We Are Tapestry

We exist to glorify God by making disciples through gospel-centered and Spirit-empowered mission, growth and community.

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Our Mission & Vision

The Old Testament may have seen the knotted ends and frayed edges of what God is doing, but we see through the New Testament a beautiful picture of Christ’s sacrifice. At times, our personal lives seem messy and incomprehensible, but God is at work completing the good work he has begun in us. Often we see a broken and an ineffective church, but God sees his beautiful bride preparing herself for her Wedding Day. Then we see our city, segmented and divided, but God sees His City, His people, coming to worship at the feet of Jesus.
That is what we see in Tapestry LA. The world may often see the back of the tapestry, but we see in faith, the front side of that tapestry, where God is at work in history, in our lives, in our church and in our city. We want to be threads, different, vibrant, beautiful, strong threads for the entire world to see how beautiful our God is! What an exciting thing to be a part of!

what we do

Cell Groups – We see each group as a team of missionaries committed to the welfare of a neighborhood. It is also the primary place where discipleship happens and gospel identities are lived out in everyday life. As any healthy cell does, we also seek to multiply. So we identify, equip, and send out new leaders to form new communities in new neighborhoods.


Sunday Gatherings – We meet together as a large body to worship in song and hear from the word of God. It is a chance for us to celebrate the work that God is doing in the midst of His people.

Prayer Meetings – We believe that nothing is possible without God. Prayer meetings serve to demonstrate our dependence, to call upon the Spirit to empower us for His mission, and to seek the leading of God for our church. We regularly meet to earnestly seek the will of God in corporate prayer.

Local & World Missions – We believe that we are a sent community, called to bring renewal to the city around us. It is our hope that we would become good neighbors, investing and making disciples of those around us. However, the scope of our mission is not limited to our neighborhood. God sends us out to bring all peoples and nations under the lordship of Christ. We are committed to proclaim the gospel to the unreached people groups of the world.

 

Who we are

Servant – The gospel is the story of Jesus who came in the form of a servant to bring renewal to a broken world. He served by giving His life, even unto death, so that others can experience the redemptive life of God. Through the cross, we have been invited into the same story and called to reflect the servanthood of Jesus. We do this by submitting to Christ’s lordship, to the leadership of the church, and to one another in a manner that glorifies God and builds up those around us. This means that we do not serve out of convenience or comfort but with a joyful passion driven by a sense of love, calling, and need.
John 13:14-15; Philippians 2:5-11

Family Member – Through faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ we have been adopted into God’s family and have received new identities as His sons and daughters. As His children, we have been granted complete access into the presence of our Father. No longer do we fear condemnation but we freely enjoy intimacy with Him through the work of the gospel. As part of God’s family, we see it as our responsibility to personally care for and meet the needs of our brothers and sisters. We do not hold to a passive posture of only receiving but find it our privilege to disciple, pray for, and serve our new family.
Genesis 12:1-3, John 1:12-13, Romans 8:15-17

Missionary – We are sent by Christ as missionaries to the world just as He was a missionary to us. In Christ, we have new life because He has reconciled us to God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through His work on the cross, our sins are not counted against us and the old is gone. In the same way, Jesus sends us to live this vibrant new life of reconciliation to God, others, and creation by being filled with the Holy Spirit, being set free from our self-centered ways, and proclaiming this good news to others in intentional ways. Through Jesus’ ways, people were able to see and experience what God was truly like. We hope to be faithful ambassadors of Christ by being missional in our communities through Jesus’ ways of truth, grace, and care.  
John 1:14; John 20:21-22; Colossians 1:19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Statement of Faith

Holy Bible

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Trinity

There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal.
I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. 
John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; l Timothy 2:5

Virgin Birth

Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary’s womb; therefore, He is the Son of God.
Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 23-25; Luke 1:27-35

Redemption

Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21

Regeneration

For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit, is absolutely essential.
John 6:44, 65

Salvation

We are saved by grace (which is undeserved and unearned) through faith in Jesus Christ, His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts.
Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22

Repentance

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Sanctification

The ongoing process of yielding to God in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11

Jesus’ Blood

The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for our sinfulness and the specific sins we have committed, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death.
I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11

Christ Inwells In All Believers

Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They are putting their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead.
John 1:12; John 14:17, 23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelations 3:20

Baptism In The Holy Spirit

Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth.
Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6

The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters.
Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12:4-8; Ephesians 4:16; II Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10

The Church

The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ great commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23

Water Baptism

Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38

The Lord’s Supper

A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross.
Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25

Healing Of The Sick

Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit.
Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; I Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29
 

God’s Will For Provision

It is the Father’s will for believers to become whole. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on Earth; yet they can still fully trust in Christ alone for His work of salvation and serve Him faithfully regardless of the circumstances in life. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others.

  • Spiritual: John 3:3-11; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10
  • Mental and Emotional: II Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3
  • Physical: Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24
  • Financial: Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19

Resurrection

Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation.
Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21

Heaven

Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4

Hell

After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels.
Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8

Second Coming

Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures.
Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7