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We Believe

The only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’s Agape love, which is greater than any differences we possess and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.

 

Worship of God should be spiritual. Therefore we remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.

 

Worship of God should be inspirational. Therefore, we give a great place to music in our worship.

 

Worship of God should be intelligent. Therefore our services are designed with great emphasis upon the teaching of the Word of God that He might instruct us how he should be worshipped.

 

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 Sydney Statement of Faith

 

The Holy Scriptures: We believe the Holy Scripture of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Bible is inerrant, infallible, and God- breathed, and therefore is the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Bible shall be interpreted in context according to the normal grammatical-historical meaning. The King James and New King James versions shall be the official translations used by the church. We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life, which define man’s responsibilities. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Jude 1:3; Eph. 1:10, 3:2-10; Col. 1:24-25)

 

The Godhead: We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; Eph. 2:18; 4:4- 6; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 14:10, 26)

 

The Person and Work of God the Father: We believe God the Father is an infinite, eternal, unchanging Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, justice, love, and righteousness. He is the Creator of all things. He concerns Himself graciously and

mercifully in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death by granting eternal life to all those who come to Him through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. (Deut. 33:27; Ps. 90:2; 102:27; John 3:16; 4:24; 1 Tim. 1:17; Titus 1:3)

 

The Person and Work of Christ:

  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Is. 7:14, 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8)
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice. Those who repent, trust in Christ, and are born again have justification assured by His literal, physical, resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:22-25; 1 Pet. 1:3-5, 2:21- 25; Eph. 1:7)
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where as our High Priest He fulfils the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 7:25; 9:24; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit:

  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and He is the supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptises all believers into the body of Christ, indwells and seals them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:3-6; Eph. 1:13-14)
  • We believe He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures, and it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (John 16:13-15; Eph. 1:17-18, 5:18, 1 John 2:20, 27)
  • We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order to perform the work of the ministry. (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Eph. 4:7-12)
  • We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today, for the purpose of edifying the body and the glorification of Jesus Christ. All gifts are to be exercised decently and in order according to Scripture. (1 Cor. 12-14; Rom. 12; 1 Pet. 4:10-11). 
  • We believe that the baptism with the Holy Spirit is a separate and distinct occurrence from conversion, and essential in the life of all believers. This empowers the believer to be a witness for Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:8, 2:38-39; Luke 11:13; 1 John 5:14-15)

The Complete Depravity of Man: We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. In his natural condition man is totally depraved, and is of himself utterly powerless and unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 2:22- 23, 5:12, 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3, 4:17-19)

 

Salvation: We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by grace through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of all who will repent and trust in Him. (John 1:12; Acts 20:28, Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Pet. 1:18-19)

 

Eternal Security and Assurance for Believers:

  • We believe that all the redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:4-5)
  • We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through service and the testimony of God’s Word, which forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh. (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11- 15)

The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all we believe.  If you desire to read a more thorough version of our Statement of Faith, please contact the church office.