In the summer of 2013 a group of ordinary people came together with one simple goal: to worship an extraordinary God. That goal led us to launch Impact Church in January of 2014 as a place where God is worshiped and is made known in Whittier and the world.
We do all of that by celebrating His amazing grace, telling others all about it, and living it out as we serve our neighbors and the nations. (Acts 20:24)
If you had to describe the vibe at Impact Church, it wold be this: we are serious about God, His word and His mission, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. (2 Cor 4:7)
Who is Impact Church?
We are a Christian Church that is seeking to be a Gospel-centered Community on Mission together for the glory of God and the good of all people.
What is Gospel-Centered?
Gospel-Centered means we are committed to keeping the Gospel the central focus of our faith. The Bible teaches that the gospel not only saves, but also comforts and motivates Christians, through the power of God's Spirit, to grow in grace and holiness. We not only believe it, we practice it by intentionally focusing on the finished work of Jesus for us, because it is the only basis for our relationship with God; yesterday, today and forever. (Col 1:5b - 6)
What do you mean by community?
Jesus said that the world will recognize His disciples by their love for one another - and that is who we are - His disciples. That means the same love and grace that flows to us from God, should flow through us to each other. And when it does, we will be a “community” of believers that are undeniably being shaped by the good news of God's love and growing in His grace. (John 13:35)
What does it mean to be on mission?
We live our daily lives to make Jesus known in our neighborhoods and the nations. (Matt 5:16)
We do that through two primary means.
1. Gospel Declaration: Telling each other, our neighbors and the world who Jesus is and what He’s done. (Mark 16:15)
2. Gospel Demonstration: Loving and serving our neighbors and the nations because Jesus loves us and did for us what we could never do for ourselves. (Matt 22:37 - 40)
Grace reigns, therefore we can be open and honest with God and with one another. We realize that God is Holy and we're trying to be; but we're all a work in progress. So we're not afraid to admit our faults or to laugh at ourselves as we follow Jesus together. (1 John 1:7 - 10)
Jesus is our only hope, therefore the gospel is the center of our worship and it informs our understanding of God's love for us and our study of the Bible. (Luke 24:26-27, 44-45)
People who have lost their way with God are important to us, therefore all that we do as a church, is done with an aim toward connecting or reconnecting people with the God who loves them. (Luke 5:30 - 32)
Following Jesus is not just a Sunday thing, therefore we get involved in one another's lives. We want to help each other live lives consistent with our faith in the gospel. (John 13:34 - 35)
We are still amazed by God's love, therefore we celebrate it regularly and look for opportunities to share it locally and globally. (1 John 4:10 - 11)