Doctrine

Fundamental
At Calvary Chapel we believe in all the fundamental doctrines of the evangelical Protestant church. For example, we believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, that the Bible, Old and New Testaments, is the inspired, infallible Word of God.

Trinity
We believe that God is eternally existent in three separate persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that God the Father is the personal, transcendent, and sovereign creator of all things.

Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, and that He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and that He paid the full price for our sins by His death on the Cross. We believe that He was bodily resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit, ascended back to the right hand of God the Father, and ever lives to make intercession for us.

The Holy Spirit
After He ascended to Heaven, Christ Jesus poured out His Holy Spirit on the believers in Jerusalem, enabling them to fulfill His command to preach the Gospel to the entire world, an obligation shared by all believers today.

Sin
We believe that all people are by nature separated from God and responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness of sin are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. So that when a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as his or her personal Savior and Lord, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all his or her sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord.

Spiritual Gifts
As mentioned earlier, we believe in the proper Scriptural exercise of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit described in the Bible — the greatest gift of these is God’s love.

The Rapture
At Calvary Chapel, we believe in and wait for the pre-tribulation rapture of the church. We are committed to the belief that the church will be raptured before the seven-year tribulation period begins as it is described in Revelation chapters six through 18.

Christ’s Return With His Church
We believe that the second coming of Christ Jesus with His saints to rule on the earth will be personal, pre-millennial, and visible. This motivates us to heartfelt worship, committed service, the diligent study of God’s Word, regular fellowship with other Christians, and participation in both adult baptism by immersion and in Holy Communion. Calvary Chapel rejects “amillenialism” because it spiritualizes Scripture and denies the literal 1,000-year reign of Christ on the earth as described in Revelation Chapter 20.