We at Calvary Chapel Artesia are a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our supreme desire is to know Christ and to be conformed to 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 overemphasis of the doctrinal differences that have led to the division of the Body of Christ.
WE BELIEVE that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is His love (agape) which is greater than any differences we possess, and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians (Romans 2:11; Ephesians 2:4).
WE BELIEVE worship of God should be Spiritual. We remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship (John 4:23-24).
WE BELIEVE worship of God should be inspirational. We give a great place to music in our worship (Ephesians 5:19).
WE BELIEVE worship of God should be intelligent. Our services are designed with great emphasis upon teaching the Word of God, that he might instruct us as to how He should be worshipped (Acts 20:27; Romans 12:1; James 3:17).
WE BELIEVE worship of God is fruitful. We look for His love in our lives as the supreme manifestation that we have truly been worshipping Him (1 John 3:14).
WE BELIEVE that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three Persons: the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all (Genesis 1:1; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:3).
WE BELIEVE that all the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and that these are the infallible rule of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:15; 2 Peter 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 prayers; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (John 4:24; Matthew 5:48; 1 Peter 5:7; John 16:24; Hebrews 7:25).
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, and ascension into heaven; His perpetual intercession for His people, and his personal, visible return to earth (John 10:33; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35; Hebrews 4:15, 7:26; John 2:11; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 2:9; John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11).
WE BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower in ministry all who believe in Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an aiding Helper, Teacher and Guide. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, and in the exercise of all Biblical gifts of the Spirit as reflected through the fruit of that same Spirit (John 16:8; Romans 8:13-14; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18).
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 baptizes the seeking believer with the Holy Spirit and with power for service, either at the time of, or subsequent to, regeneration (John 3:16,19, 5:24; Romans 3:23, 5:89).
WE BELIEVE in the universal Church, the living spiritual body of which Christ is the Head, and that all regenerated persons are members (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Galatians 3:26-28).
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 in Communion open to all believers (Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:36-38; 1 Corinthians 11:24-26).