Throughout the pandemic, Pastor Jack Hibbs watched Californians face fear, confusion, government overreach, and now wildfires.
But despite all this, his faithful ministry has seen a huge revival in the last several weeks.
And you can bet this incredible video of what just happened won’t be aired by the secular media anytime soon.
Hibbs’ church, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, is on the front lines of the spiritual war in California.
Instead of being intimidated by the pandemic-related regulations and the strong anti-Christian sentiment throughout their state, Pastor Hibbs and his fellow leaders have pressed on and kept presenting a faithful witness for Christ.
Acting on the heels of fellow evangelists’ stunning work in California, Hibbs and others from Calvary Chapel are proclaiming the Gospel boldly and offering hundreds of new believers the chance to be baptized together.
Over the last several weeks, Hibbs has held baptism services at Corona Del Mar State Beach—and over 1,000 people have made public declarations of their newfound faith in Jesus Christ!
“It’s a remarkable and significant number,” says Gina Gleason, the church’s director.
She noted that approximately 300 people would normally be baptized during a Calvary Chapel service—so these recent baptisms are well beyond the norm!
“California may be experiencing a spiritual revival,” Gleason added hopefully.
“God is depositing hope in the heart of His people,” said Pastor Hibbs, reflecting on the story of Jesus and His disciples fishing (John 21).
“That is what we are experiencing. Our nets are not big enough to bring in the catch—all the new people beginning to come.”
Watch the incredible video yourself:
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Calvary Chapel Chino Hills has experienced record highs in service attendance as well as baptisms, leading Pastor Hibbs and the other leaders to schedule additional services.
“For this church, it has been crazy amazing,” Hibbs noted.
“We are reaching the most amount of people ever with many thousands of people coming on Wednesdays and Sundays.”
Although it’s a turbulent time for California’s believers and churches, Hibbs firmly believes that he’s called to be part of this “awakening.”
“You have to get out of the boat and into the water, because the Lord is moving.”
Even though California’s government has targeted churches and is trying to close the doors of many houses of worship, Hibbs is standing firm and conducting as many services as possible to reach lost souls for Christ.
“When the governor began to clearly target the church, that’s when we were led by the Lord and Scripture to obey God rather than man,” Hibbs admitted.
And Hibbs is seeing the fruit of his faith and his ministry as hundreds have accepted Christ!
He has no doubts that this is a real revival and a strong movement from the Spirit.
“We have seen conversions, prayers, and people weeping with joy and conviction. I’ve never seen church like this.”
Hibbs and his fellow pastors believe that many have been driven to the Gospel by the prolonged isolation of lockdown and quarantine protocols.
Loneliness, fear, and other mental health struggles have had powerful effects on the lives of people around the country, and the church has had an opportunity to step into the gap and lead them to hope.
Joshua Blevins, the assistant pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, noted that the pandemic has been a spiritual battle as well as a physical one, and that spiritual realities and mental health are always intertwined.
“I think one of the biggest mistakes that the world has made, and that people make, is they separate mental health from any sort of spiritual reality,” Blevins said.
“If there was some study that could be done on it, I think the greatest moments of healing, of restoration, happens in peoples’ lives, whether it’s from addiction or from PTSD…”
“Mostly when that mental stress is connected to the reality that they are a spiritual being in need of ministry and a touch in truth from God,” Blevins concluded.
The baptisms at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills have certainly been a site of spiritual truth and healing, as those who’ve been baptized describe feelings of joy like they’ve never known before!
It’s cause for great hope amid a fearful time in our nation.
As prominent evangelist Sean Feucht has said, “Something profound is taking place on the West Coast.”
“There’s a courageous church rising in California that refuses to be silenced.”
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in California and rejoice over those who have entered the kingdom of God recently.