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STATEMENT OF FAITH

Our Guiding Principles are the characteristics the Lord looks for in His church as defined in His Word:

To be a Christian fellowship that has loving concern for one another and for the lost

To be faithful to the Word of God

To be a place where "His flock" is fed the Word of God and the people are coming into a knowledge of God and into an intimate relationship with the Lord by being born again by the Spirit of God and being taught how to walk in the Spirit and how to walk in love with Jesus, the Lord of their lives.

Church government at Calvary Chapel is very simple, not a complex bureaucracy. Committees and sub-committees are essentially non-existent. Basically, at Calvary Chapel we believe that the pastor is responsible for the church, responsible to hear from God, and responsible to feed and love His people faithfully. The pastor guides the church as he is lead by the Holy Spirit, and we trust God to put pastors where He wants them to be. Elders are appointed in the larger churches to help the pastor care for the spiritual needs of the congregation.

At Calvary Chapel we believe

in all the fundamental doctrines of the evangelical Protestant church.

We believe that God is eternally existent in three separate persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that God the father is the personal, transcendent, and sovereign creator of all things.

We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, that He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, provided 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 He ascended to Heaven, Jesus 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.

We believe that all people are by nature separated from God and are responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness of sin are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all of his or her sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord.

We believe in the proper Scriptural exercise of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Bible, the greatest gift of all being God's love.

We believe worship of God should be spiritual. Therefore, we remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.

We believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, that the Bible, Old and New Testaments is the inspired, infallible Word of God.

We believe that God the Father is the personal, transcendent, and sovereign Creator of all things.

We seek to teach the Word of God in such a way that its message can be applied to an individual's life, leading that person to greater maturity in Christ.

In our services, we focus on a personal relationship with God through worship, prayer, and the teaching of the Word of God. We teach both expositorily and topically. We do not allow speaking in tongues loudly during services, nor prophecy while a Bible study is in progress because we do not believe that the Holy Spirit would interrupt Himself. We have specific "after-glow services" and believer's meetings when these gifts of the Spirit may be exercised.