Based on Biblical Model for the Church (Book of Acts)
Church should be:
- Filled by Holy Spirit
- Led by Holy Spirit
- Empowered by Holy Spirit
Basic Functions of the Early Church (Acts 2:42-47)
- Apostles Doctrine
- Breaking Bread
Church Government in Calvary Chapel
Calvary Chapel is a pastor-led form of government. The Pastor is supported by a board of elders who are active in the local church.
Role of the Holy Spirit in Calvary Chapel
We believe the bible teaches clearly that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today.We believe speaking in tongues is a gift of the Spirit, but should be done according to scripture (I Corinthians 12, 14). Tongues is not the only way the Holy Spirit is manifest.
Rapture of the Church
We believe the bible teaches a pre-tribulation rapture of the church.
Rapture is in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, where living saints are "caught up"Caught up is from Greek "harpazo", from which the Latin "raptuse" is translated, from which we get the English "rapture."
Building the Church God’s Way
"Where God guides, God provides"
We simply teach the bible.
We teach the Bible AND believe gifts of the Spirit are for today.
Some teach the bible, but deny the Holy Spirit moves today. Some believe in movement of the Holy Spirit, but don’t emphasize bible teaching. We emphasize teaching, praise, worship, allow the gifts to be used decently and in order, to honor God.
Striking a Balance
Don’t seek dogmatism on issues which divide the church such as:
- Sovereignty of God vs. free will of man (we believe both)
- Eternal security vs. losing your salvation (we believe in eternal security as we abide in Christ)