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					Greetings and welcome to the Refuge,

Thank you for taking the time to attend our Refuge 101 class. This class is
designed to be a brief and informative tour to get you familiar with what Refuge is
all about as you consider becoming a part of our ministry team.

We want you to know who we are, where we’ve been as well as what we believe,
what our mission is and how we hope to accomplish that mission.

We know that this region is filled with great churches, each with a unique culture
and vision. Choosing a church to connect with is kind of like waiting on a bus
bench for your bus to come along. It’s important to make sure you get on the right
bus or you may never reach your desired destination. We want you to know where
this bus called Refuge is going.

Please feel free to ask questions during and after the session.

We certainly hope you become a fully engaged Refugee, working with us to further
the proclamation of the Gospel here in Huntington Beach and around the world.

Welcome to the Refuge team

Grace & Peace in Jesus

Pastor Bill
                    Refuge 101 – Becoming A Refugee
Why these classes?        We want you to ______           _____   _____.

Refuge.101 - Becoming A Refugee
      All "helps" ministry
      Helping in children's ministry & youth ministry
      Ushering (men & women)
      Parking Ministry
      Common Ground Café
      Recording & Sound ministry
      Worship team involvement
      Prayer chain (phone & email)
      Taggers Ministry

Refuge.201 - Providing Refuge
      Teaching in children's ministry
      Leading discipleship & accountability groups
      Hosting a home group
      Teaching Bible study
      After service prayer team
      Counseling ministry

Refuge.301 - Refuge Leaders
      Leading an area of ministry within the church
      Leading an outreach team, missions team
      Leading a home group
      Overseeing ministry leaders

IMPORTANT NOTE: All ministries will have additional, specific training requirements.
Completion of each class qualifies a member for greater responsibility as well as higher
expectations. Luke 12:48

1. __________: Without ______ the people perish.                      Pro. 29:18 &
Hab. 2:2

We’ll look at our ministry in 3 “Time Zones” . . .

    Our Past (History):

    Our Present (Actions):
     Our Future (Mission):
We want you to know . . .
     Where we ________
     Our __________
     Our team __________________
     How to move from the "_______" to the "_______                            ______":
             o The "_____" - Our local community:                     Huntington Beach (8-10 mile
             radius)
             o The "______" - Our weekly crowd: Mixed multitude (saved & unsaved)
             o The "_______" - Our committed members – People that make Refuge
             a refuge.
             o The "_______" - Solidly connected: The servant base (staff and
             volunteer)
             o The "_______              ______" - Our core: Leaders (staff and volunteer)
2. ___________:              Developing a cohesive team
              Unity of _____________
              Unity of _____________
              Unity in _______            _________
              Being on "____           _______         ______" - in philosophy of ministry and
             focus

1 Cor. 1:10-13 "Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same
thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in
the same judgment. 11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's
household, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now I say this, that each of you says, "I am of Paul," or "I
am of Apollos," or "I am of Cephas," or "I am of Christ." 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were
you baptized in the name of Paul?"
Amos 3:3   Can two walk together unless they are in agreement?
Psalm 133 Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious
oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is
like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing – Life
evermore.
Phil. 1:27 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am
absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast, with one mind striving together for the faith of the Gospel.
Eph. 4:1-3 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were
called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep
the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

                                       6 Truths About Unity
                                   Psa. 133 – Phil. 1:27 – Eph. 4:1-3

     Unity is _____________

     Unity is _____________

     Unity is _____________

     Unity is _____________

     Unity is _____________

     Unity is _____________

3. ____________(Ecc. 4:12                      & Lev. 26:8)

     Lev. 26:8 – Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put
       ten thousand to flight.

     Ecc. 8:12 – Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand
       him and a threefold cord is not quickly broken

                                              Our History

A church with 2 names:
    ________________________
    ________________________

                                  A Fresh Name – A Fresh Focus
       1976 – Home Bible study in Garden Grove
       1977 – Incorporated: Calvary Chapel Westminster
       1991 – Moved into HB. Became Calvary Chapel HB.
       1997 – Bill Welsh became the senior pastor
    2002 – Purchased facility at 7800 Edinger
    2004 (Aug-Sept) – A Season of Change
    BTW: Still affiliated with Calvary Chapel movement.             (See Philosophy of
      Calvary Chapel)
                                      Who Are We?

              A __________ _________ trying to
                   _________ __________
   How? By using many ____________                        ____________


              Where Are We Going? – Our Mission

    “_______             ______          ____         ______          __________”
Our mission here at Refuge is to be a community of compassionate followers
of Jesus Christ offering a safe environment to all who are seeking to connect
or reconnect with God through Jesus Christ.

             “One _______ – One _______ – One _________”


____________:              _____         _____        _______           _____      – The name
above every name – “There salvation in any other for there is no other name under heaven, given
among men whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12




_____________: Hawaiians call it ________.                              We call it family and it’s
bigger than our local fellowship.    We recognize the larger family of God made up of all those
who confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. They are from every continent and all nation
(ethnos) on earth – at least those nations that have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “Through
Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” Eph. 2:13-19
______________:            To love God with all everything we are by loving those within our
reach. We will obey Jesus’ last command and go into all the world with the comforting message
of the Gospel. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations . . .” Matt. 18:18-20

                           What “Refuge” means to us

Refuge is a _________           – God is not an unknowable, distant deity. He is
revealed in scripture as our Father. He invites us to make Him our hiding place,
strong tower, shelter and haven.      Psalm 46:1 & 61 / Ruth 2:10-14

Refuge is a _________            – A “sheltering family”. Receive one another just as
Christ also received us.      Romans 14:1 & 15:7

Refuge is a _________ – Any location where God’s people do God’s business
becomes a refuge, a safe place where seeking souls can find a family of Jesus’
followers who will help them understand the truth of God’s word as well as provide
a genuine community within which they can grow in their relationship with God
and one another.          Acts. 2:46-47      Numbers 35         Joshua 21
“So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house they
ate their bread with simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And
the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”


In other words . . . Refuge is a place where ____                     ______        ____
___ ______ ____ ______.



