Ministries at Sovereign Grace
For the Word of God is living and active…
We whole-heartedly believe that God alone is the One who redeems people unto Himself (Genesis 3:15, 6:18, 12:1-3, 15:12-21, Psalm 3:8, Jonah 2:9, Ezekiel 36:26,27, Jeremiah 31:31-34, John 6:44, 12:32, Revelation 7:10). Furthermore, we believe that the way God brings this redemption about is through His Word as He makes Himself known (Exodus 3:13-22, Ezekiel 37:1-14, Romans 1:16,17). In light of these truths, we make it our aim for the Word of God to be central in all of our ministries (Acts 2:42, 1 Timothy 4:13, 2 Timothy 3:16,17, 4:1-5, Titus 1:9). We do so because we believe that as we make God known from His Word, He makes the Word effective in peoples hearts and lives by His Holy Spirit (John 16:13,14, 1 Corinthians 2:9-13, 1 John 2:20,27). In other words, we see all true ministry as ministry of the Word (Romans 10:14-17). Chief among these ministries is our Sunday morning corporate worship (Hebrews 10:24,25, Ephesians 5:19,20). We see this time as the center of gravity from which all of our other ministries of the Word spring forth (Revelation 4:1-5:14).
Furthermore, we believe that the central message of God’s Word is the good news that the Father has sent the Son to redeem for Himself a people from every tongue, and tribe, and nation (Genesis 12:1-3, Psalm 2:8, Isaiah 2:2, Jeremiah 3:17, Daniel 7:17, Luke 24:25-32, John 3:16, 5:39,40, Acts 2:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:3,4, Hebrews 1:1-3, Revelation 4:9,10, 7:9, 21:22-22:5). Jesus has secured that redemption in His life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and current mediation on our behalf (Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 3:15, Luke 22:44, John 1:14, Acts 1:9-11,10:42, Romans 8:3, 1 Corinthians 15:3,4, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 3:13, 4:4,5, 1 Peter 1:18-21, Hebrews 2:14-15,17-18, 4:15, 9:24, 1 Timothy 2:5,6, 1 Peter 3:18). Additionally, we believe that Jesus is continuing His work to this day by building His church to be on mission together to know Him and make Him known (Matthew 16:18, 28:18-20, John 10:16, Acts 1:8,9). Therefore we co-labor together as Christ’s body to care for one another, raise up leaders, and send believers to the nations to declare the glorious good news of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:3-6, Ephesians 4:1-32, Matthew 28:18-20).
One of the primary ways we build relationships and cultivate fellowship with each other at Sovereign Grace is through a network of small groups—what we call “Grace Groups.” While we are joined to all believers in the local church, Grace Groups allow us to relate more deeply with a small number of people. Grace Groups are the basic units for Christian community at Sovereign Grace. We believe they are gifts of God given so that we might “exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:12-13).
Grace Groups are also our primary “delivery system” for pastoral care. We therefore encourage every member and attendee to pursue Christ together in a Grace Group. An integral part of our church’s ministry, Grace Groups provide an important context for accomplishing a number of biblical priorities.
If you are interested in attending one of our Grace Groups, please email Jason Faber (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Our Priorities for Women’s Ministry
The purpose of the Sovereign Grace Women’s Ministry is to glorify God by providing opportunities to fulfill the Titus 2 mandate: “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine…..Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” (Titus 2:1, 3-5). We seek to equip, connect, and encourage women in the church to know Christ personally and be committed to extending his kingdom in their lives, homes, church, and community, and throughout the world. We strive to teach sound doctrine, sound theology, and gospel truth.
The mission of Sovereign Grace Women’s Ministry is to encourage and enhance each woman’s spiritual maturity. By nurturing one another, we seek to glorify God with Christ-centered teaching and growth in the iron-sharpening-iron relationship we have with other sisters in Christ. We seek to offer the hope and grace of the gospel in every phase of life: unmarried, divorced, widowed, mothers of young children, mothers of teenagers, empty-nesters, and every phase in between. Our foundation: Our identity in Christ, as revealed in God’s Word by the work of his Holy Spirit, is what we cling to as we navigate all of life.
- Weekly Bible Studies (January – May)
- Annual Chili Night (usually held in October)
- Women’s Retreat
- Other events as announced
The Youth Ministry of Sovereign Grace Church of Bakersfield exists to glorify and exalt God. It is our desire to see the Gospel applied in the lives of teenagers and to cultivate spiritual fruit that results in teens who Delight in God, Develop in their understanding of Him and His Word, and then passionately Declare the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
Parents have primary responsibility for the biblical training and discipleship of their children through the teenage years. Parents play an irreplaceable role in the forming of Christian character in the lives of their teens. Effective parenting guides youth beyond family into commitment, membership, service, and fruitful involvement in the local church.
