On November 9th, 2014, a group of 12 people got together to pray in an old church building in the middle of the Maple neighborhood in Fullerton, CA. Many people who started the church had been hurt by a church somewhere along the line.
Our commitment was not to create a church out of spite to the hurts of our past but to create a church as led by the Holy Spirit. Those initial prayer meetings started bible studies, which eventually became small groups and a Sunday service. The direction and values of our church were created in community with those who are a part of this church.
What does our name mean?
We believe in an integrated faith in Christ that plays out in every area of our life. We don't have a compartmentalized approach to following Jesus, but a practical and relevant approach to living life in Christ in the here and now.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5: "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might."
John 17:22-23: "The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me."
We are called to the City and the places of suffering in our city. We are active participants in seeing God's Kingdom reign.
Isaiah 58:12 "And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.
Matthew 6:9-10: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
We love the Church. Yet are also aware of its shortcomings. We believe that the church is the main vehicle that Christ chose to embody Him in our world. That means that suffer with others well. Compassion means to "suffer with", not just service to, and we want our church to embody this.
1 Corinthians 12:12 & 27 "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ...
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it."
Colossians 1:24 "Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church."