Monday, February 24, 2014
What does the picture of the bird flying downward symbolize for Calvary Chapel?
Answer: The dove image that is seen in many (but not all) Calvary Chapel fellowships symbolizes the descending dove, highlighting the ministry of the Holy Spirit coming upon believers to empower them for service. (The imagery is obviously taken from the Gospel accounts where John the Baptist saw the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus in the form of a dove.) The "maranatha dove" was first used during the Jesus Movement of the 1960's and 70's, and over the years simply became an identifying symbol of Calvary Chapel. It doesn't, however, hold any major doctrinal significance, nor does it suggest an emphasis on any teaching of the Bible above another.