Compton Mission Project

Organization Description: 

Emmanuel Church exists to deeply connect people to Jesus, people, and mission.

Our purpose statement lies behind everything we do as a church, from Children's Ministries to Sunday mornings to Compton Clean Up days. We can't think of anything more important than a life giving connection to Jesus that results in deeper relationships with other people and whole-hearted devotion to God's mission in this world. What it comes down to is thinking, talking and acting more and more like Jesus and intentionally helping others to do the same. That's what we're all about, and it's our perspective of what it means to be followers of Jesus.

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8303 Alondra Blvd.
Paramount, CA 90723
Mission Statement: 

The Compton Project is sponsored by Emmanuel Church and is a one-month, summer experience for college students or churches.

College students will live in Compton, California with other college students on the Project. In addition to working with various ministries in the city, you will explore the scriptural basis for justice, mercy, reconciliation and God's call to "seek the shalom of the city" (Jer. 29:7).

Churches work with the Urban Plunge Director to coordinate the specifics of their week-long experience.

The aim of the Compton Urban plunge is three-fold.
• We want you to experience and celebrate what God is doing in Compton.
• We want your heart to be transformed.
• We want you to learn transferable principles which can be implemented in your own community.

We believe some of you will choose to relocate to Compton – to love and be loved by the people there.

Organizational Statement of Faith: 

About God
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God. Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14.

About Humankind
We are all made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. We are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although human kind has tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates us from God. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2.

About Eternity
We all were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. The place of eternal separation from God is called Hell. Heaven is the place of eternal union and eternal life with God. John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15 (Hell); Matthew 25:41; Revelation 21:27 (Heaven).

About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days, demonstrating His power over sin and death. He was seen by over 500 people and returned to the Father to prepare a place for us. Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; I Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11.

About Salvation
Salvation is a gift from God to humankind. We can never make up for our sin by self improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith. Click here if you are interested in the Alpha class, which is a great place to explore these issues, ask questions, and go on your own spiritual journey at your own pace. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:21.

About Discipleship
The Christian is called to live out the Great Commandment - to love God with all our heart and soul and our neighbors as ourselves; and the Great Commission - to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey all Jesus commanded us. This is called disciplship, and it is what every Christian is called to. It simply means following after Jesus. Making disciples is at the very heart of who we are as a church, so we have made a separate statement clarifying what we mean by this. Click here to see our statement on discipleship. Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 22:37-40.

About Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in this salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self effort of the Christian. It is the grace and "keeping power" of God that gives this security. John 10:29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14; I Peter 1:3-5.

About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son (of God). He is present in the world to make humankind aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under his control daily. II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12; 3: 16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1.

About the Bible
The Bible is God’s word to all humankind. It was written by human authors who were under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit so that what they wrote is the Word of God. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160; Psalm 126; Proverbs 30:5.

About the Covenant
We are a covenant keeping church. God enters into a covenant (special binding agreement) with those whom he calls to be his sons and daughters. Covenant people have a special relationship with God and have a special responsibility. We keep covenant with God by living our lives as his children, by keeping covenant with our spouses and family and by keeping covenant with all believers regardless of race, age, gender or marital status. Genesis 17:7; Jeremiah 32:38-40; II Corinthians 6:16-18; Romans 8:12-17; Acts 2:39; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Galatians 3:28-29; Ephesians 4:1-6.

About the Church
The Church is the living Body of Christ on earth. He is the head and the source of its life. We believe that all true believers want to be a part of the Church so they can grow in their faith, worship and fellowship with other believers, and make a united impact upon society. Ephesians 5:23; Romans 12:4-8; I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:1-16; Colossians 1:15-20. Click here if you'd like to see previews of our worship services, which is one of the ways we seek to be the church.

About the Sacraments
We believe there are two sacraments given by Christ to strengthen our faith as members of His Church. The first is Holy Baptism which is a sign and seal of God’s eternal covenant of grace for us and our children. Baptism symbolizes the washing away of our sins through the blood of Christ.

The second is the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The broken bread symbolizes the broken body of Christ. The cup symbolizes the blood of Christ poured out at the Cross for our salvation.. Christ is spiritually present in the bread and juice. When we celebrate Holy Communion our strength is strengthened. Genesis 17: 1-10; Deuteronomy 7:9; Matthew 19:13-15; 28:19; Acts 16:14-15; 30-33; Mark 14:22-25; I Corinthians 11:23-26; I Corinthians 1:16.

About Final Things About the End of Time
When history has run the course laid out for it in God’s plan, Jesus Christ will return in power and glory to judge the world and to complete the total victory over sin, death and Satan. At that time those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord will enter heaven to be with him forever. Those who have not believed will be eternally separated from God. Acts 1:6-11; Mark 13:24-27; Revelation 1:7; I Peter 4:5; Matthew 24:29-31; 25:31-46.

What it means for us to be Reformed
Although we generally go by "Emmanuel Church," our official name is "Emmanuel Reformed Church." We’re part of a group of churches that connects way back to the 1500s when there was a great renewal in the churches in Europe. That period was called the Reformation – a time when a lot of Christians reformed their spiritual lives in order to get reconnected with God through the scriptures. So our name reflects that heritage. Click here to learn more about the Reformed faith.

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