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What God Hath Wrought

The “Jesus Movement” of the late 60’s and early 70’s is considered one of the greatest spiritual revivals in American history. Its epicenter was a church in Costa Mesa, California, called Calvary Chapel, pastored by Chuck Smith. This historical documentary tells the story of Calvary Chapel and the Jesus Movement and traces its impact on Christianity including the birth of contemporary Christian music and worship as well as a more informal church atmosphere. Includes interviews with Chuck Smith, Franklin Graham, Tim LaHaye and many others.

  • Item 501490D
  • Region: All
  • Media Type: DVD
  • Running Time: 105 Mins

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Awards

  • Best Documentary

    Won at Christian International Film Festival - 2012

Description

In a rare in-depth interview, Pastor Chuck Smith, “the Father of the Jesus Movement,” takes us on a journey of his life and tells us in his own words how Calvary Chapel grew from 25 people to a worldwide Movement. He and his wife opened their hearts and welcomed members of the hippie counterculture into their church and the rest is history. The result was the conversion of thousands of young people and the beginning of widespread changes in the church. Those changes had a huge impact on modern-day Christianity as we know it today. His ministry has since influenced and continues to influence millions of people all over the world.

The 105-minute documentary includes archival footage of that era as well as interviews with “Jesus Music” bands like members of one of the first Christian rock bands “Love Song.” Many of the “Jesus Freaks” became pastors of some of the largest churches in America, including Greg Laurie, Raul Ries, Jeff Johnson, Steve Mays, Joe Focht, Mike MacIntosh, Skip Heitzig, and others who talk about their experiences in the “Movement.” We also hear from members of Chuck Smith’s family. Widescreen.

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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." Chuck Smith

Dove Family-Approved for ages 12 and over. To view the Dove review www.dove.org/reviewpopup.asp?Unique_ID=9473.

Editorial Reviews

By Dan Wooding

Founder of ASSIST Ministries

Costa Mesa, CA (ANS) — The 1960s was a time of great change in America, with protests against the Vietnam War, and the hippie counterculture that was springing up across the United States and later around the world. Barry McGuire sang "Eve of Destruction" and LSD guru, Timothy Leary, told the disaffected to "turn on, tune in, drop out" and "think for yourself and question authority."

In 1967, the Monterey Pop Festival introduced the rock music of the counterculture to a wide audience and marked the start of the "Summer of Love." Scott McKenzie's rendition of John Phillips' song, "San Francisco," became a hit in the United States and Europe. The lyrics, "If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair" inspired thousands of young people from all over the world to travel to San Francisco, sometimes wearing flowers in their hair and distributing flowers to passersby, earning them the name "Flower Children."

Bands like the Grateful Dead, Big Brother, and the Holding Company (with Janis Joplin), and Jefferson Airplane all lived in the area.

The hippie movement then moved down the coast to Southern California and in particular to Orange County towns like Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach, and at that time, a pastor called Chuck Smith had recently been appointed the pastor of a local church called Calvary Chapel.

His wife Kay began to tell him about the hippies and finally persuaded him to start ministering to them and before long, his church was "invaded" by hundreds of them. So many came that he went ahead and bought a plot of land to build a bigger church close by and, as it was being constructed, put up a circus tent. The "Big Tent" was packed night after night with hippies who, after hearing the preaching of Smith, were giving their lives to Christ, then forming Christian bands and helping to see the birth of Contemporary Christian music and modern-day worship music. The church was, by now, the epicenter of one of the greatest spiritual revivals in American history that would later be called the "Jesus Movement".

Now this extraordinary piece of Christian history in the United States is examined in an excellent 105-minute documentary put together by Jurgen and Stacey Peretzki and explores the history of Calvary Chapel and its impact on Christianity as well as the life of Chuck Smith told in his own words in an in-depth interview.

There is also lots of archival footage, including the amazing mass baptisms at Pirate Cove, Corona del Mar, and interviews with Franklin Graham, Tim LaHaye, Raul Ries, Greg Laurie, Brian Brodersen, Jeff Johnson, Mike MacIntosh, Don Stewart, Ricky Ryan, Bob Coy, Steve Mays, Skip Heitzig, Joe Focht, and many others.

The Dove Foundation has endorsed the video and in a review said, "this is a great DVD, which glorifies God and honors His servant, Pastor Chuck Smith."

The review continues, "in the DVD we learn that Chuck accepted all people, long hair or not, and how God brought them out of drug use and drinking to use them in the spread of the gospel via music and preaching. It is wonderful to see some of them now, still serving God, some forty years later. They say it was always Chuck's goal to simply teach the gospel, simply."

