Who we are and what we do as Calvary SLO can best be understood through the paradigm of understanding and the living out of, God's Glory, God's Truth, Biblical Community and Mission. It's through this, we hope to help people become fully mature followers of Jesus.
Glory is: "beauty on display". God's own glory is foremost in His affections (Romans 1:20-21). Everything He does has this as His primary aim. It can be said; God's ultimate goal is to display His infinite beauty, this is glory (Isaiah 42:8, 48:11)! Because this is God's primary goal it's also ours (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Over the past several years an unprecedented attack against the reliability and veracity of the sacred scriptures has occurred. Yet we believe it to be the main vehicle by which God reveals Himself (2 Timothy 3:16). We love the bible in the same way we love our eyes, because they both allow us to see God's beauty. There are two aspects to truth which are essential: the revelation of it, which comes by teaching and meditating on the scriptures, and the response to it, which happens when we lovingly obey God and enjoy Him, this is worship.
Our society is one of rugged individualism. We live life as an island, we do our own thing, and we try to serve God the way we want. This is sin! God has reconciled us not only to Himself but also to each other. This "each other" is called "the Church". We intentionally strive to build biblical community, both by gathering as a large group on Sundays, and by smaller, more intimate groups throughout the week, called "community groups".
Jesus initiated His love towards a rejecting and sin-filled world, by entering it as one sent by God on mission to save (John 20:21). Likewise, Jesus sent his followers on mission, to live out the Gospel in a way that reveals God's greatness to all. Some may be called to the uttermost parts of the world, while others stay, making God known in all they do. In either case, all Christians are called to live on mission.