The Bible teaches us that the church is a huge part of our connection with Jesus. In 1 Corinthians, Paul told the church that ‘you’ are God’s house, His building, His field. In the Greek that ‘you’ meant ‘each of you’. He went on to say to be careful how ‘each of you’ build it. What’s striking is that there was no question in Paul’s mind that each Christian would be a part of a local church, active in building it to glorify Jesus and mature the church. It wasn’t a matter of ‘if’, only ‘how’.
As a Calvary Chapel, we’re built on the 2:42 principle. Like the newborn church in Acts 2:42, we come together, devoted to one another through devotion to scripture, fellowship, prayer and communion. Furthermore, per Galatians 6:1-3, we are dedicated to carrying one another’s burdens. It occurs to us that, in order to share one another’s burdens, we have to know one another’s burdens, so we seek an appropriately authentic life amid one another.
This doesn’t mean flaunting our weaknesses. It just means that no one should act as though we’re better than we are; we’re all messed up in some way or another, and we’re relying on Jesus and His Spirit to fix us. We’re seeking a walk that we don’t yet (fully) have, but one which we are confident Jesus can and will give us. In practice, this often means surrounding ourselves with loving believers with whom we may build deep friendships based on love, trust and grace.
If you visit our church, we are confident you’ll pick up on that ‘authenticity’, through which we seek to edify one another and glorify Jesus. We are also confident that you’ll be drawn into the liberating transformations of such relationships.