We believe that true and abundant life begins by believing in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary and continues by having an authentic abiding relationship with Christ!
"I will build My church…" (Matt. 16:18) "…If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed." (John 8:31) "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…" (Matt. 28:19) "…You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me…" (Acts 1:8) "Let your light so shine before men, that they will see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matt. 5:16) "And behold I am coming quickly, and My reward is with me..." (Rev. 22:12)
KNOWING Jesus personally → Devotion
GROWING in Jesus corporately → Fellowship
SHOWING Jesus openly to all → Witness
We seek to maintain a healthy balance of learning God’s WORD and yielding to His SPIRIT, which we believe are the two foundational pillars to a Christ-centered life, full of grace and truth.
We are living in a generation that seems to be tolerant of anything and everything but Christ. The Bible teaches us that in the last days people will be "lovers of themselves" and "of pleasure rather than lovers of God" and "always learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Tim. 3:1-7). This is surely an opportune time to live wholeheartedly for Jesus Christ. As Jeremiah said in his day, we need to recognize "the broken cisterns that cannot hold water" (empty religion) and return to "the Fountain of Life" (Jesus) (Jer. 2:13), that we, and others, may "taste and see that the Lord is good" (Psalm 34:8).
Calvary Cambridge was birthed when God called Joey Rozek to leave the States in February of 2007 and to come to Cambridge with his wife and children, after receiving a prophetic call to this country (a God-given burden) to be “a voice” for Christ in this generation and also a heavenly vision to build a spiritual ark to equip and prepare people for what is to come (Gen. 6:14) and to unite together with like-minded brethren to bring people to the presence of Jesus (Luke 5).
Shortly after arriving in the UK, the Lord led Joey to walk the streets of Cambridge to pray and personally assess the spiritual challenges before him while looking for opportunities to share Christ with others. Joey soon began teaching a Bible Study out of his home with a couple of families while praying for the Lord’s leading on what steps to take here in Cambridge. While Joey was encouraged to “wait on the Lord and keep His way” (Ps. 37:34), the Lord connected him and his wife Tiffany with various people who were hungry for Jesus and His Word and this fellowship was planted to glory and praise of God.
Calvary Cambridge is an independent fellowship of believers under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the fruit of over 1,500 Calvary Chapel churches throughout the world that grew out of “The Jesus Movement” which began in Southern California in the late 1960s. There are now over 50 Calvary Chapel fellowships here in the UK.
Furthermore, we believe that Jesus birthed one Church through His death and Resurrection and that all believers who have genuinely received Christ as Lord and Savior are already joined together through His Spirit by faith in the finished work of Christ.
FINDING A WAY TO BRING PEOPLE TO THE PRESENCE OF JESUS
The Bible says that God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim. 2:4). There are so many people who still have not heard the true Gospel and many others who carry certain misconceptions about the Christian faith and what the Bible actually says. “ We believe that if people would peel away all of the religious exterior and experiences they have had and truly take a good look at Jesus, He would be a hard person to walk away from. Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” (John 7:37).
There will always be those who are simply not interested in changing their ways and who desire to suppress the truth in order to live according to what seems right to them (Prov. 14:12) with no regard to God. Jesus taught that in the last days this attitude would reflect the hearts of men, saying, "as the days of Noah were, so also shall the coming of the Son of Man be (Matt. 24:37). But God called Noah to "build an ark” and “make rooms" (Gen. 6:14) to provide a way of deliverance for Noah and his family and all those who would heed Noah’s message. Noah had to fully trust God and follow God's instruction one beam of wood at a time. Thus, we desire to follow Jesus each step of the way since He Himself has become our salvation.
In Luke 5, we see a picture of four men who united together to carry a paralyzed man to Jesus believing that “the power of the Lord was present to heal” (5:17). However, when they arrived at the house where Jesus was teaching, they could not get inside because of the number of religious people who were already there. The Lord showed Joey that this picture prophetically describes the spiritual condition of many people today, including those in the UK from the religious to the non-religoius, who are in a state of spiritual paralysis and simply cannot get up and get going on their own. As a result, they are missing the Fountain of Life, Jesus Christ. We believe there is a need to go to such people and help show them the way by believing that God’s power and His Word are available to change their lives. As in the story where these men came together to carry the paralyzed man to Jesus, there may be times when there seems to be no way to get inside and we will need to FIND ANOTHER WAY, which reflects “the new and living way” (Heb. 10:20) that Christ made available through His finished work on the cross to save and restore lives. Thus, we desire to live like these four men who were willing to go up to the roof by faith and let the paralyzed man down so he can be in the presence of Jesus.
In the end, the power of the Lord was displayed and everyone gave glory to God.
Acts 2:42-47 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
Evangelism was simply the overflow of being devoted to Jesus (Acts 4:13). Being filled with the Spirit, Peter preached the Gospel at Pentecost, and three thousand souls were added to the Church. Then the disciples regularly met together continuing steadfastly in these acts of devotion in the context of the local church.
The Lord Jesus has called His followers to make disciples of all the nations which would lead to local church fellowships being birthed all over the world. The Apostle Paul taught how we must “take heed how we build” with the Lord on His firm foundation (1 Cor. 3:10-11). This requires us to maintain the same practice and devotion as the early followers of Jesus, as the Spirit continues to call certain people to plant church fellowships who will equip others for His ministry while raising up elders to take care of His flock and oversee this pattern (Acts 20:28).