Every story has a first line,
and Calvary’s was written back in 1949 when a group of families from the Souderton area who attended church together decided to begin a new congregation. Their vision included a focus on outreach to their community, spiritual growth, and an emphasis on building for the future. Meeting first in the Telford Borough Building, Calvary Church’s founding families soon realized that change would come with a price. But in spite of the loss of friendships, business partners, and the comfort of tradition, they saw their small numbers begin to grow as neighbors from the community and families moving into the area began to join the congregation. Many more lines have been written in Calvary’s story since those early days, and we’ve now written a whole new chapter as we launched our second campus in Quakertown in February 2017! Calvary Church is still pressing into our founders’ original vision of reaching into our communities with the good news about Jesus, growing our congregation in all aspects of spiritual life, and building in ways that allow our story to have sequels written in the future. We invite you to join us as we continue what Jesus started!
OUR VISION IS TO BE A MULTI-GENERATIONAL COMMUNITY CONTINUING WHAT JESUS STARTED.
We were created to live in community where unity of priority and purpose is experienced and where diversity isn’t simply tolerated but celebrated. Our goal is to encourage each other in our pursuit of maturity through celebrative gatherings, creative Bible teaching, meaningful service opportunities, and personal encounters that challenge and motivate us to become more like Christ.
Jesus told his first disciples that the mission would start right where they were and then expand to the ends of the earth. We seek to continue these emphases by loving, serving and reaching people locally, regionally and globally.
1. THE BIBLE
We believe the Bible, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments (39 Old Testament, 27 New Testament), to be the inspired Word of God, completely true in all it affirms and without error as originally written. It is the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of all people, sufficient and authoritative for faith and life, and that there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
We believe in one God, who has revealed Himself in the Bible, in nature, and in man's conscience as the Creator, Lawgiver, and Judge; existing eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. By His sovereign power God continues to sustain His creation, and by His providence He orders the affairs of men and nations according to His wise, eternal plan. He is infinite in His wisdom, unchangeable in His attributes, righteous and loving in all His ways.
3. HUMAN BEINGS
We believe that human beings were created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him. Tempted by Satan, they rebelled against God and were alienated from Him. As a result all human beings became guilty before God, subject to sin's power, inclined toward disobedience to God's moral law, and unable to please God apart from His saving grace.
4. JESUS CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God, who became fully human by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for the sins of men and women by dying on the cross as their substitute, and rose bodily from the grave, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust Him alone. He achieved victory over death and the powers of evil, and ascended into heaven where, as the only mediator between God and humanity, He continually intercedes for His people.
5. HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is fully God, who applies the saving work of Jesus Christ to sinful human beings. During this age the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict, regenerate, indwell, guide, instruct, empower, and uniquely gift the believer for godly living and service, so that the church is built up.
We believe that the central purpose of God's revelation in the Bible is to call human beings into fellowship with Himself. Salvation is spiritual deliverance from alienation, guilt, bondage, and death, as well as restoration to spiritual fellowship, righteousness, freedom, and life for all who trust in Jesus Christ. It originates and is sustained by God's sovereign and loving grace, is based on Christ's saving work, is received by faith alone, and is expressed in a lifetime of developing holiness, obedience, and love.
7. THE CHURCH
We believe that the Church is the body of Christ, the community of all believers who are united to Christ and to one another by the Holy Spirit. The Church is called to worship God and to demonstrate His gracious character in the world by proclaiming the gospel, making disciples from all nations, observing baptism and the Lord's Supper, maintaining the unity and purity of the body, and seeking to apply the truths of Scripture to the needs of people.
8. LAST THINGS
We believe that Christ will return at the close of this age to raise the dead, judge all people, and consummate His kingdom. Unbelievers will be separated from God and experience everlasting conscious torment in hell. Believers will be received into heaven and will experience everlasting life and fellowship with God.
9. FAITH AND PRACTICE
We believe the Statement of Faith to be an accurate summary of what the Bible teaches. Calvary Church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where the Bible is silent. Rather, each believer is to be led in those areas by the Lord, to whom he or she is ultimately responsible. All members shall refrain from advocating doctrines that are not included in the Statement of Faith in such a way as to cause dissension.