By this we mean that we teach through books of the Bible verse-by-verse. Rather than study topics or themes we choose to follow the example of the apostle Paul in Acts 20:27 and “declare to you the whole counsel of God.” We believe the best way to do this is to simply go through all of God’s Word, starting at chapter 1, verse 1 of a book and working our way to the end over the course of several weeks or months. Although this approach is different than what many people are used to, it is incredibly effective for spiritual growth. God is faithful to speak to His people through His Word and we are always amazed at how the Holy Spirit directs His Word to speak to the issues of our hearts and our present circumstances. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Romans 10:17
At Calvary Chapel we take our cues for church life from the very first believers. Their spiritual lives are described in Acts 2:42 where it says, “...they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” And this activity was what God blessed. It says later in vs 47 that “the Lord added to the church daily...” So, our goal as a group of believers is to study God’s Word (the apostles doctrine), but also to be a real church family where people know and encourage each other (fellowship), to pray together and of course worship together. We worship through taking communion (breaking bread) on the first Sunday of every month, but we also worship with music and share testimonies of what God has done for us. All these things are essential to encouraging spiritual growth and a strong faith. We need all of God’s Word and all of His work in our lives to be whole Christians.
God loves the world! He sent His Son to die for sinners that they might have eternal life through Jesus and He has commissioned His followers to preach this message. He has called His church to be salt and light in the world. Ephesians 4:12 also tells us the purpose of godly leaders is to “equip the saints for the work of the ministry.” If you are a disciple of Jesus then He has a call and purpose for your life. He has ministry--or service--for you to do in building up His body and expanding His kingdom. It might be in your home or workplace or neighborhood or church or even in another country. At Calvary Chapel we want to encourage you in God’s calling. We want to be whole Christians so we might be better used by God to help reach the whole world.
We Believe the Bible to be the only inspired, inerrant, infallible and authoritative word of God. John 17:17, 2 Tim 3:16-17
We Believe there is one God who eternally exists in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Matt 3:16-17, Matt 28:19, 2 Cor 13:14
We Believe that Jesus Christ, the Second Person in the Trinity, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death for the sins of the world, rose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and is coming again to judge the living and the dead and to establish God's kingdom on earth. Matt 27:11, Heb 4:15, 1 Cor 15:3,4,Â John 5:22, Rev 20:4-6
We Believe in the depravity of man, that man in his essential being is sinful and incapable of meriting God's favor. Rom 3:23, Isaiah 64:6
We Believe that salvation is by grace, through faith alone in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. 1 Cor 15:3, Eph 2:8-9
We Believe in the sovereignty of God and the free will of man. John 1:12-13, 3:16, Rom 8:28-30
We Believe that there is a baptism subsequent to salvation and that the gifts of the Spirit are essential to fulfill Christ's purpose for the church. Acts 1:5,8, Eph 5:18
We Believe that the church exists to worship God, edify itself in love and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. Rom 12:1, Eph 4:12-13, Mark 16:15
We Believe in the sufficiency of the scriptures and the Holy Spirit to supply us with all things that pertain to life and godliness. 2 Peter 1:3, 1 John 2:27
We Believe in the pre-tribulational rapture of the church and the pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ with his saints to set up his kingdom on earth. 1 Thess 4:16-17, 5:9, Rev 20:4-6
Calvary Chapel Eastern Shore is a part of Calvary Chapel Association, a group of more than 1500 churches around the globe that share a passion for verse-by-verse teaching and other distinct ministry values. This provides our local church with fellowship and accountability in the larger body of Christ and also allows us to reach out to the world in partnership with many other ministries.