                                 What Refuge is NOT

    ______________           ______________



    _______________            or __________________
 “__________          ___________”



       Refuge CULTURE - Our Values – Written In Stone
 Passionate Worship (Psalm 100:4-5) Location: Center doorway
          o     Musically Contemporary
          o     Whole Person: “All your heart, soul, mind, strength”
 Missions (Mat. 28:18-20) Location: Center doorway
          o     Missions
 The Gospel     (1 Cor. 2:2, 3:11) Location: Base of cross tower
         o         Go everywhere – tell everyone their sins can be forgiven
 Simple Faith (2 Chron. 16:9) Location: Nu-Vision gate
          o       Dynamic confidence in God
          o       Pressing past barriers to bring life
 The Word of God (Psa. 119:105) Location: Base of cross tower
         o      Simple, clear teaching & Discipleship
         o      Timeless truth - fresh application
 Holy Spirit   (John 7:37-38) Location: Outside bookstore
          o        Expecting the Spirit to transform
          o        Asking the Spirit to fill - Allowing The Spirit to lead
 Family (Psa. 127:1) Location: Left of courtyard stage
          o       Isaiah 8:18 - Building up husband & wife
          o       Conferences & Support counseling
 Children (Mat. 19:13-14) Location: Children’s window wall
          o      Involving the kids in the work
 Mercy (Ruth 2:8-13 & Zech.9:12) Location: Round courtyard pillar
         o      Poor - Homeless - Broken - Hungry - Prisoners
 Refuge     (Mat. 11:28 & Psm. 46:1) Location: North of east        lawn
            o     Open invitation - Open doors
 Love & Community (1 Cor. 13) Location: Stage left steps
          o   Safety – Diversity - Acceptance
 Personal Ministry (1 Cor. 15:58) Location: Edinger sidewalk
         o       Equipping the saints - Preparing to release the team
 Genuineness (Rom. 12:9)
         o      Sincere love for people       - Living w/o hypocrisy
   Culturally Relevant & Creative (Acts 17)
            o       In touch with culture – but not spoiled by it
            o       Find new ways to present Christ
            o       Express our faith in artistic ways - Combining Heart & Art
          True or False:          “Only Thing Constant Is Change”

Some Things _________ Change

   Our __________ is always changing.

   _________ is always evolving

   ___________           __________ are changing constantly




Some Things That ___________ change

   God’s ________ endures forever – Ps. 135:13


   God’s ________ endures to all generations – Psalm 100:5


   God’s ________ stands forever – Ps. 33:11


   God’s ________ endures forever – Psalm 118


   God’s ________ is never ending – Jer. 31:3


   God’s ________ is to all generations – Psalm 119:90
   God’s ________ is everlasting – Isaiah 26:4



                   Please Call Him “Father”

  As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who
 fear Him. For He knows our frame, He remembers that we
                             are dust.
                         Psalm 103:13-14

God is our father. Jesus told us to address God as our father.
That is not metaphor. We truly are His children. Designed,
created, sustained by God. We were made to know God.
As a lost child has one need; to be reunited with their father,
the one crucial need in all humanity is to live our life in an
intimate relationship with our heavenly Father whom David
says “pities” us.

To be pitied by God is much different than the pity we feel for
those involved in some distant tragedy thousands of miles
away. God’s pity translates into tangible mercy, provision,
forgiveness & sustaining grace. Every day God’s pity
impacts my life. He remembers what I am made of; weak
and valueless dust. But He loves and embraces this dust,
making us more than dust. Redeemed dust destined for a
glorious transformation on the day we become like Him.
May I become content to know that I am His beloved dust,
and that He allows me to call Him Father.

Thank You, Father for sweeping up the dust of my life and
making me Yours.

                       In Jesus’ Strong Name
                                 Bill
                   PERSONAL FOUNDATIONS
                      A Refugee’s Walk With God

                             S–O–A–P

   ____________:     Write it out


   ____________:     What does it say – What’s happening here?


   ____________:     What is God Saying to me?


   ____________:     Write out your response to God


Don’t _________    ______.

DO THIS IN __________     _________.

DO THIS _____________.


           Refuge Membership: Where Do I Sign?

We don’t do membership at Refuge in the traditional manner. We
believe that all true followers of Jesus Christ are members of His church
and therefore should live accountably toward one another.

We also believe that God has raised up this Church for a specific purpose
in these last days and in order to accomplish that purpose it is essential
that we both worship and work together as members one of another
under the leadership of the Holy Spirit and the lordship of Jesus Christ.

                       Profile of a Refugee
  1. Members have ________   _______                   ____       ______
     _______ and ______ ___________.

  2. Members are _______           ________ the gatherings of the
     church.

  3. Members are committed to the _______ of Refuge.

  4. Members are committed to the _______                 ____     _____
     _____.

  5. Members are regularly ________ for the ministry of Refuge

  6. Members using their __________             ______in the ministry
     of Refuge.

  7. Members contribute their _____, ________ and ______
     in the ministry of Refuge as God leads.

  8. Members are involved in the ___________               ____     ____
     _________ of Refuge.

  9. Members are __________            __________ and ________ to
     the ministry of Refuge.
             Finding Your Place at Refuge?
A. __________ _________ to God (Romans 12:1) and see why God
has planted you in this fellowship. Then, discover your gifts and the
calling of God in your own life.


B. _________ to show yourself approved unto God (2 Timothy 2:15).
As you grow in your relationship with God, let him prepare you for
effective service.


C. ___________ __________ to the work of Jesus Christ in this
fellowship. Get involved anywhere He directs. We should all be saying
what Isaiah said: "Here I am, Send Me!"


D. ______ __________ in a home group or small group with other
members of Refuge. All ministry happens in the context of relationship
with other people, saved and unsaved. Do the next thing God places
before you. Serve God fervently as you joyfully serve other people.


E. Attend the “________ _________” then decide (after completing
each class) which area of ministry you believe God is leading you into.


F.    Approach     ministry   leaders    to   _________        ________
____________.


G. Do all that you do with a _________   ________ (hilarious, joy-filled).
2 Cor. 9:7


Remember that it is actually the Lord that you are serving and He will
reward you. Col. 3:24.   So let’s serve as unto the Lord!
               How We Operate:           Our structure
There are many models of church structure. Here’s ours.

_______ _______: The true head of the church. Eph. 5:23/Matt. 16:18

_______      _______: The senior pastor is directly responsible to God
for the well-being and nurture of this local church, feeding them the
word of God and seeking God’s direction for the congregation. 1 Peter
5:1-4


_________      _______:     Assistant pastors share the task of providing
sound Bible teaching counsel for the members of the church along with
accomplishing administrative tasks. 2 Tim. 2:2


____________       _______:        Staff members are added to in the daily
operation of the church, including business, financial, communication,
janitorial, admin. etc. Acts 6:3-4


____________       _________: Men and women with a calling to work
in a particular area of ministry assist in the leadership of many programs
of the church. Most of these are non-paid volunteers without which
the church would not be able to effectively operate.