"In the conclusion, we see how Calvary Chapel and other organizations planted churches worldwide, including churches in England, Asia, India, and Russia. We are very pleased to award this DVD our Dove "Family-Approved" seal for ages twelve plus. Watch this one soon and be prepared to be amazed at what God did and is doing."

The DVD has also just won "Best Documentary 2012" at the International Christian Film Festival in Irvine, California on October 6th, 2012.

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."

This is a great DVD, which glorifies God and honors his servant, Pastor Chuck Smith. The documentary looks at Chuck's involvement in the Jesus movement of the late sixties and early seventies. It spread out from California to the uttermost parts of the earth. This documentary looks at this instrument of God, Chuck Smith, and features comments by such prominent figures as Franklin Graham, Tim LaHaye, and his family including his wife Kay and their children.

In the DVD we learn that Chuck accepted all people, long hair or not, and how God brought them out of drug use and drinking, to use them in the spread of the gospel via music and preaching. It is wonderful to see some of them now, still serving God, some forty years later. They say it was always Chuck's goal to simply teach the gospel, simply.

In the conclusion, we see how Calvary Chapel and other organizations planted churches worldwide, including churches in England, Asia, India, and Russia. We are very pleased to award this DVD our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for ages twelve plus. Watch this one soon and be prepared to be amazed at what God did and is doing.

Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter

One of the greatest spiritual revivals to sweep America, even the world, was the Jesus Movement. It happened back in the late sixties during the hippy era, and one of the key players was Chuck Smith.

What God Hath Wrought tells the story of Chuck Smith and the birth of the Jesus Movement and Calvary Chapel. It's a story that has marked history in remarkable ways, changed lives radically; a story well worth hearing.

In the late sixties and seventies, 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 to 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, long-haired "seekers"--week after week. Men such as Greg Laurie, Mike Macintosh, Raul Ries, Jeff Johnson, Steve Mays and many other 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.

This led to the birth of Christian contemporary music which sounded a lot like an amalgam of Beatles and Beach Boys--a very sixties sound, but with Christian words. It was a musical revolution and it caused quite a stir amongst the traditional crowd.

What God Hath Wrought is a riveting account of how Calvary Chapel became the catalyst for the Jesus Movement. It includes interviews with Chuck Smith, Tim LaHaye, Franklin Graham as well as testimonies from those who were transformed by through this outpouring, flashbacks to actual church services, testimonies and clips of the Jesus Movement bands such as Love Song. Heart stirring. Inspiring. Well worth watching.

Like it or not, regular Baptists must recognize that Chuck Smith has had a profound effect on evangelical and fundamental Christianity since the 1960's. This includes an effect on GARBC churches—even if it is but singing a couple of praise choruses in church services.

Through interviews with Smith and other leaders, the author presents an informative summary of the ministry of this unpretentious pastor. Especially interesting are photos and accounts of Smith's early ministry in miniscule churches, of his family, and of the beginning of the journey that resulted in him being considered the father of the Jesus Movement. Smith's wife was the one who, weepingly, first became burdened for the souls of the many hippies congregating along the beaches of Southern California. But God got a hold of Smiths' heart too. He started simply giving them the Word verse by verse, and they came and came and came until thousands were worshiping under a huge tent!

We may not agree theologically with everything Chuck Smith believes and does, but we cannot get away from his intense love for Jesus and people, his simple reliance on God, his demonstrative joy, and his unmistakable humility.

The well-known line from Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" ("Jesus freaks—out in the street—handing tickets out for God") may have been influenced by California pastor Chuck Smith, whose mission to connect a generation of young people to God changed the very face of Christian evangelism. Smith, along with his wife Kay, began their ministry by simply going to southern California beaches to pray for the people. Before long, Smith was teaching the Bible to "hippies" at the water's edge—launching the "Jesus Movement" phenomenon that continues to this day (also known as the "Calvary Chapel Movement," centered in Costa Mesa, CA). Teaching at the beach, Smith would draw crowds that continued to grow. In an era of cultural crisis that included the "generation gap," Smith distinguished himself by accepting everyone—looking past long hair to see the value in each individual. Directed by Jurgen and Stacey Peretzki, What God Hath Wrough features many interviews with folks who laud Smith, but the best one is an extended interview with Smith himself. Smith—a surfer (and perhaps the original "Soul Surfer")—felt both a call to preach and a call to the water. Here, he comes across as a genuine, self-effacing man who appears to have the heart of a true servant. Highly recommended.

