The Purpose of Vision Calvary

The Purpose of Vision Calvary Chapel is to “work hard as a team for the faith of the Gospel.”
Philippians 1:27
 
God has called us to be united and for every one of us to work together to accomplish His purpose.
 
We are called to work as a team in the most important purpose in the world – to exert our collective energy in the faith of the Gospel.
 
  • We are to labor as a team in the faith – Ephesians 4:1-6
    • “The Faith” means there is no other true faith – John 14:6; Acts 4:12
 
  • We are to exert our efforts as a team in the Gospel – 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 
    • We are to live the Gospel. We live the Gospel by living in its heart transforming power daily in our private and public lives – 2 Corinthians 5:17
    • We are to live the Gospel by making disciples – Matthew 28:18-20
    • We are to live the Gospel by teaching and training our own children – Ephesians 6:1-4
 
In unity, we will accomplish the purpose for which the Lord Jesus Christ has created our fellowship.
 
Our unity is based on four facts – Philippians 2:1-2.
 
The four facts are what we experience in our relationship with Christ: encouragement, comfort, fellowship, and tenderness and compassion.
 
When we fellowship with Christ, we acknowledge and believe:
  • His Lordship – Luke 12:46-49
  • His Friendship/Loveship – John 15:14
  • Our voluntary slavery – Romans 6:22
 
Our fellowship in Christ involves our daily coming to Him in faith that He is alive, present within us, and seeks to communicate His truth to us, so we may be empowered to live and do His truth. He tells us to: Come, Take, & Learn from Him and we can – Matthew 11:28-30.
 
Fellowship with Christ is going to result in our desire to be unified with all who are in fellowship with Christ. If we do not seek to be in fellowship with those who are in fellowship with Christ, then we are proving that our individual and personal fellowship with Christ is insufficient to no fault of Christ.
 
Our Bibles teach us that if there is encouragement, comfort, fellowship, and tenderness and compassion experienced by those who are in fellowship with Christ, then the result will be unity. In the Greek, Philippians 2:1-2 expresses fact – not a hypothesis or a possibility but concrete, objective fact. So, the Greek communicates: Since there is encouragement, comfort, fellowship, and tenderness and compassion experienced by all who are in fellowship with Christ, then you will be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord – all these are expressions of unity.
 
We must evaluate how poor or how wonderful our fellowship with Christ actually is by our heart’s desire to be unified with all those within our body (& those outside our body) who are truly in Christ.
 
If our heart is to do our own thing, go our own way, and be our own accountability, then we will know that the personal state of our fellowship with Christ is very, very poor. We are not, presently, Spirit-filled.
 
The purpose of our unity is to produce heart motivated and mind concentrated teamwork in the work of God: specifically, the Gospel – living it and sharing it.
 
God has designed that teamwork is required to accomplish His purpose.
 
The exertion of our collective energy, empowered by the Holy Spirit, “for the faith of the Gospel” is God’s purpose – Philippians 1:27. By doing this, we glorify Him – Ephesians 3:21.
 
Through our teamwork, we have accomplished wonderful things. May we continue.
 
May we evaluate our hearts in honest and open reflection.
 
May we be obedient to Christ and His truth.
 
May we love one another.
 
 
 
 
 
 


The Only God

There is only one God: “For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens.” Psalm 96:4-5
 
Who is your God? Is your God the God of the Bible? The God of the Bible is the LORD, and He wants you to know that He is the only God; He wants you to believe in Him, pray to Him, and live for Him. He wants to have a relationship with you everyday of your life on earth and for all eternity with Him in heaven – He loves you.
 
All the gods of the nations are idols. These gods do not love you. These gods are demonic, selfish, and hateful.
 
We are to fear, serve, and love the God of the Bible above all other gods! That means that all religions are false because the God of the Bible says they are idols, and He is greater than them all – you don’t need any other religion, creed, faith, philosophy, or belief. You only need to believe in Him.
 
No other god of another religion can help you, but He can because He is the LORD who made the heavens.
 
If you pray to the God of the Bible, He will help you. He who made the heavens can hear prayers made to Him. Ask Him to speak to your heart. Ask Him to change your life. Ask Him to be help you. Ask Him to save you. Ask Him to live through you.
 
The LORD God of the Bible who is above all Gods became a man in this world. He was born through the womb of a young virgin named Mary. He lived a perfect, sinless life on this earth as He shared the Good News about Himself, His power, His love, His mercy, His grace, and His judgments. His name is Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, the Light of the World, the Son of David, the Son of Man, the Son of Joseph, Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Good Shepherd, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the I AM, the kING of Kings and the LORD of lords – and there is none like Him.
 
All the gods of the nations are idols, but Jesus Christ is the One, truth and living God. As a perfect man, as God in the flesh, He took our sins upon Himself and died on the cross. Three days later, He rose again from the dead. Jesus Christ is presently alive! Jesus of Nazareth ascended into heaven and currently sits at the right hand of the Father – all authority and power has been given to Him because He is God the Son, the One true, eternal God, and He is above all gods.
 
If you will repent of your sins, confess Jesus Christ as your LORD God and Savior, and believe in your heart that God the Father raised God the Son from the dead, then you will be saved from hell, be forgiven, and receive a new life from Him that is created just for you.
 
May you believe in Jesus Christ, for He is above all gods. May you reject all religions, for all the gods of the nations are idols, but Jesus Christ is the One, true, everlasting God.