The Church of Calvary Fellowship Haifa (Calvary Chapel) was formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Yeshua the Messiah. Our supreme desire is to know the Messiah and be conformed to His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are not a church with a denomination, nor are we opposed to these, only to its exaggerated emphasis on the doctrinal differences that have led to the division of the body of the Messiah. We believe that the only true base of the Messiahian fellowship is His love (Agape), which is greater than all the differences we have and without it we have no right to call ourselves Christians.
It has been described that Calvary Chapel best represents the middle ground between fundamentalism and Pentecostalism in modern Protestant theology. Fundamentalism, as it is defined, applies to the literal interpretation of the Scriptures, believing that they (the Bible) are divinely inspired, infallible and sufficient to live a life of faith and practice. Pentecostalism on the other hand tends to emphasize the fullness of the Holy Spirit and the exercise of the spiritual gifts and scriptures that are taught in the Word of God that had fallen dormant in most of the mainline churches. Pentecostalism brings to the church the importance of the exercise of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the power of God available to the believer today through baptism and the subsequent fills of the Holy Spirit.
Over the years, however, fundamentalism, while clinging to the integrity of the Word of God, tends to become rigid, legalistic and unacceptable spiritual gifts; whereas the focus of Pentecostalism tends to be enthusiastic and emotional at the expense of teaching the Word of God.
Calvary Chapel is the balance between the two. At Calvary Fellowship Haifa we believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit as mentioned in the Bible and encourage them to exercise them, but always when the Word instructs them to be exercised, "decently and in order," and with the main emphasis on the Word of God, which we consider as our main rule of faith and practice.
1. We believe that worship of God must be spiritual. Therefore: we remain flexible and we surrender ourselves to the Holy Spirit for the direction of our adoration.
2. We believe that the worship of God should be a source of inspiration. For that reason: we give a special place to music within our worship.
3. We believe that worship of God must be intelligent. For that reason: our services are designed with a great emphasis on teaching the Word of God so that it teaches us how we should worship.
4. We believe that the worship of God must be fruitful. Therefore: we seek His love in our life as the supreme manifestation that we have truly been worshiping Him.
5. We believe in the inerrancy of the scriptures, that the Bible, old and new testament, is the inspired and infallible Word of God.
6. We believe in the One and Eternal God, existing from eternity in three different persons, each person being completely God and one in essence
7. We believe that God the Father is the personal, transcendental and sovereign creator of everything.
8. We believe that Yeshua the Messiah is fully God and fully man, that He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, provided Himself as an atonement for the forgiveness of our sins through His vicarious death on the cross, was physically resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit, He ascended back to the right of God the Father, and lives forever to intercede for us.
9. We Believe after Jesus ascended to Heaven, He poured out his Holy Spirit on the believers in Jerusalem, allowing them to fulfill His command to preach the Gospel.
10. We believe that all people are by nature separated from God and are responsible for their own sins, however, that salvation, redemption and forgiveness are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. When a person repents of sin and accepts Yeshua the Messiah as personal Lord and Savior, trusting in Him for salvation, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all his sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord.
11. We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the scriptures, and that they are valid today to be exercised within scriptural guidelines. We as believers should yearn for the best gifts, seeking to exercise them in love so that the whole Body of the Messiah may be edified. We believe that love is more important than the most spectacular gifts and that without love all exercise of spiritual gifts has no value.
12. We believe that the government of the church should be simplistic rather than a complex bureaucracy and we depend on the Holy Spirit to guide, rather than encourage the flesh.