We are a Bible believing church that teaches Jesus Christ as the answer for all the problems of mankind. We desire to see God use His Word to improve your life and help you and your family live the joyous, abundant life found only in Jesus Christ. We believe that this is the only way that families will survive the storms of life and the attacks of the enemy, the devil.
Sunday School – 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship – 11:00 a.m.
Lunch for all following A.M. service
Sunday Afternoon Service following meal
Wednesday Prayer Meeting – 6 p.m.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
STATEMENT OF FAITH:
Section 1: THE SCRIPTURES
We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration; the inerrancy; and the authority of the Scriptures, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that the Bible reveals God, the fall of man, the way of salvation, and God’s plan and purpose in the ages. We believe that the Bible is the only rule of faith and practice for a local church. We use the King James Bible for all teaching and preaching.
Section 2: THE GODHEAD
We believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as the Trinity and as one God. We believe God to be eternally self-existent; absolutely holy; omniscient; omnipotent; and omnipresent. We believe that each Person of the Godhead has precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections as the others.
Section 3: THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
We believe in the deity; virgin birth; sinless life; substitutionary death; and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe in His present ministry of intercession in Heaven and His imminent return to this earth.
Section 4: THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the Holy Spirit as the third Person of the Godhead, co-equal with the Father and the Son. We believe His present ministry in the world is to convict men of sin, righteousness, and judgment; to regenerate, indwell, and sanctify the believer in Jesus Christ; and to keep, empower, teach guide and comfort the believer in his daily life.
Section 5: MAN
We believe the Genesis account of creation is a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God without any evolutionary process. We believe that man, material and immaterial was created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life. We believe that man was created innocent and pure and as a free moral agent. We believe that the entire race springs from one man, Adam. We further believe that Adam deliberately, of a free choice, disobeyed God and thereby brought the entire race under the condemnation of sin and death. We believe that because of Adam’s sin all men are born sinners and are in need of redemption.
Section 6: SALVATION
We believe that Jesus Christ provided complete and free salvation from the eternal punishment of sin for all men by shedding His blood in death on the cross; by His burial; and by His bodily resurrection from the grave. We believe that salvation is by grace, plus nothing and minus nothing. We believe that in order for a man to be saved he must repent of sin and by an act of his own will place his trust in Jesus Christ as the only Saviour. We believe that men are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that salvation is eternal once it is received as a free gift and that all who trust Christ are eternally secure in Him and cannot loose their salvation.
Section 7: THE CHURCH
We believe that Jesus Christ organized, commissioned, and empowered a local, visible assembly called the church for the purpose of spreading His message of salvation to the entire world. We believe that the local church is composed of regenerated, baptized believers, voluntarily united together for worship, edification, fellowship and evangelization.
We further believe that the local church has the absolute right of self-government which makes it free from interferences of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations on the outside. We further believe that on all matters of membership, policy, government, or benevolence the will of the local church is final. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of each local assembly and that through the Holy Spirit He seeks to administrate all the affairs of that assembly. We believe that Jesus Christ appoints an under-shepherd for each assembly called a pastor, and raises up men for the office of deacon to care for the temporal matters of the church.
We further believe that Jesus Christ left two and only two ordinances for His church to observe. Those two ordinances are Baptism by immersion in water and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that both ordinances are to be administered only under the authority of a local New Testament Church. We believe that baptism is only for those who have already trusted Jesus Christ as Saviour and is a public testimony to that fact and is not a part of salvation. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is only for those who are saved and have obeyed the Lord in baptism, and who are currently in obedience to His divine will.
Section 8: SEPARATION
We believe that it is the duty and responsibility of each believer in Jesus Christ to separate himself from the sinful practices of this world. We believe that this is necessary in order to present a testimony to unbelievers of the power of Jesus Christ in our lives so that they may also want to trust Him as Saviour.
Section 9: SATAN
We believe that Satan, who was once a holy angel named Lucifer, by his own will became the archenemy of God and all of God’s children. We believe that Satan is a spirit being more intelligent and more powerful than man, and that he is intent on leading men into sin and away from God. We believe that the Holy Spirit in us is of far greater power than Satan. We believe that Satan has been defeated by Jesus Christ and will one day be cast into the lake of fire along with all who follow him.
Section 10: THE FUTURE
We believe in the visible, personal, and premillennial return of Jesus Christ. We believe in the pre-tribulational rapture of all believers in Jesus Christ. We believe that He will come for His saints in the rapture and that He will come back to the earth with His saints after the tribulation period to set up His kingdom. We believe that He will then rule the earth for one thousand years. We believe in the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved in Heaven and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost in Hell.
Section 11: MISSIONS
We believe that the primary mission of the church and the individual responsibility of each believer is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all men everywhere. We believe that to do this we must be witnesses to those around us and, at the same time, help send missionaries of like faith and practice through prayer and financial support to those whom we cannot personally reach.
Because of the constantly changing needs of CBC’s military congregation the ministries of CBC are flexible. However, here are a few of the ministries currently in place.
Soul Winning and Visitation
Every other Saturday is the time when CBC comes together to spread the Good News in the local community.
Our Ladies Ministry offers a weekly bible study where women come together to learn about God’s Word as it applies to them. There is also a monthly Ladies Fellowship, where ladies can break bread both physically and spiritually.
Special Ladies’ Events
The Ladies will get together for special events such as shopping in nearby towns, and the annual South of the Alps Ladies’ Retreat which is usually held in the autumn.
Special Men’s Events
The men will get together at different times for such events as a camp out, bike rides, or hikes.
Children’s church is held during the Sunday morning worship time. This allows parents to pay closer attention to the message and children to learn the Word of God at their age level.
Under the direction of Baptist International Missions Inc. missionaries John and LeeEtta Hornbeck moved to Aviano, Italy. In July of 1989 Calvary Baptist Church was organized as an Independent Baptist Church.
CBC was founded for the purpose “to obey God’s command to assemble together in an orderly and organized manner for public worship and fellowship; and further to unite our efforts to evangelize the lost in our community as well as around the world; and further to provide Biblical instruction to its members and guests and to observe the divinely instituted ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; and further to present a corporate testimony to the power of the Gospel in its constituency recognizing and accepting Jesus Christ as the only Saviour and Lord and taking His Word, the Bible, as the only sufficient rule of faith and practice for its operation.” (selection from the church constitution and bylaws)
Calvary Baptist Church is located near Aviano Air Base. Since the founding of CBC the U. S. military families and other English speaking people have had a local church where the Bible is the final authority for faith and practice.
Several different missionaries have ministered at CBC throughout its history. Gary Tingen, Michael Hearrell, Matthew Olsen, and Daniel Norton are former pastors of Calvary.
Currently missionaries serving at Calvary Baptist Church are Chris and LouAnne War.