What God Hath Wrought is an outstanding documentary about the “The Jesus Movement” of the 1970s and Chuck Smith, the pastor of Calvary Chapel. Any person interested in revival should see this video that thoroughly explains how God began a revival that’s still impacting the world today. The many fascinating interviews deal as much with how to please God as with the story of the revival.

Chuck Smith was raised studying the Bible and was dedicated to God by his mother. His preaching career began like many young pastors. He led several churches with some success and some failure, as measured by church growth. Chuck says God had a plan for his life and that included showing him that, without God, he could do nothing.

The Jesus Movement began with Chuck’s wife not wanting to move where God desired, and Chuck not wanting much to do with “dirty hippies.” God changed both of their hearts. Chuck wound up welcoming hippies and his message of humility and obedience captured their hearts. Soon, Chuck had a number of hip musicians creating the first contemporary Christian music. Out of this came Maranatha Records.

Calvary Chapel’s style of ministry welcomed people regardless of their dress or appearance. This was not common at the time. Calvary Chapel wound up creating churches across the country and around the world to serve those who wanted sound biblical teaching and a more welcoming church.

For those who lived through the 70s, this is a fascinating look at a part of their lives. For those younger, this documentary explains the origins of many of America’s largest churches. Debate still rages over the change in Christian music and ministry style, but there is no debate that the Jesus Movement has brought many people to Christ and impacted the whole world.

This outstanding documentary gives tremendous insight on the history and philosophy of the Jesus Movement. This movement not only affected nondenominational churches, it also had a great impact on denominational churches, from many Baptist and Presbyterian churches to Pentecostal churches. The title What God Hath Wrought aptly expresses the heart of the story, namely that this movement is a work of God more than the work of any single man or woman.

In brief: What God Hath Wrought is an outstanding documentary about the “The Jesus Movement” and Chuck Smith, the pastor of Calvary Chapel, where it began. Smith was raised studying the Bible. His preaching career began like many young pastors. He led several churches with some success and some failure, as measured by church growth. Chuck says God had a plan for his life and that included showing him that without God he could do nothing. The Jesus Movement began with Chuck’s wife not wanting to move where God desired, and Chuck not wanting much to do with “dirty hippies.” God changed their hearts. Chuck wound up welcoming hippies. His message of humility and obedience captured their hearts. Soon Chuck had a number of hip musicians creating the first contemporary Christian music. Out of this came Maranatha Records.

This outstanding documentary gives tremendous insight on the history and philosophy of the Jesus Movement. The title What God Hath Wrought aptly expresses the heart of the story, namely that this movement is a work of God more than the work of any single man or woman.

Customer Reviews

- What God Hath Wrought

I really enjoyed watching this DVD as it brought back a lot of memories for me. I was a teen during the Jesus Movement and remember some of the songs played on this DVD from groups popular during that era. It was during the time also that my youth group started singing a different variety of songs popular with the movement and it was very enjoyable to me. It is inspirational to see the journey of Chuck Smith and what God did through this willing man and also hear about the start of Calvary Chapel movement in the United States and the growth worldwide.Karen Rutt

- Great things He has wrought

I viewed the documentary last evening and it brought back memories both of the great things God has done through Calvary Chapel and Pastor Chuck and was deeply saddened to see some of those who were insturmental in the Jesus Movement that did not finish well. The documentary was wonderful inspirational and a must view for all. Little did we know at the time that we were at the apex of the last great revival of the 20th Century. The key words that were spoken over and over obedience to the call are the key to a successful Christian walk. I am thankful for Pastor Chuck Kay for being obedient to the call on their lives. Soon Calvary Chapel will be moving into the next chapters and hopefully the men that God calls to lead Calvary Chapel will too be obedient to the call on their lives. Pastor thank you your ministry has changed my life.

- What God Hath Wrought

This is a fantastic documentary!! I loved the way it was put together with all the insightful interviews plus you can't beat the footage from the 1960's and 70's. It is historical and also contemporary and kept my attention the whole time. Very well done! It captures the essence of the Jesus Movement which was such a strong move of the Holy Spirit in America and ended up spreading throughout the whole world. The highlight for me was Pastor Chuck Smith telling the extraordinary story of his life. He has touched millions of people worldwide. We learn that as a young pastor he had several disappointments but through his faith and love for Christ he prevailed and has become one of the greatest men of God alive today. What a great influence this man had on the history of Christianity yet he doesn't draw attention to himself. He is a humble servant that points people to Jesus and gives God all the glory. I highly recommend this wonderful and uplifting movie!

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