_________      _________: The church board is set in place to provide
business, legal and financial accountability in the making of major
decisions.    The board is lead by the senior pastor and meets monthly.


Every _________ is a __________: We believe every true believer
has a calling and spiritual gifts, given by God to be used in some aspect
of the operation and ministry of the church. 1 Cor. 12:7, 11 & Eph. 4:7
It All Comes Down To __________________
   Do all that we do with a ________      _____   2 Cor. 9:7
   A servant has _______       ______   ___________ in mind.    Phil.
  2:4
   Remember that it is actually the Lord that you are _______ and He
  will ___________ you. Col. 3:24



             A Word of Encouragement For The Weary
Because faithfulness in ministry is crucial to a team fulfilling their
objectives and because those who put their whole heart into serving
Jesus Christ may experience occasional “burn-out”, let’s answer the
question “What do we do when the joy of serving is gone?”

   Check the ______      ___    _____. Galatians 6:9-10

   Check your _________.       Ephesians 6:6

   Check your _________.

   Refuse the temptation to ________           ________    ________ &
  _______.

   Talk to your ________       __________ about how you are feeling.

   Pray with him/her asking God to _______          ____   _____ (John
  15:11) and direction.
    In some cases it is good to take a _______ ______ but as quickly
   as possible return to the assignment God has given you unless you
   believe He is changing that assignment.

    Don't replace _________ with _______ (except for a short break)
   Mark 6:31. Get back in the saddle.


                                 A Final Reminder
________ is the guiding principle governing all relationships
within the church.

    John 13:34-35 - Love one another.
    Eph 5:15-21 submit to one another in the fear of God.

The bottom line in all we do: "_____ ____ ______
_______"
   He alone sets people free.
   He alone saves.
   He alone restores the shattered heart and soul of man.


                        Ministry Team Dress Guidelines
Because we are a more casual church, it can be difficult to define an acceptable manner of dress
for those involved in frontline ministry.    By “frontline”, we mean those who are leading or
serving in any aspect of ministry that puts them before people who are a part of the fellowship
or attending a Refuge event or gathering.

Styles continue to change and recycle so to write up a rigid & meticulously detailed dress code is
a bit unrealistic. We don’t demand coats and ties or even tucked in shirts. We are fine with
jeans as long as they’re clean and not revealing or ripped in those “private places.” That being
said, here are some basic guidelines:
     Please remember that because you are in the spotlight and you are being watched.
     Avoid wearing the kind of clothing that would create a distraction. To exaggerate . . .
        please avoid spandex, strapless tops & dresses and speedos (unless, of course, you are
        being baptized in Australia).
      Please avoid short shorts and extremely tight jeans.
      Printed t-shirts are OK as long as they are not promoting something like a beer company
        (“Celebrate With Guiness”), bar or something a bit, shall we say, “racy.”
      Skirt & dress lengths . . . Please be modest.
      Basically, dress toward the conservative side.
      Our desire is to magnify Jesus, not distract people by what we are wearing.

Special Events: There may occasionally be a memo for a special event regarding manner of
dress. Yes, you may wear your clown suit for our Harvest Festival (Halloween alternative).
Otherwise, use the above guidelines.
                   Calvinism, Arminianism & The Word of God
                          A Calvary Chapel Perspective By Chuck Smith

                                       INTRODUCTION

What does it mean to be a part of the growing number of Calvary Chapel Fellowships? There are
certain distinctions that cause us to stand out among other evangelical churches. We could point
to our shared commitment to systematic Bible teaching or the emphasis upon love that
transcends all cultural and ethnic barriers. Calvary Chapels have also been known for focus on
worship, featuring contemporary music loyal to the Word of God and the desire of His people to
praise their Lord. Without exception, Calvary Chapels have taken a strong stand for a
pre-tribulational and pre-millennial view of the second coming of Jesus Christ. We have also
expressed a steadfast love and support for the nation of Israel, its right to an historic homeland
and its need for the Messiah. But most importantly, Calvary Chapel has been known for striking a
balance between extremes on controversial theological issues that have often caused division
rather than unity in the body of Christ.

Calvary Chapels have no desire to be divisive nor dogmatic in areas where Bible believers and
teachers have disagreed. However, it is important to state as clearly as possible the doctrinal
basis of our fellowship and unity with one another, especially in the area of pastoral leadership
and teaching. While we welcome believers who disagree with us to our fellowship, we do
encourage a measure of doctrinal understanding and unity among our pastors who teach us the
truths of God’s Word.

Calvary Chapels try to avoid conclusions, terminology, and arguments, which are not clearly
presented in the Bible. In no area of controversy is this approach more essential than in the long
simmering debate between Calvinists and Arminians. In the midst of this heated argument it is
easy to ignore or neglect the plain statements of the Bible, or to believe that we have the ability
to fully understand the ways of God (Romans 11:33-36). But how tragic it is when we become
more concerned with being “right” than being loving. When we discuss the ministry of the Holy
Spirit, it is easy to disagree over terms such as “baptism” and “filling” and to miss the blessing
and power of God’s Spirit in our lives. The way we conduct our debates and express our opinions
will sometimes “quench” as well as “grieve” the blessed Spirit who dwells within the believer. In
the midst of our arguments over spiritual gifts, we can miss the Biblical admonition to love, which
clearly is greater than all the gifts (I Cor. 12:31-14:1) Our desire is to bring believers together in
the love and unity of the Holy Spirit. Our focus is on our awesome God, not on ourselves. We are
committed to glorifying our Lord in all we say and do.

Perhaps no issue is as important or as potentially divisive as the doctrine of salvation, reflected in
the debate between followers of John Calvin (1509-1564) and those of Jacob Hermann
(1560-1609), best known by the Latin form of his last name, Arminius.

Since the Protestant Reformation in the 16th Century, Christian churches and leaders have
disagreed over such issues as depravity, God’s sovereignty, human responsibility, election,
predestination, eternal security and the nature and extent of the atonement of Jesus Christ.

Although trained in the reformed tradition, Arminius had serious doubts bout the doctrine of
“sovereign grace” as taught by the followers of John Calvin. He was a pastor of the Reformed
congregation in Amsterdam (1588), but during his fifteen years of ministry there, he began to
question any of the conclusions of Calvinism. He left the pastorate and became professor of
theology at the University of Leyden. It was his series of lectures on election and predestination
that led to a violent and tragic controversy. After his death in 1609, his followers developed the
Remonstrance of 1610 which outlined the “Five Points of Arminianism.” This document was a
protest against the doctrines of the Calvinists, and was, submitted to the State of Holland. In
1618, a National Synod of the Church was convened in Dort to examine the teachings or Arminius
in the light of Scripture. After 154 sessions, lasting seven months, the Five Points of Arminianism
were declared to be heretical. After the synod, many of the disciples of Arminius, such as Hugo
Grotius, were imprisoned or banished. When John Wesley took up some of the teachings of
Arminianism, the movement began to grow, and it affected the Methodist tradition as well as the
beliefs of most Pentecostal and Charismatic churches.



