Where we are
We are located near the corner of Woodside Avenue and N. Magnolia Avenue in Santee California, about 20 miles north-east of Downtown San Diego.
Who we are
We are people -- just people. We live and work in San Diego County like almost three million others. But we believe that Jesus of Nazareth, crucified by the Romans almost 2000 years ago, was the Son of God. We believe that God raised Him from the dead, and that He ascended into the presence of God. We believe that His life and death fulfilled promises given by God at the beginning of time. Because God has been gracious to us and given His Son on our behalf, we submit ourselves to Christ's authority above all else.
What to expect
Our worship is simple. There is nothing flashy or showy. Since we use the New Testament as a pattern for our worship, we do the things we read of New Testament christians doing when they assembled -- sing, pray, exhort one another from God's Word, remember the Lord's death by observing the Lord's Supper (also called Communion), give of our means to support Jesus' mission of preaching the Gospel to all the world. We spend time after worship encouraging and edifying one another, sharing in the trials and triumphs of life on this Earth. If you are looking for a place to worship God in spirit and truth, you are more than welcome.
New Testament Leadership
There is no organization manual for the church. What we have is the New Testament. Just as God told Moses how to organize the tribes of Israel in the Old Testament, God, through the Holy Spirit, has guided the Apostles as they went about establishing the church of the first century.
The New Testament itself is not a monolithic dissertation on first century Christianity. It consists of letters written by the apostles and other early church leaders to christians telling them about things that happened while Christ was on the Earth, and how they should conduct themselves as believers and as children of Our Heavenly Father.
Amongst the writings of the New Testament, in Ephesians 4:11-13 it says,
"And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ."
While we no longer have prophets or apostles, we do have an evangelist, elders, and teachers. When Paul was telling Timothy to select elders in every church (in 1 Timothy, Chapter 3), he gave him the qualifications for men in that office as well as those for deacons. Our elders and deacons meet the qualifications described by Paul.