2011 Calvary Chapel Senior Pastor’s Conf

DAY #1: Monday, June 6th, 2011

#1: Pastor Chuck Smith—Session

Pastor Chuck states that they are setting up for us pastors a copy of the great Isaiah scroll that is from the caves in Qumran. It is the complete copy of the book, and is therefore 1,100 years older than any other scroll of the Bible. It is also the best quality of all of the Isaiah scrolls from the cave.

We are going to talk in this conference about a passion about the Lord, the things of the Lord, the word of the Lord.

Job 23:12, “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.”

It is important that we keep the foundation of our faith, and Satan is a formidable foe because he tries to attack the foundation of our faith. Satan in the garden first tempted Adam and Eve about whether they could trust the word of God.

Satan questioned the word of God by saying, “Did God really say that you should not eat of every tree in the garden?” He still tries to challenge us to the truth of God’s word.

Satan later challenged the word of God telling Eve, “Oh, you shall surely not die!”

The Bible “is” the word of God, it doesn’t just “contain” the word of God. Some today want to say that just portions of the Bible are the word of God. Scholars try to get us to only believe portions of the word of God. Doing this the word of God is no longer the authority, the scholar is the authority. But then, the scholars don’t even agree with one another. They question and challenge each other.

The result of this is confusion in the minds of the people as to what God has actually said.

This copy of the scroll that we have of the book of Isaiah is very important and Chuck is glad that we have it because of this conference theme.

Apostasy starts with taking away of the authority of God’s word. Every denomination that has gone apostate has done so by initially questioning if we really have God’s word.

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Where does all apostasy start, by challenging the inerrancy of the word of God.

If you look at the history of the modernist institutions that we have around us, they all began in apostasy when they began to question the word of God.

There is a second thing that troubles pastor Chuck about the Calvary Chapels today is that there is a movement towards reformed theology. The problem with this is that it hurts the desire for evangelism because if people are already determined to be lost, then why try to evangelize them.

Believing that someone is already chosen to be saved or lost, then you begin to question whether it is worth while to share the gospel with them.

This flies in the face of John 3:16, “16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Revelation 22:17, “17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

Pastor Chuck states that if any wish to be Calvinistic that this is OK, but he requests that you change your affiliation: “Don’t go away mad, just go away!”

Pastor Chuck states that the internet and its blogs with people who write anonymously and express their disdain of Calvary Chapel are evil, and he stated that those who do so must have a lot of free time on their hands.

He states that some of the reformed blogs are less interested in sharing the gospel with the lost than they are of trying to convince others of their Calvinistic beliefs.

Pastor Chuck says that if someone wants to argue about this he can take either side and argue with you, and you will still never get this resolved.

Luke 8:11-15, “11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.”—Jesus does not say that these ones were never really saved, He states that they “receive the word with joy” and that “for a while believe”. There are problems with the doctrine of “once saved always saved”, this is not what Jesus taught.

Luke 12:42-48, “42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. 45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”—Jesus says that there is a steward who was given responsibility and was faithful for a while, but that man eventually stopped being faithful and then the Lord returned and the man was taken and beaten and given as his portion that with unbelievers. You must continue in the faith if you are to be saved, you cannot be saved if you do not continue to walk in the faith.

John 15:1-6, “1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”—Jesus teaches that there is the possibility of not continuing to abide in Christ, and those who believe that if you are saved that you will always be saved are twisting the scripture because it does not teach this. He states that he would hate to be guilty of assuring a person that because they once believed that they are alright and will be saved when Jesus returns. He would hate to have a person state to the Lord that he had assured him that he would be saved when he would no be saved. He does not like what is going around on the blogs about this sort of thing, and it is something that just bothers him.

Pastor Chuck prayed that we not be found guity of twisting God’s word but rather that we would be profitable servants in Jesus’ Name.

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#2: Amir Tsarfati

I missed blogging this msg but enjoyed it very much. Amir had lots of very interesting stories of how God’s hand has been protecting Israel in recent years, and, he encouraged us that God will continue to protect Israel.

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#3: Joe Focht—Session #3

My theme is “a passion for His presence”, and instead of discussing theologically what this ought to be, he instead is going to speak about some things God is doing in his fellowship. I am going to speak just about things that God has been doing in my fellowship, and this does not mean that this is necessarily for each of you other pastors and your fellowship. It is just what God is doing with us.

