What we believe:
Calvary Baptist Church of Washington was established on solid Biblical foundations. These are our core beliefs.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
– II Timothy 3:16-17
God the Father
We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. ( Genesis 18:14;Deuteronomy 4:31; Joshua 24:19; Job 37:16; Psalm 103:8; Isaiah 6:3; Ezekiel 33:11; Matthew 19:26; Romans 5:8; Romans 10:12; I Timothy 2:4)
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
– I John 5:20
We believe that all men by nature and by choice are sinners but that “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” ( John 3:16-19, 36; John 5:24; Romans 3:23 ) Therefore, we believe, that those who accept Christ as Lord and Saviour will rejoice forever in God’s presence and those who refuse to accept Christ as Lord and Saviour will be forever separated from God in Hell. (Genesis 3:6-24; John 3:18; Romans 2:5- 9; Romans 5:19;I Thessalonians 4:13; Revelation 20:15; Revelation 21:2-5, 8; Revelation 22:3-5)
We believe in the Church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and of which all who accept Christ as Saviour and Lord are members. (Romans 10:9-10) We believe that a local Church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, immersed upon credible confession of faith and associated for worship, work, prayer and fellowship. We believe that to such local Churches were committed, for perpetual observance, the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and that God has laid upon these Churches the task of proclaiming to a lost world the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Saviour, and the enthroning of Him as Lord, and that the only Scriptural offices are Bishop (or Pastors) and Deacons (or Servants) whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the epistles to Timothy and Titus. ( Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 47; Romans 10:9; Romans 12:1-2; I Corinthians 1:1-13; I Corinthians 11:2; I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 5:18-20; Colossians 1:18, 24;Philippians 1:1)
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, that it is verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings; and that it is the supreme infallible authority in all matters of faith and conduct. ( II Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 1:25; II Peter 1:19-21)
We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, of virgin birth, sinless in life, making atonement for the sins of the world by His death. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His premillennial and visible return to the world according to His promise. In the following Scriptures He is called God in an absolute sense. ( Matthew 1:18; Matthew 2:11; Luke 1:35; John 1:1; John 1:18; John 20:28; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:8; Hebrews 5:9; I John 5:20)
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who comes forth from God to convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit takes up His residence in the believer at the time of his acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. ( John 3:5-8, John 7:37-39; John 14:16-18; John 16:7-15; Romans 8:9)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
– John 3:16-17
We believe that every human being is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each Church is independent and autonomous and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictation or patronage of the other. ( Matthew 22:15-21; Mark 12:17; John 3:2-7; John 7:7; Acts 16:30-31;Romans 13:1)
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.
– Matthew 28:19-20