We are committed to...
Living under Scripture as our authority - the expository preaching of the Bible as our benchmark, and God as our guide and source of power to obey His Word. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Timothy 4:1-5, Titus 2:1, John 16:13)
Following Christ as disciples - running the race God has set before us(Hebrews 12:1-2) by living lives of surrender to Christ:
Dealing with Sin: Confessing and forsaking sin. (Psalm 139:23-24, Romans 6:1-2)
Dying to Self: Seeking to live humble and sacrificial lives as servants. (Luke 9:23-25)
Dwelling in Submission: Ultimately to Christ but practically at home, in the church, at work, and in our community. (Matthew 26:39, Ephesians 6:3, Ephesians 5:22-24, Ephesians 6:5-8, Romans 13:1-2, Hebrews 13:17)
Delighting in the Savior (John 15:1-11, Isaiah 55, Philippians 2:13)
Relying on the Holy Spirit - looking to the Holy Spirit as the source of the spiritual gifts and the wisdom and power to exercise them in a manner that will build up the church and bless the community. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11;27-28, Romans 12:4-8)
Growing Spiritually (Sanctification) - doing our part which is obedience to God's Word and the practices of "disciplined grace":
Daily in Scripture (read, study, memorize, meditate)
Constant in Prayer (adore, confess, thank, petition, and intercede)
Weekly in Community (congregational worship, small group fellowship, one-on-one discipleship)
Dutiful in Service (inside and outside Calvary Wolfeboro)
Faithful in Giving (bringing back to God the first from everything He entrusts)
a. Giving first to the work of God as an act of love and dependence on Him as provider.
b. Giving cheerfully as a response to God's grace and not under compulsion.
c. Giving increasingly as you receive more - increasing our standard of giving not our standard of living.
II Corinthians 9:7, Proverbs 3:9-10, Deuteronomy 8:18, I Corinthians 16:2
We believe that although there are other spiritual disciplines, these are critical to our sanctification. (1 Thessalonians 4:3, Romans 8:28-29)
Following the example of the first-century church revealed in the book of Acts (Acts 2:42-47)
Worshipping as a lifestyle - the lordship of Jesus in every sphere of life and the recognition that only by abiding in Him continually will we be able to do anything of real value. (Romans 12:1, John 15:1-17)
Submitting to biblical church leadership - a plurality of male elders/pastors who lead/shepherd the church as a team with the lead elder/senior pastor serving as "first among peers." (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5, Acts 14:23, 1 Peter 5:1-5, Hebrews 13:17, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, Acts 1:15, Acts 21:17-18)
Settling in to biblical roles as men and women in the church and in the family. (Ephesians 5:22-33, Colossians 3:18-19, 1 Peter 3:1-7, 1 Timothy 2:11-15, 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, 1 Corinthians 14:33-35)
Investing in homegroups - the primary context where real Christian fellowship (i.e. mutual, authentic, loving, honest, transparent, accountable, covenantal relationships) is intentionally nurtured. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Pursuing conflict resolution - dealing with interpersonal conflict by examining our own hearts first, seeking out the brother or sister with whom we need to be reconciled with, and humbly confessing sin and/or extending forgiveness. (Matthew 7:1-5, Matthew 5:23-24, Galatians 6:1-5, James 5:16, Matthew 18:21-35
Accepting the need for church discipline - the practice and process of church discipline prescribed by Jesus in Matthew 18:15-20.
Discipling children and adolescents - systematically teaching the children and adolescents of our church the Word of God in conjunction with worship and discipleship that is relevant to their age and stage of life.
Reaching out to the world - consistent outreach to believing and unbelieving people near and far through personal evangelism, short-term discipleship trips, and special events that share the love and truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 5:13-16, 2 Timothy 4:5, Acts 17:22-34)
Reproducing through church planting - raising up and sending out church planting teams who will replicate these core values, leadership standards, and doctrines in the context of the communities in which God is planting them. (Acts 13:2-3)