Thanks for your interest in the Venice church of Christ! We are glad you have visited us, and we hope to be of encouragement and service to you.
Who We Are
We are Christians seeking to follow Jesus of Nazareth as our Lord and Savior in Los Angeles, serving the Westside (including Beverly Hills, Culver City, and Santa Monica), Mid-City, Downtown, Burbank, and East Los Angeles areas. We are a diverse group of people whose shared faith in Jesus is greater than any of our differences. We represent a variety of cultures and are in a wide range of stages in life. We appreciate one another’s abilities, gifts, experiences, and insights. We are not perfect people and we do not expect perfection out of anyone else. We all have our strengths and weaknesses and seek to provide strength to one another by building each other up in faith.
The Venice church of Christ has maintained a presence in Los Angeles since 1939. Throughout the generations we have sought to glorify God according to what He has made known in Scripture, to stand for God’s truth in righteousness, and proclaim Jesus as the risen Lord in Los Angeles.
The members of the Venice church of Christ seek to be disciples making disciples on the Westside of Los Angeles.
As Christians we seek to serve the Lord Jesus in all things and follow His ways (1 John 2:3-6): such is the essence of a disciple. We can continue to grow in our faith and knowledge whether we have recently come to faith in Christ or have sought to serve Him for many years (2 Peter 3:18). We strive to be faithful in our service and devotion to Jesus.
The Lord Jesus Himself commissioned Christians to make disciples of all the nations (Matthew 28:18-20). To that end we seek to encourage everyone on the Westside of Los Angeles and beyond to hear the good news of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, ascension, lordship, and eventual return, and to serve Him as Lord. We teach the Gospel and the means by which we can serve God in Christ in His Kingdom, insisting on the baptism of believers and instruction in the faith.
We welcome all who seek to join us in the mission given to us by the Lord Jesus!
What We Believe and Practice
We believe in God in three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and that He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth. We believe in Jesus of Nazareth as Christ the Lord, King of the whole universe. We believe that God has revealed Himself and His purposes for us in the Bible.
We are convinced that since Jesus is Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36), we are not. To that end, we seek to practice New Testament Christianity in twenty-first century Los Angeles, honoring Jesus as Lord by obeying Him according to His purposes for His Kingdom. We do not think we can improve upon what God has told us to do, so we simply seek to apply His message in the Bible to our current time and place. Therefore, the Bible is our guide for faith and practice: we are not affiliated with any denomination or larger religious organization, and we do not maintain statements of belief or creeds above and beyond the message of the Bible. In all things we strive to think, feel, and act as Jesus would have us think, feel, and act, and try to reflect Jesus’ attitudes and actions toward others (Romans 8:29).
Ethan R. Longhenry has served as the evangelist for the Venice church of Christ since 2011. He is married to his wife Sarah and they have four children. Ethan received a Bachelor of Arts in Hebrew & Semitic Studies and Classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He remains fluent in Classical Hebrew, Koine Greek, and Classical Latin, is familiar with Biblical Aramaic, and has studied Classical Syriac and epigraphic Hebrew, Moabite, and Phoenician. Ethan previously served as an evangelist for churches in Illinois and Texas and most recently the church of Christ in Norwalk, Ohio.
Ethan has written Churches of the New Testament and A Study of Denominations. He also is the author of the Spirital Manna devotional. If he can be of any spiritual service, please let him know by contacting him at evangelist at venicechurchofchrist dot org.
How Can We Serve You?
As disciples, or followers, of Jesus, we love you as a fellow child of God and stand ready to help you in any way we can to follow Jesus as well (Matthew 28:18-20). We hope you find encouragement from the following online resources.
Location and Contact
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