WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that rightly understanding the Word of God (the Bible) is essential to everything we do. God has revealed Himself to us through the words of scripture and we want to take that seriously. Calvary Church is committed to the tenets of historic orthodox Christianity. This informs our vision, mission, core commitments, and practices as a church. You can see our vision and mission below as well as five doctrinal distinctives of our church.
To make Jesus Christ non-ignorable in Denver and to the ends of the earth.
To glorify God by making joyful, passionate disciples of Jesus Christ.
God is Triune
There is only one true God, Creator of heaven and earth, who is infinite, eternal almighty, and perfect in holiness, truth, and love; existing in three co-exist, co-equal, and co-eternal Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
God the Father
God the Father is the Creator of heaven and earth. By His Word and for His glory, He freely and supernaturally created the world out of nothing, and all things exist for His glory. He is the sovereign sustainer of all His creation. In His unfathomable grace, He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, for mankind’s redemption. His intention for all creation, in particular man, is to live in fellowship with Himself.
Jesus Christ is the only Son of God. He is the eternal Word made flesh, supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He is fully God and fully man. He died as the sacrificial substitute to pay the penalty for sin, physically rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven. He is the only Savior for the sins of the world. He is now at God’s right hand interceding for His people and rules as Lord over all. He will one day physically return again. He is the head of His body, the Church.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need of Jesus Christ, and to lead them to trust in His divine mercy. The Holy Spirit unites believers to Jesus Christ in faith, brings about the new birth, and dwells within the believer. He is the active agent in our sanctification, providing the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.
The Bible is the written Word of God and is the essential and infallible record of God’s self-disclosure to mankind. It is inspired by God; therefore, as originally given, the Bible is free from error in all it teaches. The Bible is authoritative, providing guidance for all Christian life, practice, and doctrine.
God made man – male and female – in His own image. Tempted by Satan, however, man rebelled again God and is subject to divine wrath. All humanity – Christ excluded – is sinful by both birth and action. The deserved penalty for sin is physical and spiritual death. This depravity is radical and pervasive, extending to the mind, will, and affections. Fallen, sinful people are lost and without hope apart from the salvation that comes from Christ alone. Apart from a special work of grace, they incapable of returning to God.
The gospel is the good news that God is reconciling sinners to Himself in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus, being perfect, lived a sinless life. He lived the life we were meant to live. He then willingly died a horrific death, the death we deserve to die, offering his life as a substitutionary sacrifice to God His death satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice and appeases His holy wrath. It also demonstrates His mysterious love and reveals His amazing grace.
Salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by repentance and personal faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ alone. Those who are truly redeemed are kept by God’s powers and are secure in Christ forever. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell; to be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are literal places of eternal existence.
The Church is a spiritual organism made up of redeemed humanity. The Church is more than somewhere we go or something we do; it is something we are. Jesus Christ is the head of the Church, and believers are the members of His Body. The establishment and continuance of the local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament. It is within the local church that God’s people are to be nurtured, encouraged, and equipped for the work of the ministry. The Church is sent to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ.
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is to be observed only by those who have become followers of Christ. This ordinance symbolizes the breaking of Christ’s body and the shedding of His blood on the believer’s behalf. We partake of the Lord’s Supper with an attitude of self-examination. In observing the Lord’s Supper, we remember the death of Christ, receive spiritual nourishment for our souls, signify our unity with other members of Christ’s body, and look forward to His return.
The ordinance of baptism is for individuals who confess belief in the gospel of Jesu Christ. In obedience to Christ’s command and as a public testimony, a believer should be immersed in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Baptism serves as a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person’s union with Christ. It signifies a former way of life being put to death and a person’s release from the mastery of sin.
If you’d like a more in-depth explanation of our doctrinal beliefs, you may want to read The Baptist Faith & Message.
We are passionate about gospel centrality.
We believe the gospel is the good news of what God has graciously accomplished for sinners through the sinless life, sacrificial death, and bodily resurrection of his Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, namely our forgiveness from sin and complete justification before God; this gospel is also the foundation for our confidence in the ultimate triumph of God’s kingdom, and the consummation of his purpose for all creation in the new heavens and new earth.
This gospel is centered in Christ, is the foundation for the life of the Church, and is our only hope for eternal life; this gospel is not proclaimed if Christ’s penal substitutionary death and bodily resurrection are not central to our message.
This Gospel is not only the means by which people are saved, but also the truth and power by which people are sanctified; it is the truth of the Gospel that enables us to genuinely and joyfully do what is pleasing to God and to grow in progressive conformity to the image of Christ.
