What We Believe

What We Believe

We believe the true basis of Christian fellowship is God’s love, which is greater than our differences.  Without His love, we have no right to say we are Christians.

The Bible We believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God, God-breathed (inspired) and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Trinity 

We believe in one God eternally co-existent in three persons:  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  As revealed by God in the Holy Scriptures, God is masculine in all three persons.

GOD The Father – The 1st Person of the Trinity

We believe God is YHWH: omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient and omnibenevolence.  He is eternal and necessary.  He is the Divine Creator and not subject to creation.  He is not a creature; He is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last.  Being eternal, He has no beginning and no end.

♥ Omnipotent:             He is all-powerful and has all authority

♥ Omnipresent:            He is Spirit.  His presence is everywhere at the same time. He sees all and knows all. Nothing is hidden from Him.

♥ Omniscient:              He knows all things.

♥ Omnibenevolence:   Perfect Goodness

We believe these attributes of God are unique to Him and cannot be possessed by His creation (angel, demon, Satan or man).

GOD The Son – The 2nd Person of the Trinity 

Then Jesus cried out, “When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me.  When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me.”  John 12:44

  1. We believe Jesus is God Incarnate, the Living Word of God, who came forth from God and is God.   He is the only begotten Son who was with God in the beginning, eternally co-existent with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, and the firstborn over all creation. Jesus created all things and nothing in heaven or on earth was created without Him.  He is above all creation and not subject to creation.
  2. We believe Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit, became flesh being born of a virgin, died on a cross as propitiation for our sins and buried in a tomb.  He physically rose to life again (resurrected) on the 3rd day and He physically ascended to Heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father.
  3. We believe Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the exact representation of His Being, the radiance of His Glory, sustaining all things by the power of His word.  In Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead.
  4. We believe Jesus brings glory to God the Father.
  5. We believe Jesus is both fully God and fully man.
  6. We believe Jesus is Holy, without sin, lived in perfect obedience to His Father and eternally lives to intercede for us.
  7. We believe Jesus has been given all authority in heaven and on earth.
  8. We believe Jesus is the Lion of Judah and the Lamb of God.
  9. We believe Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.  He does not change like shifting shadows.
  10. We believe Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.
  • Because Jesus is God, He is able to reveal God the Father to us clearly and accurately
  • Because Jesus is God, He lives forever.
  • Because Jesus is God, we can perfectly trust what He says.
  • Because Jesus is God, He has agape (unconditional) love and authority to save those who trust in Him from the penalty of death (eternal separation from God) which is God’s verdict for our sins.
  • Because Jesus is God, He was able to willingly give His life on the cross, to endure its shame for the glory that was set before Him.
  • Because Jesus is man, we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God.  Let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, yet was without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

GOD The Holy Spirit – The 3rd Person of the Trinity 

  1. We believe the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, the Spirit of truth, eternally co-existent with God the Father and the Son, who took part in creation and who indwells believers in Jesus Christ as our counselor, helper, comforter, and guide into all truth, and He is our seal of redemption.
  2. We believe the Holy Spirit will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:  in regard to sin, because men do not believe in Jesus; in regard to righteousness, because Jesus went to the Father; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
  3. We believe the Holy Spirit brings glory to Jesus.
  4. We believe the Holy Spirit is the promise from God freely given to all believers and without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, man is not “born again” from God.   “Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.”  1 Corinthians 12:3
  5. We believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today and are to be exercised in an orderly manner.  He distributes different gifts to each believer according to the will of God, but all gifts are from the one Holy Spirit.  The purpose of the gifts is for the profit of all believers and the glory of God.  The greatest gift is agape love.  Without love, the gifts are nothing.  “Love demonstrates a deeper walk with God than the exercise of spiritual gifts.”  Chuck Smith
  6. We believe the fruit (evidence) of the Holy Spirit in believers is: (first of all) love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such there is no law.

God’s Plan of Salvation

The Problem: Sin – Everyone has sinned

     †  Romans 3:10      As it is written, there is none righteous, not even one.

     †  Romans 3:23      For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Sins Origin –One Man, Adam

     †  Romans 5:12     Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the  world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.

Jesus Paid The Price – The penalty for our sin is death

     †  Romans 6:23    For the wages of sin is death, but the  free gift of God is life in Jesus Christ our  Lord.

