Calvary Free Lutheran Church believes…
the Bible is the inspired and inerrant authority in all matters of faith and life.
that the teaching and preaching of God’s Word is the main task of the Church, to be conducted in such a way that the saints are built up and unbelievers see their need for salvation.
that the congregation is the right form of the Kingdom of God on earth, with no authority above it but the Word of God and the Spirit of God.
that Christian unity is a spiritual concept, not a man-made organization such as the World Council of Churches or the National Council of Churches.
that Christians are called to be salt and light, separated from the ways of the world, and that this difference is to be reflected in the life of the congregation as well as in the institutions of the church body.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Complete Doctrinal Statement
THE WORD OF GOD: The Bible alone is the word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts. It was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and life.
THE TRINITY: There is one living and true God, who eternally exists in three Persons. These three Persons are equal in every divine quality, but are only one God, not three gods.
GOD THE FATHER: God the Father is an infinite, eternal and almighty personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love, and is the “first" Person of the Trinity.
JESUS CHRIST: Jesus Christ is God's one and only Son. Even though He exists throughout eternity, at a certain time in human history He was miraculously conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, taught about God and His Kingdom, performed miracles and died for our sins on the cross. He was bodily resurrected and ascended into heaven, where He now continuously intercedes for his people, and He will personally, visibly return to earth as He promised.
THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit, as the abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide, proceeds from the Father and the Son, indwells every believer from the moment of salvation, and endows each Christian with spiritual gifts for ministry to the family of God and to the world.
SALVATION: The central purpose of God's revelation in the Bible is to call all people to the awareness of their sin, of the availability of God's marvelous grace and forgiveness, and of the need for repentance, which results in complete forgiveness and the restoration of fellowship with God, through faith in the atoning sacrifice of Christ.
THE CHURCH: The Church exists as a worldwide fellowship of the family of God and takes the visible form of the local congregation, which consists in each place of a community of believers in Jesus Christ who are committed in faith and obedience to Him and in love to each other.
THE SACRAMENTS: The Lord Jesus Christ has instituted two Sacraments which are to be celebrated by the local church: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Together with the preaching of the Gospel, these serve as means by which God communicates His grace to each believer.