Who We Are
Calvary Chapel Frazier Park an independent, non-denominational, Bible teaching church. What does that mean? While there are more than a thousand Calvary Chapels world-wide, Calvary Chapel is still defined as a non-denominational fellowship of churches because there is no governing body beyond that of the local church. That means there is no denomination or headquarters that decides who will be the pastor of a local church, whether existing leadership should be reassigned to a different region, or the implementation of sermon topics or content by a larger organization, or oversight committee. All of these decisions are made by the local leadership of the local church. The organizational glue that binds one Calvary Chapel to another is the common approach to ministering to people through the Word of God, which is a priority you will readily recognize in any of our services.
We believe God has provided the Bible as a means for us to understand who He is, and how we can have a personal relationship with Him. As we open His word, we begin with prayer, asking God to grant us understanding through His Holy Spirit, that we may receive the very message and work He desires to do in our lives. This simple prayer is the outworking of a scriptural reliance upon the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, that "apart from Me, you can do nothing." As God has given us His Holy Spirit to lead us, it makes sense that we would want to follow Him. In fact, we believe that for our ministry to be truly effective and pleasing to God, we must be dependent upon the Holy Spirit. That is not to say that we do not plan our songs in advance, or study to prepare a message. It simply means that in every aspect of ministry, from the planning and preparation, to the closing prayer of a service, we recognize that we need the leading and assistance of the Holy Spirit.
Our Sunday morning message will always be brought forth from the Word of God, and on most Sundays, from the specific book of the Bible of which we are studying. We teach through the Bible, verse-by verse, chapter-by-chapter, book-by-book. If last Sunday's message covered Matthew's Gospel, chapter one, verses one through seventeen, then next week's message will begin in Matthew chapter one, verse eighteen. By teaching verse-by-verse through the Bible, we believe we will gain a balanced understanding of every truth God has given us, learning them in their proper context, and receiving those truths as often as He speaks of them in scripture. As the Apostle Paul stood before the Ephesian Elders at Miletus, he told them that he had not avoided declaring to them, "the whole counsel of the Word of God." (Acts 20:27). Balanced, verse-by verse teaching of the scriptures is what defines Calvary Chapel as a Bible teaching fellowship of believers.
What to expect on a Sunday Morning
If you have children…
Children's ministry is available during service for all children, birth through sixth grade. It is our goal to provide children's ministry during service, as opposed to child care. An age appropriate Bible teaching is provided in each of our classes from Pre-school through sixth grade, along with children's worship. Children's church follows a similar order of worship as our main worship service, with the exception of few more activities such as a craft or related game. With a fun, age directed, Bible based ministry for kids, we encourage parents to take advantage of this ministry. We have found it to be fruitful for both the children and the parents alike. If however, you prefer to keep your children with you during service, please be considerate of those around you as we try to keep distraction to a minimum.
We begin our service with a time of worship through music and singing. Our musical style would be appropriately defined as contemporary, whether the song itself is a modern worship song or a traditional hymn. We believe there is a proper place for up-beat worship songs, as well as slower, meditative songs that provide a more intimate worship experience. After this time of worship, we take a few minutes to share any relevant announcements and up-coming events.
Jesus… the object of our Worship During worship you may notice that some people raise their hands, others may clap. Most people stand during worship, yet some may sit or kneel. We want you to have the freedom to worship the Lord as you feel comfortable. Within this freedom, we believe that all things should be done decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14). Jesus is the object of our worship, and we would like to keep Him as the object of our attention. Therefore, any personal expression that distract others would be inappropriate. This balanced sense of order allows us to remain sensitive to others, while keeping our eyes and hearts fixed on Jesus.
We believe giving an offering to the Lord is scriptural and a part of personal worship. God calls us to give cheerfully, so we avoid creating any pressure that could hinder that. We do not have a designated time of collecting offerings, however any gifts to the Lord, as well as visitor cards or prayer requests, can be placed in the offering box located near the information table at the foyer. As a visitor, please do not feel obligated to make a contribution, as we want you to be on the receiving end as our guest. As such, we would simply like to know that we have been a blessing to you during your stay!
A Brief History
Calvary Chapel Frazier Park was started in September of 1999, by Pastor Rich Smith. We started meeting on Sunday mornings in the Kern County Parks and Recreation building in Frazier Park. One Sunday school class was offered for all children, which met during service in the kitchen. In the spring of 2001, we moved to our current location at Cuddy Hall, which is owned and operated by the Lake of the Woods Property Owners Association. Since that time, we have been able to build a small addition to the hall with three classrooms which now house our nursery and preschool ministry, along with two different Sunday school classes for children Kindergarten through the sixth grade. All of our Sunday school teachers and aides serve on a scheduled rotation, allowing them to be involved in our Worship service on a regular basis. It is our desire to grow in our relationship with the Lord, and we recognize that we can only give to others, what we ourselves have already received from the Lord. Healthy sheep need a regular diet, in order to grow in their love and service to the Lord. Whenever someone asks, "what is the vision of Calvary Chapel Frazier Park?" I will often times direct them to the cover of our bulletin, where it states, "for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." (Ephesians 4:12). Our goal is to equip people to be about their master's business; that is, ministering to others. There are some people whom God appoints as pastors (Ephesians 4:11), however, every Christian is called to be a minister. When people begin to minister to one another, the body of believers are encouraged and built up. That is what the word "edify" means. It is unfortunate that our culture today permits very little connection with other people. Neighbors are often disconnected; family members are often removed from one another; there is very little sense of community in our generation. Yet, Jesus offers to all who will come, a place of belonging, and a purpose for living. The Bible describes the church as a body with many members, varying in abilities and gifts, but all one in the same in the sight of God. If you have any questions about Calvary Chapel, or you would like to talk to someone about knowing Jesus, please feel free to give us a call or join us on a Sunday morning.
May God Bless You Abundantly!
Pastor Rich Smith