What makes us unique?
What are the things that make Calvary Braid Valley different from every other church?
“It’s always good to have a grasp of the distinctive work that God has done in our fellowship. If Calvary is exactly like the church across the street it would be better to simply merge the two. But, if there are qualities that make us different, then we have a unique and special place in the plan of God. Certainly there are churches that share many of our beliefs and practices. But God has done a wonderful work of balance in the Calvary Chapel movement that does make us different.
Some churches believe in the gifts and ministry of the Holy Spirit, but don’t have a strong emphasis on Biblical teaching. Others place strong emphasis on teaching the Word of God, but don’t believe the gifts of the Spirit are available and valid today.
In [the] Calvary Chapel [movement] we value the teaching of the Word, and possess an open heart to the work of the Holy Spirit. This balance makes Calvary Chapel a distinct and uniquely blessed movement of God. And so, it’s important to understand the Biblical principles that explain why God has allowed us to exist and grow” (taken from Calvary Chapel Distinctives by Pastor Chuck Smith).
Distinctives of CBV:
- Modeled after Acts 2
- Empowered by the Holy Spirit
- Building the church God’s way
- Moving forward in the Spirit
- God’s Word has priority
- The centrality of Jesus Christ
- The Rapture!
- The supremacy of Love
- Striking a balance
- A venture of Faith