                                         ARMINIANISM
The “Five Points of Arminianism” included the following:
FREE WILL:    Arminius believed that the fall of man was not total, maintaining that there was
enough good left in man for him to will to accept Jesus Christ unto salvation.
CONDITIONAL ELECTION: Arminius believed that election was based on the foreknowledge of
God as to who would believe. Man’s “act of faith” was seen as the “condition” or his being
elected to eternal life, since God foresaw him exercising his free will” in response to Jesus Christ.
UNIVERSAL ATONEMENT: Arminius held that redemption was based on the fact that God loves
everybody, that Christ died for everyone, and that the Father is not willing that any should
perish. The death of Christ provided the grounds for God to save all men, but each must exercise
his own “free will” in order to be saved.
OBSTRUCTABLE GRACE: Arminius believed that since God wanted all men to be saved, He sent
the Holy Spirit to “woo” all men to Christ, but since man has absolute “free will,” he is able to
resist God’s will for his life. He believed that God’s will to save all men can be frustrated by the
finite will of man. He also taught that man exercises his own will first, and then is born again.
FALLING FROM GRACE: If man cannot be saved by God unless it is man’s will to be saved, then
man cannot continue in salvation unless he continues to will to be saved.
                                           CALVINISM
Interestingly, John Calvin, the French reformer, did not formulate what today we know as the
Five Points of Calvinism. This came out of the Canons of the Council of Dort (1618), and
subsequent statements among the many Reformed Confessions have expanded upon these
matters. Calvinism has been known for outstanding scholars, theologians, preachers, and
reformers, men such as John Owen, George Whitefield, William Wilberforce, Abraham Kuyper,
Charles Hodge, B.B. Warfield, J. Gresham Machen, and Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Those in the reformed tradition who answered the teachings of Arminius chose the word “TULIP”
as an acrostic to summarize their answer to the Five Points of Arminianism”:

“T” = TOTAL DEPRAVITY: The Calvinists believed that man is in absolute bondage to sin and
Satan, unable to exercise his own will to trust in Jesus Christ without the help of God.
“U” = UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION: The Calvinists believed that foreknowledge is based upon
the plan and purpose of God, and that election is not based upon the decision of man, but the
“free will” of the Creator alone.
“L” = LIMITED ATONEMENT: The Calvinists believed that Jesus Christ died to save those who
were given to Him by the Father in eternity past. In their view, all for whom Jesus died (the elect)
will be saved, and all for whom He did not die (the non-elect) will be lost.
“I” = IRRESISTIBLE GRACE: The Calvinists believed that the Lord possesses irresistible grace that
cannot be obstructed. They taught that the free will of man is so far removed from salvation, that
the elect are regenerated (made spiritually alive) by God even before expressing faith in Jesus
Christ for salvation. If a totally depraved person wasn’t made alive by the Holy Spirit, such a
calling on God would be impossible.
“P” = PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS: The Calvinists believed that salvation is entirely the work
of the Lord, and that man has absolutely nothing to do with the process. The saints will persevere
because God will see to it that He will finish the work He has begun.



                           CALVARY CHAPEL’S PERSPECTIVE
It is not our purpose to take sides on these issues or to divide the body of Jesus Christ over
human interpretations of these Biblical truths concerning our salvation. We simply desire to state
how we in the Calvary Chapel fellowships understand the Bible’s teaching regarding these
matters.
DEPRAVITY: We believe that all are sinners (Romans 3:23) and unable by human performance
to earn, deserve, or merit salvation (Titus 3:5). We believe that the wages of sin is death (Romans
6:23), and that apart from God’s grace, no one can be saved (Ephesians 2:8-9). We believe that
none are righteous, or capable of doing good (Romans 3:10-12), and that apart from the
conviction and regeneration of the Holy Spirit, none can be saved (John 1:12-13; 16:8-11; I Peter
1:23-25). Mankind is clearly fallen and lost in sin.
ELECTION: We believe that God chose the believer before the foundation of the world
(Ephesians 1:4-6), and based on His foreknowledge, has predestined the believer to be
conformed to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29-30). We believe that God offers salvation to all
who will call on His name. Romans 10: 13 says, “For whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord
shall be saved.” We also believe that God calls to Himself those who will believe in His Son, Jesus
Christ (I Corinthians 1:9). However, the Bible also teaches that an invitation (or call) is given to all,
but that only a few will accept it. We see this balance throughout scripture. Revelation 22:17
states, “And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” I Peter 1:2 tells us we are,
“elect according to the foreknowledge of God, the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit,
unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.” Matthew 22:14 says, “For many are
called, but few are chosen (elected).” God clearly does choose, but man must also accept God’s
invitation to salvation.
ATONEMENT: We believe that Jesus Christ died as a propitiation (a satisfaction of the righteous
wrath of God against sin) “for the whole world” (I John 2:2; 4:9-10), and that He redeems and
forgives all who will believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as their only hope of
salvation from sin, death, and hell (Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:18-19). We believe that eternal life is
a gift of God (Romans 6:23), and that “whosoever believeth” in Jesus Christ will not perish, but
will have eternal life (John 3:16-18). I Timothy 4:10 says “we trust in the living God, who is the
Savior of all men, specially of those that believe.” Hebrews 2:9 states that Jesus, “was made a
little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that He, by
the grace of God, should taste death for every man.” The atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ was
clearly sufficient to save the entire human race.
GRACE: We believe that God’s grace is not the result of human effort or worthiness (Romans
3:24-28; 11:6), but is the response of God’s mercy and love to those who will believe in His Son
(Ephesians 2:4-10). Grace gives to us what we do not deserve nor can earn by our performance
(Romans 11:6). We believe that God’s grace and mercy can be resisted by us. Jesus said in
Matthew 23:37, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them who
are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen
gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not.”
We are not condemned because we have no opportunity to be saved, but a person is
condemned because he makes a choice not to believe (John 3:18). In John 5:40 we read “And ye
will not come to Me, that ye might have life.” Jesus also said in John 6:37, “All that the Father
giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:40
states, “And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that everyone who seeth the Son, and believeth
on Him, may have everlasting life.” In John 7:37 Jesus said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto
Me, and drink.” In John 11:26 He adds “whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.”
Jesus clearly acknowledges the fact of human resistance and rejection. In John 12:46-48 He said,
“I am come as a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in
darkness. And if any man hear My words, and believe not, I judge him not; for I came, not to
judge the world but to save the world. He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words, hath
One that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”
In Stephen’s message in Acts 7:51, he concluded with, “Ye stiff-necked and uncircumcised in
heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost; as your fathers did, so do ye.” In Romans
10:21, the apostle Paul quotes Isaiah 65:2 when he speaks of God’s words to Israel, “All day long I
have stretched forth My hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.” In one of the five
warning passages of the book of Hebrews, we read in Hebrews 10:26, “For if we sin willfully after
we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.” Verse
29 adds, “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath
trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the ‘blood of the covenant, with which he
was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” Clearly, God’s
grace can either be resisted or received by the exercise of human free will.
PERSEVERANCE: We believe that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ
our Lord (Romans 8:38-39), and that there is no condemnation to those who are in Jesus Christ
(Romans 8:1). We believe that the promise of Jesus in John 10:27-28 is clear: “My sheep hear My
voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall
never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.” Jesus said in John 6:37, “him
that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” We have this assurance in Philippians 1:6 “Being
confident of this very thing, that He who hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the
day of Jesus Christ.” We believe that the Holy Spirit has sealed us unto the day of redemption
(Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30).
But we also are deeply concerned over the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23: “Not every one
that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will
of my Father, who is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not
prophesied in Thy name? And in Thy name have cast out devils?
And in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew
you; depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Apparently there are many who claim to be
believers that in fact are not.
Jesus said in Luke 9:62, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for
the kingdom of God.” I Corinthians 6:9-10 insists that “the unrighteous shall not inherit the
kingdom of Cod” and warns us not o be deceived. A list is then given of various kinds of sinful
lifestyles with an ending remark that they will not inherit the kingdom of God. Similar statements
and conclusions are given in Galatians 5:19-21 and Ephesians 5:3-5.
Galatians 5:4 says “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the
law; ye are fallen from grace.” Colossians 1:22-23 says about Jesus Christ “In the body of his flesh
through death, to present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in His sight, if ye continue
in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye
have heard, and which was preached to every creature that is under heaven, of which I, Paul, am
made a minister.” II Timothy 2:12 says “if we deny Him, He also will deny us.” Hebrews 3:12 says,
“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the
living God.” Can true believers (“brethren”) depart from the living God? I Timothy 4:1 says that
“in the latter times, some shall depart from the faith.” II Thessalonians 2:3 speaks of “a falling
away” or an apostasy. II Peter 2:20-21 makes these remarkable statements: “For if, after they
have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ, they are again entangled in it, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the
beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than,
after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.”
It is no wonder that Peter says in I Peter 1:10, “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to
make your calling and election sure; for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” We thank God
for the encouragement of Jude 24 - “Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to
present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.”

