April 1, 2018 10:15 am
The Authority of the Bible
We believe the Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the verbally inspired Word of God, it is without error in the original writings, and is the complete, infallible, sufficient and final authority for faith and practice. (Matthew 5:18; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Revelation 22:18-19)
Our mission is to share the gospel and make disciples of our members at home and around the world, according to Matthew 28:19. We teach from the Bible and emphasize it in all our meetings, seeking to properly interpret and understand its meaning. We encourage our members to read, study and apply Scripture in their private devotions, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead their lives daily as they grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Jesus was willing to suffer our penalty and the punishment for our sin. Think of it as a bank transaction. The debt for our sin was transferred to Jesus’ account, whose death paid the full debt of our sin. When we have faith in Jesus, His righteousness (His life without sin) is transferred to our account. God gives us a full pardon for our sin and declares us not guilty. By having faith in Jesus alone for our salvation, we enjoy a close relationship with Him once more.
Pastor Steven Black grew up in Pomona, CA and he became a Christian while a freshman at UCLA. Steve began to serve in various campus college ministries in addition to becoming part of the college leadership at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California.
After graduating from UCLA in 1975, he earned his MDiv at Talbot Theological Seminary in 1978. That same year, he was ordained by Grace Community Church and began to pursue a pastorate. In the interim, Steve served as an assistant chaplain at the USC Medical Center, Union Rescue Mission, and as an Assistant Director of Christian Released Time Education.
In 1982, Steve was called to pastor a church plant of Grace Community Church in Inglewood, CA. and in 2004, to pastor The Master’s Bible Church in Prescott, AZ. He completed his ThM in 2005 from The Master’s Seminary. In 2007, he was called to pastor Woodland Park Bible Church in San Marcos, CA.
Pastor Steve has held a steady commitment all these years to teach the Scriptures through exposition, book by book, showing its relevancy and application today for believers.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.1 Peter 2:9
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.Philippians 4:8
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:16-17
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.Ephesians 1:3