Calvary Chapel Distinctives

Balance & Ventures of Faith
1 Corinthians

Dave Barnes
August 10, 2022

We live by faith, not by sight. 
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Balance & Ventures of Faith

Dave Barnes


·         Chuck Smith: “An important characteristic of Calvary Chapel Fellowships is our desire to NOT divide God’s people over non-essential (non-doctrinal) issues.”

·         It’s O.K. to “agree to disagree” about the non-doctrinal issues found within evangelical Christianity

1 Corinthians 13:8-10 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away with; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away with. 9 For we know in part and prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away with.  

1 Corinthians 14:2-4 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

·         Calvary Chapels believe in a pre-tribulation rapture.

·         We believe that the rapture of the Church will occur first,

·         followed by a seven-year period of Great Tribulation

·         followed by the second coming of Jesus Christ

·         then finally an actual thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ on earth called His “Millennial Reign”

Zechariah 14:9 The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name.

Zechariah 14:16 Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles

Romans 11:25-26 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion;  he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.

·         It IS important to tell people about Heaven. It’s NOT important to win an argument about HOW we got there.

·         Calvary’s views regarding the five points of Calvinism (T.U.L.I.P)

·         1. Total Depravity -Mankind is clearly fallen and lost in sin. Without God's grace, no one can be saved.

·         2. Unconditional election -"God does choose us, but we must also choose to accept God's invitation to salvation."

·         3. Limited Atonement -Jesus died "for the whole world" not just the “elect” or predestined.

·         4. Irresistible grace -"God's grace can either be resisted or received by the exercise of our human free will.

·         5. Perseverance of the saints -Salvation is not a one time “event”, it is a lifestyle of following Jesus.

Romans 5:18 (NASB) So then, as through one offense the result was condemnation to all mankind, so also through one act of righteousness the result was justification of life to all mankind.  

Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Hebrews 11:6 Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we live by faith, not by sight.

·         If we step out in faith and it fails (God is not growing it) we shouldn’t try to make it succeed using our own strength

·         If our “venture of faith” succeeds, REJOICE! But if it fails, REGROUP, and step out in a different area or way.

·         Call or text YES to 321.574.6970 if you have chosen to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.




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