Statement of Faith

Calvary Chapel Valdosta, Inc. (CCV) 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 are not a denominational church, nor are we opposed to denominations as such, only to the emphasis of unbiblical teaching and doctrinal differences that lead to the division of the body of Christ. This is not an exhaustive statement of all that encapsulates a Christian, but all that is essential for biblical Christian fellowship and unity. The true basis of Christian fellowship is His love, which is greater than any differences we possess, and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.
                    

  1. We believe the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God and represents the final authority for faith and life. The Bible, in its original autograph, is without error in whole or in part; including theological concepts as well as geographical and historical details. We are neither Five-Point Calvinists, nor are we Arminians. 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. (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:20-21, Matthew 4:4).

  2. We believe there is one living and true God that has existed from all eternity in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ came in human flesh being fully God and fully man except without sin. (John 1:1, John 1:14, John 8:58, John 10:30, Romans 1:1-4, Philippians 2:5-11, Colossians 1:15-19).

  3. We believe in the person of God the Father, an infinite, eternal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him in faith through Jesus Christ, the only way a lost sinner can come to God for salvation. (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; John 3:16 and 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3).

  4. We believe in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, his substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and His personal, visible return to earth. (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2, 8:58 and 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8).

  5. We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. We believe in the Baptism with the Holy Spirit (which is often referred to as the infilling or empowering of the Spirit) as a distinct and separate experience to that of regeneration. The Baptism with the Holy Spirit occurs either subsequent to or simultaneous with salvation and is evidenced by a greater dynamic power in the Christian’s life, enabling that person to be a bolder and more effective witness. The supreme evidence of the Spirit filled life is the fruit of the Spirit - love. We believe in the present-day ministry of the Holy Spirit regarding the exercising of all Biblical spiritual gifts in context of the Scriptures, and that spiritual gifts are for the edification of the body of Christ. We avoid the overemphasis of spiritual gifts and experiential signs and wonders to the exclusion of biblical teaching. (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 14:16-17, 16:8-11,13; Romans 8:26 and 15:13,16; Hebrews 9:14; Acts 1:5, 2:4, 8:16-17, and 10:44; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Romans 12:6-8; John 14:17,23).

  6. We believe that all people are sinners by nature and choice, falling short of God’s standard and breaking His commandments – and therefore are under God’s righteous judgment.  The central purpose of the coming of Jesus Christ was to pay the penalty for man’s sin through His substitutionary death on the cross - the successful accomplishment of which was attested to by His subsequent visible, bodily resurrection. (Isaiah 53:6, Isaiah 53:12, Romans 6:23, John 3:16-18, Acts 5:30-32, Acts 13:29-39.)

  7. We believe salvation is offered as a gift; free to the sinner. The gift must be responded to in individual faith, not trusting in any personal works whatsoever, but the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ alone. (Romans 3:21-26, Ephesians 2:8-9.)

  8. We believe that God created man, and that He created mankind as male and female. As such, He created them different to complement and complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between one genetic male and one genetic female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. (Genesis 1:27, 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6, John 4:16-18, Romans 1:18-32, 1 Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-11, 6:18-20, 7:1-3, 7:8-9, Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 5:3-7, 1 Timothy 1:9-11.)

  9. We believe in the pattern and principle of male leadership and responsibility in both the home and the church, according to the sacrificial example of Jesus. We believe this limits the role of pastoral leadership and doctrinal authority to qualified men. We believe in the universal church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head and all who are born again are a part of the Body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1-12; 1 Timothy 2:1-15; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:15-16).

  10. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances for the church: (a) full immersion water baptism of believers, and (b) the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

  11. We believe in a literal Heaven and a literal Hell, and that all those who place their faith, hope and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven, while those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from the Lord. (Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3, 5:22, 18:9 and 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11 and 20:11-15).

  12. We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, which is His personal, visible return to earth and the establishment of His millennial kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and endless separation of the wicked. We believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church, where all believers will meet the Lord in the air and be taken out of this world prior to the Great Tribulation that will come upon the whole earth. (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15; Isaiah 26:20; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:36; Romans 1:18, 5:9; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-17 and 5:9; 2 Peter 2:7-9; Revelation 3:10, 5:7-10 and 7:13-14).