The salvation offered in this gospel message is received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone; no ordinance, ritual, work, or any other activity on the part of man is required in order to be saved.
(Mark 1:1; Luke 24:46-47; John 3:16-18; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 2:2; 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; 9:13; Galatians 1:6-9; Ephesians 1: 7-10; Colossians 1: 19-20; 2 Timothy 1:8-14; 2 Peter 3: 11-13 Jude 3-4; Revelation 21:1-22:21)
We enthusiastically embrace the sovereignty of God’s grace in saving sinners.
We affirm that God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, not on the basis of foreseen faith but unconditionally, according to his sovereign good pleasure and will.
We believe that through the work of the Holy Spirit, God will draw the elect to faith in his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, graciously and effectually overcoming their stubborn resistance to the gospel so that they will most assuredly and willingly believe.
We also believe that these, the elect of God whom he gave to the Son, will persevere in belief and godly behavior and be kept secure in their salvation by grace through faith.
We believe that God’s sovereignty in this salvation neither diminishes the responsibility of people to believe in Christ nor marginalizes the necessity and power of prayer and evangelism, but rather reinforces and establishes them as the ordained means by which God accomplishes his ordained ends.
We recognize and rest upon the necessity of the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit for all of life and ministry.
The Holy Spirit is fully God, equal with the Father and Son, whose primary ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ; he also convicts unbelievers of their need for Christ and imparts spiritual life through regeneration (the new birth).
The Spirit permanently indwells, graciously sanctifies, lovingly leads, and empowers all who are brought to faith in Christ so that they might live in obedience to the inerrant Scriptures.
The model for our reliance upon the Spirit and our experience of his indwelling and empowering presence is the Lord Jesus Christ himself who was filled with the Spirit and entirely dependent upon his power for the performance of miracles, the preaching of the kingdom of God, and all other dimensions of his earthly ministry.
The Holy Spirit who indwelt and empowered Christ in like manner indwells and empowers us through spiritual gifts He has bestowed for the work of ministry and the building up of the body of Christ. We recognize that these gifts are divine provisions central to spiritual growth and effective ministry and are to be eagerly desired, faithfully developed, and lovingly exercised according to biblical guidelines.
(Matthew 3:11; 12:28; Luke 4:1, 14; 5:17; 10:21; John 1:12-13; 3:1-15, 34; 14:12; 15:26-27; 16:7-15; Acts 2:14-21; 4:29-30; 10:38; Romans 8:9; 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-13; 12:28-31; 14:1-33; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Galatians 3:1-5; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18)
We are deeply committed to the fundamental spiritual and moral equality of male and female and to men as responsible servant-leaders in the home and church.
Both men and women are together created in the divine image and are therefore equal before God as persons, possessing the same moral dignity and value, and have equal access to God through faith in Christ. Men and women are together the recipients of spiritual gifts designed to empower them for ministry in the local church and beyond. Therefore, women are to be encouraged, equipped, and empowered to utilise their gifting in ministry, in service to the body of Christ, and through teaching in ways that are consistent with the Word of God.
Both husbands and wives are responsible to God for spiritual nurture and vitality in the home, but God has given to the man primary responsibility to lead his wife and family in accordance with the servant-leadership and sacrificial love characterised by Jesus Christ. This principle of male headship should not be confused with, nor give any hint of, domineering control. Rather, it is to be the loving, tender and nurturing care of a godly man who is himself under the kind and gentle authority of Jesus Christ.
The Elders/Pastors of each local church have been granted authority under the headship of Jesus Christ to provide oversight and to teach/preach the Word of God in corporate assembly for the building up of the body. The office of Elder/Pastor is restricted to men.
We embrace a missionary understanding of the local church and its role as the primary means by which God chooses to establish his kingdom on earth.
The church has a clear biblical mandate to look beyond its own community to the neighborhood, the nation, and the world as a whole; thus mission is not an optional program in the church but an essential element in the identity of the church.
We are called to make Christ known through the gospel and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to bring his lordship to bear on every dimension of life.
The primary way we fulfill this mission is through the planting of churches that plant churches and the training of their leaders. Our aim is that Jesus Christ would be more fully formed in each person through the ministry of those churches God enables us to plant around the world.
We also believe we are responsible neither to retreat from our culture nor to conform to it, but with humility, through the Spirit and the truth of the gospel, to engage it boldly as we seek its transformation and submission to the lordship of Christ.
(Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 10:5-25; 28:18-20; Luke 4:18-19; 24:46-47; Acts 28:31; Romans 10:14-15; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 3:10; 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10)