La Mirada Church
Winning people to Christ, not only in this community through preaching, teaching, and fellowship, but throughout the world as commanded by Christ in Matthew 28.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe in the one God who is co-eternal and co-equal in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit as revealed in the Bible and made known to us on earth in the person of Jesus Christ. Known by many names in the Bible, each one richly describing one of His attributes, we lovingly refer to God as our Father, and seek to be known by Him. (Exodus 3:14-15, John 4:24, Matthew 28:19, John 1:1-2).
THE HUMAN RACE
The Bible tells us that before the earth was in existence, God’s plan was that each and every person would stand before Him with the benefit of a connected relationship – holy and blameless in His sight. Sin has severed that relationship, but through the death and resurrection of Jesus, each person may once again be reconnected to God – and be restored to God’s original intent for our lives (Ephesians 1:4-5).
All men and women are called to live in line with God’s plan and design as unique image bearers living holy lives and within God-honoring relationships – single, married, widowed, celibate – as defined by God’s Word. Men and women are equally invited by God to lead, teach, and serve in the body of Christ – the Church – using their giftings to glorify Him and edify one another in keeping with their calling.
Faith (belief and trust) in Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross is the only way to be reconciled with God (Acts 4:8-12). Salvation is a free gift from God – it cannot be earned- and it is offered through Jesus based on grace (favor from God, not one’s own merit). What we couldn’t do for ourselves (reconcile with God), Jesus did through his death on the cross (Ephesians 2:8-9).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is presently ministering through the Christian community, empowering lives of godliness and service. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. He is both the nature and essence of God. Being fully God, the Holy Spirit has always existed and has been fully revealed to us on earth just days after the Resurrection on Pentecost Sunday (John 16:5-15; Acts 1:8 & chapter 2).
We believe that Jesus Christ established his church on earth to carry out his saving mission among all of mankind, and formed it to be one holy people. The Church is formed by virtue of God’s saving grace (Ephesians 2:8-9) that calls forth from all people: faith, repentance, confession, baptism, and new life and ministry through the Spirit. The Church of Jesus Christ is not limited to any one institution or denomination; it consists of all who have trusted Jesus Christ for redemption of their sins. LMC is therefore but one part of the greater Church (1 Corinthians 12:12-17). We are not the only Christians, but strive to be Christians only.
LOCAL CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
Membership at LMC is extended to anyone who is a member of Christ’s Church, having established trust in Jesus for redemption from their sins as follows:
- Acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
- Repent (turn from your sins to follow Jesus)
- Be baptized by immersion (Believer’s Baptism as found in Acts 2:36-41; 16:29-34, and Romans 6:1-4)
Not sure what all this means? Send us a message, and one of our pastors will get in touch with you right away.