We get together with other pastors in the area on a regular basis, and when sixteen of us got together recently the presence of God fell so heavily upon us that for about 45 minutes I could hardly breathe His presence was so thick upon us. One guy couldn’t quit crying. He realized that he was so sinful before God’s presence. He thought that for eternity that it will be like this for us as believers.

Last summer we read a book called, “Ten Churches That Were Changed By Prayer”, and we realized that we need to pray more. He called pastor Chuck and told him that he was thinking about just making Sunday night a night of prayer each week when they finished this book.

Joe told his church that he told his church that they had been there as a church for 31 years, and that it was just three years shorter than it was for the church of Ephesus who was told by Jesus in Revelation that they had left their first love. He told them that he was concerned that so many things in the lives of so many of them in the church that were compromised with the world, and their kids were so far from where they should be. He told them that he thought that they should really start to pray together for God to change their hearts.

Joe realized that he didn’t need more work for the Lord, he needed more of Jesus, more of Him. He said that when we come to a conference that we need to come to get everything that He wants for us to have. We need to realize that everything that we have is blood bought.

What great things God has given to us as pastors, what a privilege.

The people are learning to get their hearts right before the Lord when they come together, and that they need not the laughing ghost or the convenient ghost, but the “holy” ghost.

Joe read a great Spurgeon quote about how he and his leaders desire more of the genuine working of the Spirit within the church.

In 1903 there were many similarities in the revival that occurred that was similar to the revival that occurred during the Jesus People Movement, with one exception. The revival in 1903 was a revival “within” the church, and there was no counter-culture thing that was going on as occurred during the Jesus People Movement. He said we need another time of revival like the 1903 movement, one that is within the church.

Joe asked his church to forgive him, for though they have stayed true to the word, done well in outreach, and done well in family ministry, we haven’t done well in learning to pray together. He told them that it was his fault.

The Sunday night prayer services have changed the attitude of worship on Sunday mornings. And, God has been doing remarkable miracles in their midst. One Sunday night a woman had her autistic son with her and as they were worshipping, suddenly her son put her head back and began to sing out. One man in a service began speaking out to God about how he should prayer and that he needed the Lord in his life, and he just kept going and actually ended up leading himself to the Lord.

They had been going through the book of Revelation before they started to pray, and God spoke to him from the book, “Remember from where thou has fallen, else I am going to remove your lampstand”. These are the words Jesus spoke to the Ephesian church. Jesus told the church to “repent”, and this stuck in his heart. Repentance is an invitation from Almighty God and this is the greatest message that God has given us.

Joe remarked about things in his own life very honestly about things that need to be changed. Joe then said that there are things that some of us may have brought with us to the conference, sins that need repenting of.

Joe said that he was now going to lead us to where they tend to go back home on Sunday nights in their prayer meetings. He said that Norm Geisler once said that each person has a baloney meter in their heart and they can sense when someone is telling them a bunch of baloney. We need to be in that place where we remove all of the baloney before the Lord.

As we bowed and the lights dimmed, Joe asked the Lord to teach us to pray. He asked the Lord to move among us and be lifted up and glorified, to move in our hearts.

The following extended time of prayer was incredibly anointed and I felt like it was a powerful move of God in my life and all of us men. Many sins were confessed, many vows were made, and many prayers went up to God for our lives, our families, and our fellowships. This time of prayer was another thing that was worth the price of admission to me.

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Comments
  1. Jim Goodman says:

    I really appreciate Joe’s heart on this topic, I am glad to read you and so many were blessed by the following prayer time – the Lord is Good!!

  2. joe bell says:

    Hey thanks Jim. Hope you got all the Scripture references that Greg gave tonight. He was outstanding!

    joe bell

  3. Jim Bomkamp says:

    Joe, Greg didn’t give all of the addresses for the scriptures he quoted or referred to. But, it shouldn’t be hard to find them…

  4. Jim Bomkamp says:

    Jim, thanks for your comment. I stil feel the effect in my life of that time of prayer after Joe Focht’s msg. God is doing an incredible work in the pastor’s hearts!

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