At Calvary Chapel Lapine we value the Gospel. There are four areas in particular where it’s impact is evident in the Christian life, individually and corporately:
The Bible teaches that the pattern of humanity is to live in disobedience to God. It is inherent in every person to live for their own selfish desires, which, by nature, places humanity under the wrath of God, the end of which is death. “But God” – one of the most powerful statements in all of scripture – in His mercy and in His grace has made a way for unrighteous sinners to be reconciled to a Holy God. All who confess, repent, and believe can belong to Him! This is the work of God in the life of the people whom he has called to be His. The Bible refers to this event as Justification – the dead brought to life, the unrighteous declared righteous, the guilty now pardoned!
Gospel-shaped Identity is marked by those whose story is that they were once dead in their trespass and are now alive in Christ; their old life is no more because they have been made into a new creation. Those who have received the privilege of being reconciled to God have now become Christ’s ambassadors, imploring others to also be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Ephesians 2:1-10
We were created to be unceasing worshipers and, as such, we are always directing worship somewhere. Because of this, the Bible defines the problem of humanity as a problem of worship. What should rightfully be directed towards the Creator is wrongfully directed at creation. Under the Old Covenant the worship of God happened at prescribed places during prescribed times with prescribed methods carried out by prescribed people, during which God would manifest His presence. Under the New Covenant Jesus came in the flesh, fulfilling God’s sacrificial requirement and making full atonement for all the sin of those who would worship Him in Spirit and Truth. Because of Jesus, the worship of God and the manifestation of His presence is no longer limited to prescribed places, times, methods, and people. Because of Jesus, we are free to worship God anytime, anywhere, and in all we do. The process by which we increasingly direct worship towards the Creator, rather than the creation, is known as sanctification. This is the right response by God’s people to His work in their lives.
Gospel-inspired Worship is marked by an acknowledgement that God is the ultimate treasure and an allegiance to Jesus as the one in whom we trust above all. The life of one for whom this is true will be defined by obedience to scripture, humility towards others, a life of sacrifice, confession and repentance of sin, and a deep love for God and His people.
John 1:1-14; John 4:21-24; Romans 1:18-25; Romans 12:1-3
When God calls His people, He does not call them to be individuals but, rather, members of His body. The Bible tells us that at one time we were a people without belonging but now, because of Jesus, we belong to God. He defines those who are His so they would purposefully and collectively build-up and encourage each other while declaring His glory and goodness throughout the world. It is for this reason the Church has been established. Jesus said that the world would know those who belong to Him by the way they love one another and He also said the gates of Hell would not prevail against His church. Jesus went so far as to lay down His life for the Church, His Bride.
Gospel-centered Community is marked by a local Fellowship of believers who, because of their union with Christ, have joined together as committed members of one another. Being of the same mind as Christ, members live for the good of one another and the glory of God, displaying the nature of Jesus for the world to see.
Proverbs 18:1; Matthew 16:18, John 13:35; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 5; Philippians 2:1-11; 1 Peter 2:9-10
At Calvary Chapel LaPine there are three distinct characteristics by which our community is organized:
Calvary Chapel LaPine is structured under the leadership of Elders and Deacons. The Bible defines Elders as those who faithfully and willingly oversee the spiritual needs of a local fellowship while shepherding the flock and guarding doctrine. The Bible defines Deacons as those who willingly and diligently serve the practical and physical needs of the local fellowship. These offices are each made-up of a plurality of men who are full of the Spirit and who meet the Biblical qualifications to hold such office.
Acts 20:28; 1Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-5
The members of Calvary Chapel LaPine consists of people from varying backgrounds who have been born-again, have made a commitment to serve, encourage, and edify one another, and have demonstrated a commitment to our vision, mission, and values. Each member plays a vital role and has been called and gifted by God to serve the local Church as many members of one body; sheep of a flock; living stones of a temple; family.
1Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 5:29-30; 1 Peter 2:5
The regular gatherings of Calvary Chapel LaPine include corporate gatherings as well as smaller groups. Corporate gatherings consist of Christ-centered preaching, the observance of the Sacraments (communion and baptism), prayer, and the fellowship of believers. Small groups are more specifically designed to foster greater relational connection among members within the context of discipleship. Home groups are geared towards discipleship in the context of the family; Men’s, Women’s, and Youth groups are geared towards discipleship in the context of day-to-day living; and the mid-week gathering is geared towards discipleship in the context of regional and global evangelism.
Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:24-25
The Bible calls believers to live in such a manner where they no longer live for themselves but for One greater; One who died for their sake and was raised from the dead. In this call to live for Him, Jesus has commissioned His people to take the good news of the Gospel to the ends of the Earth. It is God’s plan that this life-changing message would be delivered by those whose lives have been changed because of it. The people of God have been given the task to go into all the world and make disciples, embodying and proclaiming the Gospel, baptizing and teaching people everywhere to obey all that God has commanded.
Gospel-driven Commission is marked by a local fellowship whose members actively engage in fulfilling the Great Commission, compelled by the Love of Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit to persuade people everywhere of God’s free gift of salvation, declaring His goodness through the truth of the Gospel message.
Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:45-48; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:11-15
At Calvary Chapel LaPine there are four specific ideals by which we devote ourselves to this commission:
One of the roles of those who lead the Church is to equip the members of the Church for the work of the ministry. There are many methodologies which can be employed in order to achieve this end. That being said, while the methods we employ may occasionally change, the ideal of equipping will always remain central to who we are. Currently at Calvary Chapel LaPine, in addition to our Sunday morning corporate gathering, various smaller groups meet throughout a given week for the purpose of discipleship.
When Jesus prayed for His disciples as He was about to bear the cross, He sent them, and by extension all Christians, in to the world just as He was sent in to the world by His Father. Christians everywhere are called to intentionally engage the mission God has put before them – to make disciples in the workplace, the neighborhood, the community, and throughout the world. The members of Calvary Chapel of LaPine devote themselves to this commission as ones who are purposefully sent, whether across the street, across an ocean or anywhere in between, in order to be Christ’s ambassador who faithfully proclaim and embody the good news of the Gospel.
Matthew 9:37-38; John 17:18
The Bible teaches that there is no greater demonstration of love than the act of one giving their life for another. At the heart of the Gospel is this manner of sacrificial giving. God, in a gracious act towards humanity, gave His only Son to die as a sacrifice so that many could live. Jesus willingly and obediently gave His life so that all who call upon His name could be saved from the wrath of God, thereby obtaining an eternal inheritance. The members of Calvary Chapel LaPine sacrificially give of their time, resources, possessions, and abilities so that others may know and take hold of the generous gift of salvation made available by a generous and loving God.
Proverbs 14:21; Luke 2:15; Acts 2:45; James 2:14-16
Prayer is central in the life of the believer, both personally and collectively within the local fellowship. It is an acknowledgement of our complete and utter dependence upon God. The members of Calvary Chapel LaPine regularly pray whenever we gather, offering prayers of thanksgiving, adoration, confession, and supplication to the God who created all things, holds all things together, and is sovereign over all things.
Matthew 6:5-13; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:16