Our Vision & Beliefs
Our Vision & Beliefs
calvary nexus: vision 2013 “renaissance: rebirth of learning & living”
nexus: a place of connection, a connected group, the focus or center
our vision: Loving God and Living His Word
Acts 2:41-47 the birth of the church and blueprint for living:
41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. [NKJV]
1. people saved [41,47]: you grow by living Christ’s mission to seek and save the lost
a. missional living: help pre-believers respond to the gospel of Jesus through relational evangelism ~ each one reach one.
b. the bridge: free after-school youth center for jr/sr high
c. church planter training: collaborative effort to plant 500 churches.
2. doctrine/teaching : you need to know the Bible to know Jesus
a. expository teaching: we teach through books of the Bible so that we can understand God and His word, and apply the truth to our lives.
b. daily Bible reading: we’re encouraging all of our church community to read their Bibles daily, and to read through the entire Bible in a year.
3. fellowship [42,46]: authentic Christian community is a key to your spiritual growth
a. community groups: each of us will participate in mid-week community to experience authentic relationships and develop spiritual maturity.
4. communion [42,46]: remembering Jesus’ love for you motivates you to live for Him
a. every weekend service: we will offer the elements of communion [Lord’s Supper] at each weekend gathering to encourage us to remember Christ’s sacrifice for us.
5. prayer : learning to pray results in intimacy with God and effects change
a. every weekend service: each of us is encouraged to complete prayer requests and receive the distribution list of typed requests and intercede in prayer.
b. group prayer: several gatherings are available each week for group prayer.
6. caring for needs [44-45]: love for others reveals the extent of your love for God
a. beyond sunday community service ministry: a culture of service evangelism
b. service at the local church: all are asked to serve their community at least 4 hours a month.
c. generous financial support to advance the gospel & community of believers
7. praise [46-47]: expressing adoration for God honors Him, and encourages the individual and the assembly.
a. congregational worship in song: all are asked to participate in praise as we gather as an assembly.
8. reverent awe of God and manifestation of the Holy Spirit :
a. a high view of God: encourage and help develop a sense of reverent awe of God
b. we want the Holy Spirit manifest to transform lives and glorify Christ
our church mission
our mission is expressed in the phrase "loving God and living His word."
we accomplish this mission through our three-fold vision of connect, grow, and reach.
(connect) with God
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet the true and living God?
We’re passionate about seeing people connect with God and with one another.
When we get together, we emphasize Bible teaching so people can truly understand
God’s word and get to know His character and love for us. Jesus’ perfect example
in His life on earth is the way we know God and connect with Him. Unlike mere
religion or ritual, an intimate relationship with God completely satisfies.
(grow) close to God & others
Have you ever wanted to move to the next level in a relationship and know someone better? We love to see people grow and become spiritually mature in their relationship with Jesus.
We grow best by learning and applying the Word of God. We also grow more like Jesus by forming authentic Christian relationships in smaller groups. We’re not satisfied with the status quo, and seek Godly transformation and renewal daily so we can look more like Jesus to those around us and worship God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
(reach) our world
Have you ever thought about doing something radical to change your world?
Our desire is to equip people to reach our community and impact our world for God.
As Christians, we are called to serve, reach others, and get out of our Christian bubble.
We need to stop being selfish, and help those in need. Making a decision to reach out to others in love is great evidence of our love for God. In this, we follow the example of Jesus who served his friends, cared for strangers, and reached the last, the least, and the lost.
our beliefs: (statement of faith)
Calvary Nexus has been formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our supreme desire is to know Christ and be conformed into His image by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We are not a denominational church, nor are we opposed to denominations as such, only their over-emphasis of doctrinal differences that have led to the division of the body of Christ. We believe that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is His (Agape) love, which is greater than any differences we possess and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.
we believe: worship of God should be Spiritual.
therefore: we remain flexible and yielded to the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.
we believe: worship of God should be Inspirational.
therefore: we give a great place to music in our worship.
we believe: worship of God should be Intelligent.
therefore: our services are designed with great emphasis upon teaching of the Word of God that He might instruct us how He should be worshiped.
we believe: worship of God is Fruitful.
therefore: we look for His Love in our lives as the supreme manifestation that we have truly been worshiping Him.
download our full statement of faith here.
to read more about what sets us apart as a church who identifies with the beliefs of the Calvary Chapel movement, you can read the book "Calvary Chapel Distinctives" by Chuck Smith online for free by downloading the content of the book as a PDF which you can also print out to read later. click here to open the PDF file