We believe in THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: accepting fully the writings of the Old and New Testaments as the very Word of God, verbally inspired in all parts and therefore wholly without error, altogether sufficient in themselves as our only infallible rule of faith and practice (Matt. 5:18; John 10:35, 16:13, 17:17, 2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21).
We believe that God's word is true
It doesn't change
It is all we need to know how to live a righteous, holy life
We believe in THE ONE TRIUNE GOD: who is personal, spirit, and sovereign (Mark 12:29;John 4:24, 14:9; Ps. 135:6); perfect, infinite, and eternal in His being, holiness, love, wisdom, and power (Ps. 18:30, Deut. 33:27); absolutely separate and above the world as its Creator; yet everywhere present in the world as the Upholder of all things (Gen. 1:1; Ps. 104); self-existent and self-revealing in three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (John 5:26; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14), each of whom is to be honored and worshiped equally as true God (John 5:23;Acts 5:3–4).
We believe in THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, the eternal Word and Only Begotten Son, our great God and Savior (John 1:1, 3:16; Titus 2:13; Rom. 9:5); that, without any essential change in His divine Person (Heb. 13:8), He became man by the miracle of Virgin Birth (John 1:14; Matt. 1:23), thus to continue forever as both true God and Man, one Person with two natures (Col. 2:9, Rev. 22:16); that as Man, He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15; John 8:46): that as the perfect Lamb of God He gave himself in death upon the Cross bearing the sin of the world, and suffering its full penalty of divine wrath in our stead (Isa. 53:5–6; Matt. 20:28; Gal. 3:13; John 1:29); that He arose again from the dead and was glorified in the same body in which He suffered and died (Luke 24:36–43; John 20:25–28); that as our great High Priest He ascended into heaven, there to appear before the face of God as our Advocate and Intercessor (Heb. 4:14, 9:24; 1 John 2:1).
We believe in THE HOLY SPIRIT: the divine Agent in nature, revelation, and redemption (Gen. 1:2; Ps 104:30; 1 Cor. 2:10; 2 Cor. 3:18); that He convicts the world of sin (John 16:8–11), regenerates those who believe (John 3:5), and indwells, baptizes, seals, empowers, guides, teaches, and sanctifies all who become children of God through Christ (1 Cor. 6:19, 12:13; Eph. 4:30, 3:16; Rom 8:14; John 14:26; 1 Cor. 6:11).
We believe in THE CREATION AND FALL OF MAN: that he was the direct creation of God, spirit and soul and body, not in any sense the product of an animal ancestry, but made in the divine image (Gen. 1:26–29, 2:7 and 18-24; Matt. 19:4, 1 Thess. 5:23); that by personal disobedience to the revealed will of God, man became a sinful creature and the progenitor of a fallen race (Gen. 3:1–24, 5:3), who are universally sinful in both nature and practice (Eph. 2:3; Rom. 3:23, 5:12), alienated from the life and family of God (Eph. 4:18; John 8:42–44), under the righteous judgement and wrath of God (Rom. 1:18, 3:19), and have within themselves no possible means of recovery or salvation (Mark 7:21–23; Rom 7:18).
We believe in SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH: that salvation is the free gift of God (Rom. 3:24, 6:23), neither merited nor secured in part nor in whole by any virtue or work of man (Titus 3:5; Rom. 4:4-5, 11:16), but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16, 6:28–29; Acts 16:30–31; Eph. 2:8–9), in whom all true believers have as a present possession the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, sonship in the family of God, deliverance and security from all condemnation, every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness, and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish (1 John 5:13; Rom. 3:22; Gal. 3:26; John 5:24; Eph. 1:3; 2 Peter 1:3; John 10:27–30); that this salvation includes the whole man, spirit and soul and body (1 Thess. 5:23–24); and apart from Christ there is no possible salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
We believe in MORAL PURITY AS OUTLINED BY THE HOLY BIBLE: that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage. We believe that any form of sexual activity outside of marriage is a sinful perversion of God’s gift of sex. God’s Holy Bible clearly identifies and spells out God’s disapproval of and forbidding of any attempt to justify or rationalize thoughts and behaviors that God declares to be sinful in nature. Examples of such thoughts and behaviors include premarital sexual contact (fornication), homosexuality, bisexuality, lesbianism, adultery, transgenderism and pornography. (Genesis 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 19:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)
We believe in MARRIAGE AS DEFINED BY THE HOLY BIBLE: that the term “marriage” is defined by God in His Holy Bible as having only one, legitimate meaning, and that is marriage sanctioned by God, which joins one man and one woman in a single, covenantal union. Marriage ceremonies performed in any facility owned, leased, or rented by Calvary Baptist Church of Marathon FL Inc. will only be ceremonies sanctioned by God, joining one man with one woman as the gender was determined by God at birth. (Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2; 1 Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23)