Calvary Chapel Lake of the Ozarks is a non-denominational fellowship associated with all who are in the body of Christ. We are a body of believers desiring to know the Lord Jesus Christ, and to make Him known in an ever-increasing measure. Following the church model in Acts 2:42, we continue steadfastly in teaching, fellowship, communion, and prayer.
As a body of believers we seek to be..
- Foundational – Recognizing that a building is as only good as the foundation that it rests upon, we desire to be those that are founded and grounded on the foundation of God. We long to know who God is and what He is doing, so that we might take part in His will for our lives. We seek to do this by studying His Word and then fashioning our lives around what He says, (2 Tim 2:15), (Matt 7:24). Understanding that the first and greatest command given to us is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, and mind, we seek to give great attention to being intentional about our relationship with Him. We believe as the Word tells us that having a relationship with God through trusting Jesus as Our Savior is the only foundation that will last.
(Matt 22:37), (John 14:6)
- Relational – That is we seek to love one another. In our desire to love God and heed His Word we recognize the great emphasis that He puts on loving one another. He has called us to love each other as He has loved us. (John13:34). Jesus made it very clear that the world would know we are His disciples by our love for one another and that the 2nd great command is to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. (John 13:35), (Matt 22:39). So for that reason we seek to be very intentional about understanding His definition of love and then seeking to practice it in all we do.
- Missional – That is a church that is looking past the four walls of our building and seeking to reach out to the world around us in all that we say and do. In studying God’s Word we recognize that since the beginning of creation that our God has been on mission to seek and save those that are lost. We believe He is continuing to extend His hand today through His body the church. He has said as the Father sent Me, so I send you. (John 20:21). We believe every member of His body has been called to be on His mission. We do not see ministry as something a few select people do such as pastors and foreign missionaries but rather what we all do to together. (Eph 4:11, 12). We believe ministry is something that takes place both equally within in the four walls of our buildings as well as outside of them in our communities, work places, and neighborhoods. We are called and intentional about being both the Church gathered and the Church scattered. Gathering together for our equipping in the Lord, and scattering for the purpose of drawing the world around us to Him!
About the Scriptures
We Believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative, and the inerrant Word of God. It is accurate in all matters to which it speaks; spiritual, historical, and scientific. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the foundation of the faith and practice by which we seek to live. (2nd Timothy 3:16; 2nd Peter 1:21)
We believe that God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Gen. 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1st Peter 1:2,11; 2nd Corinthians 13:14)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sinners by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1st Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1st Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13)
About the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living godly, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian should seek to live under His control daily. (2nd Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1st Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1)
We believe that mankind was created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him, but through Adam’s disobedience, the entire human race was separated from God. As a result, man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own effort alone. (Romans 2:2-5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Genesis 1:27, 9:6; Psalms 51:5, 58:3; Romans 5:12, 3:23; Ephesians 2:1)
We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, the only means to salvation is belief in Christ’s substitutional death and resurrection. (Acts 4:12, 13:38-39; 1st Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 4:4-5, 5:1; John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 1:4-5
About the Christian Life
We believe that every Christian is called to a holy life of service and testimony in the power of the Holy Spirit. Service includes the sharing of the gospel message to the whole world. We believe strongly that each believer is chosen to declare the praises of Him who called us out of darkness and into His wonderful light. To empower believers, the Lord has given us the Holy Spirit who works within us to accomplish His work. Therefore, Scripture calls believers a royal priesthood and provides each of us the privilege and authority to allow the Holy Spirit to equip and empower us to accomplish His work. (John 14:12-13; 1st Peter 2:9; 1st Peter 1:15-16; Acts 1:8; 1st Corinthians 3:12-17; John 14:1-3)
About Eternal Security
We believe that because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in the salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. (John 10:29; 2nd Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1st Peter 1:3-5)
We believe that man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. (John 3:16; 1st John 2:25; 1st John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1st John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46)
About the Church
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to the lost world. (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:24-30; 1st Corinthians 12:4-13,27)
About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that the Bible sets forth two ordinances, the Lord’s Supper and water baptism. The Lord’s Supper is to be celebrated regularly in remembrance of Christ’s death on the cross, and in expectation of His return. Water baptism is an outward testimony of a person’s belief in Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 8:12,36-38, 9:18, 10:47; 1st Corinthians 11:23-26)