Preaching Christ in Bakersfield

Our Community


Sovereign Grace is a community of people who love Jesus, his church, and the world.  We exist to help one another develop in our delight in Christ so that Christ is declared among all peoples.  We endeavor to pray for one another, care for one another, speak God's word to one another, and to stir one another up to love and good deeds.  We know it is exceedingly difficult to get involved in a local church by just attending a Sunday morning worship service.  You can easily come and go without really knowing anyone or anyone knowing you.  We are committed to not allowing this sort of Sunday morning disconnect to take place.  We are working toward having a worship community full of people that are walking through life with Jesus together for the glory of God.  We have designed a process that includes 3 steps in order to help you get involved with our church community.

Pastor’s Lunch

Attending a Pastor’s Lunch is the first step in the process of becoming a member of the Sovereign Grace community. It is a time for you to acquaint yourself with the pastor, his wife, and the leaders of our church in a relaxed environment. You will also hear about the history of Sovereign Grace Church, the direction that we believe God has called us to, and the ministries you can be involved in.

Life at Sovereign Grace - Membership Classes

The second step in becoming a member is attending our Life at Sovereign Grace series. This series of three classes will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of our beliefs and values here at Sovereign Grace Church. Upon completing the classes, those who wish to enter into a covenant of membership with Sovereign Grace Church will do so by signing a membership covenant.

Grace Groups

The third step in getting involved with the Sovereign Grace community is by joining a Grace Group.  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 deeply with a small number of people. Grace Groups are the basic units for Christian community at Sovereign Grace. We believe they assist us in obeying the command to, "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 attendee and member to pursue Christ with other believers in a Grace Group. They are truly 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 Pastor's Lunches, the membership series, or one of our weekly Grace Groups, please contact Pastor John by email for more information.