The Distinctives at Calvary Chapel

What makes Calvary Chapel different from other evangelical churches that believe in the Bible? Always good to have an idea of the unique work God has done in our congregation. If the church of Calvary Chapel was exactly like the other side of the street, just join it would be better with that . But if there are features that make it different , then it means it has a unique and special place in God's plan . Certainly there are churches that share many of our beliefs and practices . We're not renegades. But God has done a wonderful work of balance in the Calvary Chapel movement that makes it different in many areas. There are many who believe in the gifts and ministry of the Holy Spirit, but do not emphasize Bible teaching and depend on God's Word for guidance on their experiences with the Holy Spirit. There are also many that emphasize the teaching of the Word of God, but do not share the view that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available and are valid for today. At Calvary Chapel we find the teaching of the Word and open the heart of the Holy Spirit . This balance is what makes us a different movement , blessed by God in a special way . And that is why it is important to understand the biblical principles that show how God has allowed us

Exist and grow . This does not mean that all Calvary Chapels are identical. Always amazes me how God can take simple elements and create such variety with them. Basically , we all have two eyes, a nose , a mouth, two ears, and yethow different we are from each other ! People even emotionally different. Now, God loves us all . He loves the extremely emotional as much as the discouraged and apathetic . Similarly , wants all men to be able to relate to Him that has created a variety of churches. Some attract those who are emotional nature , others the more staid personality. God bless and wishing to reach all types of people , enjoys having a variety of churches , so that the need for everyone to be satisfied , that of the extremely emotional , that of the very formal and all those which lie between them . Each of us has a part in God's plan , but we all need to know where we fit in this spectrum. Therefore it is crucial for us to have a full understanding of what we call " Calvary Chapel Distinctives . " As we observe what makes our unique congregation better understand what our position in the body of Christ.

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