Statement of Faith
The Calvary Chapel Church has been formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our supreme desire is to know Christ and be conformed into His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are not a denominational church, nor are we opposed to denominations as such, only their over-emphasis of doctrinal differences that have led to the division of the body of Christ. We believe that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is His (Agape) love, which is greater than any differences we possess and without which we have no right to claim outselves Christians.
What we Believe
We Believe - In the Deity of Christ (John 10:33); His virgin birth (Isaish 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:34-35); His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15, 7:26); His miracles (John 2:11); His vicarious and atoning death (I Corinthians 15:3; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 2:9); His resurrections (John 11:25; I Corinthians 15:4); His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19); His personal return to earth in power and glory (Acts 1:11; Revelations 19:11-16).
We Believe - In the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, and that all are justified on the single basis of faith in the shed blood of Christ, and that only by God's grace, throught faith alone, are we saved (John 3:16-19, 5:24; Romans 3:23, 5:8-9; Ephesians 2:8-10; TItus 3:5).
We Believe - there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30).
We Believe - in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life (Romans 8:13-14, I Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18).
We Believe - in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:12-13; Galatians 3:26-28).
We Believe - in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of the life, and they that are not unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).
We Believe - the Bible to be the inspired, only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God (II Timthy 3:15-17; II Peter 1:21).
Our Belief on Worship
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 worship of God should be inspirational. THEREFORE: We give a great place to music in our worship.
We believe worship of God should be intelligent. THEREFORE: Our services are designed with great emphasis upon teaching the Word of God that He might instruct us how He would be worshiped.
We believe worship of God should be fruitful. THEREFORE: We look for His love in our lives as the supreme manifestation that we have truly been worshiping Him.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship of Emporia exists to equip God's people for works of service through teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, prayer and praising God. (Ephesians 4:12-13, Acts 2:42, 47)
TEACHING in both our large and small group gatherings is characterized by God's Word expressed in clear, everyday language, stressing practical application.
FELLOWSHIP in the Holy Spirit is a result of people committing themselves to real love, understanding, and acceptance of each other. It is a natural sharing in both the ministry of the church and in the lives of one another.
BREAKING OF BREAD is remembering the death and promises of the Lord Jesus as we share Communion, or eat together in each other's homes, or even over "cups of coffee" in a restaurant.
PRAYER is talking with God and expressing our dependence on him. We encourage the sick to ask the Church leaders to anoint with oil and pray for them. We teach Christians to pray regularly with each other and in private, personal time with God.
PRAISING GOD is ascribing worth to the Father for who He is and for His graciousness to us; to Jesus for his sacrifice for us; and to the Holy Spirit for His work in us. This takes various forms including singing, verbal expression, applause, lifting hands, kneeling, and offering our lives for service.