We see Acts 2:41-47 as a descriptive passage that models the ‘DNA’ of the church's function. In light of this text and others, we’ve adopted a three fold identity at Calvary Chapel Paarl.
1) Loving Jesus - We seek to be a Christ-centered, gospel saturated church. We want to magnify Jesus' redemptive work on the cross, and risen from the dead, as the focal point of our worship and Christian mission.
2) Loving Truth - We seek to be a Bible teaching church. We recognize that Ps.138:2 says that God has magnified His word even above His name; Therefore we esteem the scriptures very high as a church. So in our weekly gatherings we preach expositionally through books of the bible.
3) Loving People - We see in scripture that Christians are saved into a community called the church. So, we seek to be a church that is loving one another, and our neighbors through redemptive relationship building. Biblically, this rightly reflects the nature and character of God to the people of Paarl, and is used as God’s ordained means of progressively sanctifying us in this life.
How do you get involved with the local church? When someone believes in Jesus as Savior, they are baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, you become a member of the church when you believe in Jesus. The only question that remains is, will you function like a member in the local church? The way in which we do this at Calvary Chapel Paarl is by believing and worshipping together, gathering and praying together, giving and serving together, and reaching out together.