On this page you will find what to expect at our services, what we believe, our principles and our history. There is a lot here so you will need to scroll down to see it all.
Things To Expect At Calvary Chapel.
- We teach the Bible in a way that is easy to understand and faithful to the meaning of the text.
- We worship God with music that is modern and reverent.
- We understand how intimidating it is to visit a new church. We won’t embarrass you by singling you out. We are excited to have you join us for worship!
- We are about the Kingdom of God, not money…we do not pass a basket or plate for you to donate.
- You don’t need to get dressed up to come and worship with us (most people dress casually).
- We welcome children and youth of all ages with special programs just for them.
The purpose of Calvary Chapel Palm City is to help people become fully committed followers of Jesus in everything they think, say, and do.
Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
1. We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error and the infallible rule of faith and practice. The Word of God is the foundation upon which the church operates and is the basis for which the church is governed. We believe that the Word of God supersedes any earthly law that is contrary to the Holy Scriptures. (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:3-4 and 1:21).
2. We believe that there is one living and true GOD, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all things. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:8 and 48:16; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:3).
a. We believe in the person of God the Father, an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; John 3:16 and 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3).
b. We believe in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, his substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to earth. (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2, 8:58 and 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8).
c. We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit, Who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ; (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:26 and 15:13,16; Hebrews 9:14), We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. (John 6:13, 14:16-17 and 16:8-11; Romans 8:26). The supreme evidence of the Spirit filled life is the fruit of the Spirit, love. We believe in the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit in regard to the exercise of all biblical gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the instructions given to us in 1 Corinthians Chapters 12 through 14.
3. We believe that all people are sinners by nature and choice, falling short of God’s standard and breaking His commandments – and therefore are under God’s righteous judgment. Yet God saves and gives new life to all who come to Him in repentance and faith, trusting in the Person and work of Jesus Christ. At the cross, Jesus Christ died in our place as our substitute, absorbing God’s wrath that should have come upon us. Because Jesus died for the sins of the world the invitation to believe is open to all, and whoever desires may come unto Jesus for new life and the forgiveness of sins. (Romans 3:23, Acts 3:19, Acts 20:21, Ephesians 2:1-3, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 John 2:2, John 3:16, Matthew 11:28, Revelation 22:17)
4. We believe in the pattern and principle of male leadership and responsibility in both the home and the church, according to the sacrificial example of Jesus. We believe this limits the roles of pastoral leadership and doctrinal authority to qualified men (1 Corinthians 11:1-12, 1 Timothy 2:1-15). We believe in the universal church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head and all who are born again are a part of the Body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:15-16
5. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances for the church: (a) full immersion water baptism of believers, and (b) the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
6. We believe in a literal Heaven and a literal Hell and that all those who place their faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord, while those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from the Lord. (Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3, 5:22, 18:9 and 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11 and 20:11-15)
7. We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, which is His personal, visible return to earth and the establishment of His millennial kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and endless separation of the wicked. (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15)
8. We believe that God created man and that He created them male and female. As such He created them different so as to complement and complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. Therefore, we perform marriages in accordance with the Bible consistent with the Old and New Testament. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; John 4:16-18; Romans 1:18-32; I Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-11, 6:18-20, 7:1-3 and 7:8-9; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-7; 1 Timothy 1:9-11)
The church’s principles, sometimes called “values”, refers to the list of non-negotiable truths that guide us in the process of achieving our God-given purpose.
1. We believe that understanding and applying the Bible is essential to being a disciple.
This principle means that teaching the Bible will always be a high priority at Calvary Chapel Palm City.
2. We believe that God has mandated and equipped the church to fulfill its mission only through a team-effort.
This principle means that we work hard to encourage and equip every Christian to be involved in ministry in some manner. We will not be satisfied with numerical growth in which people attend church but are not involved in Christian service.
3. We believe that every person and every people group matters to God.
This principle means that we will not conduct ministry so that it focuses exclusively on one particular demographic group. In other words, we will strive to reach everyone, of every age group, of every race, in every economic group, of every nation.
4. We believe that Christians grow spiritually as they really connect with other Christians.
This principle means that we encourage and often provide opportunities for Christians to meet and fellowship on a regular basis.
5. We believe that it is only through God’s power that we can accomplish our God-given purpose.
This principle means that we will not rely on man-made gimmicks and programs to accomplish God’s work or grow the church. Instead, we rely on the Holy Spirit’s power to work through prayer, the teaching of the Bible, worship, and Christian fellowship.
6. We believe that Christians must bring the Gospel message to the lost by sharing the Gospel with words and showing the Gospel in deeds
This principle means that we emphasize and equip Christians to share their faith by verbally witnessing to others. We also emphasize that a person’s faith must be shown to be real by our actions, i.e. we must show the Gospel as well as share the Gospel.
7. We believe that it is wrong to adopt any program or approach to ministry that weakens the difficult passages or message of the Bible in order to appeal to larger audience.
This principle means that we will not allow the desire for a larger church or more acceptance in the community to keep us silent on uncomfortable issues such as sin, repentance, judgment, the wrath of God, homosexuality, abortion, divorce, etc.
8. We believe that it is necessary to biblically adapt or change our ministries and approach so that they are effective in a changing world.
This principle means that we are not chained to our traditions. We will gladly embrace any changes, or a new way of doing something that seems more effective, provided that it does not require us to compromise on biblical standards.
9. We believe that just as God has extended grace to us, we should extend it to all others.
This principle means that we endeavor to treat all people with love and kindness, including those who disagree with us, those who are of a different religion, and those who choose to live immoral lives. We will not endorse such things or pretend that they don’t matter, but we will treat all people with grace.
10. We believe that all of life is about God.
This principle means that we, without apology, continually do everything we can to exhort and encourage people to live out their life with God, His will and His glory as their highest purpose and priority.
Calvary Chapel Palm City began in 1975 as a small gathering of like-minded Christians who first met in the Howard Johnson Hotel in Stuart. This small group of believers faithfully prayed for God to send them a pastor. God answered those prayers a short time later when He led Pastor Bill Fielding to lead this group. At that time the church was named “New Life in Christ.”
The church grew and was later able to purchase the then abandoned Lyric Theater in downtown Stuart as a meeting place. The church continued to grow spiritually and numerically.
In 1982 Pastor Fielding retired from pastoring, but he continued to be involved in the ministry of the church. Sid Blake, a member of the congregation, was chosen as the new Senior Pastor. He faithfully led the church during the next 10 years. It was during this time period that the church purchased and moved to its current facilities in Palm City.
In 1998, Pastor Sid Blake retired and moved to North Carolina. The Associate Pastor, Larry Sarver, was chosen as the new Senior Pastor. In 2001, Pastor Larry led the congregation through the process of affiliating with Calvary Chapel. (For more information on Calvary Chapel go to www.calvarychapel.com.)
Pastor Larry continues to lead the church, which was renamed “Calvary Chapel Palm City” in 2003.
Recently the church has paid off all its outstanding debt (including the mortgage), placed Pastor Josh Luecht on staff as an Associate Pastor, and updated both the Youth and Children’s Church programs.
In addition to these new and recent ventures, Calvary Chapel Palm City also continues to grow in ministry areas such as: community outreach, missionary support, Spirit-led prayer, biblical studies, and many others.