The week night Bible studies were packed to capacity - so much that audio speakers were installed outside of the chapel and chairs set up on the patio so the overflow crowds could sit and stand to hear the word of God.
Lonnie Frisbee was Calvary Chapel's first youth pastor. His Wednesday night studies were busting at the seams. Lonnie was a young long hair bearded preacher with a resemblance to a young biblical prophet. God used Lonnie in a mighty way, speaking directly to the hippie generation and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Lonnie's zeal for the Lord and Bible studies related to those that gathered to hear him. Upon Chuck Smith's first meeting with Lonnie Fisbee, Chuck declared, "I wasn't prepared for the love that came forth from this kid. His love for Jesus Christ was just infectious. The annointing of the Spirit was upon his life, so we invited Lonnie to stay with us for a few days."
Wed. night bible study with Lonnie Frisbee & Debby Kerner
It was not unusual for young people to line up with a sack lunch in one hand and their Bibles in the other hand. This would be at 4:00 p.m. waiting in line for a 7:00 p.m. study. The lines got longer and longer as young people would wait for hours before the evening Bible study. They would share scriptures with each other that the Lord had given them throughout the day. Many would bring unsaved friends and loved ones. Every Bible study had a musical group or solo artist that would share in song and testimony of the life-changing power of Jesus Christ. Many would respond to the invitation to come forward and receive Jesus into their hearts and lives. The pews were filled with longhaired youth, others in suits and ties. There were young people, middle-aged people, and elderly folks - there was no generation gap. The smiling faces and glowing countenances emanated God's changing power through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
© 1999 David Burgin. May not be used without permission from author.