Calvary exists to connect people to Jesus through discipleship, worship, and mission.
We believe that discipleship is not an optional activity for those who desire to go further in their faith. It is essential to being a follower of Jesus Christ. There are three primary ways in which we desire to make disciples at Calvary. All three of these are critical in the journey of discipleship, and no one should be elevated above the other. Information, imitation, and invitation are the elements of discipleship at Calvary.
Information refers to the doctrine, theology, and knowledge of the Bible and the life of Jesus that a disciple should be committed to learning for a lifetime. We believe in not only teaching our people what to think, but more importantly, how to think Biblically. Our programs and teaching environments are aiming to make disciples that are not afraid of questions, either their own or others. We believe that a robust love of doctrine and theology can and should be present in the heart and mind of all believers.
Imitation refers to the the deep investment relationally into the life of the disciple. When one looks at the time that Jesus spent with His disciples, it is readily apparent that it was not through only a weekly teaching setting. He shared meals with them. He took trips with them. He rebuked them. He encouraged them. He called them not only his followers, but also His friends. This sort of deep relational investment tends to be the missing piece in many discipleship strategies. And yet, when there is a strong relational connection, the context for authentic discipleship occurs in a more natural and organic way.
Invitation refers to the ongoing and consistent habit of sharing your faith with others. So often we have separated evangelism from discipleship, as if they are different callings reserved for those with gifts in those areas. Jesus was quite clear in the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20, that mission, discipleship, and evangelism are all bound together. We want to see Calvary become a church consisting of disciples who make disciples. May we always be looking for opportunities to invite others to ask questions about our faith in Jesus, to invite others to check out our church, and to invite others to trust Jesus for salvation.
We believe that worship is more than music, although we can certainly worship God with our voices and instruments. Worship is meant to be part of our daily lives. It is our active response to God, for who He is and what He has done. At Calvary, we seek to be worshipers of God, not merely attenders of church. We pursue worship at Calvary in the following three activities (although there are many more): music, prayer, and generosity.
Worshiping God through MUSIC is the most well known way to engage God in worship. We love to worship Him through singing at Calvary. We want to lift our voices to Him in a way that is going to be a powerful offering that invades the very throne room of heaven. We believe in singing all types of worship songs during our services, from a fresh song that was released this month, to a hymn that is hundreds of years old.
Worshiping God through a radical commitment to PRAYER, both personal and corporate, is another way we engage God in worship. Because of the price paid by Jesus Christ on the cross, we can now have a personal relationship with God. Prayer is the means by which we communicate with God and also one of the primary ways to grow closer to Him. At Calvary, we are committed to spending time with God in prayer. On Sunday nights, we have our weekly Prayer Gathering, which is a powerful time of directed prayer together. In our small groups, there is time set aside for prayer each week. We are also in the process of forming a Prayer Team that will spend time during our Sunday Worship services in prayer for God to do amazing things.
Worshiping God through GENEROSITY is probably the most curious addition to this list. We don't always associate our giving with worship. Yet, the Bible is very clear that everything we have is from God (Psalm 24:1), and that it is our great joy and responsibility to be generous with He has entrusted to us (2 Cor. 9:6-7). At Calvary, we believe that GENEROSITY FLOWS FROM A GRATEFUL HEART. We have so much to be grateful for as followers of Jesus Christ, for He has truly given us new lives, a new purpose, and an amazing eternal destination. How can we not give back to him with generous and grateful hearts?
We believe that as followers of Jesus Christ, we have not only been saved FROM something, but we believe that we have been saved FOR something (Ephesians 2:8-10). Each and every believer has been given a mission to accomplish for God, no matter what your talents or gifts may be. We are to be disciples that make disciples. At Calvary, we want to be a church made up of believers living out this mission. We want to be a church committed to the mission of Jesus Christ, both locally and globally. We believe that God has incredible things in store for this area, and we want to be a part of it. The movement of Jesus Christ happens one heart at a time, and God wants to use each of us to see this movement continue to grow and advance.