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Calvary Chapel Distinctives
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*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.
*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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
want to learn all about calvary chapel movement. This book will not only do that but give you some good biblical teaching.Published 8 days ago by Norman Watson
Excellent planning of why Calvary Chapel is so great since they base the church on God's WordPublished 10 days ago by Heaven Bound Thanks to Jesus Christ
I enjoyed this short book giving the reader an idea about the Calvary Chapel denomination and the persona of pastor Chuck Smith. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tentalk
I recently became part of a Calvary Chapel church and this book really give you information about who this church isPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book was beautifully done. I love everything Calvary Chapel stands for, so I loved reading this book.
I loved it because it isn't fiction. Read more
I know there are theological differences between many denominations but let me just say that in order to understand the entire Calvary movement, you have to go back in history to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by ChrisLee1986