Lutheran Church of Prayer

The Little Church with the Big Heart Bakersfield , CA

Who We Are

+ What We Believe +

God: is Triune, Father, Son, Holy Spirit; Three Persons, One Essence. He is the only true God: Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:4

Jesus: is true God, equal to the Father and Holy Spirit, the only Savior of mankind. John 5:23; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 20:28

Sin: all mankind is wicked; by nature the human race is spiritually blind, dead, broken in heart/mind, and in need of restoration with God and each other. God’s wrath abides on all. Genesis 8:21; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:23, 7:15, 18; Mark 7:20-23; John 3:36.

Justification: Sin and God’s wrath against it has been dealt with by God through the death of God the Son on the cross. All have salvation through the blood of Jesus where our Father no longer holds our wickedness and sin against us but declares us righteous. We have peace again with God through faith in Jesus. This good news gives believers hope, peace, joy, and love to live as Christians. Romans 5:1-10; John 3:16, 36; 2 Corinthians 5:19; 1 John 2:1-2; Corinthians 5:18-21.

Conversion: to faith in the Savior is entirely the work of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God (spoken, written, and sacramental). In the message of the cross God gathers His family. Romans 10:17; 1 Peter 1:23; John 3:5-6; 1 Corinthians 12:3.

Holy Baptism: is a gracious work of the Holy Spirit Who creates faith, washes away sins, and connects us to Jesus and His body the church. John 3:5-6; Acts 22:16; Galatians 3:27, 1 Peter 3:21; Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 12:13.

The Holy Spirit’s Work: Converted through faith in Jesus our human nature still threatens our unity with God and each other. Reconciliation, that is repentance and faith, is the daily rhythm of believers. Guilt and sorrow are promptings of the Holy Spirit for us to speak with God confessing thoughts, words, and actions asking Him for forgiveness in Jesus’ name. Ephesians 4:30-32; 2 Corinthians 7:10; Hebrews 10:19-25.

The Lord’s Supper: or Holy Communion is Christ’s True Body and Blood, where He is really present in the bread and wine to assure us of forgiveness. We gather to receive Jesus often because we daily sin much and are in constant need of His power to live the Christian life of faith, hope, and love/charity. John 6:53-59; 15:5; Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11: 23-29; 1 Corinthians 10:16.

Scripture: is inspired by God, without error and is our solid guide to life. John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:16.
Creation: happened according to Genesis 1-2. Evolution is unscriptural, unscientific, and unnecessary. Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:3; Psalm 33:6.

2nd Coming: of Jesus will be sudden/ unexpected. 2 Peter 3:10; Mark 13:32; Matthew 24.

We are living in the New Testament era where we rule with Jesus in the activity of sharing His message of love. 1 Corinthians 15:23-26; Ephesians 2:1-7; Matthew 28: 19-20; Revelation 20:4-6

About Us

Casual, Creative, Down to Earth, Spirit-filled, Friendly, Multigenerational

Faith and Work, Choir, Missions, Nursery, Adult Education, Daycare, Preschool

Passionate Reverent, Traditional Hymns, Organ

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8001 Panorama Drive
Bakersfield , CA 93306



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Leadership View all

Mark Airey

Since April, 2011, Rev. Mark Airey has served as pastor of Lutheran Church of Prayer. His wife, Barbie, and three girls, Jessica, Lexi and Emma, love living and being a part of the LCoP ministry in Bakersfield. "I love the Lord and He has given me His people to shepherd and grow with and I am humbly grateful. My prayer is that, through God's great love, we can shine His Light in our sanctuary, our homes, the community and the world." "'I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans for a hope and a future.'" --Jeremiah 29:11

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