Walnut Creek, CA

Background & Purpose

We all have different stories, experiences with church, and perceptions about Jesus and His followers. At OTC we keep church simple, remove the clutter, and focus on Jesus, His message, and His mission as revealed in the Bible.

Background

The Phillips returned to the area in 2011 and joined up with a group of friends to start a new church that is on mission to help people find and follow Jesus. Weekly services began January 2012.

Open Table Church is a non-denominational, Bible-based church supported by members and friends.

How we do church

Acts 2 gives us a picture of church in the early days and the essential ingredients for a church at any time. We participate in these activities weekly on Sundays and in small groups during the week.

Acts 2:41-47   41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.  42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.  44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.  45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,  47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

  1. Devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching: Today we have the apostles’ teaching in written form (New Testament).  Along with the Old Testament, these are the God-breathed, living and active words that God uses to re-create His people (2 Tim 3:16-17).  We are a community that spends time learning and applying these words to everyday life on Sundays and during the week in small groups.
  2. Fellowship: We are called together as members of God’s household (1Co 3:16; Eph 2:21f) to be in close relationship with God and each other (Matthew 22:37-39, John 15:12).  We do this primarily through our Sunday gatherings and small groups.
  3. Breaking of bread: Both eating together and taking communion together are implied in the text (cf. Luke 24:35, Acts 2:46).  Eating together is one of the ways we connect outside our regular gatherings.  Taking communion in our Sunday gatherings strengthens our relationship with God and our identity as His sons and daughters.
  4. Prayer: Prayer is a regular practice at Open Table Church. To pray is to speak and listen to the One who knows all things and holds all power and authority (1 Jn 3:20; Mt 28:18).
  5. Gave to anyone as he had need: We share our resources as a tangible expression of the love we have for God and each other (1 Jn 3:17, Share Fund).

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