Our Vision, Mission & What We Believe

Our Vision:
Where We Are Headed

"We live to see people transformed into devoted followers of Jesus."

We Live
Following Jesus is a way of life that takes place in a Christ-centered community. This lifestyle gives us an abiding awareness of our God-given purpose, which is to know Him and make Him known.
To See People
We notice and value the people around us, trusting that they are there by God’s sovereign and strategic design, for us to love and lead to Christ.
Transformed Into
We believe that Jesus wants to change all of us from the inside out because it is both necessary and good, and He’s the only one who can do it. This transformation is something God initiates in a moment but includes our willing response to His gracious work, which progresses over a lifetime.
Devoted
The Christian life requires a loving commitment that is only possible because Jesus first committed to loving us. It starts and continues with humble, honest surrender to His perfect and loving will.
Followers Of Jesus
We simply follow the example and teachings of Jesus Christ; we don’t follow the ever-changing trends of culture, the empty-philosophies of man, or the natural inclinations of our own sinful hearts.
Acts 2:42, Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 1:18-20, Acts 1:8, Luke 9:23-25, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

Our Mission:
How We'll Get There

UPReach – INReach – OUTReach

We focus on bringing people to a wholistic discipleship to Jesus. Our relationship to God in worship, our personal growth in and through community, and our external response in serving others.
We express a lifestyle of worship to Jesus.
Worship is about worth. What or who is most valuable to you? At Calvary Chapel, it’s not just our gatherings on Sundays that express what and whom we value. The attitude of our hearts and the posture of our entire lives are to be an expression of trust, love, and worship – reaching up – to Jesus!

That is, we hold all that we have with open hands, as we lift up our time, our talents, and our treasure to Him. We use everything He’s given us to honor Christ and point others to Him. It’s the way we express our love and gratitude to God for His immeasurable grace toward us.
Matthew 5:14-16; 28:18-20; Mark 12:29-31; Luke 10:38-42; Romans 15:5-6; 1 Corinthians 6:20
We are equipped in the Word to serve Jesus.
As the family of God, we are growing up together – in maturity, unity, and love. As we study, obey, and proclaim His Word, the Lord changes our hearts and transforms our lives.

This is why so much of God’s Word uses “one another” language. We love and serve one another, pray for and comfort one another. We also confess to and forgive one another. This ministry to one another helps us become more like Jesus and be more effective in serving Him.

As the body of Christ, we are also the visible representation of Jesus in this world. This means that we have the privilege of being used by God to help others discover how they, too, can be forgiven for their sin, enter into an eternal relationship with Him, and discover their spiritual gifts and life purpose.
Matthew 5-7; 28:18-20; Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 4:11-24; Romans 12; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Colossians 1:28; 2:6-8
We engage our culture to be a witness for Jesus.
We believe that we are here to engage our culture and to change our world. Thus, we prayerfully look for ways to love our community and proclaim Christ’s message of hope and salvation to every people group.

This outreach starts in our own homes, but also ripples into other spheres of influence, such as our neighborhoods, school campuses, places of employment, and even the ends of the earth.
Acts 1:8; Acts 10:34-48; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 1:7-20; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

What We Believe

Calvary Chapel has been formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our supreme desire is to know Christ and be conformed to His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’s agape love, which is greater than any of our differences, and without which we have no right to be called Christians.

We Believe That:

  • The Scriptures (both Testaments) are the inspired, inerrant Word of God.

  • God is eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that He is the personal, transcendent, and sovereign Creator of all things.

  • Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, that He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, provided the only means for the atonement of our sins by His vicarious death on the cross, was bodily resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit, ascended back to the right hand of God the Father, and ever lives to make intercession for us after Jesus ascended to heaven. He also poured out His Holy Spirit on the believers in Jerusalem, enabling them to fulfill His command to preach the gospel to the entire world, an obligation shared by all believers today.

  • 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 their Savior and Lord, trusting Him to save them, they are immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all their sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord.

  • The gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Scriptures are valid for today so long as they are exercised according to Scriptural guidelines.

  • We are to covet the best gifts, seeking to exercise them in an orderly fashion and in love, that the whole body of Christ might be edified.

  • Love is more important than the most spectacular of gifts, and without love all exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless.

  • Church government should be simplistic rather than a complex bureaucracy; we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead, rather than on fleshly promotion.

  • We await the pre-tribulation rapture of the church, and we believe that the second coming of Christ with His saints to rule on the earth will be personal, pre-millennial, and visible. We are motivated by the above to holy living, heartfelt worship, committed service, diligent study of God’s Word, regular fellowship, participation in baptism by immersion, and Holy Communion.

We Do Not Believe:

  • The belief that true Christians can be demon possessed.
  • “5-point Calvinism”- a hyper-Calvinistic view that leaves no room for free will; specifically, we reject the belief that Jesus’ atonement was limited (we believe He died for all people), and we reject the assertion that God’s wooing grace cannot be resisted or that He has elected some people to go to hell. We believe that anyone who wills to come to Christ may do so. Please note that we believe this is a secondary issue and although we do not hold to it as a church, we do not have an issue with others who do believe in Calvinism.
  • “Positive confession”- the faith movement belief that God can be directed to heal or work miracles according to man’s will.
  • Human prophecy that supersedes the Scripture.
  • The incorporation of humanistic and secular psychology and philosophy into Biblical teaching and counseling.
  • The over-emphasis of spiritual gifts, and experiential signs and wonders to the exclusion of Biblical teaching and sound doctrine. We seek to teach the Word of God (both expository and topically) in such a way that its message can be applied to an individual’s life, leading that person to greater maturity in Christ, and equipping them for ministry.
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