The essentials we believe:
God is creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Three are co-equal and are one God. He is our Father and will provide for all our needs, physically and spiritually. He is present everywhere.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14.
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth and reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22,23: Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13.
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives within every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian power for living, understanding spiritual truth, comfort in difficult times and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift. As Christians we seek to live under His control and experience His fullness. 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18.
About the Bible
The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and the supreme standard for living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
About Human beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for God, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2.
Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from self ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
About Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot lose it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God and not self effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
John 10:28-29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Jude 24; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14: 1 Peter 1:3-5.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8; 2:44,46.
We are part of the Reformed Church in America. We belong to the Far West Region of the RCA. In our Region we are organized into 5 Classes (Districts); our church belongs to the Classis of California. The Classis of California, (the word Classis is Latin for “fleet of ships”), is responsible for keeping our Southern California churches sailing together. Local church boards, made up of elders and deacons send representatives to participate in Classis functions. The Classes sends representatives to Regional Synods and to the national General Synod in order to formulate policies for our broader church family. The Reformed Church in America traces its ministry in North America to 1628. God is using the rich heritage of this group to move us out in ministry in new and innovative ways to reach our nation with the Good News of Jesus Christ! The RCA also has a dynamic missions program that reaches to the four corners of the world!