Open Door Community Church

1823 Erickson Circle, Stockton, Ca 95206 office: (559) 250-1121 

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Denomination

What are Open Doors Community Church's denomination ties?

Open Door Community Church belongs to a denomination called the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRC).

  • "Christian" because it aims to follow Jesus.
  • "Reformed" because it aims to continually reform itself to what the Bible says.
  • The terms "Christian" and "Reformed"
    also describe a particular way of understanding the Bible and the world.

Why are you part of a denomination?

We believe that the CRC provides us with good accountability
and support and is a great way for churches to work together. We are proud of
the work of our denomination, the Christian Reformed Church, is doing here in
the United States and throughout the world.

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What is the history of your denomination?

Historically, The Christian Reformed Church is part of a group of churches that broke off
from the Roman Catholic Church during the Protestant reformation in the middle
ages. The Presbyterian and Lutheran denominations have similar roots and
systems of church leadership. The Christian Reformed Church denomination began
in the United States and Canada in the 1800's as Dutch immigrants moved here.

What is your denomination like today?

Today, The Christian Reformed Church is an increasingly diverse church (racially, ethnically, economically, geographically, etc) that takes on many forms (house churches, contemporary worship, traditional worship services, etc.). Our denomination is involved with disaster relief and community development all over the world. It runs a liberal arts college
(Calvin College) and seminary (Calvin Theological Seminary) in Grand Rapids,
Michigan. It supports agencies which promote the development of new churches
across North America and around the world. It is involved with improving race
relations and providing ministries to the disabled and abused. It owns a
publishing company which provides educational materials for churches. It has a
radio ministry program which is broadcast in dozens of countries and languages
around the world. Learn more about the CRC by going to their website  http://www.crcna.org/welcome.

What other denomination might have similar roots to yours?

The Reformed Church of America and various Presbyterian and Lutheran churches have similar historical roots and similarities to the Christian Reformed Church. However, Almond Valley Church has a number of people from a variety of different traditions and denominations.

This list includes the basic beliefs that members of Open Door Community Church share, but there are many theological words that we use that may be confusing because they mean different things to different people (reference available for download)
We believe the Bible is the written word of God and was inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is the revelation of God's truth and is infallible and authoritativein all matters of faith and practice.
We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that all mankind are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God's displeasure—except by His mercy.
We believe that salvation comes from God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe that His choice is based on His grace and not on any human individual merit.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him alone for salvation.
We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals, but as a community of believers according to His Covenant promises.
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God's people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and to follow Him.
We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself for eternity.
We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived for the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

What Does Reformed Mean?
At Open Door Community Church, our faith in Jesus as our Savior is the most important thing!
Every church, even non-denominational ones, has a theological perspective that guides it. This theology guides the way it interprets the Bible, the way it preaches, and the way it influences what things are most important to it. Open Door is a Christian Reformed Church. This may be a newer term to you so we have provided the following brief introduction.
The term "Reformed" has two different connotations. It can refer to a particular way of interpreting the Bible. This is often referred to as Reformed theology. It stresses the sovereignty of God in all things and the centrality of faith in Jesus Christ. The term can also refer to a particular tradition or branch of the Christian churches. These churches have their historical roots in the Protestant reformation of the 1500s and are based on the teachings of John Calvin. The reformers stressed 5 concepts called "solos" when they split from the Roman Catholic Church:
•   Scripture Alone (Sola Scriptura): This means the Bible is God's inspired word. It is the ultimate authority in our lives and guides all aspects of our lives.
•   Christ Alone (Solus Christus): This means that Jesus Christ is the only way that one can be saved and have an eternal relationship with God.
•   Grace Alone (Sola Gratia): This means that salvation comes only by God's grace or "unmerited favor." It is a completely free gift and is not based on anything done by us, the sinners.
•   Faith Alone (Sola Fide): This means that our righteousness and justification (things we need to have a relationship with God) are received by faith in Jesus Christ alone.
•   Glory to God Alone (Soli Deo Gloria): This means that all glory is to be given to God alone since
salvation is accomplished solely through His work and His will; and actions of
Open Door fit into both of these categories (Reformed Theology and Tradition).
However, we have people who come from a variety of different traditions that
are a part of our church.

What are some aspects of Reformed Theology?
•   Fallen Humanity: All of humanity and our entire world are affected by sin. Internally and personally, all people sense that they are "not right"--not at peace, not whole, not everything they could be. Externally, they are surrounded by evidence that the world is not right; but is filled with crime and hunger and bloodshed.
•   Adopted by God: With a heart of love, someone brings a child home to cherish and raise, to make him/her a part of the family. That's just what God does for the lost, the fallen, and the wandering people of this world. Adopted children do not do anything to merit their adoption. Likewise, we do not (indeed, we cannot) take the initiative in being chosen by God. We are dependent on God's electing love.
•   Intentional Atonement: The Good News of the Gospel is that Jesus did for us what we are unable to do for ourselves. Because we are fallen—that is, tainted by sin—we cannot offer ourselves as a pure, blameless sacrifice needed to atone (pay the price) for our sins. But, because Jesus was without sin, He could be such a sacrifice for us. And He was! His death on the cross paid the price for "the sins of the world."
•  Transformed by the Holy Spirit: God loves us and draws us to Himself. The Holy Spirit opens our
sin-darkened eyes and sin-stopped ears, enabling us to see and hear the Good News that we have been saved from sin (John 9:35-41). The Holy Spirit replaces our rebellious, stony hearts with warm, receptive hearts (Ezekiel 36:26). He
opens our hearts to receive the things of God (Acts 16:14). He gives us the gift of faith, enabling us to believe (Ephesians 2:8-10). The Holy Spirit renews us so that we desire God and God's will (John 3:1-8). Do you desire God
and the things of God? That's the Holy Spirit at work in your life! Salvation is God's gracious work—outside and inside.
•   Held by God: The joyous conclusion of all this is that we are held eternally secure in the good hands of God. Because we are in God's grip, we cannot lose our salvation. The Bible teaches that our eternal security does not depend on our hanging on to God, but on God handing on to us!

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