                                             Conclusion
Maintaining a Bible centered balance in these difficult issues is of great importance. We do
believe in the perseverance of the saints (true believers), but are deeply concerned about sinful
lifestyles and rebellious hearts among those who call themselves “Christians.” We don’t have all
the answers to these matters, but we desire to be faithful to the Lord and His word. If we find
ourselves basing our view of salvation on the performance and attitudes of people we become
discouraged and concerned. But when we keep our eyes on the Lord, and trust in Him alone and
in His power, we say with Peter in I Peter 1:3-9:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, according to His abundant mercy, hath
begotten us again unto a lively hop(c by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance
incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who arc kept by the
power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this ye greatly rejoice,
though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations, that the trial of
your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be
found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ, whom, having not seen, ye love; in
whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory,
receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”

It is not easy to maintain the unity of the Spirit among us on these matters. It seems that the
sovereignty of God and human responsibility are like two parallel lines that do not seem to
intersect within our finite minds. God’s ways are “past finding out” (Romans 11:33), and the Bible
warns us to “lean not unto thy own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). To say what God says in the
Bible - no more and no less - is not always easy, comfortable, or completely understandable. But
Scripture tells us that the wisdom from above will be loving and kind toward all, seeking the unity
of the believers, not trying to find ways to divide and separate from one another. May God help
us all to love each other, to be kind, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as Jesus Christ has
forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32)! In difficult doctrinal matters, may we have gracious attitudes and
humble hearts, desiring most of all to please Him who has called us to serve Him in the body of
Christ. Discussion- YES! Disagreements - YES! Division - NO!
Jesus said, “By their fruit ye shall know them.” When a particular position on the Scriptures
causes one to become argumentative, legalistic, and divisive, I question the validity of that
position. I seek to embrace those things that tend to make me more loving and kind, more
forgiving and merciful. I know then that I am becoming more like my Lord. If you have come to a
strong personal conviction on one side of a doctrinal issue, please grant us the privilege of first
seeing how it has helped you to become more Christ-like in your nature, and then we will judge
whether we need to come to that same persuasion. Let us always be certain to look at the fruit
of the teaching.
Seek those things that produce the loving nature of Jesus in our lives. I would rather have the
wrong facts and a right attitude, than right facts and a wrong attitude. God can change my
understanding of the facts in a moment, but it often takes a lifetime to effect changes of
attitude.
                                          Yours in love,
                                           Chuck Smith

