Real love is not just an emotion or feeling; it is a commitment—an action. We show our love for God by walking in obedience to the Scriptures from the heart. Our Honor Code affirms our commitment to loving God and loving others.
More than a religion, Christianity is a relationship with God. We put God first in our lives through prayer, reading the Bible, and prioritizing our love for God above all other relationships and pursuits.
Every Christian is learning the Scriptures in order to know how to walk with Christ and honor Him. We are committed to:
The first words Jesus preached were, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matt 4:17). Repentance first happens when a person receives Jesus for salvation. Repentance is also vital for every Christian throughout life.
Repentance literally means a change in thinking that leads to a change in action. Lasting change rarely happens in an instant; it is a process. We do not expect perfection, but we do ask every Christian to commit to living by the authority of Scripture. We are committed to:
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law" (Gal 5:22-23). We are committed to walking in the Spirit by:
"Those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires" (Gal 5:24). Jesus is honored when we walk in righteousness. We endeavor to refrain from behaviors or actions that grieve the Holy Spirit, harm others, and undermine our witness as Christians. We are committed to refraining from:
If a person laps into a sinful lifestyle, a pastoral overseer will evaluate the situation, work with the person, and develop a restoration plan. Depending on the severity of the situation, appropriate action may include:
Correction has two main goals:
The Calvary Honor Code affirms that, while no Christian is perfect, we are committed to a lifestyle that aims to honor and glorify Jesus Christ.