by Tim Carns
Welcome to Calvary Bible Church. I am glad that you have chosen to spend a few moments to visit our website. The church exists for the express purpose to glorify God as a worshipping community of Christ’s followers who make disciples of all the nations. In response to someone who asked Jesus what the most important commandment in the Bible was, Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-40:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.
In just a few words Jesus summarized the message of the entire Bible. Love Him with all your being and love those whom He has created in His image. The message seems simple enough. Yet, there is a huge problem that prevents you and me from fulfilling this commandment. I love myself more. You do too. I know this to be true because we are all sinners. The Bible says that on our own none of us would seek after God and that there is no one who does good (read Romans 3:10-18). We have all rebelled against God because we care more about what we want than what God wants. That is why Jesus said to be His follower, we must deny ourselves and take up our cross daily (Matthew 16:24).
But before that can happen we must be forgiven for our sin against God. We must be changed. We have to be made clean before God. Jesus gave up His life to make that possible. He paid the penalty that you and I deserve by bearing our sin in His body on the cross that we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Peter 2:24). In that act Jesus demonstrated His love for us so that we might be able to love Him and others. And as we fulfill this greatest commandment we are most satisfied because that is what God made us to do.
So, because of who He is and what He has done for us, we at Calvary Bible Church are committed to Jesus. We are committed to His gospel. We are committed to His Word. We are committed to His people.
His gospel is the only message in this world that can save a person from their sin. It is the only message that can transform the human heart by the power of His Spirit to be able to love Him as He deserves. It is the only message that brings lasting hope and joy.
His Word, the Bible, is the only reliable truth on this planet. It is without error and without contradiction. It is sufficient for everything we need to know God and live a godly life (2 Timothy 3:16-17). It is sufficient for every trial, every problem, every decision, and every circumstance. It is the only place we can go to know how to love God and people.
His people are those for whom Jesus died. We gather together each week and during the week to help one another live for Him as a spouse, parent, friend, neighbor, employee, and citizen.
That said, please feel free to explore all the resources on our site. It is our hope that as you do you would be encouraged to more deeply love God and people. He is worthy of our whole-hearted devotion and affection and worship. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.