Who We Are
Our Core Values
Our core values are the constant, biblical, core beliefs that unite the people who are committed to Calvary Baptist Church, and that motivate us to serve our Lord together. Although the logical order of these values is significant, we desire to keep all of these values in balance. Identifying these values as our core values doesn’t mean that we think we consistently achieve all of these completely, but we are committed to developing in each of these areas together.
Our Commitment to the Glory of God
Our highest priority is to seek God’s will and to please Him so that He is glorified in everything we do. All our activities as God’s people should be totally dependent on Him and be for the purpose of glorifying Him. God has revealed Himself as a God Who is characterized by showing grace to people who don’t deserve it, we desire to be known as a church that shows grace toward people who don’t deserve it.
Is. 48:11; Rom. 11:36; 15:5-6; 16:27; 1 Cor. 10:31; 2 Cor. 12:9-10; Gal. 1:5; Eph. 1:3-14; 2:8-9; 3:20-21; Phil. 1:10-11; 4:20; 1 Tim. 1:17; 2 Tim. 4:18; Heb. 13:20-21; 1 Pet. 5:10-11; Jude 24-25; Rev. 1:5-6; 5:13; 7:11-12; 19:1
Our Commitment to Prayer
God accomplishes His purposes in the church and in the world in response to the believing prayer of His people. Therefore prayer is central to everything we do. By emphasizing the value of prayer, we seek to demonstrate our dependence on God and our desire that God’s will be done in His church. God’s people should be growing in our commitment to prayer personally on a daily basis and corporately as God gives us the opportunity to spend time in prayer together. Our continual commitment to prayer brings honor to God.
Matt. 6:9-13; 7:7-11; 21:21-22; Acts 4:23-31; Eph. 1:15-23; 3:14-19; 6:18- 20; Phil. 4:6-7; Col. 1:9-12; 4:2-4; Jas. 5:13-18
Our Commitment to Inspiring Worship
Worship is our logical response to God for who He is and for what He has done for us. God created us to worship Him. Each individual, and the church corporately, is called to worship Him spontaneously from the heart. Our corporate worship should be the culmination of time spent with God all week, not an event that only happens on Sunday. Our goal in worship is to communicate with God himself and express our praise to Him for His greatness and majesty. It should focus our attention on God, not on the participants in worship. True worship involves offering our best to God.
Ps. 29:1-2; 100; 150; John 4:19-24; Rom. 12:1; Eph. 5:18-20; Heb. 12:28-29
Our Commitment to Teach the Bible
Teaching God’s Word is an important focus of everything we do. We want to understand what He has revealed and obey Him. Therefore we attempt to explain what He has said in a clear, life changing way that will motivate people to apply His truth in our lives. We want to expose people to the whole Bible so that we understand all that God has said. God’s Word–not our personal preferences–is our final authority.
Josh. 1:7-8; Ps. 1:1-3; 19:7-11; 119:9-16, 105, 112; 1 Cor. 2:10-16; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 4:1-5; Titus 1:9; Heb. 4:12; 5:11-14; Jas. 1:21-25; 1 Pet. 1:23-2:3; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Rev. 1:3
Our Commitment to Integrity
God cares about our character and integrity. God’s people should be concerned about authentic personal holiness and faithfulness in order that we might please Him. This is especially true of leaders among God’s people. When godly leaders lead, godly people follow. Leaders lead God’s people in His ways by example and by teaching. Godly integrity should be apparent in our financial responsibility individually and corporately.
Rom. 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 7:1; Eph. 4:20-24; 5:3-5, 8-10; 1 Tim. 4:12-16; 6:11; Titus 1:5-8; 2:1-14; 1 Pet. 1:13-16; 1 John 1:5-7; Heb. 12:5-11; Matt. 18:15-22; I Cor. 5; 2 Thess. 3:6; Rom. 16:17; Titus 3:10-11; 1 Tim. 5:20; 2 Tim. 2:17-18; 3:1-5; Jas. 3:1
Our Commitment to People
People are more important than programs or facilities. In all of our activities we should be concerned about our love for people. Our worship service is designed to promote our sense of oneness with other members of the body of Christ. Our adult communities encourage sharing our lives in fellowship with others. Our small groups exist to encourage intimacy and accountability. Our concern for people motivates us to encourage people facing difficult times and to assist people with physical and material needs. Our love for one another should extend to people that others may consider unlovely. It should also motivate us to show concern for people who leave our fellowship.
Matt. 7:12; 27:36-40; John 13:34-35; Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-37; 6:1-7; 1 Cor. 13; Phil. 2:19-22; 4:10-19; 1 Thess. 1:6-12; 1 Tim. 6:17-19; Philem. 7; Heb. 10:24-25; Jas. 2:8-9, 14-17, 25-26; 1 John 3:16-18; 4:7-12
Our Commitment to the Family
Healthy families are vital for developing followers of Christ. We place high priority on spending time together with our families and encouraging one another to become all God wants us to be. The church seeks to help husbands and wives develop healthy relationships with one another. The family is the fundamental means God uses to train our children to follow Him. The church seeks to help families fulfill their role. Our children’s and youth ministries exist to help families teach children about God and His Word, and to prepare them to trust and to follow Him. These ministries should be vital and attractive, while maintaining their spiritual purpose and biblical integrity.
Gen. 2:18-25; Deut. 6:4-12, 20-23; Josh. 4:4-7, 20-24; 24:15; Prov. 4:1-11; 22:6; Matt. 19:13-15; 1 Cor. 7:1-5, 32-35; Eph. 5:21-6:4; 1 Thess. 1:11-12; Titus 2:6-8
Our Commitment to Developing Faithful Followers of Jesus
Our Lord’s commission to His followers was for each of us to develop faithful followers of Jesus, wherever He sends us. We want to be faithful in intentionally coming alongside others and developing healthy relationships through which we may be able to mentor others as His followers. This is an ongoing process that produces mature, committed Christians.
Matt. 28:18-20; Eph. 4:10-16; 2 Tim. 2:2.
Our Commitment to Equipping People for Ministry
The church exists to edify the members of the body of Christ, to equip them to minister to one another and to share God’s love with the world. Every believer ought to be involved in ministry, using his/her gifts in service to the body of Christ. Our leaders are responsible to help people discover how God has uniquely designed them, and empower them to become involved where they will be able to serve Him effectively.
Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-31; 15:58 Eph. 4:7-16; Col. 1:28-29; 2 Tim. 2:2, 20-21; Heb. 10:24-25; 1 Pet. 2:5, 9; 4:10-11
Our Commitment to Outreach
God has chosen each of us as His ambassador to lead people to faith in Christ. The primary means of bringing people to Christ is not church activities, but people sharing Christ within our natural network of friends and family. All God’s people should be involved in sharing Christ with others. We all ought to be concerned for the whole world. God calls some people to cross-cultural ministry in other parts of the world. We are all privileged to participate in God’s outreach to the world by praying, by sending financial support, and by considering where God wants us to serve Him. Every believer ought to consider prayerfully where God wants to use us for His glory to achieve His world-wide purpose. Our facility here in Yankton is an instrument in God’s hand to reach out to our community.
Matt. 4:19; 9:36-38; 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 4:34-38; Acts 1:8; 13:1-3; Rom. 10:14-15; 15:19-21; 2 Cor. 5:18-21; Col. 4:3-4; Philem. 6; 1 Pet. 2:9; 3:15