Welcome to Little Zion
Primitive Baptist Church
Our church strives to maintain a simple, devotional New Testament style of worship, with congregational hymn singing, prayer, and the preaching of the gospel. We encourage families to worship together in a “church family” setting. Nehemiah simply describes our form and objective in our worship services.
A local church is identified by many traits and features. Some are valid and Biblical. Some are the result of human preference with little or no attention to the correct source of information that should define every local body that calls itself a church. Our particular church strives to imitate the model of a simple, familial, God-centered, Christ-honoring gathering. Our objective is to believe and to live the teachings of Scripture, teachings that put God, not the human ego or self-serving appetite, at the center of who we are and what we do. As with the ancient gathering described in the passage from Nehemiah, all the people who “…could understand…” gathered in one body to hear one message. Neither Nehemiah nor New Testament teachings incorporated an endless array of isolated interest-groups or special needs groups. They gathered as one body to hear one message, God’s message for all of His people. Such a gathering each time we meet is our desire and goal.
The details of our beliefs, our statement of faith, appear under our Articles of Faith. You will find them to be strongly focused on God, who He is and what He has done for His people. If someone were to ask a well-informed Primitive Baptist, “What do you believe? What makes you different from other churches or other Baptist churches?” he/she might well hear a surprisingly simple answer, “The angel who spoke to Joseph summarized the single most central truth that defines New Testament truth—and that should define a New Testament church—“…he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) We believe this simple statement, not with caveats, qualifications, or additions. We believe the angel told the truth, the full truth, about our Lord Jesus Christ and His purpose in coming. We believe He succeeded in this purpose, fully and wholly so, with no need for any additional contribution from us to accomplish the salvation that He fully accomplished for us. That is our message. That is who we are.” We believe that Jesus so fully succeeded in this purpose that we also believe the literal, timeless truth of the testimony in Scripture that describes the gathered-in-heaven body of those whom Jesus saved.
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; (Revelation 5:9 KJV)
John’s description in this beautiful verse is not of a few people who look, talk, and act like you and me. They are large and diverse. Their size and their diversity speak to the final and full success of the Lord Jesus Christ in truly accomplishing the salvation of those for whom He died.
We worship each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. Because our members live throughout the Los Angeles basin—and some even beyond—we host potluck lunch on the first and third Sunday, as well as on fifth Sundays when they occur. We also serve coffee and pastries at 10:00 AM each Sunday prior to the worship service. We encourage members and friends to linger and enjoy personal fellowship every Sunday after our worship service.
Welcome to our “Home”!
Elder Joe Holder, Pastor