In the early church there was a body of doctrine that was circulated called “The Kerygma”, which simply means “doctrine” in the language of the day - Greek.  We have included the first century church’s Kerygma followed by the beginnings of Calvary Wolfeboro’s Kerygma.  The Calvary Wolfeboro's Kerygma is intended to be a living document, not because the truths of God as given in the Bible change, but because we will ever be clarifying, adding, and subtracting for our own understanding as well as for the better understanding of all those who read this.

{ The Kerygma of the first century church }

1. The promises of God made in the OT have now been fulfilled with the coming of Jesus the Messiah (Book of Acts 2:30; 3:19, 24, 10:43; 26:6-7, 22; Epistle to the Romans 1:2-4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Epistle to the Hebrews 1:1-2; 1 Peter 1:10-12; 2 Peter 1:18-19).

2. Jesus was anointed by God at his baptism as Messiah (Acts 10:38).

3. Jesus began his ministry in Galilee after his baptism (Acts 10:37).

4. He conducted a beneficent ministry, doing good and performing mighty works by the power of God (Mk 10:45; Acts 2:22; 10:38).

5. The Messiah was crucified according to the purpose of God (Mk 10:45; Jn 3:16; Acts 2:23; 3:13-15, 18; 4:11; 10:39; 26:23; Ro 8:34; 1 Corinthians 1:17-18; 15:3; Galatians 1:4; Heb 1:3; 1Peter 1:2, 19; 3:18; 1 Jn 4:10).

6. He was raised from the dead and appeared to his disciples (Acts 2:24, 31-32; 3:15, 26; 10:40-41; 17:31; 26:23; Ro 8:34; 10:9; 1Co 15:4-7, 12ff.; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1Tim 3:16; 1Peter 1:2, 21; 3:18, 21).

7. Jesus was exalted by God and given the name "Lord" (Acts 2:25-29, 33-36; 3:13; 10:36; Rom 8:34; 10:9; 1Tim 3:16; Heb 1:3; 1Peter 3:22).

8. He gave the Holy Spirit to form the new community of God (Ac 1:8; 2:14-18, 33, 38-39; 10:44-47; 1Peter 1:12).

9. He will come again for judgment and the restoration of all things (Ac 3:20-21; 10:42; 17:31; 1Co 15:20-28; 1Th 1:10).

10. All who hear the message should repent and be baptized (Ac 2:21, 38; 3:19; 10:43, 47-48; 17:30; 26:20; Ro 1:17; 10:9; 1Pe 3:21).

{ The Kerygma of Calvary Wolfeboro }

We Hold These Truths to be Universal:

A. There is one Creator Who has revealed Himself to all humanity through His creation - The Creator’s general revelation.

B. The Creator further revealed himself in what we now have as a compilation of divinely inspired human writings known as the Bible - The Creator’s special revelation. All of what the Creator decided to reveal to humanity that cannot be discovered in the general revelation of creation is contained in the 66 books of what have come to be commonly referred to as the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The remainder of truths that we hold to, as Calvary Wolfeboro, are taken directly or principally from the writings of Scripture. Scripture is our founding document and in that way we are a textual community.

We Hold These Truths to be Revealed by Scripture:

1. There is one God.  The Creator exists eternally as three persons, while remaining one God.

2. The three persons of what we call the trinity are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These three are equally God and therefore not autonomous or independent but in perfect relationship within “The Godhead”.  God is eternal and uncreated.  Spirit not flesh.

3. God created the universe out of nothing.  Being eternal, He is omnipresent(everywhere present), omniscient(all-knowing), omnipotent(unlimited in power). 

4. The universal metaphysical realities of ethics, purpose, and meaning all find their source in the nature of God as revealed in Scripture. 

5. Man was created by God in his “image” or likeness and is therefore unique from the rest of creation.

6. Man was created innocent but incomplete without a relationship with God.  In this original state there was no sin (only the potential for sin - volition/choice).

7. Man sinned when, by choice as a volitional creature, Adam and Eve disobeyed God.

8. The sin of Adam and Eve precipitated “The Fall” - a separation from God and divine curse upon all creation, including humanity.  Separation from God was spiritual death.  Physical death also resulted from the Fall.

9. From the time of the Fall until Jesus’ death on the cross, humanity was required to sacrifice animals as an ongoing payment for sin.  When Jesus died, animal sacrifice ceased as a means to pay for sin.  Jesus’ death was the final payment for the sin of Adam and Eve as well as the sins of all people of all time.   

10. Since the crucifixion and resurrection(which was the proof that sin had been dealt with) forgiveness and reconciliation with God is a matter of belief.  Belief in Jesus as the Savior and Lord is all that is required by God for salvation.

11. After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension the Holy Spirit established the Church.  The Church is composed of all believers in Jesus.

12. Local churches, like Calvary Wolfeboro, are individual gatherings of the followers of Jesus for the purpose of carrying out Jesus’ Commission - to make disciples of all nations.

13. This commission will conclude at an unknown time in the future when “the fullness of the Gentiles” has come. This future completion of the work of the church will usher in a time when Israel becomes the focus of God’s divine plan once again.

14. Until the great commission is complete we, as Calvary Wolfeboro, will continue the ministry of edification, discipleship, and evangelism.

Five Sanctities:

Life - Life is sacred and only God has the prerogative to give and take life.  He has delegated the authority to take life to “the state” for the purpose of justice in the case of murder.

Sexuality and Gender - Sexuality and Gender are sacred.  God created male and female and therefore He is the one who defines them.

Marriage - Marriage is sacred.  God established marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman for life.

The Church - The Church is sacred.  God established the Church to carry out His commission to spread the good news of salvation and provide spiritual nurturing for those who are “born again”.   In addition, as a social institution it has many purposes, not the least of which is to care for itself and share the love of God with others.

The Family - The Family is sacred.  God established the family as mother, father, and child or children.  The Father is the head of the family.