WE BELIEVE that the Bible is the Word of God, inspired and without error. It reveals to man his need, and the way to meet that need in Christ Jesus our Lord. It is the rule to every Christian for daily life. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:2l).
WE BELIEVE in the Triune God, and Jesus Christ the Son of God. We believe He came the first time to give His life a ransom for sin (I Corinthians 15:3; Romans l:l6). He is now our Advocate before God (I John 2:1). He is coming again (Titus 2:13; John 14:1-5; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
WE BELIEVE salvation is through Christ alone (Acts 4:12). Man is a sinner (Romans 3:23). He has no power to save himself (Titus 3:5). His need is the new birth (John 3:3). The only provision for salvation is in Christ crucified (I Peter 3:18). This salvation is by grace through faith, and not of works (Ephesians 2: 8-9). When one receives Christ he is a new creation (John l:l2 -13; II Corinthians 5:17), and is saved forever (John 3:36).
WE BELIEVE in the person and work of the Holy Spirit. He convicts of sin (John 16:8-11). He indwells, sanctifies, directs, teaches, infills the surrendered believer, and leads into service (I Corinthians 6:19-20; John 14:26; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:18).
WE BELIEVE in consecration and separation of those who know Christ as Lord and Saviour. Devotion to the Lord is the vital need of the church today (Romans 12:1-2;
II Corinthians 6:17).
WE BELIEVE that the Lord is able to meet every need of His own church., therefore we do not use extraneous methods for raising money, but seek the New Testament method of supporting the ministry of the Word (I Corinthians 16:2; 9:6-8; Philippians 4:19).
WE BELIEVE in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). We believe the church should carry out this commission to the best of its ability and in order to do so must be instant in season and out of season--giving itself both in personal testimony and resources to the end that every man might hear the Word of God in this day.
WE BELIEVE the whole Bible, and realize many things taught therein are not fully covered by the statements given above. However these are fundamental, and practically all Bible truth is interwoven in these brief but concise statements. They have proven to be precious as foundation stones of truth, and are significant as convictions upon which this church has been built, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Corner Stone.
Having been led of the Lord, as we believe, to maintain a testimony for Him in Midlothian, Virginia, and feeling the necessity for a constitution to guide in business affairs of the church, we the members of the Calvary Baptist Church of Midlothian, Virginia adopt the following as our constitution, expressly rejecting and making void any other resolutions, plans of operations, plans, or constitutions that may have been in force in the past.