What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

What We Believe


Statement of Faith, Character, Belief and Ordinances
IN REGARD TO GOD:

 
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; and that this triune God created all, upholds all and governs all.[1]
 We believe in God The Father, an infinite personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.[2]
 We believe in God the Son, Jesus Christ, conceived by the Holy Spirit to be born in virgin birth as a man upon this earth. We believe in His sinless life, miracles, teachings, substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, the pre-tribulation rapture of His church and His second coming to earth. We affirm that Jesus Christ is fully God in substance and fully man in incarnation, and that all attributes of both His deity and humanity are fully intact in His person.[3]
 We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who came 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 that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide.[4]
 
   [1] Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Hebrews 9:14
   [2] Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; John 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3
   [3] Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2; John 8:58; John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8
   [4] Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:8-11; Romans 15:13,16; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:16-17,

IN REGARD TO THE BIBLE:
 
We believe that the 66 books of the Bible include and are completed in the Old and New Testaments.
We believe the Bible is the Word of God and is fully inspired without error.  Therefore, our ministry emphasizes the exposition of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, line upon line, precept upon precept.[1]
 We believe the Bible is the infallible rule of faith and practice and as such, is the supreme authority in everything it teaches.
 We believe the final guide to the interpretation of Bible is the Bible itself.
 We believe the account of origins presented in Genesis is a simple but factual presentation of actual events and, therefore, provides a reliable framework for scientific research into the question of the origin and history of life, mankind, the earth, and the universe.  Therefore, we believe in God’s creation of the earth, stars and universe to have occurred in conformance with the Genesis account as a literal six (6) day creation.
  [1] Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:21

IN REGARD TO MAN:
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complimentary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God.[1]
 We believe that man was created in the image of God, but all men have fallen into sin and; therefore, are under condemnation, and only those who put their faith in Jesus Christ alone can be saved.[2] We believe that salvation is a gift of God given to man by grace and received through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose substitutionary death on the cross paid the penalty for man’s sin.  We believe Christ has already done everything necessary by His death on the cross to remove our sins and to make us holy from God’s point of view.
 
IN REGARD TO MARRIAGE AND SEXUALITY:

 We believe that the term “marriage” has one singular meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.[3]
We believe any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bi-sexual conduct, bestiality, incest or use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God.[4]
 
IN REGARD TO FORGIVENESS AND RESTORATION:
 We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.[5]
 
   [1] Gen 1:26-27
   [2] Acts 8:15-17; Titus 3:5
   [3] Gen 2:18-25
   [4] Matt 15:18-20; 1Cor 6:9-10
   [5] Acts 3:19-21; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:6-11

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF AGREEMENT
It is necessary and required that all ministries, functions, pastors, elders and leaders of Calvary Rio Rancho operate and otherwise understand and agree with this Statement of Faith. My signature acknowledges that I agree to the Statement of Faith of Calvary of Rio Rancho.
Any pastor, elder, employee, leader or volunteer, including those listed above, whose confession of faith or behavior is in conflict with this Statement of Faith will be subject to removal and dismissal by the Senior Pastor, Board of Directors, or their assignees, from his or her position of responsibility. Further, the Board of Directors, their assignees, or the Senior Pastor may prohibit the fellowship and attendance of any person from Calvary’s services and meetings in accordance with Matthew 18. I understand this Acknowledgement of Agreement shall remain in full effect unless I revoke or reject any or all parts of this Agreement.  Calvary of Rio Rancho will consider me as a congregant until such time that I deliver a written notice of rejection or revocation to the Church Office at Calvary of Rio Rancho.
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