Simply teaching the Word of God! That’s what they do at Calvary Chapel of Cascade County.
By Pastor David Saenz
Yes, Calvary Chapel has begun a new work in the City of Great Falls. Nearly 25 years ago Pastor David Saenz and his wife raised their family in Great Falls. After nearly a decade, and having planted Calvary Chapel of Great Falls, they returned to California due to personal reasons. However with a desire to always return back to Great Falls, and with the timing of various events and doors that began to lead them back, it was evident that God was calling them back to Great Falls for ministry. The work that God had begun 25 years ago with Pastor David was to begin right where he left off, “simply teaching the Word of God.” During the month of August, Calvary Chapel of Cascade County began services on Sunday mornings, meeting at 525 1st Ave North. As with a typical worship service, they begin with praise and worship to honor and adore Jesus, which leads to a systematic study of the Word of God taught by Pastor David. Each passage preached is taught with the historical setting and concluded with a practical application to bring God’s Word fresh and alive in our modern setting. “My prayer is that one day I can stand before this congregation and declare as Paul did to the Ephesian elders, “For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God”, says Pastor David. When asked, “What’s different about this Calvary Chapel and the one he planted 25 years ago?” he explains that, “While Pas- tor Mike is doing a great job with Calvary of Great Falls, I in no way want to interfere with that work. This time however I’m passionate about two audiences in particular for ministry; 1) those who are in need of a Savior and need to hear the gospel preached to them, and 2) those who have walked away from their relationship with Jesus.” Why is he so passionate about the latter? “My relationship with the Lord has not always been on the peaks; I’ve had experiences where I’ve walked away from God and I know how miserable it can be, and the impact it can be to our families. Sometimes those who have walked away, and who had previously tasted the goodness of God, while in their misery thinking that they are too far away, or that God won’t forgive them, just need to be reminded that there is a need for repentance, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before…” (Acts 3:19,20) “As relevant as the message was to those that Peter preached to in his early sermons, that same message is desperately needed for us today! To those who have walked away, they need to be reminded that Jesus is right there waiting for them to respond to the Holy Spirit in their lives, so that the relationship they once had, can once again flourish and restore joy back into their lives.” The encouragement you’ll hear at this fellowship is to “come just as you are.” The warmth and sincere fellowship seen among those that attend is evidence of how God is working in the lives of imperfect people. “We’re just a bunch sinners who have the confidence, the hope, and the promises of God, that we are His children experiencing His grace and His mercy in our daily lives.” How is this communicated? By Simply teaching the Word of God!