Pastor Gary Galbraith
Service Times - Weekend
Service Time - Mid-week
Theological Content 3/5
The worship music was very good. The words were Christ centered. I also appreciated the humble posture of the worship team. Sometimes when you get 3 guitars, a bass, drums and a few vocalists on the stage it can be like a rock concert. This was not the case at Revival. The music was tastefully done. It also seemed to be at the right volume which is another difficult balance to strike these days, or so it seems. I did find it odd that the congregation clapped after every song but maybe it’s just me.
As I already mentioned, the Senior Pastor was out of town, so one of the Assistant Pastors was filling in for him. His name was Scott Baysinger and according to the website he oversees Local Outreach and Multimedia. His sermon was entitled “Who am I?” and was based on 1 John 3:1-3. One thing I appreciate about Calvary Chapel pastors is that they have a very high view of the Bible. The sermon was also very biblical and he compared several texts of scripture with one another. The thrust of his sermon was about God’s love for us as sons and daughters of God.
From a theological perspective he gave several analogies which he was forced to distort to fit with his Arminian theology. For example, he spoke of the analogy of an orphanage in which a father comes to an undeserving group of orphans looking for orphans that have their hands up saying “pick me”. You can watch the sermon by following this link. Other than my theological differences I think he did a really good job. My daughter encouraged me to come back when Pastor Gary was preaching. She said that she found his sermons to be “more convicting”.
The church facility was very nice and given the number of people the service oversight was very organized. The church seemed to be genuinely concerned about living out there faith before God.
They also mentioned that they are very involved in the Harvest Crusade which is Calvary Chapel’s version of the old Billy Graham Crusades.