Los Angeles is one of the biggest cities in the world. With a population of approximately 10 million, the city is filled with people from all walks of life. However, many of them do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and the offer of eternal salvation that is found in His name through the gospel. Many of them are not plugged into a church that is dedicated to caring for their spiritual welfare and guiding them with Scripture's life changing principles.
That is the inspiration that led to the birth of Grace City LA. Founded in the summer of 2017 by pastor and evangelist Steve Cha, Grace City LA is a Bible teaching, gospel-centered, and evangelistically driven ministry which exists to effectively make Christian disciples of a new generation in Los Angeles.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE?
With so many churches in Los Angeles, the question that predictably comes to mind is:
Which one should I choose?
We live in a time when everyone wants to be innovative and groundbreaking. It is no different with contemporary churches. New church plants have ambitious goals such as "transforming the city," "renewing and bringing peace to the city," "being a radical church," and "helping people find their life's joy and purpose." Though we admire many of these ideas and goals, we do not claim to be the "next big thing" or promise to bring about city revivals or personal fulfillment like no other church can.
Our goal is simply this: To do church God's way by being faithful to Scripture. It's the basic, good old fashioned way, which arises out our conviction that the Bible is living and active, and there is divine power when the church teaches and lives out its commands. This leads to change not only in the church body, but in the city as well.
Grace City LA exists to carry out what we call the 3-P Focus:
P1: Proclaiming the Word
Teaching the Bible through verse-by-verse exposition that captures the truest meaning of Scripture. We study God's Word in depth by examining its historical and literary context, which leads us to a right understanding of its principles, all the while presenting it in a way that is easy, powerful, and applicable. Our commitment to the inerrancy, magnificence, and authority of Scripture is the standard for the church's theology, apologetics, counseling, philosophy of ministry, and evangelism.
P2: Perfecting the Saints
Applying the word of God in discipleship. We focus on every major area from providing fundamentals equipping courses to one-to-one personal mentoring, which leads to maturity of character, excellence in knowledge, and service in the church and in the world. We focus on the goal of producing witnesses of Christ who, in turn, become disciplemakers themselves and raise up the next generation of pastors, missionaries, and servants who excel in the kingdom work.
P3: Pursuing the Lost
Reaching out to unbelievers with the gospel in the city through weekly evangelism with the hopes of bringing them into saving relationship with Jesus Christ. We understand evangelism (not social justice or personal prosperity) as the outreach focus of the church. We trust in the power of the gospel to bring about eternal salvation and transformation in people's lives. We evangelize in order to expand the kingdom influence in the city in conjunction with God's historical redemptive plan.
WHERE ARE WE GOING?
We are a church that works passionately and prayerfully to reach out to the city of Los Angeles with the goal of bringing people to salvation and to equip them to have the mind of Christ, which leads to holy and missional living. Grace City's philosophy of ministry - which combines excellent Christ-centered preaching, discipleship, and evangelism - is a unique model that is found in few contemporary city churches today. We believe this approach powerfully exemplifies the historic mission of the church and is a model we want to duplicate in the future.
It is our goal to eventually raise up leaders who will establish Grace City churches in other areas of the state and nation so that the mission of the church can be carried out with great strength and that God would be glorified in the expansion of His spiritual kingdom here on earth before His Second Coming to establish His physical kingdom.