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Hurricane Update

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Thank God for the mercy He has shown us. Hurricane Irma lost much of its strength as it made landfall on the Florida west coast. While some have lost personal property and electrical power, the damage caused by Irma is far less than anticipated. And for this reason, we give God praise!

Once again, we want to encourage you to be the light of the world. Look for opportunities to share the Gospel through love and good deeds as people try to clean up after the storm.

Church Service

As of now, our regular church service will resume on Wednesday, September 13th and Sunday, September 17th.

We will keep you posted with any updates or ministry opportunities. Stay up to date (3 different ways):

We want to do everything possible to offer help to our church family and community. If you need help, please contact the church at (904) 628-1463.

As of 10:00 pm on 9/11/2017

Volunteer’s Needed

By Serve

If you have the heart to serve, here are the ministries we are currently in need of volunteers.

  • Media Ministry
    • Graphic Design
    • Website Designer
    • A/V Tech.
    • Sound Tech.
    • Social Media Manager
  • Cleaning Team Member
  • Worship Ministry
    • Skilled Musicians/Singers
  • Nursing Homes
    • Bible Study Facilitator
  • Outreach
    • ARC
      • Lead bible studies to assist alcoholics and addicts in recovering from their addictions and to successfully return to their families as productive members of society.
  • Cafe Ministry

Volunteer Applications

By Serve

Below are copies of our volunteer applications. Please download and fill out the appropriate form(s) and submit it to the ministry leader or fill out the .

Volunteer Ministry Application

Servant’s Ministry Application

The following questions are designed to help us know you better. All who serve at Calvary Chapel West Jacksonville (CC) are required to complete and return this application before we can place them in ministry.

We are not looking for professionals. We are looking for faithful committed Christians who love people and who desire to be a part of serving the body and help others get to know Jesus. Please read and be prepared to meet the “Servant’s Ministry Requirement” before completing the application. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak with the pastor about it.

Servant’s Ministry Requirements

  1. One must be “saved”, “born again” and “born of the Spirit” according to the Scriptures. (John 3:3­:16, 10:9, 14:6)
  2. You must commit to the specific ministry for a term of six months.
  3. You must read, “T​he Philosophy of Ministry of Calvary Chapel” ​by Pastor Chuck Smith (ask for a copy).
  4. You are expected to attend at least 4 regular worship services per month.
  5. You will be expected to attend ministry meetings.
  6. Arrive at the church 30 minutes prior to the service or scheduled ministry.
  7. Complete the Servant’s Ministry Application.
  8. Read and agree with CC statement of faith.

Background Check

Depending on the ministry position you are seeking, it may be necessary to conduct a criminal background check. Simply having a criminal past does not disqualify you from serving; however, Calvary Chapel would never want to create an environment that would cause a brother or sister to stumble. Due to the current legal environment, we must ask the following questions of everyone who works in ministry.

(If “No” to any of the above, please make an appointment to explain)

(If “Y​es”​to any of the above, please make an appointment to explain.)


A photocopy of your driver’s license may be required depending on the ministry position you are seeking.

30 Day Challenge (Day 29)

By Daily Devo

How To Hear From God

Matthew 17:5

It is important for us to hear Jesus and receive direction for our lives. But with so many voices telling us what to do, how do we discern the voice of Jesus among others?

Below are 10 ways God speaks to us. Be sure you read all of the scriptures to gain a fuller understanding of each of the ways. The first two are the primary ways He speaks to us, the rest are secondary ways.

1) He speaks to us through His Scripture

The most basic and common way God speaks to us is through reading the bible

  1. 2 Peter 1:16-21 ”for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
  2. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 – And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.

2) Through Bible Teaching

  • 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God… (or God-breathed), and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,…”


Important Note: 

  • These should almost always be confirmed by a primary.
    1. Matthew 18:16 ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’
    2. Will never contradict the scriptures

3) By an Inward/Still small voice

  1. Acts 8:29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
  2. 1 Kings 19:11-12 (Elijah in the cave)

4) Through the Peace of God

  1. Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

5) Through Circumstances

  • In 2 Corinthians 2:12-13 Paul had an opportunity to preach in Troas but because he did not find Titus there, he departed to Macedonia.

6) By the Burden of the Lord

  1. Romans 9:2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race.
  2. Ex: Burden for homeless, fatherless children, be a doctor.

7) Through Sound counsel

  1. Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.
  2. Proverbs 19:20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
    1. Find a good godly friend.

8) Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Revelatory Gifts)

1 Corinthians 12:4-11

  • Prophecy:
    • Foretelling / predicting the future… (Isaiah, Revelation)
    • Forth-telling – 1 Co. 14:3 “But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.”
  • Word of knowledge (Supernatural / Knowing what’s wrong or right)
  • Word of wisdom (Supernatural wisdom / Wisdom from God – what to do in a situation)

9) Open and close doors

  1. Revelation 3:7-8 He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens.
  2. Acts 16:6-8 – close doors direct gospel to Europe.
  • You might be rejected by a university to the college of your choice.
  • You might not get the dream job.

10) Visions & Dreams

  1. Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith the Lord, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and daughters will prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
  2. Acts 16:6-10 (Paul direction to Macedonian / Europe)


30 Day Challenge (Day 28)

By Daily Devo

He Is Risen!

Matthew 28 Summary

Three days after Jesus was crucified, Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary” came early in the morning to finish prepping the body of Jesus. But when they arrived, there was an earthquake and an angel rolled away the huge stone that covered the entrance of the tomb. The tough Roman guards fainted but the women were told by the angel, Jesus is risen.

They immediately began to run back to tell the disciples the great news but on the way, they met Jesus and they began to worship Him.

To prevent people from knowing that Jesus was indeed resurrected, the chief priest devised a plan to tell people Jesus’ body was stollen by the disciples.

The chapter ends with what we refer to as the great commission. He told His disciples to go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing and teaching everyone about His commands.

Read Matthew 28


Jesus’ resurrection is by far the most significant event in the history of the world. The resurrection is significant for several reasons. First, it confirms His deity. Second, it validates the the reliability of the Old Testament prophecies. It proves He has the power over death and it guarantees that believers will also be raised from the dead unto eternal life. Without the resurrection, our beliefs would be based on wishful thinking but the Resurrection is the concrete evidence on which our faith is built upon.


Lord God, you have been so good to me. Though I was born in sin and lived a life deserving of death, You provided your Son to be my atoning sacrifice. I thank you for His death but also His resurrection, which is the evidence on which my faith is built upon. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do in my life. Amen!


30 Day Challenge (Day 27)

By Daily Devo

I’ve Been Set Free

Matthew 27 Summary

Matthew continues to document the event that took place before Jesus’ crucifixion. He was now being taken to Pontius Pilate the governor to be sentenced to death. But in the mean time, Judas, Jesus’ betrayer, regretting he betrayed Jesus, went out and hung himself.

Now when Jesus stood trial before Pilate, Pilate realized Jesus was innocent of the charges brought against Him. Pilate devised a plan to get Jesus released by letting the crowds choose who they would like to be released, Jesus or Barabbas a notorious prisoner. But to Pilate’s surprise, the people asked for Barabbas to be released and Jesus be crucified. The innocent Savior was taking the place of the guilty sinner.

So Pilate gave in to the pressure of the people, ordered Jesus to be beaten and crucified. They lead Him to a place called Golgotha where He was crucified between two thieves. Then at three O’clock in the afternoon, the sky turned dark, and shortly after Jesus “gave up His spirit.”

Jesus’ body was taken down and placed in the tomb of a rich man named Joseph and Pilate set guards at the entrance of the tomb to prevent anyone from stealing Jesus’ body.

Read Matthew 27


When Jesus stood trial before Pilate, Pilate realized Jesus was an innocent man. Jesus public trial was necessary because it gave everyone during Jesus’ lifetime to testify if they had seen Him do any sinful act. But no one brought any real evidence against Him because there was none.

If Jesus had at any point sinned, He would have died for His own sins. But the fact remains that He was “without sin,” which allowed Him to die for our sins, that anyone who believes on Him may be forgiven and pardoned for their sins.


Lord Jesus, thank you for sacrificing yourself on the cross. You could of defended your innocence but you took the blame so that I could be blameless. Since you died for me, help me and show me how I can live for you. Amen.


30 Day Challenge (Day 26)

By Daily Devo


Matthew 26 Summary

There is a constant theme in this chapter and it is JESUS!!!!! Jesus is modeling many things for the disciples.  Just think if you knew when you were dying and had a few more days left with your kids. What things would you be teaching them. Jesus is giving some of the best lessons He can give before He is crucified on the cross.

Some of the principles that Jesus taught in this chapter are faith, prayer, the Lord’s supper (communion), how to act when facing death, how to act when you’re being arrested  and the courage it takes to choose Jesus in this world.

We see in this chapter that the world will always seek to delegitimize Jesus. They try to explain away miracles, the world says the Bible is a fairy tale, and instead of teaching creation, they come up with a godless theory of evolution.

Our job is to glorify Jesus in everything we do in this life on earth.

Read Matthew 26


Matthew 26 shows a clear delineation of the age old question that we have in this life on earth.

