What is a Calvary Chapel?
Calvary Chapel is a non-denominational Christian church which began in 1965 in Costa Mesa, California. Calvary Chapel’s pastor, Chuck Smith became a leading figure in what has become known as the “Jesus Movement.”
More information on the history of Calvary Chapel can be found in the book Harvest.
Why Calvary Chapel?
There are many who believe in the gifts and ministry of the Holy Spirit, but they do not have a strong emphasis on
Biblical teaching, nor do they look to the Word to guide their experiences with the Holy Spirit. There are many who have a strong emphasis on teaching the Word of God, but they don’t share the view that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available and valid today. In Calvary Chapel we find the teaching of the Word, and an open heart to the work of the Holy Spirit. It is this balance that makes Calvary Chapel a distinct and uniquely blessed movement of God. For more information read the book Calvary Chapel Distinctives.
What can I expect?
On Sunday mornings, we begin with a period of worship. We teach expositionally, verse-by-verse through the entire Bible on Sunday mornings. After the Bible study, we will normally close in worship, and then enjoy a time of fellowship. Prayer can be requested (and is encouraged!) at this time.
Why We Are Distinct
Verse by verse teaching makes Calvary Chapel distinctive. We welcome you to fellowship with us and be a part of a body of believers committed to the truth and teaching of God’s Word.
It is our sincere hope that our intimate worship services and in-depth Bible study will either bring you to a saving knowledge or a closer relationship with our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.
One of the mistaken concepts many have is that all Christians and churches should be identical. They assume that “unity” is equivalent to “sameness.” But the Apostle Paul points out that differences do and will exist between churches and individuals in Christ:
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.” (1 Cor.12:4-6)
We are called to unity in faith and doctrine, and there should be no tolerance for false, heretical doctrine. But on issues of style and practice, there should be tolerance. These are the areas of personal preference that should be respected. We refer to these as “distinctives.” They represent diversity within the greater Christian unity.