On Easter Sunday of 1985, Sovereign Grace Church Pasadena, known at the time as Abundant Life Community Church, was launched. Our church soon became a diverse and growing community of believers seeking to live in the light of what Christ has done and walking out the gospel's impact on our personal lives and on our life together as a community.
We are committed to helping people grow in their faith and our commitment centers around pursuing sound doctrine and the work of God's Spirit in us as individuals and in us as a church.
We are part of a family of churches known as "Sovereign Grace Churches." This is a denomination where churches partner together in close relationship, tied together through our doctrinal beliefs, our core values, and our mission to build and plant Gospel-centered churches. Sovereign Grace Churches is governed by a representative elder from each Sovereign Grace Church. While each local church is led by its own elders, this partnership provides a needed extra-local accountability, counsel, and the opportunity to multiply our efforts in our mission together.
"Sovereign Grace Churches" is an organization designed to equip and provide resources for Sovereign Grace Churches and their mission. They do this through: (click on links below)
- Pastor's College (located in Louisville KY),
- Pastor's Conference
- Worship God Conference
- Worship Music
You can find out more about Sovereign Grace churches at sovereigngrace.com
Our commitment to Sovereign Grace draws us, as a local church, into a set of seven shared values that we promote, namely:
- Reformed Soteriology
an understanding of the doctrine of Christ's salvation as informed by principles of biblical teaching and Reformed theology. We believe that God is sovereign over all things, including the salvation of individual sinners, and that all things, including salvation, have as their ultimate g:oal the glory of God.
- Gospel-Centered Expository Preaching
a focus on biblical text and the priority of communicating sound doctrine in a way that encourages, instructs, and inspires believers. We are convinced that the Bible is our absolute authority for life and practice as Christians, so we value the regular teaching of the Bible. We also emphasize the importance of application as the truths of the Bible are not merely intended to be known but to be practiced.
- Continuationist Pneumatology
a desire to faithfully practice the ongoing gifts of the Holy Spirit, in submission to, guided by, and governed by Scripture. A robust view of the sovereignty of God suggests that believers can expect to experience regularly what some theologians have called "the active presence of God". We hold to the complete continuity of all the spiritual gifts referred to in Scripture.
- Complementarian Leadership in the Home and Church
an affirmation that God has created men and women equally in His image and they are, thus, equal in personhood, importance, and dignity before God, but with differing and complementary roles and responsibilities. As a result we believe the Bible teaches that both in the church and in the home the leadership roles are to be male.
- Elder-Governed and Led Churches
a commitment to the primary governance structure of biblical precedence and prescription: a plurality of elders. We maintain that the elders of each local church have primary responsibility to govern its affairs under the Lordship of Christ and the authority of Scripture. Elders, as under-shepherds of Christ, serve as examples, teach sound doctrine, guard against false doctrine, care for the spiritual well-being of the church, govern the affairs of the church, equip the church for ministry, and raise up future leadership.
- National and International Outreach and Church Planting
a response to Christ's call to fulfill the Great Commission, we are eager to share the gospel of Christ in our relationships and community, in this nation and throughout the world. We are dependent upon the Spirit of God to empower our witness, understanding the advance of the gospel through church-planting as Spirit-led work.
- Interdependent Churches United in Fellowship, Mission, and Governance
a reflection of the church as the Body of Christ, expressed when local churches associate in wider ecclesiastical bodies with shared resources, mission, mutual care, support, edification, and cooperation in government. Such cooperation is necessary for the protection of doctrinal fidelity and standards of holiness, the direction of common mission, and the disposal of common funds.
Below are some resources that define the governance structures we use as an association of churches: Our Book of Church Order, Rules for Adjudications, Articles and Bylaws,