What are we going to do with Jesus and the Cross??? Questions that I see in this chapter:

What is your relationship with Jesus? You are either for Him or against Him.

Are you all in, are you fully committed to Jesus, have you given Him every area of your life? We see this in Peter’s life.

What are you doing with your earthly vessels (time, treasure, talents)? Think about the woman with the alabaster jar, she gave Jesus her all.

Do you look at Communion and Prayer as mundane acts or do you approach them with reverence?

How would you feel if all the things you taught your kids in your last dying days were ignored or taken as mundane frivolous acts?


Jesus help me to be fully committed to you with my life, my family and all I have. Help me to cherish the things you have taught and continue to teach through your word. Amen.


30 Day Challenge (Day 25)

By Daily Devo

Here Comes the Bridegroom

Matthew 25 Summary

I love the picture of a wedding, and at every wedding it is always the Bride that everyone is there to see. But at this wedding in Matthew 25, the coming Bridegroom is the one that everyone will be looking for. You have to have an invitation to the wedding and Jesus Christ has given everyone an invitation (John 3:16) but like a lot of invitations many people don’t respond to their invitation.

In the second half of Matthew 25 we see people who have been given talents, treasure and time. God expects us to use these talents to further the kingdom of God here on earth before He comes back to collect His bride.

Read Matthew 25


Just like with a wedding, we wait in anticipation to see the bride walk down the isle, to see the dress, to see the splendor, and the majesty of the moment. Hopefully, that is how we look forward to the coming Bridegroom, who is Jesus. He will come in splendor, majesty, wearing white. He is the Knight in shinny armor of Righteousness who we dream that our daughter would find a groom like Him to marry.

May we be like the five virgins filled with the Holy Spirit and ready to serve the Risen King on His return. May we not be like the five virgins that had no oil (representing the Holy Spirit) that we are either trying to do Christianity in our own power or haven’t ever asked Jesus into our hearts. There are some who have the appearance of godliness but have never gotten it from their head down into their hearts. May we be ready today to confess that we are all sinners and that Jesus is the payment for sin.


May we wait with expectation for our Bridegroom who is coming in the clouds to get His bride (the true believers) and may you God wrap your loving arms around us. Have us be people of action that multiply what you have given us here on earth. That we would be people who want to tell others about the Good News. Amen.


30 Day Challenge (Day 24)

By Daily Devo

Signs of the End

Matthew 24 Summary

Jesus gives some very serious words about the increasing trouble and persecution that will mark the world as the end and His return nears. Jesus predicts that the temple in Jerusalem will be destroyed and tells His disciples to watch for signs of the second coming or the (end of the age). And when the time is right, a sign will appear in the sky and the Son of Man will come, riding the clouds, and angels will gather up the chosen people.

Jesus also tells the disciples of signs to come such as famines, wars, earthquakes, persecution, false prophets, an increase of evil, and a decrease of love. The disciples want more details on how they’ll know it’s time. Jesus responds with the parable of the fig tree. Jesus further brings emphasis to them that No one will know the time or day when the Son of Man will come. Jesus concludes by emphasizing the importance of being prepared, by telling the parable of the unfaithful servant which warns His people to be ready for that day.

Read Matthew 24


Jesus made it very clear in this chapter to always be ready for His return. Jesus also emphasized not only that His return will be sudden, but it will be very much unexpected. And even though He made it clear that no one will know the day or the hour, people still wrongly attempt to predict the time of His return. Instead of trying to figure out when it will be, our responsibility is to simply be ready for His unexpected return.

How can we be ready? Stay in His word and be about His work. Don’t be sidetracked or distracted by things of this world. We should look with eager longing for the day when our Lord will return.


Heavenly Father, thank you for your word which is the truth that we stand on. Thank you Lord for the promises you have made that we can rest in, knowing that​​ you never change. I pray that I continue to walk by faith and to trust you in all things and lead not on my own understanding. I also pray for anyone who does not know you as Lord and Savior, that they will come to know you and be transformed in your image. I ask this in your Son Jesus name Amen.


30 Day Challenge (Day 23)

By Daily Devo

Blind Guides

Matthew 23 Summary

The same Lord Jesus who is meek, and who loves little children in this chapter of Matthew does not hold back. The Lord reveals to the masses of people and to his disciples the hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees. They say one thing but do another. The Lord instructs the people to do what they say, but don’t do what they do. They are only concerned about what men think, and not about what God thinks. They place heavy burdens on others but don’t lift a finger. They desire to be called by lifted up names like Rabbi or Father.

