This page will tell you about the beliefs that Calvary Chapel holds. Calvary Chapel Southampton is part of the world-wide Calvary Global Network. Our beliefs alight with all Calvary Chapel churches as well as the Evangelical Alliance.
At Calvary Chapel, we are a community of believers united by our unwavering faith in Jesus Christ and a commitment to studying and living by the teachings of the Bible. Founded on the principle of expository teaching, we strive to present God’s Word in a clear, relevant, and life-changing manner.
Our core belief is that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, providing us with the ultimate guide for faith and practice. Through verse-by-verse teaching, we seek to understand the Scriptures in their original context, drawing powerful applications for our lives today.
We believe that God the Son became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. That He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life (for He was without sin), died a substitutionary death for all mankind, was raised from the dead the third day, ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God until His enemies are made His footstool (John 1:1; 14, Matthew 1:18-25; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 10:12-13).
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. We believe the Holy Spirit regenerate, indwells and seals believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that He empowers them to live as His witnesses (John 14:16-17; John 16:7-11; Titus 3:5-6; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 1:13-14; Acts 1:8; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; 1 Peter 4:10-11).
We believe that, as a result of the Fall, all people are sinners by nature and in need of a Savior, and that Jesus Christ is the one and only Savior of the world. That salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Him. We believe that all who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved eternally (Romans 3:10; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:18-19; Matthew 1:21; 1 John 4:14; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9).
We believe there is one church, the body of Christ, consisting of men and women from every tribe, tongue, people and nation. We believe that each local congregation is an expression of that universal church. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:4; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Revelation 5:9; Acts 2:42-47).
Connected to Calvary Global Network:
CGN values the flexibility to be both biblically faithful and culturally engaging as we proclaim the unchanging gospel message in terms and methods that overcome cultural and social barriers to understanding. We further believe that every local body of Christians should be free and encouraged to practice the essence of the faith in local church expressions that resonate deeply with their cultural context and background.
Gospel-centered Life + Ministry
CGN values a gospel-centered approach to life and ministry, exalting in and working from the implications of the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. We believe Christian preaching, discipleship and church planting efforts should be intentionally gospel-centered in theology and practice.
CGN values God’s work and wisdom through the worldwide body of Christ – acknowledging diversity of theological and ministry convictions. We welcome and pursue collaborative ministry partnerships with like-minded movements, denominations, churches, seminaries and other Christian ministries, for the sake of the gospel.
CGN values the essentiality of the Bible to Christian faith and spirituality. We believe healthy Christian lives and congregations require biblical teaching and education through culturally appropriate methods, that God’s people might understand His will, submit to His authority and find vitality in His truth.