We depend on God’s grace and forgiveness
Calvary Chapel of Dayton emphasizes the truth that we all depend on God’s grace and His forgiveness of our sins (Romans 3:23-24, Galatians 2:16, 21).
It is our desire to offer a heartfelt welcome to anyone who walks through our door, regardless of who they are, how they look, or what may be going on in their lives. Our primary goal is to offer the truth of Who Christ is and what His Word says to anyone willing to listen.
We are people who have experienced firsthand the mercy, forgiveness, love, and transforming power of God, and we desire to reach out to others so they can experience the same thing. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
We firmly believe that “man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7), so we seek to establish a comfortable atmosphere where we can focus on turning our hearts toward God rather than on external issues like dress requirements, ceremony, or maintaining an image.
We study God’s Word verse-by-verse
Our main emphasis at Calvary Chapel of Dayton is to teach the whole Word of God verse-by-verse so that it is practical and can be applied to our daily lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired Word, given as His message to us. As such, we believe that it is our source and standard in understanding Who He is, the relationship He desires to have with us, and the kind of life He desires us to live.
Because “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16), we believe that a strong foundation in the full counsel of God’s Word is essential to spiritual growth and health. For this reason, both our church service and Bible studies proceed verse-by-verse through the books of the Bible. This approach allows us to maintain a thorough, balanced understanding of Scripture by covering each of the themes and topics in the Bible as they are addressed in the text, along with the contexts in which they are addressed. It also encourages people to read the Bible and find out what it says.
We love worshiping Jesus
Calvary Chapel of Dayton desires to exalt our Lord Jesus through contemporary praise and worship music (Ephesians 5:19).
We consider music to be a valuable means of drawing closer to the Lord. If we are willing, it has the capacity to help us lay aside distractions and focus on Him. Most of all, we want our music to be focused, not on the singing, the instruments, or on anything we do, but on truly worshiping the Lord. We want to mean the words that we sing, and to sing them to the Lord as a form of prayer and praise.
At its best, we believe that worship music becomes part of our ongoing conversation with the Lord, being addressed to Him rather than simply being about Him. While we make use of a variety of instruments and tend toward a contemporary style of music, we believe that these things are peripheral to our real goal, which is simply to worship.
We welcome children to join in this part of our service, as we believe that they can learn what it is to worship the Lord both through participation and through the example of their parents and those around them.
We encourage fellowship and prayer
Calvary Chapel of Dayton seeks to provide a place for believers to fellowship together and to pray for each other (Acts 2:42, Galatians 6:2).
We believe that as we draw closer to the Lord, we are also called to draw closer to the other members of His Body. Hebrews exhorts us, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing…” (Hebrews 10:25). For this reason, we seek to offer many opportunities for people to join with us in encouragement and fellowship.
- We have built in time before our Sunday service for people to have a cup of coffee and greet one another.
- We include a sharing time in our service so that we can encourage one another with testimonies of the things God is doing in our lives from week to week.
- We also include a time for making prayer requests, and we compile these requests in an e-mail list so we can be supporting one another in prayer through the week (Galatians 6:2).
- In addition, we offer a free lunch after our Sunday service as a way of allowing people to really spend time with and get to know one another.
- Our various Bible studies and meetings through the week also offer opportunities for fellowshipping and building relationships.
We desire our fellowship times to carry a warm, family-like atmosphere. For those separated from their families, we hope to become an “adopted” family and network of support. We also hope to provide a safe, welcoming environment for children, in which they are loved and accepted as children rather than as little adults, but in which they also learn that there are times for seriousness and quiet, and times for play and fun.
Above all, we hope to continually live in obedience to Christ’s command to love one another as He loved us (John 13:35).