To the people the Lord says, “But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whomever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

The Lord goes on to condemn the Pharisees, calling them blind guides. They sit and take the time to measure everything but neglect the important matters of life like justice, mercy or faith. The Lord goes on to list many other failings and the judgment to come upon them.

Then our heartbroken Lord closes out this chapter of Matthew “I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings but you were not willing!”

Read Matthew 23


We need to be careful not to become so religious that we lose sight of God. It is good to keep track of our spiritual growth but man makes the mistake so often of measuring himself against other men instead of against God. When this happens we repel men away from the gospel. This is what the Pharisees were doing by measuring every action they took and then lorded it over them. We also need to do as Jesus said. Let us humble ourselves and let the Lord exalt us, instead of lifting ourself up only to be humbled.


Lord thank you for my salvation, for the garment you have provided me through Jesus Christ your Son. Lord you made the payment for me, a payment I could not cover. My debt only grew but you delivered me. Help me to walk worthy through your Spirit. When I fail enable me to be quick to listen, slow to speak and quick to repent. I thank you in Jesus name, Amen.


30 Day Challenge (Day 22)

By Daily Devo

Your Invited

Matthew 22 Summary

Matthew opens this chapter with Jesus telling the parable of the Marriage Feast. A king sends out wedding invitations to his family, friends and associates. But they were so concerned about themselves and their worldly possessions that they still refused to come.

The king destroyed those that did not come because they were not worthy. He then sent an open invitation to anyone who would come. Many responded and the hall was full, but when the king came in he found one man without a wedding garment. He took him and cast him out into the darkness.

The Lord then reveals via comparison the important things to understand about the kingdom of heaven. He does this to Sadducee, and Pharisees who were trying to trick him. The Lord then closes the chapter making Himself known. Asking: “What about the Christ? Whose Son is he? What answer did he receive? See Matt 22:41-45.

Read Matthew 22


At the end of the Parable of the Marriage Feast, after the man was cast into darkness the Lord states many are called ….. Have you heard the call and accepted Christ. When we accept His call, He gives us His garment of righteousness. How gracious is our God that He has called us to the wedding feast.

To remain in His righteousness, all we have to do is to love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. Have you kept the Lord as your priority or are there things you are putting ahead of Him?


Lord, continue to overturn the tables in my life. Search me Lord and reveal what you desire I remove. Let me not take the Kingdom of Heaven for granted but to be about tilling, seeding and caring for the tender plants you have put in my midst. Enable me to hold in view the price you paid to deliver me in your righteousness.


30 Days Challenge (Day 21)

By Daily Devo

Title To The Kingdom Of Heaven

Matthew 21 Summary:

As predicted in the scriptures centuries earlier, the Lord entered the city of Jerusalem riding on a donkey. In so doing He receives hails of Hosanna which means “save now.” The people enthusiastically welcome Him as their savior making a path for Him with clothes and palm branches. When Jesus made His way right to the temple, He overturned the tables of the money changers and those that sold doves. He did this because they turned the temple into a marketplace instead of a holy place.

The next morning, when Jesus was on his way to the temple, He made a quick stop to cursed the unfruitful fig tree. Then at the temple, the chief priest and elders tried to trap Him with trick questions. But Jesus dodged their trap by answer their question with a question.

The Lord then turns the tables telling them two parables, the parable of the two sons, in which the Lord notes their refusal of John message on how to live right. Noting that the tax collectors and harlots will enter the kingdom of God before them because they believed God’s message.

In the second, parable the parable of the Landowner, Jesus reveals that the vineyard they are caring for belongs to the Lord (Kingdom of God), but they have used it for their personal profit. The Lord makes it clear the time has come when the Kingdom of God will be taken from them and given to another nation which will faithfully care of it.

Read Matthew 21


This chapter of Matthew’s gospel reveals some truths about what really happens when Jesus gets into your temple. He overturns tables and cleaned the house. Consider this truth, since we are the temple of God, Jesus will also visit our temple. The question we must ask, will He do the same and overturn tables in our temple? It will be wise for us to clean up our temples before He to pay us a visit and cleans house for us?

Something else we need to consider is that as caretakers of the Kingdom of God, we need to be faithful with it. Are we cultivating it so that people will get saved?

Just like a garden, a little water and proper sunlight will make a garden fruitful. So it is with the kingdom of God. The water of the Word and the light of the Son will make even the weakest plant bear fruit.


Lord, continue to overturn the tables in my life. Search me Lord and reveal what you desire I remove. Let me not take the Kingdom of Heaven for granted but to be about tilling, seeding, and caring for the tender plants you have put in my midst. Enable me to hold in view the price you paid to deliver me in your righteousness.