What We Believe
We affirm the National Association of Evangelicals Statement of Faith:
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
- We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Calvary is part of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), the oldest denomination in the United States. Its form of church government is Presbyterian, which is made up of elders, deacons and pastors. The congregation elects people to these offices every year, and they serve in three-year terms.
We practice two sacraments:
- Baptism: We celebrate both infant and adult baptism. In both cases, we believe it is God who pursues us and saves us, and baptism is a celebration of God’s goodness in Jesus.
- Communion: We believe that the meal that Jesus commanded is a special time of intimacy with Jesus and remembrance of all that He has done in our lives through His life, death and resurrection. All who have accepted Jesus as their savior are invited to participate.
What does it mean that Calvary is Reformed?
- We are biblical. We have a high value for the authority of Scriptures. We believe that the Scriptures contain everything for faith and life. They are infallible and inerrant in all that they say.
- We serve a big God! When we read the Scriptures, we see a God who is sovereign, good and full of love. This is most clearly seen in the Son, Jesus Christ. This is the foundation of our assurance, joy and hope—God is moving on our behalf and nothing can stand in His way.
- We believe in an interactive personal relationship with God. The Scriptures teach that God desires to be in relationship with us. He is not far off but close to us. This is the testimony of the patriarchs, Israel and the early Church. It has also been celebrated and testified to by the Puritans, Jonathan Edwards, C.S. Lewis, and many other reformed writers.
- We adhere to the three forms of unity. To be reformed means to think deeply and care strongly about who God is, how He has saved us through Jesus Christ, and our response to His love. Historically, there has been three theological documents born out of the Scriptures that have helped us answer these big themes of Scriptures: The Heidelberg Catechism, Canons of Dort, and The Belgic Confession. These three documents were written during The Reformation and serve as study guides and tutors of the Scriptures. We encourage you, especially, to pick up The Heidelberg Catechism. It is one of the most beautiful and encouraging catechisms ever written.