Our Beliefs

God has called Church of the Open Door to draw people to His Son so that His creative purpose in every person can be realized. That’s our mission: to help you fulfill life’s purpose. Behind this mission is our historic and deep commitment to the Gospel of Christ and the inerrancy of Scriptures. Accomplishing this mission will only come as we fulfill the basic responsibilities of every local church: worship, instruction, fellowship and evangelism. We sense that God has given us a distinct assignment as a local church. We’re excited! We invite you to join us as we, together, pursue lives of eternal significance in Christ Jesus.
 
Questions? Contact Lead Pastor David Anderson david.anderson@churchoftheopendoor.com
626-914-4646 x24.
 

Our Four Distinctives

Since 1915 Church of the Open Door has been guided by four core truths:
 
Teaching God’s
unchanging Word
(2 Tim 3:16-17, Heb. 4:12, Ps. 119:89)
 
Trusting grace in
community
(Gal. 6:1-2, Eph. 4:1-3, Heb. 10:24-25)
 
Moving forward through
bold prayer
(Heb. 4:15-16, John 16:24, Matt. 7:11)
 
Making disciples
of all nations
(Mat. 28:18-20, 2 Tim. 2:2, Col. 1:27-29)
 

Gospel FAQs

What is the gospel? That’s the most important question you will ever ask! The answer can be given in 4 simple truths:

 
1 Remember God loves you!
The Gospel of John in the Bible says, For God so loved the world…(John 3:16). You are part of that world. He loves you and wants to give you eternal life. But there is a problem…
 
2 Recognize your need
Sin separates us from God. The word sin in the Bible means to miss the mark. Romans 3:23 says we have all missed the mark: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We have broken God’s law and thus there is a sin problem between us and God. God’s law declares that the penalty of sin is death–eternal separation from God in a place called hell. All of us sinners have earned this death sentence; For the wages of sin is death  (Romans 6:23). You cannot escape this sentence on your own… 
 
3 Realize Christ has met this need
But there is good news, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, paid the full penalty for sin on the cross. Remember, God loves you. Romans 5:8 tells us, But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. His death satisfied the penalty for sin–He paid in full the price for sin. His resurrection guarantees eternal life. In John 11:25 Jesus said: I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live.
 
Now the decision is up to you…
 
4 Rely on Christ for salvation
God asks you to trust in Christ alone as your only way to heaven. In one of the simplest verses of the Bible, Jesus Christ says, Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life (John 6:47). The word believe means to trust in, rely on, or depend on. The moment you believe in Him you have eternal life. That’s all God requires for you to have eternal life. So that leaves one question…
 
Do you believe? Have you trusted in Christ for salvation or have you been trying to get to heaven by your own ability? If you have not trusted Christ to get you to heaven, why not do it now? Providing you eternal life cost God everything! He punished His Son in your place, but receiving eternal life costs you nothing. Because of what Christ did on the cross, God now offers you this free gift if you will simply trust His Son to save you. 
 
You might like to express your faith to God like this:
Dear God, I come to You now. I know I am a sinner. Nothing I will ever do can get me to heaven. But I believe Jesus Christ died for my sins. Right now, I put my trust in Him alone as my only way to heaven. Thank You for the free gift of eternal life. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 
 
What happens now? If you have trusted Christ, you have eternal life! God guarantees it in His Word: And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:11-13)

Contact us and let us know of your newfound faith in Christ, and how we can pray for you!

 
 

Articles of Faith

 
Our Articles of Faith present the doctrines we are committed to as a church. But these historic truths are always under attack. Often theologians try to “sneak” new thoughts into old categories by simply changing the language. So we need to constantly restate our convictions in precise terms, which keep us within our historic parameters as a conservative, evangelical church.
 
Salvation: God, out of love for the human race, sent the Lord Jesus Christ into the world to save sinners. Jesus Christ, God incarnate (God in the flesh), paid the full penalty for human sins when He died on the cross. Any person, who in simple faith, trusts in the risen Christ as his only hope of heaven, receives the gift of eternal life which once granted can never be lost. (John 3:16-18)

Security: Every child of God possesses eternal life and, being regenerated, justified, and sealed by the Holy Spirit, is safe and secure for all eternity. However, a Christian can, through sin, lose his fellowship, joy, power, testimony and reward and incur the Father’s discipline. Relationship is eternal, being established by the new birth. Fellowship, however, is dependent upon obedience to the Word of God. (Ephesians 2:1-10; 1 John 5:13)

Scripture: The Bible is God’s Word written, inspired, infallible, and without error in the original manuscripts, and is the unique, full, and final authority on all matters on which it bears. The New Testament interpretation of the Old Testament, both factually and theologically, represents an authoritative way of interpreting the Bible. (Psalm 119:89; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17)

Trinity: There is one God, eternally existing and manifesting Himself to us in three Persons–Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Son: Our Lord Jesus was supernaturally conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, Mary. Before His incarnation, He existed in the form of God and of His own choice laid aside His divine glory and took upon Himself the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men. He was put to death by crucifixion, buried and on the third day arose from the dead. After His resurrection, He showed Himself alive to His disciples and others for 40 days. After this, the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven where He is now seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for His children.

Holy Spirit:We believe that all who have trusted in Jesus Christ are regenerated, baptized, sealed and indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13), and that He fills (controls) those who obey the Lord and separate from sin (Ephesians 5:15-21). We believe the Holy Spirit gifts all believers for service (Romans 12:6-8).

Rapture and Second Coming: We believe that prior to His second coming to earth, Christ will have taken the church out (raptured) of the world (1 Thess. 4:13-18). Between the Rapture and the Second Coming, there will be a period of at least seven years during which God’s program will again center around Israel (Daniel 9:24-27). This will be a time of great distress and tribulation (Matthew 24:21). A large part of this will have as its purpose to purify Israel to a remnant of believers who will enter the Millennium (Romans 9:24-27). The Antichrist will be in control during this time. We believe that the best interpretation of Scriptures shows that the church will be raptured before this period of tribulation and will not be subjected to these judgments (1 Thess. 5:9).