                            A comment from Pastor Bill Welsh
I am in full agreement with the "Calvary Chapel Perspective" expounded by Pastor Chuck. The
debate discussed above, became necessary when well-meaning believers crystallized their beliefs
around particular interpretations of certain biblical passages regarding the eternal aspects of our
salvation. At times God has graciously given us a "peek" or "glimpse" into the eternal. Moses
was permitted to see the "after glow" of God. But imagine how foolish it would have been for
Moses to have attempted a full portrait of God based on the limited revelation he
received. That is where we are in regard to many areas of truth. We know all there is to know
concerning what it takes for a person to be saved. We have a few brief statements concerning
election & predestination. Enough to show us that God is involved in the process long before we
choose to believe.
We must eliminate from our "creeds" and our "tenets of faith" all supposition and conjecture,
leaving those issues for good-natured discussion and debate.
Though there would obviously be many items upon which we would agree on both sides of this
particular debate, we do reject the notion that either side has arrived at the definitive statement
concerning issues of election, predestination, depravity, foreknowledge etc.
I share with all believers, the desire for accuracy in all areas of doctrine. However, we must
remember the exhortation in Deuteronomy 29:29 "The secret things belong to the LORD our
God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may
do all the words of this law. In other words, even God has some secrets. But He has revealed to
us all we need to know to live godly & fruitful lives. 2 Peter 1:2-3 2 Timothy 3:16
We are told to avoid disputable issues. 1 Timothy 1:4, 6:3-5, 2 Timothy 2:23-26 Titus 3:8-11.
Jesus said that we were to go into all the world and make disciples of every nation, teaching
them to obey all things that He commanded. Therefore I believe that our primary focus in
doctrine is to come to the place of obedience to the mandates of the Word of God. Here is a
partial list just the commandments of Jesus Christ:
    Believe in the name of the Son of God
    Preach the gospel to all people
    Make disciples of all nations
     Preach repentance and forgiveness of sins
     Love the Lord with all your heart
     Love your neighbor as your self
     Love one another as I have loved you
     Pray for laborers for the harvest
Let's set our hearts to obey these mandates from Jesus and avoid the pitfalls on either extreme
of the theological spectrum. Let's reach as many as we can with the simple gospel of Jesus
Christ. Let's love as many as we can within our spheres of influence. Let's equip as many as we
can for fruitful service. Let's send as many as we can to the uttermost parts of the earth.
                           Grace & Peace in the Strong Name of Jesus Christ
                                                 Bill Welsh




                                     ONE-SIDED THEOLOGY

                                             C.H MacIntosh

WE HAVE LATELY RECEIVED a long letter, furnishing a very striking proof of the bewildering effect of
one-sided theology. Our correspondent is evidently under the influence of what is styled the high school
of doctrine. Hence, he cannot see the rightness of calling upon the unconverted to “come,” to “hear,” to
“repent,” or to “believe.” It seems to him like telling a crab-tree to bear some apples in order that it may
become an apple-tree.

Now, we thoroughly believe that faith is the gift of God, and that it is not according to man’s will or by
human power. And further, we believe that not a single soul would ever come to Christ if not drawn, yea,
compelled by divine grace so to do; and therefore all who are saved have to thank the free and sovereign
grace of God for it; their song is, and ever shall be, “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name
give glory, for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth’s sake.”

And this we believe not as part of a certain system of doctrine, but as the revealed truth of God. But, on
the other hand, we believe, just as fully, in the solemn truth of man’s moral responsibility, inasmuch as it
is plainly taught in Scripture, though we do not find it amongst what are called “the five points of the faith
of God’s elect.”

We believe these five points, so far as they go; but they are very far indeed from containing the faith of
God’s elect. There are wide fields of divine revelation which this stunted and one-sided system does not
touch upon, or even hint at, in the most remote manner. Where do we find the heavenly calling? Where
have we the grand scope of prophecy opened to the vision of our souls, in that which is so pompously
styled “the faith of God’s elect”? We look in vain for a single trace of them in the entire system to which
our friend is attached.
Now, can we suppose for a moment that the blessed apostle Paul would accept as “the faith of God’s
elect” a system which leaves out that glorious mystery of the Church of which he was specially made the
minister? Suppose any one had shewn Paul "the five points" of Calvinism, as a statement of the truth of
God, what would he have said? What! "The whole truth of God;" "the faith of God's elect;" "all that is
essential to be believed;” and yet not a syllable about the real position of the Church—its calling, its
standing, its hopes, its privileges! 
 


And not a word about Israel’s future! A complete ignoring, or at best a thorough alienation, of the
promises made to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David! The whole body of prophetic teaching subjected to a
system of spiritualizing, falsely so called, whereby Israel is robbed of its

proper portion, and Christians dragged down to an earthly level—and this presented to us with the lofty
pretension of “The faith of God’s elect!”

Thank God it is not so. He, blessed be His name, has not confined Himself within the narrow limits of any
school of doctrine, high, low, or moderate. He has revealed Himself. He has told out the deep and
precious secrets of His heart. He has unfolded His eternal counsels, as to the Church, as to Israel, the
Gentiles, and the wide creation. Men might as well attempt to confine the ocean in buckets of their own
formations to confine the vast range of divine revelation within the feeble enclosures of human systems
of doctrine. It cannot be done, and it ought not to be attempted. Better far to set aside the systems of
theology and schools divinity, and come like a little child to the eternal fountain of Holy Scripture, and
there drink in the living teachings of God’s Spirit.

Nothing is more damaging to the truth of God, more withering to the soul, or more subversive of all
spiritual growth and progress than mere theology, high or low—Calvinistic or Arminian. It is impossible for
the soul to make progress beyond the boundaries of the system to which it is attached. If I am taught to
regard “the five points” as “the faith of God’s elect,” I shall not think of looking beyond them; and then a
most glorious field of heavenly truth is shut out from the vision of my soul. I am stunted, narrowed,
one-sided; and I am in danger of getting into that hard, dry state of soul which results from being
occupied with mere points of doctrine instead of with Christ.

A disciple of the high school of doctrine will not hear of a world-wide gospel—of God’s love to the
world—of glad tidings to every creature under Heaven. He has only gotten a gospel for the elect. On the
other hand, a disciple of the low or Arminian school will not hear of the eternal security of God’s people.
Their salvation depends partly upon Christ, and partly upon themselves. According to this system, the
song of the redeemed should be changed. Instead of “Worthy is the Lamb,” we should have to add, “and
worthy are we.” We may be saved to-day, and lost to-morrow. All this dishonors God, and robs the
Christian of all true peace. 
 


We do not write to offend the reader. Nothing is further from our thoughts. We are dealing not with
persons, but with schools of doctrine and systems of divinity which we would, most earnestly, entreat our
beloved readers to abandon, at once, and for ever. Not one of them contains the full, entire truth of God.
There are certain elements of truth in all of them; but the truth is often neutralized by the error; and even
if we could find a system which contains, so far as it goes, nothing but the truth, yet if it does not contain
the whole truth, its effect upon the soul is pernicious, because it leads a person to plume himself on
having the truth of God when, in reality, he has only laid hold of a one-sided system of man.

