Calvary Bible Church is a wonderful, spirit-filled body of believers. Since its humble beginnings in 1929, Calvary Bible Church has been preaching the Good News of the gospel of Jesus Christ and equipping believers to live life according to the unchanging truth of the Bible, with an emphasis on evangelism and missions work both locally and abroad. Calvary is a non-denominational church; affiliated with the IFCA (Independent Fundamental Churches of America).
The tradition of strong, uncompromising, biblical preaching continues to be the hallmark of Calvary’s ministries. We are committed to our mission statement of being and making disciples who display and proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ.
The people of Calvary seek to be a church body that:
- proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed.
- connects in personal fellowship with God and one another.
- impacts our local community and the world for Jesus Christ.
“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23–24)
We strive to have authentic biblical worship that glorifies God and exalts Jesus Christ. We do this by expressing our love and devotion to God in spirit and truth through our praise and through the proclamation of the Word of God. In our times of corporate worship we seek to have meaningful and understandable congregational participation and to have people of all ages worship together using a blend of musical styles. Our corporate worship is designed to encourage people to live their lives as an act of worship to God.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16–17)
We believe that the Bible is inspired by God and is the divinely authoritative Word of God. Scripture alone is the inerrant rule of the life of Calvary Bible Church and is our only authority. The Bible is both timeless and timely, relevant to the needs of all people at all times. Thus, in every facet of our ministry, we teach and apply the Bible's eternal truths rather than human ideas. We are committed to preaching "Jesus Christ and Him crucified" to the lost and equipping believers through the preaching and teaching of God's Word to know the Triune God and to follow Christ in every sphere of life.
“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor” (Romans 12:9–10)
We are committed to promoting and preserving the unity, harmony and spiritual growth of the local church that meets at Calvary Bible Church. We seek to display God’s love and care to each person who comes. We desire that each person have a sense of belonging to our family. We firmly believe that all believers should be part of a local fellowship, so we encourage believers to take the important step of public identification with this body of believers in membership.
“Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:2–3)
Calvary Bible Church is led by biblically qualified Elders and Deacons. The New Testament makes it clear that Elders were appointed to lead and shepherd local churches. These men were to lead well, to lead the flock by example, and to meet the rigorous qualities and character of 1 Timothy 3:1–13 and Titus 1:5–9. Deacons carry out the various tasks allotted to them by the Elders and also provide leadership in various areas of service in order to free up the Elders to concentrate on their responsibilities. We look to our Senior Pastor to "cast" our vision, to supervise our Staff, and to seek to give godly leadership to the Staff, Elders, Deacons and Church Officers. We are further committed to identifying, training, equipping and developing leaders at all levels including Elders, Deacons, Church Officers, Sunday School teachers, and small group leaders.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7–8)
We believe that God desires His people to pray and that He hears and answers prayer. Therefore, we ought to pray with and for one another, sharing our burdens, sorrows, and joys. Furthermore, we believe that the ministries and activities of Calvary Bible Church will be characterized by our reliance on prayer in their conception, planning, and execution.
“Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it” (Psalm 127:1)
We regard Christian marriage as a holy calling realizing that sexual purity is God’s will for all His people. We provide support for married and single people in their home life, affirming God’s approval of either lifestyle. We are committed to encouraging, helping, and equipping all parents to bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Also we are committed to providing excellent Christian Education for all children and teens in order that they may trust in Christ and grow into healthy, functioning Christians. Furthermore, we will seek to minister to widows and widowers, and to divorced and separated people at their point of need.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19–20)
We believe that God desires us to reach as many people as possible with the Gospel of the grace of God. Therefore, we take seriously the great commission to evangelize and disciple the lost both here in Kalamazoo, and elsewhere around the world. We seek to be and make disciples who not only proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ but also who display Him. We pursue various methods of outreach to the "unchurched," without compromising in any way our commitment to biblical truth and our integrity. Calvary Bible Church is committed to being a church with a "global vision" seeking to identify, send, pray for, help, encourage, train, support, and generally minister to those who are called by God for either short-term or long-term missions.
To learn more about our beliefs, read our Constitution and Statement of Faith.