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Calvary Chapel started as a non-denominational Christian church founded in 1961 in Costa Mesa, California, which in the wake of a move of the Holy Spirit, grew into an international family of over 1700 churches around the world.

This site exists to equip, encourage, and edify the pastors, leaders, and members of the Calvary Chapel family, as well as the larger body of Christ.

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Listen to teachings by Chuck Smith

Sermons from the founder of Calvary Chapel.

Cultivate: Church Planter training program

The vision of Cultivate is to see these churches planted not haphazardly or in solitude, but in partnership with the local church.

Podcast Episodes

The latest from some of our shows! For more content, check out our podcast Network!

  • Seeing Christ Responsibly In The Old Testament - Suzy Silk
    by James Rightmer on July 5, 2022 at 7:15 am

    Suzy Silk  a deep well of wisdom and thoughtfulness, particularly concerning the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament, and we are excited for you to listen in on this conversation about the difference between clumsy and sloppy use of the […]

  • Elizabeth Bunyan & Sarah Edwards
    by Cheryl Brodersen, Jasmine Alnutt on July 5, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Elizabeth Bunyan (c.1641-1691) & Sarah Edwards (1710-1758): John Bunyan and Jonathan Edwards are two of the most famous and important figures in Church History–one as the author of Pilgrim’s Progress, and the other as […]

  • Pastoral and Scholastic Earthiness - Frederick Dale Bruner
    by James Rightmer on June 28, 2022 at 7:15 am

    Frederick Dale Bruner is a theologian and author of several works, including "A Theology of the Holy Spirit," his multi-volumed commentaries on the Gospels of Matthew and John and most recently a shorter commentary on the Letter to […]

  • Lady Jane Grey, Part 2
    by Cheryl Brodersen, Jasmine Alnutt on June 28, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Lady Jane Grey (1537-1554): We continue today with the poignant story of England’s “Nine Day Queen,” Lady Jane Grey. Although used as a political pawn by unscrupulous members of the aristocracy (including her own parents!), Jane […]

  • Abortion, Christians, & The Value of a Life (with Ryan Lynn) / Rebroadcast
    by Aaron Salvato & Brian Higgins on June 25, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Abortion is a hot button topic that is often debated by both Christians and non Christians. Ryan Lynn (Founder of the Speak Life Collective) is here to challenge us on how we can think through this divisive topic as followers of […]

  • How is CGN Providing Care and Coaching for Leaders?
    by Calvary Global Network on June 22, 2022 at 9:00 am

    The recent years have presented new challenges for pastors and leaders, and many studies are showing that discouragement is at an all time high. Even apart the unique events of the past few years, pastoring and leading can be […]

  • Preaching God's Grace to the Disgraced - Justin Holcomb
    by James Rightmer on June 21, 2022 at 7:15 am

    Dr Justin Holcomb speaks with Mike Neglia about his theological journey and ministry experience that began under the mentorship of Carl Dixon in Calvary Chapel Sarasota and he now finds himself as an Episcopal priest and theology and […]

  • Lady Jane Grey, Part 1
    by Cheryl Brodersen, Jasmine Alnutt on June 21, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Lady Jane Grey (1537-1554): One of the most tragic figures in English history is Lady Jane Grey, the “Nine Day Queen of England” whose lineage and outspoken Protestant faith put her in the crosshairs of political intrigue around […]

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ECCLESIOLOGY 101: The Necessity of the Holy Spirit and the Importance of Prophecy

In 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, Paul closes this amazing letter by addressing the community of believers at large. In these verses, the Holy Spirit gives a…
Theology

ECCLESIOLOGY 101: How the Local Church Lives and Breathes Led by the Spirit Part 2

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Theology

Assessing Strange Fire

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How God’s Grace is Better than Christians think
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The Best Verse About Jesus from Each Old Testament Book
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The Gifts: Defined and Referenced
Theology
Defending Trinitarianism
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Soli Deo Gloria: Why We Live for the Glory of God
Culture

