Reviving the systematic exposition of Scripture
The Lord began using Calvary Chapel in the 1960’s when Pastor Chuck Smith took over as the shepherd of a small flock of people named Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa. The Lord blessed Pastor Chuck’s simple, straight forward exposition of the Bible, going through God’s Word chapter by chapter and verse by verse. The Lord has wonderfully and gracefully placed His Hand on the churches and missions of Calvary Chapel around the world, resulting in over 1,600 associated ministries under the umbrella of the Calvary Chapel Association.
A primary distinctive of Calvary Chapel is our 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).
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Now, how is it possible for a person to claim to have declared, ‘the whole counsel of God?” The only way a person could make that claim to his congregation would be if he taught through the whole Word of God with them, from Genesis to Revelation. Once you’ve taken your congregation through the Bible, then you can say to them, “I have not shunned to declare unto you the whole counsel of God.” – Chuck Smith