Calvary Chapel Simi Valley was founded in January, 1990. We are part of a non-denominational fellowship of churches associated with Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa (Pastor: Chuck Smith). Worldwide, there are more than 1,600 Calvary Chapels, with seven in Ventura county.
Each Calvary Chapel is an independent, autonomous church. Below is a summary of concepts important to us.
Our supreme desire is to know Christ and be conformed into His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are not a denominational church, nor are we opposed to denominations as such, only their over-emphasis of doctrinal differences that have led to the division of the body of Christ.
WE BELIEVE that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is His (Agape) love, which is greater than any differences we possess and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.
WE BELIEVE worship of God should be Spiritual. Therefore: We remain flexible and yielded to the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.
WE BELIEVE worship of God should be Inspirational. Therefore: We give a great place to music in our worship.
WE BELIEVE worship of God should be Intelligent. Therefore: Our services are designed with great emphasis upon teaching of the Word of God that He might instruct us how He should be worshipped.
WE BELIEVE worship of God is Fruitful. Therefore: We look for His Love in our lives as the supreme manifestation that we have truly been worshipping Him.
The Purpose of Calvary Chapel Simi Valley, as Stated in Church Bylaws
- To worship God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (John 4:24).
- To upbuild the Church of Jesus Christ through the teaching of the Word and the ministry of the Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7).
- To increase Christian faithfulness “as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10).
- To encourage individual Christians toward attaining “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).
- To be ambassadors of Christ in our community, and unto the nations, and to lead men and women to faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord (2 Corinthians 5:20-21; Matthew 28:19-20; John 3:16).
The Statement of Faith of Calvary Chapel Simi Valley, as Stated in Church Bylaws
WE BELIEVE that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three Persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all.
WE BELIEVE that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice.
WE BELIEVE in God The Father, an infinite personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and His personal, visible return to earth.
WE BELIEVE in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ; we believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all the Biblical gifts of the Spirit.
WE BELIEVE that all people are sinners by nature and choice and therefore, are under condemnation; that God regenerates by the Holy spirit, those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord; that Jesus Christ baptizes the seeking believer with the Holy Spirit, empowering them for service.
WE BELIEVE in the universal Church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members.
WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: 1) water baptism, and 2) the Lord’s Supper. We believe in baptism by immersion and communion open to all believers.
WE BELIEVE also in the laying on of hands for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, for ordination of pastors, elders, and deacons, and for the receiving of gifts of the Spirit of healing.
WE BELIEVE in the personal, visible return of Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.
WE BELIEVE in what is termed “The Apostle’s Creed” as embodying fundamental facts of the Christian faith.
If you have further questions about what we believe at Calvary Chapel Simi Valley, please call the church office and arrange to speak with a pastor. We love to talk about what the Bible says. The church office phone number is 805-527-0199.