The World We Impart: Fostering Racial Reconciliation in Our Churches

I have a four-year-old nephew. He’s gregarious. He’s fun-loving. He’s black. He doesn't yet realize color. He’s not yet saddled with the weighty history of…
Culture

The Link: How Do We Work Toward Racial Equality, Race, Gospel, Justice & More

"How Do We Work Together Towards Racial Equality?"– Salem Baptist Church"Church and evangelical leaders, Brian Brodersen, James Meeks, Ed Stetzer, Laurel Bunker, Charlie Dates and…
Culture

A Thousand Year Tug of War: The Marriage of Church and State

In many ways, the reign of Constantine over the Roman Empire was one of the most far reaching and influential in western history. One of…
Culture
Third Wave Coffee, Hipster Culture & the Great Commission
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Christ the Church and the Mentally Ill
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Faith & Politics: A Historical Christian Perspective – Part 1
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Church Van E04-Tony Clark Part 1
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Christ in Yom Kippur Part 2
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The Throne Room of God – Comfort for a Troubled World

A Grand Vision There are only a few places in the Bible that present us with a vision of the throne room of God. These…
Discipleship

The Church & Victims of Depression

The phone rang at 2am again. I knew who it was before answering. In recent weeks, Anita (not her real name) often called in the…
Gospel

Why Was Good Friday So Good?

"For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been…
Gospel
Isaiah 41: Easter and the World
Gospel
What is CGN Doing to Help Churches in Practical Ways?
Gospel
Thoughts on The Power of the Gospel
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God and Social Justice
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The Bible is About Jesus
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The King’s Crown
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Pastoral Ministry: The Balance Between Study & Family

There is a time for study. It’s one of the benefits of pastoring or teaching the Bible in any capacity. My favorite part has always…
Christian Living

Real Hope for the Depressed Soul – Part 3

This is part 3 of a 3 part series. You can find part 1 and part 2 here: Part 1 Part 2 Practicing Priesthood In…
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The Bible is About Jesus

Pilgrim Benham is a contributor of the Expositors Collective, a growing network of pastors, leaders and laypeople, which exists to equip, encourage and mentor the…
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Your Lifeline in the Midst of the Junk of Life
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The Sobering Gift of Leadership
Christian Living
Marriage in the COVID-19 Age
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Why We Need to Leave a Lasting Legacy for the Next Generation
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The 5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Youth Ministry
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The Unique Command of the Great Commission: His Glory Among the Nations Part 2
Discipleship

How to See God’s Future for Your Life

What does the gospel look like in our own lives? What happens when we embrace the truth of God’s salvation for us personally? In Paul’s…
Discipleship

The Role of the Gospel in the Believer’s Life

After the sermon, a man came up to let me know he wasn’t happy with what he had heard. He didn’t put it quite that…
Discipleship

God Rejoices to Do Us Good

“And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear…
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Sin and Sympathy: The Temptation of Jesus and Your Battle with Sin
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Good Friday
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How to Respond when You become a Public Piñata
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Worship Leader Must Do’s
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Women Called by God: Madeleine Barot from the WWII French Resistance
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When God has a Plan
Christian Living

Eight Navigational Truths When We Disagree With Our Government’s Decisions

Pastor Jeff Jackson will be a workshop speaker at the 2017 CCCM Pastors & Leaders Conference on June 26-29. For more information, please visit the…
Christian Living

Vision > Sight: Vision is Greater than Sight

Did you know there is a difference between vision and sight? I started exploring this the other day after my husband and I had a…
Christian Living

Why Wait For Marriage? (With Jon Keith and Jordan Aly) – A Discussion on dating and sexuality.

Aaron sits down with his old friend Jordan and her boyfriend (now fiancé since the time of this recording!) Hip-Hop and R&B artist Jon Keith…
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Aimee Semple McPherson Part 1
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God’s Right To Change The Plan
Christian Living
The Power of Spiritually Healthy Habits
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Wants, Wishes & God’s Perfect Plans
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Do You Have a Slave Mentality?
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I Break Everything – Getting Put Back Together After Falling Apart