Then again we rarely find a mere disciple of any school of doctrine who can face Scripture as a whole.
Favorite texts will be quoted and continually reiterated; but a large body of Scripture is left almost wholly
unappropriated. For example, take such passages as the following, "But now God commandeth all men
everywhere to repent" (Acts 17:30.) And again, “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the
knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2). So also, in 2 Peter, “The Lord… is long-suffering to usward, not willing
that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (chap 3:9). And, in the very closing section
of the volume, we read, “Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

Are these passage to be taken as they stand, or are we to introduce qualifying or modifying words to
make them fit in with our system? The fact is, they set forth the largeness of the heart of God, the
gracious activities of His nature, the wide aspect of His love. It is not according to the loving heart of God
that any of His creatures should perish. There is no such thing in Scripture as any decree of God
consigning a certain number of the human race to eternal damnation.* Some may be judicially given over
to blindness because of deliberate rejection of the light (see Rom. 9:17; Heb. 6:4-6; 10:26-27; 2 Thess.
2:11-12; 1 Pet. 2:8). But all who perish will have only themselves to blame. All who reach Heaven will have
to thank God.

If we are to be taught by Scripture we must believe that every man is responsible according to his light.
The Gentile is responsible to listen to the voice of creation. The Jew is responsible on the ground of the
law. Christendom is responsible on the ground of the full-orbed revelation contained in the whole Word
of God. If God commands all men, everywhere to repent, does He mean what He says, or merely all the
elect? What right have we to add to, or alter, to pare down, or to accommodate the Word of God? None
whatever.

Let us face Scripture as it stands, and reject everything which will not stand the test. We may well call in
question the soundness of a system which cannot meet the full force of the Word of God as a whole. If
passages of Scripture seem to clash, it is only because of our ignorance. Let us humbly own this, and wait
on God for further light. This, we may depend upon it, is safe moral ground to occupy. Instead of
endeavoring to reconcile apparent discrepancies, let us bow at the Master’s feet and justify Him in all His
sayings. Thus shall we reap a harvest of blessing, and grow in the knowledge of God and His Word as a
whole.

A few days since, a friend put into our hands a sermon recently preached by an eminent clergyman
belonging to the high school of doctrine. We have found in this sermon, quite as much as in the letter of
our correspondent, the effect of one-sided theology. For instance, in referring to that magnificent
statement of the Baptist in John 1:29, the preacher quotes it thus, “The Lamb of God, which taketh away
the sin of the whole world of God’s chosen people.”

But there is not a word about “God’s chosen people” in the passage. It refers to the great propitiatory
work of Christ, in virtue of which every trace of sin shall yet be obliterated from the wide creation of God.
We shall only see the full application of that blessed Scripture in the new heavens and the new earth
wherein dwelleth righteousness. To confine it to the sin of God’s elect can only be viewed as the fruit of
theological bias.

NOTE- It is deeply interesting to mark the way in which Scripture guards against the repulsive doctrine of
reprobation. Look, for example, at Matthew 25:34. Here, the King, in addressing those on His right hand,
says, “Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the
world.” Contrast with this the address to those on His left hand: “Depart from Me ye cursed [He does not
say of ‘My Father’] into everlasting fire, prepared [not for you, but] for the devil and his angels.” So also,
in Romans 9. In speaking of the “vessels of wrath,” it says “fitted to destruction”—fitted not by God
surely, but by themselves. On the other hand, when speaking of the “vessels of mercy,” it says, “which He
had afore prepared unto glory.” The grand truth of election is fully established; the repulsive error of
reprobation, sedulously avoided. C.H.Mackintosh

C.H. Mackintosh was born in 1820 in Ireland. He was greatly used by God during the Irish revival of
1859-1860. He died in 1896. This is taken from the book, "The Mackintosh Treasury" published by the
Loizeaux Brothers first published in 1898, republished in 1972.




                               Refuge Calvary Chapel HB
           Statement of Faith - Philosophy of Ministry - Vision for Ministry

                                      What We Believe
   1. We believe the 66 books of the Bible to the inerrant Word of God and look to the Bible
      alone for all sound doctrine. (2 Tim. 3:15-17, Heb. 4:12, 2 Pet. 1:2-3)
   2. We believe that God is eternally existent in three separate persons: Father, Son and Holy
      Spirit. (Mat. 28:19, John 10:30, John 14, Gal. 4:6)
   3. We believe God is the personal, sovereign creator of all things. Gen. 1:1, John 1:1, Col.
      1:16,17)
   4. We believe Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human*, that He was born of a virgin, lived a
      sinless life**, provided for the atonement of our sins by His substitutionary death on the
      cross, was bodily raised from the dead*** by the power of the Holy Spirit, ascended to
      the right hand of God the Father, and ever lives to make intercession for us. (*Mat.
      1:18-23, Isa. 53:1-6, **2 Cor. 5:21, 1 Pet. 2:21-25, 1 John 3:5, ***Mat. 27-28, Mark
      15-16, Luke 23-24, John 19-21. Also on deity see: John 1:1-5,14, John 8:24,58, John
      20:28)
   5. We believe Jesus ascended into heaven after appearing to many people, confirming His
      bodily resurrection from the dead. (Acts 1:9, 1 Cor. 15:3-7)
   6. We believe Jesus commissioned His followers (the Church) to take the good news of His
      substitutionary death on the cross and resurrection from the dead to all people on earth
      until He returns. (Mat. 28:18-20, Mark 16:15ff, Luke 24:46-48, John 20:21, Acts 1:8)
   7. We believe all people are by nature separated from God and responsible for their own
      sin, but that salvation, redemption and forgiveness are freely offered to every person by
      the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When any person confesses and repents of their sin
      and receives Jesus Christ as savior and Lord, trusting Him alone to save them, that person
      is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all their sins are forgiven and that
       person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord. Rom. 3:23 &
       6:23, 1 John 1:9, John 3:3-18)
   8. We believe salvation can only be found in Jesus Christ and that we are saved by the grace
       of God through our faith in Jesus Christ alone rather than by good works. (Eph.
       2:9-10 Acts 4:12 John 8:23-24 Acts 17:30-31)
   9. We believe in the “security of the true believer”, that those who trust Jesus Christ alone
       for their salvation are truly safe from eternal damnation. (John 10:27-29)
   10. We believe the gifts of the Spirit are available to the church of Jesus Christ today. We
       believe that none of the gifts have been “withdrawn” by God and that all are available to
       the church in order to fulfill the work of the great commission and the edifying of the
       Body of Christ. (1 Cor. 12-14, Ro. 12:3-8, Eph. 4:7-16)
   11. We believe the “baptism of the Holy Spirit” or “filling of the Spirit” is a separate work of
       the Holy Spirit, different from that which takes place at the point of New birth. The
       “baptism” or “filling” is expressly for the empowering of the believer for the work of the
       particular ministry each Christian is called to. (John 20:22, Luke 24:49, Acts 1:5-8)
   12. We believe love is more important than the operation of spiritual gifts, being called “a
       more excellent way”. (1 Cor. 12:31-13:13, 1 Pet. 4:8, John 13:34-35)
   13. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto
       the resurrection of life and eternal life in heaven, and they that are lost to the
       resurrection of damnation and eternal separation from God in hell. (Mat. 7:21-27, Mat.
   14. We await the pre-wrath (pre-tribulation) rapture of the church and we believe that the
       second coming of Jesus Christ with His saints to rule on the earth will be personal,
       pre-millennial and visible. (1 Thes. 4:13-, 5:9)


