October 25, 2012

Calvary Chapel

Calvary Christian Fellowship started as a home Bible study in 2005, and grew into what we have today.  We have been incorporated as a church since 2006 and we are affiliated with Calvary Chapel fellowship of churches.

Calvary Chapel is not a denomination.  Calvary Chapel is a fellowship of like-minded churches that desire to love and support each other.  While every Calvary Chapel is unique in its own way, there are a few things that you will notice are the same at most Calvary Chapels.

Number one, there is a high emphasis on studying God’s word, book by book, chapter by chapter, and verse by verse.  In the world today, with so many ideas of what is right and what is wrong, we believe it is essential to be in the study of God’s word in order to discern God’s will for our lives.

But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that HE is, and that HE is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. — Hebrews 11:6

The second thing that is evident in most Calvary Chapels is a high emphasis on worshiping God in spirit and in truth. Through modern approach to music, Calvary Chapels take a good amount of time to sing praises to the Lord, and meet Him in His throne room.

But the hour is coming, and now, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. — John 4:23-24

Another common attribute of Calvary Chapel is an informal, “come as you are” mindset.  At any given Calvary Chapel, you can see a young man dressed in shorts and a t-shirt sitting next to a man dressed in a three-piece suit. We desire for people to approach the Lord in whatever way feels comfortable to them.  The important thing is that you approach the Lord!  As far as the Holy Spirit goes, while it doesn’t give a perfect reflection of what Calvary Chapel is all about, it has been said, and is fairly accurate, that a Calvary Chapel approach to ministry of the Holy Spirit is one that will find itself between the highly Pentecostal and those who believe that the gifts of the Spirit are not for today.  While we do believe that the gifts of the Spirit are still active in our world today, we also wee scripture that these gifts must be used in the proper place and time and with good order.

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