What God Hath Wrought features archival footage from the early days of Calvary Chapel plus interviews with evangelist, Franklin Graham, Author Tim LaHaye, Pastor Greg Laurie, Pastor Raul Ries, Chuck’s wife Kay and their children; Cheryl, Janette and Chuck Jr. as well as member of the Christian music band, Love Song. Also featuring an extended interview with Chuck Smith.
Won at Christian International Film Festival - 2012
In the late 1960s Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, California was at the epicenter of one of the greatest spiritual revivals in American history. That revival is known today as the “Jesus Movement.” Pastor Chuck Smith and his wife, Kay opened their hearts and welcomed members of the hippie counterculture into their then small church. The result was the conversion of thousands of young people and the beginning of widespread changes in the church that continue to impact us today. This 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 modern worship practices.
"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
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.
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.
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