Calvary Baptist Church

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950 Old Kentucky Road / Cookeville, TN 38501
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Godhead eternally exists in three Persons- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections; and are worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience.

Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:25; John 1:1; John 14:16-17; 1 Timothy 3:16.

Section 3. Doctrine of Jesus Christ.

We believe in the essential deity and virgin birth of our Lord Jesus Christ; that He was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary not having human father, and is true God and true man; that He is man’s only hope of salvation from sin, being the only mediator between God and man; that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day for our sins according to the Scriptures; that His return for His Church, the Body of Christ, which He will take with Himself into heaven is imminent; and that He will come to this earth to set up His millennial reign.

Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-4; John 10:30; John 14:6; I Timothy 2:5-6;
I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:4-6.

Section 4. Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit to be co-equal with the Father and with the Son. He is a Person. He came to this earth as the fulfillment of Christ's promise. He convicts, regenerates, indwells, seals, in fills, empowers, and guides the believer.

John 16:7-13; John 3:3-5; Acts 1.8; I Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 1:13-14;
Ephesians 5:18.

Section 5. Doctrine of Man.

We believe that God created man in His own image and that man sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is conscious and eternal separation from God. We believe that all men are born with a sinful nature, evidenced by sinful acts; that man is totally depraved; and that if he is not born again, he is eternally lost.

Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Luke 16:23; Revelation 21:8; Romans 3:10-23; Romans 5:12; I Corinthians 15:21-22; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:8.

Section 6. Doctrine of Salvation.

We believe that a person is saved when he repents of his sin and exercises faith by accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. The believer is kept by the power of God and is eternally secure in Christ.

We believe that the scope of salvation includes forgiveness of all our sins past, present, and future; a perfect standing before God as in Jesus Christ; and the changing of our earthly body to be conformed like unto the body of our Lord at His return for His own.

We believe that the attitude either of reconciliation or enmity toward God is eternally fixed at death. We further believe that there is an appointed day for the judgement of the wicked when they will be cast into the Lake of Fire, there to remain in everlasting conscious punishment and torment.

John 1:12; John 5:24; John 10:28-29; Romans 6:23; II Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8-9; I John 5:17; Romans 8:19-23; I John 3:2, II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Hebrews 9:27; II Peter 2:9; Revelation 20:12-15; Revelation 21:8.

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Section 7. Doctrine of the Church.

We believe that the Local Church is:

a. Composed of a local group of believers who are autonomous, self-governing, and have no ecclesiastical organization in authority over it;

b. Composed of believers who are baptized by immersion;

c. Composed of believers who are organized. They have for their officers: pastors, deacons, and such other leaders as God has given special gifts to render as a ministry to the Church;

d. Composed of believers who meet regularly for fellowship, worship, and Bible Study;

e. Composed of believers who observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper;

f. Composed of believers who carry out the Great Commission.

I Corinthians 12:13; Acts 2; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 16:19; Acts 2:41,47; I Corinthians 12; Hebrews 10:25; I Corinthians 11:23-24; Matthew 28:18-20.

Section 8. Doctrine of Satan and Fallen Angels.

We believe that Satan is a person. He was created perfect but sinned and became the arch enemy of God and His creation. He is the chief adversary of God's children. He seeks to keep man from the Lord, and when he cannot succeed in this, he seeks to weaken the testimony of Christians. He has at his command a great host of fallen angels and demons to carry out his purposes. He is not omnipotent and can be overcome by the power of God. His doom is sealed in the Lake of Fire forever and ever.
Ezekiel 28:12-19; Isaiah 14:12-14; Revelation 12:10; Revelation 20:10.

Section 9. Doctrine of Last Things.

We believe there will be a resurrection of all, first the just at the coming of Jesus Christ and finally the unjust after the millennium. The saints are raised to be forever with the Lord, and the unsaved will be confined for eternity in the Lake of Fire. We believe in the "Blessed Hope" which is the personal, bodily, pretribulational, premillennial, and imminent return of our Lord and Saviour For His Church (the rapture) and His later return to the earth in power and glory with His saints to set up His Kingdom (the millennium).

John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9; Acts 1:11; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:3-20; Philippians 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 7:25; I John 2:l-2; Revelation 21:1-8.

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Section 10. Doctrine of Christian Practice.

We believe in Christians living a holy life, separated from the world, and maintaining a testimony consistent with the New Testament.

The Calvary Independent Baptist Church of Cookeville, Tennessee, believes that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we all should walk together in Christian love, strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and godliness; promote the prosperity and spirituality of this church; sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; contribute cheerfully; and regularly support the church with our tithes and offerings so that the ministry is supported, expenses are met, the poor are helped, and the Gospel is spread through all nations.

This church encourages all of our members to maintain family and secret devotions; to rear the children in the knowledge of God's Word and in the fear of the Lord; to seek the salvation of kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to be zealous in our effort to win souls to Christ; to avoid all tattling, back-biting, and excessive anger; and to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage, and from the improper sale and use of narcotics.

We further encourage each member to show brotherly love toward one another; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Saviour, to secure it without delay.

Should the will of God direct any to move from this area, we encourage each, as soon as possible, to unite with some other church of like faith and practice and thereby continue living a testimony for Christ and living the principles of God's Word.

Section 11. Ordinances.

a. Baptism.

Those professing faith in Christ shall, upon authorization of the church, be immersed in water by the pastor or someone else appointed by the church. Immersion, as a believer, shall be a prerequisite to church membership.

b. The Lord's Supper

The Lord's Supper shall be observed as frequently as the pastor and the deacons shall direct. Since it is the Lord's Table, none that are His shall be barred, but the pastor shall frequently state the scriptural order, which places baptism as a prerequisite to the Lord's Supper, and shall explain the meaning of the ordinances. The elements shall be unleavened bread and grape juice.

Section 12. Of The World To Come.

We believe that the end of this world is approaching; that at the last day, Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgement will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.

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Statement of Faith

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Section 1. Doctrine of the Bible


We believe in the Bible as the verbally (every word) and plenary (completely) inspired Word of God as contained in the original manuscripts; that all portions of Scripture are equally inspired and contain no contradiction; that the Scriptures are to be the only rule of faith and practice for the believer in Jesus Christ; and that the Canon, the sixty- six books of the Bible, is complete. Nothing shall be added to it nor taken from it. It is preserved in the English language in the King James Bible.


II Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:1; II Peter 1:20,21; Revelation 22:18-19.


Section 2. Doctrine of God


We believe that the

Church Covenant

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Having been led by the Holy Spirit to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour and on the public confession of our faith, having been immersed in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

We purpose, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this Church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to attend its services regularly; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to give it 


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Matthew 28:19-20

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Our Missionary in Selfridge, North Dakota


A Christian missionary can be defined as "one who is to witness across cultures". The Lausanne Congress of 1974, defined the term, related to Christian mission as, "to form a viable indigenous church-planting movement". Missionaries can be found in many countries around the world.

Jesus instructed the apostles to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19–20). This verse is referred to by Christian missionaries as the Great Commission and inspires missionary work.