom. 8:1, 28-39; John 10:27-30; I Cor. 1:4-8).
- That the Church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this age, irrespective of their affiliations with Christian organizations (Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 5:25-27; I Cor. 12:12-14).
- That a Bible believing Church is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word. 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 superintendent is the Holy Spirit.
- In the personality of Satan who is the open and declared enemy of God and man (Job 1:6-7; Matt. 4:2-11; Isa. 14:12-17).
- That the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the coming of the Lord Jesus in the air to receive to Himself the dead in Christ and believers who are alive at His coming, otherwise known as the Rapture and Translation of the Church (I Cor. 15:51-57; I Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14).
- That the Rapture of the Church will be followed by the fulfillment of Israel’s seventieth week, the latter half of which is the time of Jacob’s trouble, the Great Tribulation (Dan. 9:27; Jer. 30:7; Matt. 25:15-51; Rev. 6).
- That the Great Tribulation will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth to set up His kingdom (Zech. 14:4-11; Matt. 24:15-25, 46; II Thess. 1:7-10; Rev. 20:6).
- That the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory; but the souls of unbelievers after death remain in conscious misery until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the Millennium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (Luke 16:9-26; II Cor. 5:8; 1:23; II Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15).
- That all believers should seek to walk in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Lord and Savior and that separation from worldly pleasures and practices is commanded of God (Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; II Cor. 6:14-17); that it is the obligation of every believer to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Holy Scriptures and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all the world (Act 1:8); and to remember the work of the Lord in prayer and to support it with their means as the Lord has prospered them (I Cor.16:2).
- That the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the ordinances of Baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper to be observed until His return (Mt. 28:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-26).