We Are Family

The Long Beach church family has come together from a variety of traditions and life experiences. Our love for Christ unites us and our surrender to God’s call in Ephesians 4 supplies the atmosphere in which we work and serve together. While always growing there is a future vision of constant growth toward Christlikeness. 

 

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Ephesians 4:1-6

CHRISTIAN MISSION

THE SINGULAR SEVEN

Eternally existing in three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God; living a perfect life of ministry and love; dying on the cross for the sins of all people; rising on the third day; ascending to the right hand of God.

The Holy Spirit, the indwelling of God in the hearts of people, the gift of God given at salvation, providing comfort, strength, understanding, and direction to all Christians.

Faith that is rooted in Jesus Christ and expressed through a life of active obedience to God’s will.

A hope from God through Jesus Christ; a hope that inspires perseverance in this life as we look forward to the life to come.

Demonstrating a complete surrender to God and trust in the perfect sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, uniting us with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.

The body of Christ, the Church, to embody the character and mission of God. Because of our response to God’s salvation, It is He alone who adds us to His church.

JUST GOOD-HEARTED CHRISTIANS HERE TO SHOW YOU LOVE

We embrace God’s love into our lives and have a great time in the process!

 

Imagine that?

FATHER

SON

HOLY SPIRIT

Here are our

CORE BELIEFS

He is the God who created out of chaos in the beginning, and He is still creating out of chaos right now.  The story of Scripture teaches us that God is driven by His willingness to love.

Jesus is the Son of God.  He is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15).  He is God in flesh: God who became man, God who became vulnerable, God who can be seen, touched, and experienced.  His obedience to the Father led him to the cross and a sacrificial death that has dealt a catastrophic blow to sin and slavery.  The cross is at the core of our story but is incomplete without the empty tomb.  We believe that on the third day Jesus was resurrected from death and that he is only the first.  Jesus’ bodily resurrection is our hope that death is not final for those who have faith in Him.  He is alive and so are those of us who have faith and so we will ever be.

The Holy Spirit is given to indwell the believer who by faith is baptized into Christ. The Holy Spirit is our counselor, our comforter, and the one who intercedes for us as we pray.  He provides the follower of Jesus power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance toward all that is God-honoring.

Every human is born as one who bears the image of God.  However, Scripture explains that when we make decisions to step outside the will of God, we disconnect ourselves from fellowship with God and His purposes.  Jesus became one of us to rescue and restore our relationship with God.  He came to rescue us from our brokenness and separation from God. 

The Bible is the story of God’s restoration.  The Holy Spirit worked through many different voices, generations, and types of writings to weave God’s story together.  The Bible is so much more than a book to be studied and memorized; it is a story to be imitated, lived out and obeyed.  God intends for Scripture to teach and motivate people to surrender to Him and His efforts.

Salvation is a gift from God.  We can never undo or make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.  Salvation is offered to all who trust in Jesus Christ forgiveness as we, in faith and repentance surrender to be baptized in His name.  God isn’t only interested in us being saved from something; He’s just as interested in us being saved into something.  We have been saved from the powers of Hell and we have been saved into a life in which we get to passionately follow Jesus in the here and now. 

Baptism is not considered a work to earn ones salvation but rather a surrendering to God’s time and place for the forgiveness of sin and the reception of the Holy Spirit to indwell us (Acts 2:38). Baptism demonstrates that we are saved by grace through faith.  We believe in baptism by immersion which represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (Romans 6:1-5) and symbolizes the burial of the old self and the resurrection of a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).  Baptism is the event where we join the adventure of living as a disciple of Jesus in our everyday life. 

We call this celebration Communion or the Lord’s Supper.  The purpose of Communion is to remember the loving sacrifice of Jesus for our forgiveness and the victory of the resurrection over death. It is a time of personal reflection and renewal as we rekindle our spiritual focus of life. We take communion every week when gathered to worship on Sundays. The emblems are passed out and take when received. Anyone is welcomed to participate.

The Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20, gives the command to make disciples of all nations.  The word disciple is found frequently in the New Testament (269 times). To be a disciple is to be a follower; an imitator.  To honor and obey Jesus’ in all parts of life. We are not called to be His admirers but to be passionate imitators of Jesus.  The charge given to church leaders in the Bible is to present mature followers to Jesus (Ephesians 4:11-16; Colossians 1:28-29; Galatians 4:19).

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