What We Believe
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe that there is one living and true GOD, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune GOD created all, upholds all, and governs all things. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Hebrews 9:14)
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice. The Word of God is the foundation upon which this church operates and is the basis for which this church is governed. (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:21)
We believe that the Word of God supersedes any earthly law that is contrary to the Holy Scriptures. This Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible, itself, as the inspired, infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all we believe. For purposes of Calvary Chapel Tallahassee’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, the Senior Pastor as President of the Board is Calvary Chapel Tallahassee’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application. (Acts 5: 27-29; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12)
We believe in the person of 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 prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; John 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3)
We believe in the person of 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, ascension into Heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and His personal, visible return to earth. (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2; John 8:58; John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8)
We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit, Who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, unrighteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ. (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:8-11; Romans 15:13, 16; Hebrews 9:14)
We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. (John 14:16-17, 16:8-11)
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the exercise of all Biblical gifts of the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 14)
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and therefore, are under condemnation; that God regenerates based upon faith by the Holy Spirit, those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. (Acts 8:15-17; Titus 3:5)
We believe in the universal Church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head and all who are born again are members. ( 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:15-16)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the church: 1) full immersion water baptism and 2) the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male and female, and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Genesis 1:27, 2:21-24; Psalm 139:14)
We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. (Genesis 2: 24; Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 18:6-22; Mark 10:5-9)
We believe in the laying on of hands for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the ordination of pastors, elders, and deacons, and for the receiving of the perpetuity of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 6:6, 8:17; 1 Timothy 4:14) We believe that God raises up those called to be pastors and that the office of pastor is reserved for men ( Hebrews 5:4;1 Timothy 2:12)
We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ which is His personal, visible return to earth and the establishment of His millennial kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and endless suffering of the wicked. (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15)
We believe in what is termed the “Apostles’ Creed” as embodying the fundamental facts of the Christian faith.
We believe in a literal Heaven and a literal Hell and that all those who place their faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord, while those who reject Jesus Christ’s free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from the lord in Hell. (Matthew 5:3; 25:31-34; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Peter 1:4; Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:22, 18:9; Luke 12:5)
We believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church where all believers will meet the Lord in the air and be taken out of this world prior to the Tribulation that will come upon the earth. (Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:36; Romans 1:18, 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; 2 Peter 2:7-9; Revelation 5:7-10, 7:13-14)
OUR MISSION & History
Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by His Word and by His Spirit.
Calvary Chapel Tallahassee is an affiliate church of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, pastored by Chuck Smith. Chuck Smith founded Calvary Chapel in the late 60's during a time when most traditional churches were turning away the next generation because of the length of their hair and the counter-culture lifestyle which they practiced. Driven by a burden for that generation, Chuck reached out to them with love and understanding and without compromise of Christian principles. A result of this outreach was the birth of the "Jesus Movement."
Today, with affiliate churches all over the country and the world, Calvary Chapels are still reaching out to the lost and attempting to love the unloved. They are best known for their strong emphasis on the teaching of God's Word and the application of that Word to everyday life. High importance is also placed upon worship through contemporary music, designed to draw the believers to a place of intimate communion with God and to ready their hearts for His Word.
Kent Nottingham is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Tallahassee.
Serving in full time ministry since 1983, the Lord placed on Kent’s heart the desire to move to a place he had never seen before and in 1986, Kent with his wife Debbie and two small sons left Las Vegas to come and pioneer a new church in Tallahassee, Florida; only the third Calvary Chapel in the state at that time.
Kent’s uncomplicated style of teaching relates Biblical truth and application in a relaxed but effective manner to his congregation. Under Kent’s leadership, the church has grown from a small storefront church to its new facility on 28 acres with a multitude of ministries and community outreaches that has birthed new fellowships in Michigan, Georgia and Haiti.