Church Office: (405) 789-6221
6606 NW 16th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
Sunday Morning Worship: 10:45 a.m.
Sunday Evening Worship & Study: 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Prayer and Praise: 7:00 p.m.
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About Calvary Bible Fellowship Church
1. We believe in one eternally existent, infinite God, Sovereign of all the universe; that He only is God, creative and administrative, holy in nature, attributes, and purpose; that He, as God, is Triune in essential being, revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
2. We believe in Jesus Christ, the Second person of the Triune Godhead; that He was eternally one with the Father; that He became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary, so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, the Godhead and manhood, are thus united in one person, very God and very man, the God-man.
3. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Triune Godhead; that He is ever present and efficiently active in and with the Church of Christ, convincing the world of sin, regenerating those who repent and believe, sanctifying believers, and guiding into all truth as it is in Jesus
4. We believe in the verbal plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, by which we understand the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments in the original autographs were given by Divine inspiration, inerantly revealing the will of God in all things necessary to our salvation, so that whatever is not contained therein is not to be enjoined as an article of faith.
V. Original Sin, or Depravity
5. We believe that original sin, or depravity, that corruption of the nature of all the offspring of Adam by reason of which every one is very far gone from original righteousness or the pure state of our first parents at the time of their creation, is averse to God, is without spiritual life, and inclined to evil, and that continually. We further believe that original sin continues to exist with the new life of the regenerate, until eradicated by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the experience of entire sanctification.
6. We believe that Jesus Christ, by His sufferings, by the shedding of His own blood, and by His meritorious death on the cross, made a full atonement for all human sin, and that this atonement is the only ground of salvation, and that it is sufficient for every individual of Adam's race. The atonement is graciously efficacious for the salvation of the irresponsible and for children in innocency, and efficacious for the salvation of those who reach the age of responsibility when they repent and believe.
7. We believe that man's creation in God-likeness included ability to choose between right and wrong, and that thus he was made morally responsible. Through the fall of Adam man became depraved so that he cannot now turn and prepare himself by his own natural strength and works to faith and calling upon God. We believe that the grace of God though Jesus Christ is freely bestowed upon all men, enabling all who will turn from sin to righteousness, believe on Jesus Christ for pardon and cleansing from sin, and follow good works pleasing and acceptable in His sight.
8. We believe that repentance, which is a sincere and thorough change of mind in regard to sin, involving an awareness of personal guilt and a voluntary turning away from sin, is commanded of all who have by act or purpose become sinners against God. The Spirit of God gives to all who will repent the gracious help of penitence of heart and hope of mercy, that they may believe unto pardon and spiritual life.
IX. Justification, Regeneration, and Adoption
9. We believe that justification is the gracious and judicial act of God by which He grants full pardon of all guilt and complete release from the penalty of sins committed and acceptance as righteous to all who believe on Jesus Christ and receive Him as Lord and Savior.
10. We believe that regeneration, or the new birth, is that gracious work of God whereby the moral nature of the repentant believer is spiritually quickened and given a distinctively spiritual life, capable of faith, love and obedience.
11. We believe that adoption is that gracious act of God by which the justified and regenerated believer is declared a son of God.
12. We believe that justification, regeneration, and adoption are simultaneous in the experience of the seekers after God and are obtained upon the condition of faith, preceded by repentance; and that to this work and state of grace the Holy Spirit bears witness.
13. We believe that entire sanctification is that act of God, subsequent to regeneration, a second work of grace, by which believers are made free from original sin, or depravity, and brought into a state of entire devotement to God, and the holy obedience of love made perfect.
It is wrought by the baptism with the Holy Spirit, and comprehends in one experience the cleansing of the heart from sin and the abiding indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, empowering the believer for life and service.
Entire sanctification is provided by the blood of Jesus, is wrought instantaneously by faith preceded by entire consecration; and to this work and state of grace the Holy Spirit bears witness.
The experience is also known by various terms representing its different phases, such as "Christian Perfection," "Perfect Love," "Heart Purity," "The Baptism with the Holy Spirit," "The Fullness of the Blessing," and "Christian Holiness."
We believe that the experience of entire sanctification as God's gracious work of inward purity will manifest in the outward life by the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-24, KJV), as well as an evident separation from the world and that this glorious work of God's grace is our distinguishing doctrine and message.
14. We believe the following sets forth the bible teaching on this subject:
The Gifts of the Spirit are known in scripture as charismata or gifts of grace. Hence, there is an internal connection between graces and gifts in the administration of the Spirit. A summary of the teachings of Scriptures concerning spiritual gifts is found in 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 (KJV) which reads,
"Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal."
From the above statements of the Scriptures along with others equally clear, the following principles are manifest.
a. The gifts of the Spirit are supernatural endowments of service, and are determined by the character of the ministry to be fulfilled in the work of the church.
b. Paul's rhetorical questions in (I Corinthians 12:20-30) make clear that there are diversity of gifts in the church - not all members are similarly endowed.
c. The gifts of the Spirit are exercised in conjunction with and not apart from the harmony of the body of Christ.
d. Since the Spirit divides " to every man severally as He will," believers will do best to allow the sovereignty of the Spirit to work in the bestowment of the gifts, and rather seek that " more excellent way" of love made perfect found in I Corinthians, Chapter Thirteen.
e. We hold without equivocation that the doctrine of speaking in an unknown tongue as evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is in error. The obvious teachings of the Scripture regarding speaking in tongues emphasizes the proper use of Divinely given or humanly acquired in known languages. We hold that so called "unknown" tongues are not a gift of the Holy Spirit.
( Acts 2:4-11; I Corinthians 14)
XII. Second Coming of Christ
15. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will come again; that we who are alive at His coming, shall not precede them that are asleep in Christ Jesus; but that if we are abiding in Him, we shall be caught up (raptured) with the risen saints to meet the Lord in the air, so that we shall ever be with the Lord.
XIII. Resurrection, Judgement and Destiny
16. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, that the bodies of both the just and the unjust shall be raised to life and united with their spirits,
"... they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation" (John 5: 29, KJV)
17. We believe in future judgement in which every man shall appear before God to be judged according to his deeds in this life.
18. We believe that glorious and everlasting life is assured to all who savingly believe in, and obediently follow, Jesus Christ our Lord; and that the finally impenitent shall suffer eternally in hell.