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Below are summary points communicating the core distinctives of Calvary Chapel Cedar City.  At the bottom of this page is a link that will take you to an online book, "Calvary Chapel Distinctives", which contains detailed explanations of these condensed topics.

WE AWAIT the PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE of the church, and we believe in the LITERAL SECOND COMING OF CHRIST with His saints to rule the earth, which will be personal and visible. This motivates us to holy living, heartfelt worship, committed service, diligent study of God's Word, regular fellowship, participation in adult baptism by immersion and Holy Communion.

WE ARE NEITHER FIVE-POINT CALVINISTS, NOR ARE WE ARMENIANS. We adhere firmly to the biblical teaching of GOD'S SOVEREIGNTY and MAN'S RESPONSIBILITY. We avoid any theological systems of belief that go beyond the written Word and thereby divide the body of Christ.

WE DO NOT BELIEVE in "positive confession" (the belief that God can be commanded to heal or work miracles according to man's will); human prophecy that supersedes the Scriptures; the incorporation of humanistic and secular psychology into biblical teaching; the overemphasis of spiritual gifts and experiential signs and wonders to the exclusion of biblical teaching; or that true Christians can be demon-possessed.

WE BELIEVE in the UNIVERSAL CHURCH, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is head and all regenerated persons are members.

WE BELIEVE 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 communion, both of which are open to all believers in Jesus Christ.

WE BELIEVE in the LAYING ON OF HANDS for the sending out of pastors and missionaries, and in conjunction with the anointing of oil by the elders for the healing of the sick.

WE BELIEVE the only true basis of Christian fellowship is CHRIST'S (AGAPE) LOVE, which is greater than the differences we possess, and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.

WE BELIEVE worship of God should be SPIRITUAL; therefore, we remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.

WE BELIEVE worship of God should be INSPIRATIONAL; therefore, we give great place to music in our worship.

WE BELIEVE worship of God should be INTELLIGENT; therefore, our services are designed with great emphasis upon the teaching of the Word of God that He might instruct us on how He should be worshiped. We seek to teach the Word of God in such a way that its message can be applied to the individual's life, leading that person to a greater maturity in Christ. We use the expository (verse-by-verse) method of Bible teaching; however, as the Lord leads, we will do topical teachings.

WE BELIEVE worship of God should be FRUITFUL; therefore, we look for His love in our lives as the supreme manifestation that we have been truly worshiping Him.

WE BELIEVE that the CHURCH GOVERNMENT should be simplistic rather than a complex bureaucracy, and we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead, rather than on fleshly promotion. We recognize there are various biblical models for governing a local church body; however, we follow the biblical model of a pastor-led church as demonstrated by God's leading the nation of Israel through Moses, and by Christ leading His flock through pastors of the early church.

We believe that the Bible clearly delineates that SPIRITUAL GIFTS are for the edification of the body and that they are to be exercised in love. We believe that love is more important than the most spectacular gifts, and without love, all exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless. In our services, we focus on a personal relationship with God through worship, prayer, and the teaching of the Word of God. We do not practice speaking in tongues during worship or while a Bible study is in progress because we do not believe that the Holy Spirit would interrupt Himself. God is not the author of confusion. These gifts are encouraged in more intimate settings, e.g. afterglow services and small groups where their benefit can accomplish the purpose for which they have been given - the edification of the body of Christ.

Calvary Chapel Distinctive - an online publication