What We Believe

The Scriptures
We believe the Old and New Testaments to be plenary, verbally inspired by God, inerrant in the original writings, and the supreme and final authority in faith and life.

 The Godhead
We believe the Godhead eternally exists in the three Persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These are three distinct Persons in one precise nature.

Jesus Christ
We believe in His eternal existence as God, His incarnation by means of the Virgin Birth, His death on the cross as the substitutionary atonement for sin, His literal, bodily resurrection from the dead, His present ministry of intercession in heaven, and His personal return to earth.

 The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead, convicts men of sin, regenerates, baptizes, indwells, seals, and sets apart believers unto a holy life; that He keeps and empowers believers day by day; that He is the Teacher of the Word of God and the Guide of our daily life.

We believe that Man was created innocent and pure and that Adam fell through the sin of disobedience.  Therefore, all men are corrupted in body, mind, and spirit and all are in need of redemption.

We believe that Salvation is by grace, a free gift of God apart from works.  It requires repentance-turning from your way to God’s way. It is through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. All who receive Him are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become the children of God. True salvation will be manifested by a changed life.

The Future
We believe in a pre-tribulation rapture of the Church and in the personal, visible, bodily, pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ to earth.  We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just to eternal abode in the glory of His presence and in the bodily resurrection of the unjust to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment in the Lake of Fire.

Statement of Faith
Calvary Chapel Whitefish has been formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Our supreme desired is to know Christ and to be conformed into His image by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ is the foundation and cornerstone of the church. He came to restore man’s broken relationship with God.  His finished work on the cross made that possible. (1 Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 2:20; Romans 5:6-10)

The Bible is the inspired, infallible word of God and is relevant and applicable to man today. Therefore, we place great emphasis upon teaching it in public, studying it in private, and using it as a guide for our daily lives. (1 Timothy 4:13; 11 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13)

We believe God is worthy of all praise, reverence and love.  We take special time to worship Him in church through song.  It is our goal to worship Him with our whole lives as well; at home, at work, and at play.   (John 4:23; Colossians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

As believers we are to be growing in our walk with the Lord. We encourage this by abiding in Jesus Christ through obedience to His Word, prayer, and fellowship, and by yielding our lives to the Holy Spirit.  (Ephesians 4:1-5; Romans 8:29; Epesians 5:18)   Christian Service is a part of the Christian life and is the responsibility of all believers.  Our goal is to develop the ministry of every member to use their gifts in love to the benefit of all for the glory of God.  (Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7)

Love is the greatest virtue and demonstration of the reality of Jesus Christ and the fullness of His Spirit in our lives.  We endeavor to show a Christ-like love toward all men.  Love should be exhibited in our lives by our words as well as our actions.  (John 13:34-35; 1 Corinthians 13:13)

“A vision is a clear destination of God’s preferred future.” For Calvary Chapel Whitefish it is; “to know God and make Him known.” (Philippians 3:10-14)

“A mission is God’s plan of action to accomplish His vision.” For Calvary Chapel Whitefish His plan consists of three things: “To love God completely, to love self correctly, and to love others compassionately.”

The church exists for three reasons:

1. Mark 12:30 – Love God completely is a growth process that involves the personal elements of communion, response by listening to the Holy Spirit in the words of scripture, and speaking to God in prayer and thought as we move in the direction of knowing Him better! The better we know Him the better we love Him, and the more we love Him the greater our willingness is to respond to Him in trust, obedience, and surrender.

2. Mark 12:31 – Loving ourselves correctly is to see ourselves as God sees us and to allow the word (not the world) to define us by telling us who and whose we really are. The clearer we capture the vision of our new identity in Christ the more we will realize that our deepest needs for security, significance, and satisfaction are met in Him and not in people, possessions, or positions.

3. John 13:34-35 – Loving others compassionately is the direction we travel with the biblical view of our identity and our resources in Christ, which frees us from bondage of the opinions of others and gives us the capability to love and serve others regardless of their response.