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 4:31Joshua 24:19Job 37:16Psalm 103:8Isaiah 6:3Ezekiel 33:11Matthew 19:26Romans 5:8Romans 10:12I 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

Man’s State

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, 36John 5:24Romans 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 3:6-24John 3:18Romans 2:5- 9Romans 5:19;I Thessalonians 4:13Revelation 20:15Revelation 21:2-5, 8Revelation 22:3-5)

The Church

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 28:19-20Acts 2:41-42, 47Romans 10:9Romans 12:1-2I Corinthians 1:1-13I Corinthians 11:2I Corinthians 12:12-14II Corinthians 5:18-20Colossians 1:18, 24;Philippians 1:1)

God’s Word

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 3:16-17I Peter 1:25II Peter 1:19-21)

Jesus Christ

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 1:18Matthew 2:11Luke 1:35John 1:1John 1:18John 20:28Titus 2:13Hebrews 1:8Hebrews 5:9I John 5:20)

Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who comes forth from God to convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, and to regeneratesanctify 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 3:5-8John 7:37-39John 14:16-18John 16:7-15Romans 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

Our Responsibility

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 22:15-21Mark 12:17John 3:2-7John 7:7Acts 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