Growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“A primary distinctive of Calvary Chapel is the endeavor to declare to people the whole counsel of God. We see this principle illustrated when Paul met with the Ephesian Elders in Acts 20. As they were on the shore of the Aegean at Miletus, around the coastal area of Ephesus, Paul said that he was innocent of the blood of all men, “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God” -Acts 20:27 - Calvary Chapel Distinctives, by Pastor Chuck Smith.
"The Word of God itself has the power to accomplish exactly what it was intended for. To penetrate stony hearts and transform lives, changing mindsets and worldviews, creating hope and building faith. I had been to many churches through the years but it always seemed like I was going in circles. No one seemed to connect all the dots. So many topical teachings about finances, having more faith, or whatever the Pastor wanted to speak on or push out, which at times was very confusing. The first time that I entered a Calvary Chapel, the Pastor was teaching in Revelation 19, which was my favorite section of the Bible because it's where Jesus returns in victory. I sat there while the Pastor taught through the chapter verse by verse in such a simple manner that it was easy to understand and encouraging. There was no hype, no attempts to create an emotional experience, just a real connection with the Word of God through the Spirit of God. I left realizing that God had spoken clearly to me. I remembered what God’s Word said, not what the Pastor said or what songs were sung, but what the very voice of God said to my inner man. The Bible says in Hebrews 3:12-13, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” - Pastor Kevin Edwards, Calvary Chapel Clayton
“We place great emphasis on the exposition of Scripture and teaching the entire Bible chapter-by-chapter and verse-by-verse. We believe that the Spirit of God works through the Word of God in the hearts of the people of God. Exposition is more than merely speaking about the Bible or from the Bible; it is the proclamation of the Bible itself. The work of the expositor is to determine what God has said in Scripture and then to convey it to God’s people so that God’s own voice is heard. We believe that Bible exposition is inductive: directing the listener to the Bible’s own truth without preconceived ideas. We believe that Bible exposition is exegetical: demanding that the pastor critically examine the text with accuracy and basing his message upon observable principles of interpretation.” - by Skip Heitzig, Pastor of Calvary Chapel San Diego.