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Statement of Faith
Calvary Chapel has been formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Our supreme desire is to know Christ and be conformed into His image by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We are not a denominational church, nor are we opposed to denominations as such, only their over-emphasis of doctrinal differences that have led to the division of the body of Christ.
We believe that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is His (Agape) love, which is greater than any differences we possess and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.
Pastor Eric Irwin grew up in Huntington Beach, Ca. and from very early in his life, he became involved in a variety of sporting activities. These included baseball (his first love), surfing, skiing (water and snow) , and backpacking in the Sierra Mountains. His Dad had also introduced him to hunting and fishing, which he grew to love. Before he came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior, Eric was becoming swallowed up in the culture of the 1970’s that was experimenting with all kinds of things such as parties, alcohol, drugs, sex, and the like.
Then in 1976, before the drug culture could sink its claws into him, he gave his life to Jesus Christ, when his older sister Lisa, invited him to a Saturday night concert at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA. He was 15 years old. However, this hadn’t been the first time Eric heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. Every time he went surfing, there were these Jesus Freaks walking up and down the beach handing out Bible tracts that talked about the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Sometime later, Lisa invited him to go to a Friday night film outreach where, following the movie, a young longhaired youth pastor came out and shared the gospel. He gave an invitation to receive Christ, but Eric rejected the message that evening and left, though under the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. The following week at High School and everywhere he went, all Eric could remember were the words of how much God loved him, wanted to forgive him of all his sins, and give him a new life, eternal life.
A week later, he was invited to go back with his sister to an outreach concert and that evening he received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. His life has never been the same! Following this radical life changing experience, all he ever wanted to do was talk about Jesus and share the gospel with any and everyone he came in contact with. As time went on, his knowledge of the word of God began to increase under the teaching ministry of Pastor Chuck Smith, where he attended for twelve years.