Our Statement of Beliefs
Calvary Berthoud has been formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our supreme desire is to know Christ and be conformed to His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are not a denominational church, nor are we opposed to denominations as such, only to their over-emphasis of the doctrinal differences that have led to the division of the Body of Christ.
We believe worship of God should be spiritual. Therefore we yield ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct us. (John 4:24)
We believe worship of God should be inspirational. Therefore, we give a great emphasis to music and praise in our worship. (Psalm 149)
We believe worship of God should be intelligent. Therefore, we emphasize Bible teaching so that God may instruct us. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We believe worship of God should be fruitful. Therefore, we look for His love in our lives as the evidence that we have truly been worshipping Him. (1 John 4:7-8, 1 Corinthians 13, Galatians 5:22-23)
Jesus Christ is the foundation and cornerstone of the church. He is the Son of the Living God, the second member of the Triune God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Through His sacrifice on the cross and resurrection at the hands of the Father, He has provided through His grace the only means to obtain eternal life.
(1 Corinthians 3:11, Ephesians 2:20, Romans 5:6-10)
The Bible is the inspired, inerrant word of God. It is relevant and applicable to every person and circumstance today. For this reason we put a great deal of emphasis on teaching it in public, and studying it in private.
(1 Timothy 4:13, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13)
Worship is our response to God the Father who alone is worthy of our praise. It is our desire to worship God in all circumstances and bring praise to His name. (John 4:23, Colossians 3:16, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Our Devotion to Him inspires us to celebrate His sacrifice by sharing communion regularly. We believe water baptism to be an outward sign of inward work that He alone has accomplished in the believer’s life.
(Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Mark 14:22-25)
Christian Growth is our personal commitment both before God and toward one another. This is encouraged through abiding in Christ, obedience to God’s word, effective prayer, and our fellowship together.
(John 15:4,Romans 8:29, Ephesians 5:18, Acts 2:42)
For a more in-depth discussion of our beliefs, we recommend reading “Calvary Chapel Distinctives” by Chuck Smith. This book outlines many of the foundational principals of the Calvary Chapel movement. Contact us to receive a copy of this book.