Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in King's Church. Even though we are a new Church, we stand in a long line of churches that affirm the trustworthiness of the Bible and its message of hope in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are committed to holding together two things that are often viewed as separate: a commitment to sound, healthy teaching and a passionate pursuit of the presence of God. We would describe ourselves as Catholic, Evangelical and Reformed.
The first word Catholic needs some explanation. Used in its historic sense the word “catholic” simply means “universal” and means that we accept the creeds of the church that all orthodox Christians throughout the centuries have embraced. These creeds are historic statements of faith such as the Council of Nicea (4th century) and the Council of Chelcedon (5th century) which affirm the full humanity and Deity of Jesus Christ, the Holy Trinity, and the substitutionary atonement of Christ for sinners. (See the What We Teach page for further details).
Being Evangelical basically means two things: (1) we believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant word of God and is therefore our final authority in all matters of life and doctrine, and (2) we believe that all people are sinners and need to be saved from the wrath of God by responding to the gospel (the evangel) of Jesus Christ. With Scripture alone as our sure foundation, we affirm that justification is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone.
We are essentially Reformed in our theology. This means that we embrace and exult in the sovereignty of God over all things, and we therefore place the emphasis on the activity of God and the glory of God in the salvation of sinners.
Please take your time to look through the information available on this web site. It would be our joy to see you at our service on a Sunday morning. Whether you are new to the Phoenix area and wishing to connect with a Christian community or just looking for answers, help or hope, we would welcome the opportunity of meeting you and serving you.
If you need further information, please feel free to contact us either by phone at (602) 539 1494 or by e-mail.
Christ’s mysterious entry into this world, His gruesome crucifixion, and His surprising resurrection leave us all in a position of response to Him. Either we deny that He came or we believe. Either we look away from his death or we look on it in repentance. Either we reject the belief that Christ rose from the dead or we subscribe to it. These events are not value-neutral. Neither is our response to them.
To aid you in your consideration of the gospel, we offer a link to a multimedia presentation of this message from Matthias Media entitled Two Ways to Live. It is our hope that this presentation answers your questions about God and His claim on your life. Are you a repentant believer in Jesus? Or are you a dispassionate witness to a crime your own sin helped commit? Remember, your soul will live forever. Are you ready for eternity?
The local church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord. In obedience to Scripture they organize under qualified leadership, gather regularly for preaching and worship, observe the biblical sacraments of baptism and communion, are unified by the Spirit, are disciplined for holiness, subject to church discipline, and scatter to fulfill the great commandment and the great commission as missionaries to the world for God's glory and their joy.
In the last 1,000 years, what came to be known as "The Tower Experience" of Martin Luther might well be the most significant historical event in the Western world for all the ramifications which ensued. Here are Luther's own words as he describes what happened as he was studying Romans 1:17 (and reading the insights of Augustine on this verse from a fairly obscure article he had written centuries before):
"For in it (the gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” - Rom 1:17
"I greatly longed to understand Paul's epistle to the Romans and nothing stood in the way but that one expression "the righteousness of God," because I took it to mean that righteousness whereby God is just and deals justly in punishing the unjust.
My situation was that, although an impeccable monk, I stood before God as a sinner troubled in conscience, and I had no confidence that my merit would assuage Him. Therefore I did not love a just angry God, but rather hated and murmured against Him. Yet I clung to the dear Paul and had a great yearning to know what he meant.
Night and day I pondered until I saw the connection between the righteousness of God and the statement that "the just shall live by faith." Then I grasped that the righteousness of God is that righteousness by which through grace and sheer mercy God justifies us through faith. Thereupon I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise. The whole of Scripture took on a new meaning, and whereas before "the righteousness of God" had filled me with hate, now it became to me inexpressibly sweet in greater love. This passage of Paul became to me a gate to heaven..."
"If there ever was a time when there was nothing, all there could ever be now would be nothing. Leave nothing for 10 minutes or 10 billion years and it will still be nothing. In Latin there is a phrase "ex nihilo nihil fit," which means "out of nothing, nothing comes." You can't get something out of nothing. Nothing is no thing! It is not!
