our beliefs
core values
  • Holy Spirit Led Ministry: Through Scripture and prayer, to continually and intentionally follow God's guidance with dependence on the Spirit of God.
  • Relevant Worship: Touching the heart of God as we celebrate His presence and listen to His voice.
  • Loving Relationships: Develop and foster a balanced, healthy community caring for each person as Christ would.
  • Passionate Spirituality: Living what we believe; lives that reflect a commitment to Christ through balance and practical application.
  • Gift-based Team Ministry: Mobilize individuals according to their calling and spiritual gifts; and equip them for service in the family, church, community and the world.
  • Culturally Relevant Philosophy of Ministry: Relevant ministry with an organizational structure that supports but does not impede the vision.
  • Servant Leadership: Humble, authentic, accountable and trained to equip others to use their gifts in the Body of Christ.
  • Outreach: Practically extending God’s love and hope through the message of salvation to all people we can reach.
  • Commitment to Unity: In the Body of Christ.
  • Spiritual Growth: Both personal and corporate, seeing real life change at every level.
statement of faith
  • Metro Calvary Chapel 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 there is one living and true GOD, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all(Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30).
  • We believe that the SCRIPTURES of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2Peter 1:21).
  • We believe in GOD THE FATHER, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (John 4:24; 14:1-2; Titus 1:3).
  • We believe in JESUS CHRIST, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to earth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 2:11; John 10:33; 11:25; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 2:9; 4:15; 7:26; Revelation 19:11-16).
  • We believe in the HOLY SPIRIT, Who came from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ; we believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all Biblical gifts of the Spirit (John 16:8-11; Romans 15:13, 16; 1 Corinthians 14; Titus 3:5).
  • We believe that all PEOPLE are sinners by nature and choice and, therefore, are under condemnation, that God regenerates by the Holy Spirit, those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord; that Jesus Christ baptized the seeking believer with the Holy Spirit and power for service, often subsequent to regeneration (Acts 8:15-17; Romans 3:14; Galatians 3:37; Titus 3:5).
  • We believe in the universal CHURCH, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:15-16).
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ORDINANCES to the Church: 1) baptism, and 2) the Lord’s Supper. We believe in baptism by immersion and communion open to all believers (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
  • We believe also in the LAYING ON OF HANDS for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, for ordination of pastors, elders, and deacons, and for receiving gifts of the Spirit of healing (Acts 6:6; 8:17; 1 Timothy 4:14).
  • We believe in the personal, visible RETURN OF CHRIST to earth and the establishment of His Kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and endless suffering of the wicked (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelations 19:11-16; 20:11-15).
  • We believe in what is termed “THE APOSTLES’ CREED” as embodying fundamental facts of Christian faith.
  • We believe that the Christian’s life is to be lived in accordance with sound Biblical teaching. Therefore the Christian is to avoid those practices Scripture explicitly prohibits.
calvary chapel philosophy

In the late 1960s, the first Calvary Chapel was started in Costa Mesa, California, as a small nondenominational church of 25 members, pastored by Chuck Smith. The Lord blessed that small group, and now Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa is home to some 30,000 believers.

From the beginning, Calvary Chapel has been focused on leading people to Christ and discipling them so that they can go out into the world and lead others. The Lord has blessed this commitment, and Calvary Chapel has grown to 1500 fellowships worldwide, including over 850 churches in North America and over 200 churches in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

Part of Calvary Chapel’s discipling ministry is “The Word for Today,” which publishes Bible study books and tapes all over the world; KWVE, which broadcasts God’s Word to all of Southern California; and Calvary Chapel’s Bible College, which provides Bible education to thousands at its home campus in Twin Peaks, California, and more than 20 extension campuses worldwide.

Because of its size and influence, many Christians have asked exactly what Calvary Chapel believes and what makes us distinct. At Calvary Chapel, we have always been hesitant to answer those questions, not because we are unsure of our beliefs, but because we are cautious to avoid division within the body of Christ. After all, what really matters is what we have in common as Christians, the essential doctrines of: the infallibility of God’s Word; the virgin birth of Christ; Christ’s sinless life, death for our sins, and bodily resurrection; Christ’s ascension to glory; and His personal return to rule over the earth. This is the essence of Christianity and agreed upon by all born-again believers.

When Christians move away from these foundational doctrines to those that are less essential, there is always a risk of setting barriers up in the church, something we at Calvary Chapel have no desire to do. It is not our purpose to cause division or discord in the body of Christ; rather, we long for unity among all of God’s people, and we allow for a great deal of flexibility even within our own church.

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