New to AV Chapel?Written by synergy on Jan 22, 2014
Our Practice and Pattern
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine (teaching) and fellowship, and in breaking of bread (communion), and in prayersand the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42,47)
We believe this simple pattern, outlined in Acts 2:42, provides a healthy model for the church today. As is true of each believer, each church family should have a specific and unique ministry area. Foundational to our fellowship is the constant and unwavering commitment to prioritize these aspects of church body life:
Teaching: The Bible is Gods Word (I Tim 3:16). We teach the greatest book ever written, cover to cover, book by book, chapter by chapter, and verse by verse.
Fellowship: The mark of a disciple of Jesus Christ is love one to another (John 13:34-35). During our meetings we encourage interaction, prayer and assistance for one another as brothers and sisters.
Communion: Communion (along with baptism), is an important element in our spiritual life (Luke 22:17-20). We provide regular times to reflect, remember, and rejoice in the sacrifice of our Savior.
Prayer: Jesus said “Pray Always!” (Luke 18:1). We are committed to regular times of prayer for thanksgiving, direction, and intercession. The best way to learn to pray is to pray!
Arcadia Valley Chapel is a direct outreach of Parkland Chapel in Farmington, MO. Parkland Chapel is a non-denominational church affiliated with Calvary Chapel Fellowships.
Calvary Chapel is a non-denominational, evangelical Christian church. It began with twenty-five people in Costa Mesa, California, in 1965 led by Pastor Chuck Smith. Pastor Chuck Smith was a key minister to the youth in what is called the “Jesus Movement” of the 1960s. As he reached out to the youth of the counter-culture the hippies, drug users, and those rebelling against old traditions–many of those young people accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through Pastor Chuck’s simple, direct teaching of the Bible, God gave the increase and thousands of people gave their lives to Christ.
Today, Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa is listed among the world’s twenty largest churches with more than twenty-five thousand people calling it their home church. It is the largest Protestant church in the state of California. From this first Calvary Chapel many men were trained to expositionally teach the Bible and then went out to plant new churches. Parkland Chapel is one such church. These churches in turn raised up new pastors and church planters. Today there are over one thousand Calvary Chapels throughout the United States and around the world. Arcadia Valley Chapel, as a new “church plant”, began as a Bible study in March of 2013.