Yet something exists. That is undeniable.
If there ever was a time when all there was was physical matter, where did intelligence and personality come from? Could matter develop personality over time? Really? How is that in any way possible?
Nothing x No One = Everything
(That's total nonsense!).
GOD + Nothing = Everything!
(Now that make perfect sense!)"
Pastor John Samson
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
Ten Essential Truths of the Gospel:
1. God is the sovereign Creator of all things
2. God created people for His glory
3. God is holy and righteous
4. Man is sinful
5. God is just and is right to punish sin
6. God is merciful. He is kind to undeserving sinners
7. Jesus is God’s holy and righteous Son
8. God put the punishment of sinners on Jesus
9. God offers the free gift of salvation to those who repent and believe in Jesus
10. Those who trust in Jesus will live to please Him and will receive the promise of eternal life—enjoying God forever in heaven
"You will have noticed that most dogs cannot understand pointing. You point to a bit of food on the floor; the dog, instead of looking at the floor, sniffs at your finger. A finger is a finger to him, and that is all. His world is all fact and no meaning." - C. S. Lewis.
Study the human eye with its billions of intricate working parts that makes sight possible and you will find that it connects with the human brain in ways still beyond all current scientific and technological progress. You can try to muffle the silent screams of creation all around you, whether in outer space with our sun being just the right distance away from earth to make life possible (another million miles closer or nearer and we would either fry or freeze to death), or consider the inner world of the human body with its DNA code that contains more information than a vast array of encyclopaedias... and deep down, you and I know that there is amazing design all around us that point to a vastly intelligent Designer. Creation is pointing somewhere. Do you get the point?
"When the devil throws our sins up to us and declares that we deserve death and hell, we ought to speak thus: 'I admit that I deserve death and hell. What of it? Does this mean that I shall be sentenced to eternal damnation? By no means. For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction in my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Where he is, there I shall be also."
"The saving power of faith resides not in itself, but in the Almighty Savior on whom it rests....It is not faith that saves, but faith in Jesus Christ....It is not strictly speaking, even faith in Christ that saves, but Christ that saves through faith." - B. B. Warfield
RECOGNIZING GOD'S GRACE
I believe I am so spiritually corrupt and prideful and rebellious that I would never have come to faith in Jesus without God’s merciful, sovereign victory over the last vestiges of my rebellion. (1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 3:1–4; Romans 8:7).
I believe that God chose me to be his child before the foundation of the world, on the basis of nothing in me, foreknown or otherwise. (Ephesians 1:4–6; Acts 13:48; Romans 8:29–30; 11:5–7)
I believe Christ died as a substitute for sinners to provide a bona fide offer of salvation to all people, and that he had an invincible design in his death to obtain his chosen bride, namely, the assembly of all believers, whose names were eternally written in the book of life of the Lamb that was slain. (John 3:16; John 10:15; Ephesians 5:25; Revelation 13:8)
When I was dead in my trespasses, and blind to the beauty of Christ, God made me alive, opened the eyes of my heart, granted me to believe, and united me to Jesus, with all the benefits of forgiveness and justification and eternal life. (Ephesians 2:4–5; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Philippians 2:29; Ephesians 2:8–9; Acts 16:14; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 3:9)
I am eternally secure not mainly because of anything I did in the past, but decisively because God is faithful to complete the work he began—to sustain my faith, and to keep me from apostasy, and to hold me back from sin that leads to death. (1 Corinthians 1:8–9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24; Philippians 1:6; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 1:25; John 10:28–29; 1 John 5:16)
"It is a privilege to have received your book, 'Twelve What Abouts.' The title is great as are your 'what abouts,' and your responses. Thank you for your ministry in Christ's kingdom and for the clear and thoughtful work that has gone into your book." - Dr. R. C. Sproul
Whether you are brand new to the subject of Divine election, or still wrestling with these weighty concepts, Twelve What Abouts will prove to be an indispensable resource in your search for the truth.
Available in eBook format here and in paperback here.
Here is Dr. James White interviewing Pastor John (lurking somewhere behind the microphone stands) about the new book (January 24, 2012).