                               What We Don’t Believe
Because there are many items of doctrine, which exist among true believers, it is necessary to
state what we do not adhere to. Though, as has already been stated, we recognize that other
true believers hold to some of these positions we believe it is important to be clear and honest
about where we stand as a church concerning these issues. We do not wish to cause or foster
division among the church of Jesus Christ but believe it necessary to be together concerning
what we teach as basic doctrine at Refuge (Calvary Chapel of Huntington Beach).
    1. We do not believe Christians can be truly “demon-possessed”, although they can certainly
        be under demonic attack by forces of spiritual darkness. 2 Corinthians 6:15-16
    2. We do not believe in the body of teaching popularly known as “positive confession” or
        “hyper-faith”, the idea that God desires all believers to be perfectly healthy and material
        or financially prosperous. Hebrews 11:32-40
    3. Though we believe God still heals sickness and disease and can even physically raise the
        dead, and although we regularly pray for healing and miracles, we do not believe we can
        command God to perform such acts according to our will or desires upon
        demand. Hebrews 11:32-40
    4. Although we believe in the gift of prophecy (God speaking to people through those He
        chooses to use as His mouthpieces) we do not believe those “words of prophecy”
        supersede the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 14:29
    5. Although psychology may have come to some accurate conclusions and understanding as
        to the operation of the human mind we reject the incorporation of secular psychology in
      the teaching ministry and counseling practice of the church, believing that the Bible is
      adequate in all areas pertaining to the proper ordering of the affairs and relationships of
      our lives. Col. 2:8
 6.   We oppose the over-emphasis of spiritual gifts or experiential signs and wonders when
      such practices supersede the order called for in the scriptures. Hebrew 12:14
 7.   We do not adhere to or espouse any systematic theology (Calvinist, Arminian,
      Dispensational, Covenant etc.) in so far as they exclude or down play elements of truth
      found in the word of God. We believe that all such attempts to “rationalize” the Word of
      God or to arrive at a definitive or exhaustive theology are futile in nature in accordance
      with Paul’s statement in Rom. 11:33-34 O, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom
      and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding
      out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who has been his counselor?
 8.   We believe a full understanding of all such mysteries will be ours in heaven when we shall
      know even as we are known. 1 Cor. 13:8-12 Deuteronomy 29:29
 9.   While we are on earth we believe our activity and purpose is best served in working
      together in obeying the mandates of Jesus Christ: Loving the Lord our God with all of our
      hearts, loving one another as Jesus loved us, preaching the gospel to all people, making
      disciples of all nations, baptizing and teaching all believers, and sending Christian workers
      out to continue that work. Matt. 28:18-20 Mark 16:15-16, Luke 10:1-16 & 24:46-47, John
      20:21, Acts 1:8



                           Our Philosophy of Ministry
 Calvary Chapel was founded as a fellowship of believers under the Lordship of Jesus
 Christ.
 Our supreme desire is to know God and be conformed into His image by the power of the
 Holy Spirit.
 We are not a denominational church, nor are we opposed to denominations as such, only
 the over-emphasis of doctrinal differences that have led to the division of the Body of
 Christ.
 We believe that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’s “agape” love, which
 is greater than any of the differences we possess, and without which we have no right to
 claim ourselves Christians.
 We believe worship of God should be spiritual. Therefore we remain flexible and yielded
 to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.
 We believe worship of God should be inspirational. Therefore we place great emphasis
 on music in our worship.
 We believe worship of God should be intelligent. Therefore our services are designed
 with great emphasis on the teaching of God’s Word that He might instruct us how He should
 be worshipped.
 We believe worship of God should be fruitful. Therefore we look for His love in our lives
 as the supreme manifestation that we have been truly worshipping Him
                          Our Vision for Ministry
Refuge Calvary Chapel of Huntington Beach is in full agreement with the doctrinal
position of the Calvary Chapel movement and the philosophy of ministry as
articulated here. Along with that we see our particular direction or “vision” to be
as follows:

Our priorities are Worship, Evangelism, Discipleship, Service. Therefore, seeking
to establish a strong body of believers in Huntington Beach, committed to these
priorities it is our desire to:
    Reach as many as we can with the Good News.
    Teach as many as we can the Word of God
    Equip as many as we can to serve God
    Send as many as we can into various fields of ministry to proclaim the Gospel
       of Jesus Christ.




                        Refuge Leadership Covenant

Those of us who serve in positions of leadership here at Refuge Calvary
Chapel Huntington Beach, commit ourselves to leading this fellowship in
fulfilling the great commandments as well as the great commission.

The great commandments all focus on love:
   Loving God with all our hearts
   Loving one another as Jesus loved us

The great commission also focuses on love:
   Loving the lost as we carry the gospel of Jesus Christ to them
   Making disciples of all nations
We will teach the Word of God faithfully and uncompromisingly.

We will seek to make sure we live our lives as good examples of disciples
of Jesus Christ.

We will seek the Lord’s direction for fellowship.

We will pray regularly for the members of this fellowship.

We will make ourselves available in crisis to stand with those who are a
part of this fellowship.

We will seek opportunities to make Christ known in our city.

We will conduct our financial business with integrity and accountability.




                     Refuge Membership Covenant

______ It is my desire and decision to fully connect with Refuge
Calvary Chapel Huntington Beach and to become an active and faithful
part of the congregational life and ministry team as we work together to
make the Gospel of Jesus Christ known to our community as well as
around the world.

______ I will seek the Lord’s guidance as to which ministry to serve in.

______ I have trusted Jesus as my savior.

______ I have been baptized since trusting Jesus as my savior.
______ I agree with the stated vision and mission of Refuge.

______ I am eager to use my gifts, talents, skills and resources to serve
Jesus Christ with my church family here at Refuge.

_______ I will commit myself to pray for the leadership, fellowship,
finances and the work of the Lord here at Refuge.

Date:        _________________________

Name:        _________________________

Address:       ______________________________________________

Phone:          __________________ Email: ______________________

Signature:       _________________________

This is not a legally binding contract, merely a statement of our serious
intention to serve alongside the team here at Refuge.

				
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