Who We Are

Golden Gate Church of Christ, San Francisco, CaliforniaWe believe that God made the world and all things in it – including mankind who was made in God’s own image (Genesis, chapters 1 & 2; John 1:3; Acts 17:24; Romans 11:36; Colossians 1:16). Therefore, we believe God is the creator and sustainer of all things and we believe that He has a purpose for every person’s life.

We believe that the Bible provides guidance for a godly life in that “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man (or woman) of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (Psalms 119:103-107; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21). Therefore, we believe God’s Word is the final authority for our lives in matters of faith and practice.

We believe there are three distinct dispensations of God’s covenant (promises) with mankind in three different ages: the Patriarchal Age – when God gave instructions through the father-leaders; the Mosaic Age – when God gave instructions through the Law; and the Christian Age – when God gave instructions through the Bible (Genesis 9:1-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Matthew 22:36-40, John 1:17, Hebrews 1:1-2). Each age has led to the next. Therefore, we believe we are living in the final age – the Christian Age – and that the prior two ages have ended, thus these are the final days.

We believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are ONE being – known in the Bible as the Godhead (Acts 17:29, Romans 1:20, Colossians 2:9, 1 John 5:7-8). Therefore, we believe there are three persons, but only one God.

We believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He was present in the beginning with God (John 1:1), that He is the Word of God, and that He was born of a virgin and became flesh, and lived among us, full of grace and truth (John 1:14) and that God said of Jesus: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to (honor) Him!” (Matthew 3:17; Matthew 17:5; 2 Peter 1:17). Therefore, we believe that Jesus is the chosen One, the Savior of all mankind.

We believe that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to rescue us from death (John 3:16), that Jesus died for our sins, that He was buried, and that He was resurrected on the third day according to the scriptures – so that just as Christ was raised from the dead, we too may walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-4, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Colossians 2:12). We believe that by God’s grace the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:5-7). And, we believe that we are saved by grace through faith as God’s gift (Ephesians 2:8-9). Therefore, we believe we should demonstrate grace, mercy, love, and acceptance toward others.

We believe that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). Therefore, we believe Jesus is the only path to God and the only mediator between us and God.

We believe that the steps to salvation are as follows: a person must hear the truth (John 8:32, Romans 10:17), believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (John 8:24), repent from their sins (Luke 13:3-5, Acts 17:30), confess Christ publicly (Matthew 10:32), be baptized for the forgiveness of their sins and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-5), and must remain faithful to the end of their life (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Revelation 2:10). Therefore, we believe it is God’s desire for our lives to be changed from living for self to living for God and we believe that we are then, the children of God.

We believe there is one Church (one body), one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father (Ephesians 4:4-6) and that local congregations all together make up that one universal Church, that every local congregation is autonomous and independent within that one body with Christ as the Head of the entire Church (Matthew 18:20; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18). Therefore, we believe the Church is non-denominational and non-sectarian.

We believe the local congregation is comprised of: two or more qualified elders (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5), and qualified deacons (1 Timothy 3:8-13), with ministers, teachers, evangelists, and members (Ephesians 4:11-13). Therefore, we believe God gives everyone a specific gift and role in the Church.

We believe in worshiping God, as they did in the 1st Century, every first day of the week (Acts 20:7; Hebrews 10:25) led by faithful Christian men in spirit and truth (John 4:24) including in that worship: a cappella singing (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16), praying together (Acts 2:42), remembering Christ’s sacrifice for us by partaking of the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34), giving as each has purposed and has prospered (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:7), and being exhorted by preaching (Romans 10:14-15; 2 Timothy 4:2). Therefore, we believe and attempt to emulate the 1st Century, New Testament example of worship.

We believe that the work of the Church includes: evangelism – reaching out to the lost (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:47), edification – encouraging one another to live a faithful Christian life (Romans 14:19; 1 Corinthians 14:3; Philippians 2:1-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Revelation 2:10), and benevolence – to help the needy (Deuteronomy 15:11; Ezekiel 16:48-50; Galatians 6:10; James 1:25-27; James 2:15-16). Therefore, we believe that every member has a mission to use their influence to reach others for Christ as they are able.

We believe God’s greatest expectations of mankind are twofold: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 10:27). Therefore, we believe in investing in relationships – with God and with people – locally and globally, in order to share and demonstrate God’s love.

And, we believe that Jesus is with God, preparing a place for us, that He will come back for us, and that He has left the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, to help us, and empower us with our ministry and to remain faithful until His return (John chapter 14). Therefore, we believe Jesus will return for us.

For More Information…
If you have other questions about us, and want to know how the Lord adds members to His church, please speak to one of our elders by contacting us at the numbers below:

Call or text us:
James Quitoriano: (650) 580-7223
Art Madlaing: (650) 438-3531
Renato Marcos: (415) 272-6301

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