     †  Romans 5:8       But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while  we were  still sinners, Christ died for us.

The Solution

     †  Romans 10:13      For whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.

     †  Romans 10:9-13   For if you confess with your mouth that ‘Jesus is Lord’ and  believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.  As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”  Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They all have the same Lord, who generously gives his riches to all who ask for them.  For “Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

     †  2 Corinthians 6:2    For He says,  “In an acceptable time I have heard you,   And in the  day of salvation I have helped you.”   Behold, now [is] the accepted time;  Behold, now  [is] the day of salvation.

If the above scriptures make sense to you, take God at His word and claim His promise for your salvation.   Simply  bow your head right now and sincerely ask Jesus to forgive you and come into your heart.   For further help, please call us at (530) 544-7320 or email us at:  info@calvarytahoe.com

Why Baptism?

In keeping with the theme, “A Christ-Centered, Bible Teaching Church,” we at Calvary Chapel of South Lake Tahoe want to briefly explain what the Bible says about baptism.  The best source of information on any subject of doctrine is the Bible, so let’s begin our study with the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 16, Verse 15: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; But he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” It seems clear that those who believe will be baptized as a normal part of their experience with Jesus Christ.

While some make an issue of baptism, in the book of Acts it is clearly shown as being a part of the Christian experience.  In fact, in every conversion in the book of Acts, the person was baptized! (See Acts 2:36-41; 10:42-48, 16:14-15; 16:30-33; 18:8)

The mode or method of baptism in the New Testament is full-body immersion.  The Greek word “baptize” means to dip in this manner.  In Paul’s letter to the Romans, Chapter 6, Verses 3-4, Paul said, “Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore, we have been buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too might walk in the newness of life.”

The immersion, or “burial,” is symbolic or our old lives being buried, and our new lives being raised up with Jesus Christ.  In other words, an outward sign of an inward change.

We need to realize that baptism in itself does not save.

A decision to follow Christ must come first.  John 1:12 says, “But as many as received Him, To them He gave the right to become children of God, To those who believe in His name.” From this Scripture we take the term “receive Christ” or “accept Christ”. This is essential to knowing Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.  In Revelation 3:20, Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.” In conclusion, if you have received Christ, you need to obey Him in baptism, you should want to identify with your Lord in this way, baptism is not presented as an “option” in Scripture, but as a normal part of the Christian life.

If you have never taken this step, or if you did it at a time that you were not sure of your relationship with Jesus Christ (whether you really did receive Him), why not do it as soon as possible?

For more information, please call us at (530) 544-7320 or email us at info@calvarytahoe.com

Worship:

“All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You; They shall sing praises [to] Your name.” Selah Psalm 66:4

♥  We believe worship of God should be spiritual!   Therefore, we remain flexible so the Holy Spirit may 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, in our services, we emphasize Bible teaching so God may instruct us how He would be worshipped.

♥  We believe worship of God is fruitful!  Therefore, we look for His love in our lives as the

greatest evidence that we are truly worshiping Him.

Israel

“Israel” occurs 2576 times in 2301 verses in the KJV

♥  We believe Jacob’s descendants (Israel) are the chosen people of God and believers are grafted in.

      ♥  We believe the church does not replace Israel.

      ♥  We believe God’s promises to Israel are irrevocable.

      ♥  We believe God will bless those who support Israel and curse those who come against Israel.

For more information about God’s teaching on Israel, read Romans 11.

Rapture, Tribulation and Resurrection Rapture

We believe Jesus, the Lord Himself, will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive [and] remain shall be caught up (raptured) together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

Tribulation

We believe God’s wrath is to come upon all people who dwell on the earth, who are the sons of disobedience (rejecters of Jesus Christ).

        †  Luke 21:36      “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy  to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” 

        †  John 3:18    “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is  condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of  God.”

        †   John 8:24   “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am [He], you will die in your sins.”

Resurrection

We believe Jesus is the resurrection and the life.  Anyone in Christ will live, though he may die physically.  

        †   John 5:28-29 “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth–those who have done good (trusted in Jesus), to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil (rejected Jesus), to theresurrection of condemnation.”         

        †   John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”