West Asheville, North Carolina






BAPTIST BELIEFS AND DOCTRINE

We operate out of our core values.  Additionally, it might be helpful for you to learn about areas of Baptist belief that we most closely align.  These statements are not part of a "creed" or "litmus test" for us at Calvary.  They are excellent guides for thinking about our faith and understanding how to be most faithful to God's mission in the world.  Some of these beliefs are below.

We hold to historic Baptist principles referred to as the "Four Fragile Freedoms."  These important principles are emphasized by churches like Calvary who partner with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (https://cbf.net/who-we-are):

BIBLE FREEDOM - The Bible is foundational to us as individuals and as a congregation. Every Christian has the freedom and right to interpret and apply scripture under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. The wisdom and counsel of the larger congregation should nurture individual believers as they seek to understand, interpret, and apply Scripture to their daily lives.

SOUL FREEDOM - Each person is accountable to God individually without the imposition of creed or the control of clergy or government. This personal experience with God is indispensable to the Christian life and necessary for a vital church. This is sometimes described as the “priesthood of all believers.”

CHURCH FREEDOM - Baptist churches are free, under the Lordship of Christ, to determine their membership, leadership, doctrine, and practice. Instead of depending on larger organizations to dictate who we are and what we do, Baptists believe that God has equipped the local church and its leaders to figure out how we can best live out and share the Gospel.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM - Everyone should be able to worship (or not) as they feel led without necessary interference by the government. Just as religious freedom involves the freedom to practice religion, it also includes the freedom to not practice religion. The separation of church and state affords an important constitutional protection of religious freedom for all.

We most closely align with the Baptist doctrine as expressed in the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message.  A few of these beliefs include:

THE SCRIPTURES - The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of Gods revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. It reveals the principles by which God judges us; and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.

GOD - There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

JESUS THE CHRIST - Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ he was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself the demands and necessities of human nature and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, partaking of the nature of God and of man, and in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.

PEACE AND WAR - It is the duty of Christians to seek peace with all men on principles of righteousness. In accordance with the spirit and teachings of Christ they should do all in their power to put an end to war. The true remedy for the war spirit is the gospel of our Lord. The supreme need of the world is the acceptance of His teachings in all the affairs of men and nations, and the practical application of His law of love.