What We Believe


The following Articles of Faith represent the beliefs and doctrinal positions held by Calvary Community Church of Riva.

The Triune God
We believe in one eternally existent, infinite God, who is sovereign of the universe; that He alone is God, holy in nature, attributes, and purpose; that God is Triune in essential being, revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one in essence but distinct in person and function; that He is worthy of all praise and glory.

[Genesis 1; Leviticus 19:2; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Isaiah 5:16; 6:1-7; 40:18-31; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20; John 14:6-27; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 4:4-6; Ephesians 2:13-18 ]

Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Triune Godhead; that He is eternally one with the Father; that He became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary, so that two perfect natures, that is the Godhead and manhood are united in one person very God and very man, the God-man.

We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, and that He truly arose from the dead and took again His body, ascended into heaven conquering death for all humankind and is there making intercession for us.

[Matthew 1:20-25; 16:15-16; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1-18; Acts 2:22-36; Romans 8:3, 32-34; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:12-22; 1 Timothy 6:14-16; Hebrews 1:1-5; 7:22-28; 9:24-28; 1 John 1:1-3; 4:2-3,15]

The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Triune Godhead, that He is always present and active in and with the Church of Christ, convicting the world of sin, judgment and righteousness, regenerating those who repent and believe, sanctifying believers, and guiding into all truth.

[Luke 24:44-47; John 10:35; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:10-12; 2 Peter 1:20-21]

The Holy Scriptures
We believe in the plenary (full) inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, by which we understand the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, given by divine inspiration, inerrantly revealing the will of God concerning us in all things necessary to our salvation, so that whatever is not contained therein is not to be enjoined as an article of faith.

[Luke 24:44-47; John 10:35; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:10-12; 2 Peter 1:20-21 ]

Sin
We believe that sin came into the world through the disobedience of our first parents, and death through sin. We believe that sin is of two kinds: original and personal.

(1). We believe that original sin, or depravity, is that corruption of the nature of all the offspring of Adam by reason of which everyone is very far gone from original righteousness or the pure and innocent state of our first parents at the time of creation, which is averse to God, and inclined toward evil and that continually.

(2). We believe that original sin differs from personal or actual sin in that it constitutes an inherited propensity to actual sin for which no one is accountable until its divinely provided remedy is neglected or rejected.

We believe that personal or actual sin is a voluntary violation of a known law of God by a morally responsible person. We believe that personal sin is primarily and essentially a violation of the law of love; and that in relation to Christ sin may be defined as unbelief.

[Genesis 3; 6:5; Job 15:14; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9-10; Matthew 22:36-40; Mark 7:21-23; John 8:34-36; Romans 1:18-25; 3:23; 6:15-23; 7:1-8:9; 8:18-24; 14:23; 1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Galatians 5:16-25; 1 John 1:7-8; 1:9-2:4; 3:7-10]

Atonement
We believe that Jesus Christ, by His suffering, by the shedding of His 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. The Atonement is graciously efficacious for the salvation of the irresponsible and for children in innocency, but is efficacious for the salvation of those who reach the age of responsibility only when they repent and believe.

We believe that God is able to complete the good work of salvation that He begins in every believer. As one is drawn by God and responds by faith to His grace provided through the sacrificial death of Christ Jesus, God will provide the individual with everything needed to walk in complete faithfulness. Essentially we believe that this describes Philippians 1:6, “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (NIV).

[Isaiah 53:5-6, 11; Mark 10:45; Luke 24:46-48; John 1:29; 3:14-17; Acts 4:10-12; Romans 3:21-26; 4:17-25; 5:6-21; 1 Corinthians 6:20; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Galatians 1:3-4; 3:13-14; Colossians 1:19-23; 1 Timothy 2:3-6; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:9; 9:11-14; 13:12; 1 Peter 1:18-21; 2:19-25; 1 John 2:1-2 ]

The Church
We believe in the Church, the community that confesses Jesus Christ as Lord, the covenant people of God made new in Christ, the Body of Christ called together by the Holy Spirit through the Word.

God calls the Church to express its life in unity and fellowship of the Spirit; in worship through the preaching of the Word, observance of the sacraments, and ministry in His name; by obedience to Christ and mutual accountability.

The mission of the Church in the world is to continue the redemptive work of Christ in the power of the Spirit through evangelism, equipping, discipleship, service, and holy living. We believe that evangelism is the primary purpose of the New Testament Church. We believe Christians are commissioned by Jesus Christ to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. The New Testament Church sought to achieve this evangelistic goal by planting new churches in a variety of areas which could reach people with the Gospel.

The Church is a historical reality, which organizes itself in culturally conditioned forms; exists both as local congregations and as a universal body. God calls the Church to live under His rule in anticipation of the consummation at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

[Exodus 19:3; Jeremiah 31:33; Matthew 8:11; 10:7; 16:13-19, 24; 18:15-20; 28:19-20; John 17:14-26; 20:21-23; Acts 1:7-8; 2:32-47; 6:1-2; 13:1; 14:23; Romans 2:28-29; 4:16; 10:9-15; 11:13-32; 12:1-8; 15:1-3; 1 Corinthians 3:5-9; 7:17; 11:1,17-33; 12:3,12-31; 14:26-40; 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:1; Galatians 5:6,13-14; 6:1-5,15; Ephesians 4:1-17; 5:25-27; Philippians 2:1-16; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12; 1 Timothy 4:13; Hebrews 10:19-25; 1 Peter 1:1-2,13; 2:4-12,21; 4:1-2, 10-11; 1 John 4:17; Jude 24; Revelation 5:9-10]

Baptism
(1). Baptism: We believe that Christian baptism, commanded by our Lord, is a sacrament signifying acceptance of the benefits of the atonement of Jesus Christ, to be administered to believers and declarative of their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior, and full purpose of obedience in holiness and righteousness. Baptism may be administered by immersion. Baptism is an outward sign of what has taken place within the heart of the believer.

We offer dedications for infants and young children who are not yet able to understand the full implications of salvation and make a public profession of faith.

[Matthew 3:1-7; 28:16-20; Acts 2:37-41; 8:35-39; 10:44-48; 16:29-34; 19:1-6; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:26-28; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:18-22 ]

(2). The Lord’s Supper: We believe that the Memorial and Communion Supper instituted by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is essentially a New Testament sacrament, declarative of His sacrificial death, through the merits of which believers have life and salvation and promise of all spiritual blessings in Christ. It is distinctively for those who are prepared for reverent appreciation of its significance, and by it they show forth the Lord’s death until He comes again. It being the Communion feast, only those who have faith in Christ and love for the saints should be called to participate.

[Exodus 12:1-14; Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20; John 6:28-58; 1 Corinthians 10:14-21; 11:23-32]