We BELIEVE all those who are born again believers are a part of the church of Jesus Christ. The church is the living spiritual body, of which Christ is head and all born again persons are members.
WE BELIEVE the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: 1) Baptism and 2) the Lord’s Supper, both of which are open to all believers in Jesus Christ.
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 the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’s (agape) love, which is greater than the differences we possess, and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.
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. This motivates us to holy living, heartfelt worship, committed service, diligent study of God’s Word, regular fellowship, participation in adult baptism by immersion and Holy Communion.
WE BELIEVE worship of God should be intelligent; therefore, our services are designed with great emphasis upon the teaching of the Word of God that He might instruct us on how He should be worshiped. We seek to teach the Word of God in such a way that its message can be applied to the individual’s life, leading that person to a greater maturity in Christ. We use the expository (verse-by-verse) method of Bible teaching; however, as the Lord leads, we will do topical teachings.
WE BELIEVE in the laying on of hands for the sending out of pastors and missionaries, and in conjunction with the anointing of oil by the elders for the healing of the sick.
WE BELIEVE that the church government should be simplistic rather than a complex bureaucracy, and we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead, rather than on fleshly promotion. We recognize there are various Biblical models for governing a local church body; however, we follow the Biblical model of a pastor-led church as demonstrated by God’s leading the nation of Israel through Moses, and by Christ leading His flock through pastors of the early church.
WE DO NOT BELIEVE in “positive confession” (the belief that God can be commanded to heal or work miracles according to man’s will); human prophecy that supersedes the Scriptures; the incorporation of humanistic and secular psychology into Biblical teaching; the overemphasis of spiritual gifts and experiential signs and wonders to the exclusion of Biblical teaching; or that true Christians can be demon-possessed.
Calvary Chapel Cary is an affiliate ministry of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, CA.
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