Jesus says in Matthew 22:37
"You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself."
And after He showed us the greatest act of love ever, on the cross, He rose from the dead and told His followers in Matthew 28:19
"Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you."
In obedience to Jesus, our mission at Calvary Lake Ozark is to:
Impact The World
Simply put, we believe Loving God means getting to know Him through prayer and reading His word, as well as worshipping Him with our lives.
We believe loving others is being intentional about connecting with each other in community.
And lastly, we believe God calls us to make an impact on the world around us by serving each other and sharing God's love with everyone in our path.
1 Peter 4:11b — If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 3:16 — All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
1 Peter 5:6 — Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.
Galatians 5:1 — It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Matthew 28:19 — Go and make disciples of all the nations.
Philippians 2:2 — Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
John 16:33 — In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Romans 8:37 — No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
About the Scriptures
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative, and 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 to 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)
We recognize that there are many different styles and methods that can accomplish the mission that God has given us. Our particular approach is:
To be a church that glorifies God by reaching and equipping people in a genuine, current, and engaging way.