Monday, October 29, 2012
'What God Has Wrought' – a documentary on Chuck Smith and the Calvary Chapel Movement
By Janey DeMeo
Special to ASSIST News Service
VISTA, CA (ANS) -- One of the greatest spiritual revivals to sweep America, even the world, was the Jesus Movement. It happened back in the late sixties and early seventies during the hippy era, and one of the key players was Chuck Smith.
It’s a story that has marked history in remarkable ways, changed lives radically; a story well worth hearing (and seeing).
During that period of upheaval in America, most hippies were young people reacting to society and tradition and in pursuit of authenticity, meaning, love and peace. Many thought they’d found it in drugs, revolutionary music and their free-love lifestyles.
The older generation, for the most part, viewed them as a bunch of grungy losers, but not Kay, wife of Pastor Chuck Smith. She saw them not as losers but as lost. And she wanted to help them find their way back home.
Chuck Smith found himself acquiescing to his wife’s compassion and soon found his church, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, filling up with barefoot, longhaired “seekers”—week after week. Men such as Greg Laurie, Mike MacIntosh, Raul Ries, and many other now prominent Calvary Chapel pastors.
These young people were hungry for truth, peace and love. They wanted to belong to a cause bigger than themselves. They found it at Calvary Chapel within the simple expository teaching of Chuck Smith, teaching that simply pointed them to Jesus. They were excited and passionate about their newfound faith, and eager to express it.
The recently released documentary, “What God Has Wrought” is a riveting account of how Calvary Chapel became the catalyst for the Jesus Movement. It includes interviews with Chuck Smith, testimonies from those who were transformed by though this outpouring, flashbacks to actual church services, testimonies and clips of the Jesus Movement bands such as Love Song.
Talking about his role during the Jesus People movement, Chuck Smith said, “I didn’t want to direct the Holy Spirit, I just wanted to find out how the Holy Spirit was moving and get in the boat and move with him.”
It is heart stirring, inspiring and well worth watching.
The DVD has also just won “Best Documentary 2012” at The International Christian Film Festival in Irvine, California on October 6th, 2012.
To read Dan Wooding’s story about this marvelous video, please also go to: http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2012/s12100037.htm
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