Calvary Chapel of Chapel Hill Statement of Faith
Calvary Chapel is a fellowship of believers in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we desire to be equipped to fully know and be completely conformed to the image of Christ. Calvary Chapel is not a denominational church. Calvary Chapel is an affiliation of churches held together by a common theology and philosophy of ministry.
WE BELIEVE that the "Apostles' Creed" embodies all the fundamental doctrines of orthodox evangelical Christianity.
WE BELIEVE IN THE TRINITY, that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all.
WE BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings; His substitutionary atoning death; bodily resurrection; ascension into heaven; perpetual intercession for His people; and personal, visible return to earth. We believe that He is one and the same as God. He is fully human and fully God.
WE BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower in ministry all who believe in Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide. We believe that Jesus Christ baptizes the seeking believer with the Holy Spirit and power for service, either at the time of or subsequent to regeneration, which is a separate work from the indwelling Spirit for salvation. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all biblical gifts of the Spirit as reflected through the fruit of that same Spirit.
WE BELIEVE that all THE SCRIPTURES of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, and that they are the infallible rule of faith and practice.
WE BELIEVE all people are by nature separated from God and responsible for their own SIN, but that SALVATION, REDEMPTION, and FORGIVENESS are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as his/her personal Lord and Savior, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all of his/her sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord. WE ARE NEITHER Five-Point Calvinists, nor are we Arminians. We adhere firmly to the biblical teaching of God's sovereignty and man's responsibility. We avoid any theological systems of belief that go beyond the written Word and thereby divide the body of Christ.
WE BELIEVE in the universal Church, in the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members.
WE BELIEVE the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: 1) baptism, and 2) the Lord's Supper. We believe in baptism by immersion and communion, both of which are open to all believers in Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE that the institution of marriage was created and ordained by God to be an exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman. This union is designed to be a lifetime commitment. A civil government’s sanction of a union that it defines as a "marriage" will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by our church only to the extent that it is consistent with God's design of marriage as stated in this paragraph.
WE AWAIT the pre-tribulation rapture of the church, and we believe in the literal Second Coming of Christ with His saints to rule the earth, which will be personal and visible.
WE BELIEVE that the church should be constantly ready for the return of Jesus Christ and that until He returns we are to actively serve Him by using the gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit to minister God's Word and His love to the world.