The Woodland Hills church is a group of Christians who have joined hearts and hands to work and worship together in serving the Lord. We have accepted the call of Jesus to be His (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14), and have turned from our former lives of serving self to new lives of serving Christ our King. For each of us, this new life began when we believed in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God (John 8:24), repented of our selfish and sinful ways (Acts 3:19), confessed Christ as our Lord (Romans 10:9-10), and were baptized in water for the forgiveness of our sins (Acts 2:38). As a result, we were cleansed from the guilt of our sins, and we continue to be cleansed by Christ’s blood as we continue to follow Him (1 John 1:6-9).
As a congregation of the Lord’s people, we strive to “encourage one another to love and good works…” (Hebrews 10:24-25). We are committed to an ongoing effort to attain a complete unity of understanding and practice. Therefore, to respect the consciences of all, we as a group only engage in activities, which we can agree, are consistent with the Bible’s teaching.
We do not claim to be perfect, nor do we pretend to have all the answers; but we do believe that God’s word has the answers. It is our aim to glorify God by exalting Christ in our lives and by teaching others as we humbly try to serve Him.
Since Christ “is head over all things to the church” (Ephesians 1:22-23), He rules over every aspect of our lives. Because He is our only Head, Lord, and King, we seek to exalt Him by wearing only His name, preaching only His word, following only His teaching, doing only that which He authorizes, and making Him the center of our affection and adoration.
Since Jesus said the “seed is the word of the kingdom” (Luke 8:11) and since one of God’s absolute laws is that seed always reproduces after its own kind (Genesis 1:11-12), we are convinced that simple, pure New Testament Christianity can be restored and practiced today. If we plant the same “seed” that was planted by Jesus and His apostles, following the New Testament alone, we can reproduce the same simple New Testament Christianity we read about in scripture.
Since the Bible is God’s inspired word (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and it provides all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3), we accept the Bible as our only standard and try to follow it as our guide in everything. We place great importance on Bible study. The atmosphere here is one in which you and your family can truly learn and grow.
Since God condemns any change to His word (Galatians 1:6-9; 2 John 9-11), it is our sincere aim to teach what the Bible teaches, and not to go beyond that with doctrines of our own (1 Corinthians 4:6). Our purpose is to magnify God by edifying and equipping ourselves for discipleship and evangelism through worship and Bible study. We are convinced that we can be free from the problems of sin, self, ignorance, and error only when we live under the authority of Jesus’ word, which is comprised of the New Testament scriptures (Colossians 3:16).
Since Jesus condemned division (1 Corinthians 1:10-13) and every church in New Testament times was independent and self-governing, we are not a part of any man-made denomination. We intend to have no denominational name, creed, headquarters, or oversight. We are completely independent of other churches, but we desire a unity of faith with all those everywhere who “walk in the light as He is in the light” (1 John 1:7).
Since Jesus’ mission while on earth was to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10), that is our primary mission as a congregation belonging to Jesus Christ. We are convinced that the church’s purpose is to help people get to heaven rather than to provide for their social and recreational needs. We believe in the power of the gospel to draw men to Christ (Romans 1:16-17), and we appeal to lost souls with nothing other than God’s word.
Jesus said that God is seeking those who will worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24). Our goal is to model our worship after the New Testament pattern. In our worship assemblies, we pray to God (Acts 12:5), sing praise (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16), listen to sermons from God’s word (Acts 20:7), remember Christ’s death by eating the Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week (1 Corinthians 11:24-26), and contribute a portion of our material prosperity to support the Lord’s work (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). However, you should rest assured that we never solicit money from visitors! In all things we try to maintain the proper reverence and decorum appropriate to honoring God.
If your goals and interests are the same as ours, we hope you will become more than just a guest. Come worship with us!