The fundamental purpose of peer relationships for teens is the cultivation and enjoyment of biblical fellowship centered around the Word of God. This fellowship never replaces parents, but supports and affirms their primary role in influencing their kids. Wisdom, integrity and purity should characterize all peer relationships.
Pastoral care is an important means of grace to equip parents in effectively discipling and preparing their teens for life as mature, God-honoring adults. The responsibility of the church is to support and supplement parents as they seek to direct their children, while also providing an essential teaching voice that offers biblical clarity on family issues. At Sovereign Grace Church, the parents of our teens are welcome to meet with us weekly, if they wish, as we study God’s word and fellowship. Parents are also welcome to join us at any youth event.
The teenage years need not be synonymous with the rebellion or unsupervised independence that is characteristic of our culture. Instead, these years can be filled with unique opportunities for parents and the church to inspire and equip the next generation for its role in God’s plan.
Please feel free to contact our Youth Minister, Mikey Warren (email@example.com) for current meeting times and location, or to answer any questions you may have about our Youth Ministry.
Our Priorities in Children’s Ministry
Sovereign Grace Church is thankful to God for His gift of children. We believe our children should be raised in the fear and admonition of the Lord. We also believe that parents are primarily responsible for discipling their children. So, it is our desire to train men to be the fathers God has called them to be. This is our first priority in children’s ministry. Our second priority in children’s ministry is to see our children become involved in the life of the body. We desire to see them fully participating in corporate worship. Our third priority is to provide quality, age appropriate, biblical education for our children. It is our desire to supplement the training in Scripture parents are doing at home.
Our Programs in Children’s Ministry
Infants and Toddlers: We are committed to providing a safe, clean, and godly environment for our 0-3 year olds during our Sunday service. We have a staff of incredible volunteers who provide quality care and love to each of the babies and toddlers who come on Sunday mornings. We provide this for the duration of the worship service. All children will need to be registered and signed in at the registration table in the church foyer each Sunday morning prior to being dropped off in the Nursery. You can be assured that your child will be well cared for and prayed for every Sunday.
Children (4-11 year olds): We are committed to providing quality instruction for our 4-11 year olds during our Sunday services. We have multiple volunteers who prepare strong God-centered lessons for our children. We currently have four classes for this age group. We have one class for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten age children, one class for 1st and 2nd graders, one class for 3rd and 4th graders, and one class for 5th and 6th graders. The children are excused and taken to their classes by the teachers prior to the sermon. They are led back into the service by the teachers prior to the end of the service. All children will need to be registered and signed in at the registration table in the church foyer each Sunday morning prior to being excused for Sunday School.
Children / Youth (12-17 year olds): We are committed to seeing our older children become involved in the regular life of the body. We believe it is best for them to worship with their parents and to sit under the preaching of the Word. Therefore, we do not provide alternatives for them during the service. It is our hope, however, to continue to develop programs for our older children and youth at varying times during the week.
Our Personnel in Children’s Ministry
We currently have over 40 volunteers serving in our children’s and nursery ministries. If you would like more information, please call the church at (661) 333-1995, or email our Children’s Ministry Director (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Outreach & Missions
Radius International – Missionary Training
Radius International seeks to carry the gospel to every point around the globe through training pioneer cross-cultural church planters. Jesus calls us to be His witnesses, to reach the very edges of the world with His message of salvation. Radius International prepares missionaries for the realities of pioneer church planting among the least evangelized peoples of the world.
Learn more about our Supported Missionaries
Meal / Service Ministry
Before His death on the cross, Jesus left His disciples with a “new commandment”. In John 13:34-35 He says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” This commandment was not new in the sense that it wasn’t commanded in the Old Testament (Leviticus 19:18), but in the sense that Jesus’ disciples were to now imitate the love that He had shown them. Because Jesus had sacrificially loved them in His life (John 13:1-19) and death (1 John 4:10) as their substitute, they were now to follow His example and love one another sacrificially. The completed work of Jesus in His life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension is the motivation behind all of the good works that we do out of love for Him and one another (Romans 12:1-21).
To that end, we seek to love one another in very tangible ways (Matthew 25:34-50, James 2:15-17). One such way is by providing meals for families in our church when they are ill. We invite you to serve the body of Christ in this way by using the links below to either create a meal plan for someone in need, or signing up to bring a meal.