What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us."

- A.W. Tozer


The following are the core beliefs of Calvary Chapel Bakersfield based on the foundational truths taught in the bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.

He has eternally existed in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three are coequal in power and glory and are one God.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22
Psalm 90:2
Matthew 28:19
John 10:30
Hebrews 1:3
2 Corinthians 13:14

God the Father

We believe in the person of God the Father, an infinite, eternal, 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
Psalm 90:2, 102:27
John 3:16, 4:24
I Timothy 1:17
Titus 1:3

Jesus, God the Son

Jesus is coequal with the Father and Holy Spirit. God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again one day to earth to reign as King.

Matthew 1:22, 23
Isaiah 9:6
John 1:1-5
Hebrews 4:14-15
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Romans 1:3-4
Acts 1:9-11
Colossians 2:9-10
1 Timothy 6:14-15

The Holy Spirit lives in each Christian from salvation.

The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He provides Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth as an abiding helper, and guidance in doing what is right as our teacher. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

Acts 1:8
Romans 8:26
John 14:16-17, 16:7-13
Galatians 5:25
1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16
Ephesians 1:13
2 Corinthians 13:14
1 Peter 1:2

“God loves you the way you are, but He loves you too much to leave you the way you are.” 

“Be kinder than necessary for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.”

The Bible is God's Word to us.

The Bible, both Old and New Testaments are the Word of God written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs about living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error.

2 Timothy 3:16
2 Peter 1:20-21
Hebrews 4:12
Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6
Proverbs 30:5
Isaiah 55:11

Christ’s Second Coming

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 separation of the wicked.

Matthew 16:27
Acts 1:11
Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15 

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

Isaiah 26:20
Matthew 24:29-31
Luke 21:36
Romans 1:18, 5:9
I Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-16, 5:9
II Peter 2:7-9
Revelation 3:10, 5:7-10, 7:13-14

People are the supreme object of God's creation.

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in our life.

Genesis 1:27
Isaiah 53:6
Romans 3:23
Isaiah 59:1-2
Psalm 139:13-16
Colossians 2:13-15


We believe that God created man and that He created them male and female. As such, He created them different so as to complement and complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. Therefore, we perform marriages in accordance with the Bible consistent with the Old and New Testament

Genesis 2:24
Matthew 19:4-6
John 4:16-18
Romans 1:18-32
I Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-11,18-20, 7:1-3,8-9; Galatians 5:19-21
Ephesians 5:3-7
I Timothy 1:9-11

“The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.”

D.L. Moody

"God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing."

C.S. Lewis

Salvation is God's free gift to us, but we must personally receive it.

We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Romans 6:23
Ephesians 2:8-9
John 14:6
Romans 5:1, 5:8, 10:9-10

People will exist eternally with or without God.

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16, 14:17
Romans 6:23
Revelation 20:15
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 25:31-34  
Matthew 25:41

Water Baptism is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.

Once we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, baptism is a way for us to publicly declare our new life in Christ. It is also a step of obedience based on God’s commands and allows us to follow the example of Jesus, who submitted himself to baptism to "fulfill all righteousness."

Matthew 3:16-17, 28:18-20
Acts 2:41, 8:12
Romans 6:4
Colossians 2:12

Baptism with the Holy Spirit

We believe in the Baptism with the Holy Spirit as a distinct and separate experience to that of regeneration, occurring either subsequent to or simultaneous with salvation, evidenced by a greater dynamic in the Christian’s life, enabling that person to be a bold and more effective witness. The supreme evidence of the Spirit-filled life is the fruit of the Spirit, love. We believe in the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit in regard to the exercise of all biblical gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the instructions given to us.

Luke 11:9-13
Acts 19:2
I Corinthians 12-14
Galatians 5:22-23

In addition to Essential Beliefs, we have liberty in Non-Essential Beliefs.

Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things…
Who are you to judge another's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand…
So then each of us shall give account of himself to God…
Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves…

Romans 14:1,4,12,22
“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own, but each one the other's well-being.”

1 Corinthians 10:23-24

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