July, 2008

Calvary Chapel and the Jesus Movement

A church in town has taken to positioning themselves as a “Jesus Movement” church. In particular they’ve emphasized the expressiveness and diversity of the music of that period and they are seeking to emulate that on Sundays. Godspeed to that church. While Calvary Chapel was a major player in the movement we by no means were - or are the only ones. However after reading an article in the Montclair Times on that church I felt a need to clarify a few points regarding the movement.

Additionally, the Montclair Times just published a mostly accurate and very flattering article on us (I actually don’t sling my guitar over my shoulder while preaching, and my sandals have a closed top). This article covered a lot of who we are but again I’d like to make a few clarifications. There is much to be googled regarding the Jesus Movement and Calvary Chapel but what follows is just my condensed version:

Calvary Chapel and the Jesus Movement
Pastor George Hillman, Calvary Chapel of Montclair 7/25/08

Discussion about the 60′s and 70′s never seems to happen without mention of the music and art.

Though the impact of that period’s music and art was significant, it was merely the by-product of a socially and politically conscious generation. Young people were alive, aware and involved.

This is equally true of the Jesus Movement of that time, even musically. What now is a thriving contemporary Christian Music industry was spawned from the artistic expressions of an unprecedented number of kids who “turned on to Jesus” in the 60′s.

The kids of the 60′s and 70′s counter-culture were not church go-ers by and large. This was probably mutual in most cases - churches were propagators of the very ideals and traditions they were disillusioned by and churches typically shunned them because of their long hair, style of dress and non-traditional ways of expressing themselves.

It’s no big revelation that religion can sometimes be myopic and self-serving. Even when churches reach out there’s often a motive. That motive usually is to change folks – to conform them to the look and feel of the religion. During the 60′s and 70′s there were a few churches and individuals that took a different approach. One of the most significant was a congregation of about 25 people in Southern California called Calvary Chapel. This was a group of people who not only accepted the kids of the counter-culture just as they were, but Calvary Chapel also taught those kids directly from the bible and showed them how to live as Christians - as opposed to religious church people. The church grew to hundreds of kids, then thousands , then tens of thousands.

When we look at our young people today we see proof that the socio-political activism of the 60′s and 70′s hasn’t waned. Likewise there is proof that the Jesus Movement never faded away either. Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa grew quickly from 25 people to hundreds, to thousands to over 20,000 weekly attendees. Today it is still one of the ten largest protestant churches in the US today, and now has over 1300 affiliates worldwide - including the one right here in Montclair.

In short, a number of those kids branched out all over the world as they grew up becoming many of our present day pastors, theologians, evangelists, psalmists and missionaries. Calvary Chapel of Montclair still continues in that pattern of accepting folks as they are and teaching them verse by verse through the bible – and yes - the music here is pretty cool.

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Ebo Elder Testimony

Ebo Elder Testimony

Pro Boxer, former title holder, contestant on ESPN’s “The Contender”, and now full time evangelist Ebo Elder was with us July 27th 2008. Hear him share his greatest victories both inside and outside of the ring.

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Under The Influence of the Holy Spirit - Acts 19:1-7

What difference does the Holy Spirit make?

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Pastor George Hillman

How To Know God

Knowing God vs. Knowing Religion

Being a Christian is more than being “religious” or going to church on Sunday. It also isn’t simply being a good person. It is all about having a relationship with Jesus. Many know of Jesus Christ but it is possible and vital to know Him in a personal way.

God loves you so much and He created you to know Him personally and experience His love.

John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

However, we do not enjoy God’s love and His plan for our lives because we have chosen to rebel against Him and go our own way. The result is that we are separated from God. You might be saying “I’m not a bad person, I don’t really need forgiveness…” or maybe you are saying “There is no way I can be forgiven for all the things I’ve done…” But the reality is that all have sinned. All means ALL. Nobody is so good that they do not need forgiveness. Nobody is so bad that they cannot be forgiven.

Romans 3:23 says “… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Romans 3:10 says “As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one.’” Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

You Can Know

Jesus died for you. You can be saved by asking Him for forgiveness of your sins. If you are willing to admit you are a sinner and repent of your sin, He is waiting to forgive you. It doesn’t matter what you have done in the past - if you cry out to Jesus for forgiveness, He will not reject you. The word “repent” literally means “to turn away from”. You need to look at your life, admit that you are a sinner, genuinely desire to turn your back on that sin, and ask Him to forgive you. This is a free gift that God has given to us. We must simply accept that gift. We must understand that we can do nothing to earn God’s forgiveness. He did it all for us, by sending Jesus to die in our place. It is a choice that you have to make. God will not force you. He is waiting for you. All you need to do is ask. Ephesians 2:8-9 says “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Acts 16:31 says “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.” John 1:12 says “To all who received Him, He gave the right to become children of God.”

If you would like to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you must simply;

1) Turn to God from your own way of living (repentance)
2) Invite Christ to come into your life and trust Him to forgive your sins
3) Allow God to direct your life.

You can pray a prayer from your heart - here’s an example prayer:

Dear Jesus,
I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins. I now invite you to come into my heart and life. I want to trust You as Savior and follow You as Lord. Thank you for loving me and for giving me eternal life.

It is important for you to seek a place where Christians gather together for worship. Make it a priority to find a good healthy Bible teaching church, know that you are welcome to worship with us.

Feel free to contact us anytime if you have questions or need assistance

May our LORD richly bless you.

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Angel Food Ministry at Calvary Chapel Montclair

…a hand UP - not a hand out.

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What is Angel Food?

Angel Food Ministry is a national organization dedicated to providing grocery relief to communities throughout the country. Angel Food’s groceries are sold by the box at $30.00 a box. Each month’s menu consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average value of about $60.00. One box of food helps in feeding a family of four for about one week, or a single person for about a month. The food is high quality similar to what one purchases at the grocery store - not damaged or out of date goods.

There is no limit to the number of boxes an individual can purchase, and there are no applications background checks or qualifications. Unlike missions, soup kitchens and government agencies, angel food is designed to accommodate all people in all situations. Whether you are destitute, downsized or just looking to make ends meet, in today’s tough economy Angel Food can be an answer to prayer.

Angel Food is also a wonderful way to provide for the needy. If you personally aren’t in need, perhaps you’d consider ordering food to give to a struggling family you know of. If you are a church or organization, Angel Food is a perfect package to give to those you serve with needs. You can also consider making a donation to our fund for providing Angel Food boxes to those in our community who cannot afford it.

How to place an order through Calvary Chapel of Montclair

Orders may now be placed ONLINE (with a credit/debit card) or by appointment (call 973-333-4540)

The 2009 order deadlines for each month are:

January 11
February 15
March 15
April 12
May 17
June 14
July 12
August 16
Sept 13
October 11
November 8
December 6

Orders may also be placed in person on distribution days (see below).

All orders must be paid for at time of ordering. We take money orders, cash and food stamps only.

Picking up your order

Distribution day is once a month on a Saturday. Orders will need to be picked up between the hours of 11:00 am and 1:00 pm at the rear of the church located at 46 Park Street, Montclair.

The distribution dates for 2009 are:

January 24
February 28
March 28
April 25
May 30
June 27
July 25
August 29
September 26
October 24
November 21
December 19

Note: Any orders not picked up before 1:00 pm will be donated to a family or a food pantry in Montclair. We will not be able to give you a refund. Unfortunately there can be NO EXCEPTIONS - the food is extremely perishable and we cannot store it or leave it for you.

If you need personal assistance with your order or have other questions please call 973-433-3059 or email.

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