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Calvary Chapel Distinctives

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Chuck Smith was the founder of the Calvary Chapel Movement, and taught the Bible for more than sixty years. He authored over fifty books and today his Bible studies can be heard on the worldwide radio program, The Word For Today.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Word for Today (June 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936728809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936728803
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1965, Pastor Chuck Smith began his ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Only twenty-five people attended. What began as a small chapel has now grown into a church that seats over 2000 and is filled almost nightly. From the beginning, Pastor Chuck welcomed all, young and old, without judgment, placing his emphasis on the teaching of the Word of God. His simple, yet sound, biblical approach draws 25,000 people weekly.

The Word for Today is the Radio and Publishing Ministry of the late Pastor Chuck Smith. Our desire is to see the body of Christ grow in their knowledge of God through the study of His Word. We are committed to bringing you the solid and consistent teaching of the whole Bible taught by Pastor Chuck Smith. Within the pages of this catalog are teaching cassettes, and many wonderful books which will equip the believer and deepen your understanding of God's Word.

The Word for Today radio and TV programs can be heard on stations nation-wide. The program can be heard in over 350 cities world-wide, and airs more than 300 times daily.

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Young Reader in Silicon Valley on June 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book presents the view points of church management of one of the most successful churches in the states today. It touches some controversial aspects like Calvinism vs. Aminianism, Pentecost view vs. Baptist view of the Holy Spirit, etc., and shows the balanced ground that Calvary Chapel is taking on these issues. It also illustrates by examples the point that, throughout the church history, many movements were born of the spirit but attempted to be perfected in flesh and ended up dying. It contains a lot of godly counsel and scriptural quotes, yet without an attempt to convince people for argument's sake. Finally, this book is another exmaple of pastor Chuck Smith's casual and personal communication style.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By mlward on January 3, 2008
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Some bullet points:

*After reading this book, I have to say... his spirit I like and I have real respect for someone who teaches right through the Bible (eight times!).
*A lot of his distinctives aren't exactly unique distinctives. That's to be expected. No one would want an entirely distinct denomination--it wouldn't be Christian.

Holy Spirit
*Regarding the Holy Spirit's indwelling, empowering, and baptizing, he places a lot of stock in the difference between Greek prepositions para, epi, and en.
*States categorically that believers need to have a second experience with the Spirit, whatever they might call it.

*He says Calvary Chapel is episcopal because it has an overseer with elders under him.

*Dismisses the church growth movement: says programs and hype create a self-perpetuating need for more of the same whereas simple Bible preaching is solid food and the best way to grow a church.
*He firmly defends his decision to restore fallen ministry leaders. He spends so much time on it that it seems like he's taken a lot of flack for it. But he couches much of it as if he's speaking only of restoring fallen people, not putting fallen pastors back in their authority positions. He admits he's been burned on this but would rather err on the side of grace.

*A quotation from page 55: "It's easy to fall into legalism. We need to beware of this temptation. Beware of taking a hard stand. I have found, for the most part, that when a person gets heavy into 'Reformation Theology,' they usually get heavy into legalism. They want to make sure the 'T's' are crossed and the 'I's' are dotted just right. 'Reformation Theology' has some good points, but so does a porcupine.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann on December 11, 2008
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Chuck Smith gives an inspirational history of how Calvary Chapel got started in the 1960's. The first three chapters and the last, of this 13-chapter book, are Chuck's thoughts, memories, ideas and encouragements about the ministry and the beginnings of Calvary Chapel. He highlights these beginnings with the stories of nine C.C. pastors who were broken hippy kids, but who are now part of the harvesting ministry today. Some of the pastors come from backgrounds of lost family members, crime, drugs, loneliness, the occult, murder and demon possession. But their stories end with lives reflecting God's mercy through the love of Jesus Christ. List of pastors: Greg Laurie, Raul Ries, Mike MacIntosh, Jon Courson, Jeff Johnson, Skip Heitzig, Steve Mays, Bil Gallatin, and Joe Focht.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tractor_Man on May 23, 2005
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The first time I was exposed to Calvary Chapel was back in 1977. I was invited to what is now called Harvest Christian Fellowship and the teaching ministry of Greg Laurie.

Coming from a 'fundamentalist, independent, Baptist' church, you could probably imagine my 'shock and horror' to see the guys and gals greeting each other with hugs of affection, progressive worship music, relaxed dress code, people laughing and carrying on, having a good time, etc. - buncha hippies :-)!

But then Greg, with his long hair and all (cue the spoof song 'Hairology' from 'The Fundamentalist Hour'), opened the Word and taught it simply yet powerfully.

My confusion only escalated during the 'Harvest Crusades' where hundreds of people would go forward proclaiming Christ as Lord and Savior - how could God 'bless' all these hippies and their unbiblical doctrines and practices (at least the way I saw scripture)? Drove me nuts!

Fastforward to 2002 - for the last 2.5 yrs, I've been attending a Calvary Chapel. It is exactly what my wife and I needed - she cried after the first sermon - she was introduced to a Jesus she always wanted to meet. More than anything, my personal philosophy of ministry was confirmed by the precious folks at Calvary Chapel.

Pastor Smith has written and synopsized Calvary Chapel's distinctives in a clear and forthright manner, leaving no doubt as to where Calvary Chapel stands on numerous issues. It becomes a framework for all future CC pastors.

Pastor Smith has through the years cultivated a unique relationship with his 'sons in the Lord' to love the Lord and teach the Word very effectively.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary G. on February 27, 2009
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Many years ago I attended a church where, if someone wanted to sing spontaneously, if someone had a praise report to share, if someone wanted to play the harmonica, or worship dance--leaving no more time for preaching/teaching the Word--it was all right because, "That was worship." I thank God for Calvary Chapel where I learned sound doctrine, walking in the Spirit, the exaltation of Christ and not man ... you get the point. I pray that would-be pastors will read this book first and do things the biblical way.
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