In 1993, Faith Fellowship Church had dwindled down from an all time high of 550 to just 65 people, all of which were faithful saints who had prayed and labored to see God use them to reach their community. They had just completed building a brand new sanctuary in 1991, the first to be built in the City of San Leandro in 17 years. Unfortunately their pastor resigned shortly after finishing the project and now this once thriving church was in desperate need of a Shepherd. They began to pray like never before.
While this was going on, the Lord was preparing a young man who was pastoring a pioneer church that he and his wife had started in the city of Oakland about 15 miles away. This man was Pastor Gary Mortara. He has a deep passion for the Word of God and operates in faith for healings and miracles. Yet, everything is done with balance and integrity. In September of 1993, the leaders of the Foursquare denomination asked Pastor Gary and his wife Tisha to come and take the helm at Faith Fellowship.
Since 1993, Faith Fellowship grew from those faithful 65 saints to becoming one of the fastest growing churches in the Bay Area. They currently have approximately 1,400 in attendance each week. In addition, they have sent out four pastors in the past two years to either start up or take over churches. According to Pastor Gary, “It has been an absolute “God thing”. As it says in the book of Isaiah, “All that we have accomplished oh Lord, thy hands have done.
April 2003 was an exciting time for this powerful church, they completed and moved into their new sanctuary on Easter Sunday with nearly 2,000 people in attendance.
Pastor Gary and the pastoral staff are committed to the uncompromised preaching and teaching of God’s Word. Should you attend, you will be challenged and encouraged as each and every week you will get a healthy dose of the Bible.
Values central to the life, mission and vision of The Foursquare Church
We prioritize joyous worship, honoring the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as we extol the life and love of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 11:36-12:1-2).
We hold to the creeds asserting Jesus as God’s virgin-born Son—His sinless life, atoning death and literal resurrection providing salvation (Acts 4:12).
We focus a Christ-honoring, grace-based preaching and teaching ministry rooted in the authority of God’s eternal Word, the Holy Bible (2 Timothy 3:16).
Church Health and Biblical Balance
We prioritize a personal and church lifestyle of vital joy and hope as Christ and His kingdom are described in John 10:10, Romans 14:17 and 15:13.
We promote creative personal and church ministry that spreads the Gospel meets human need and multiplies life-begetting ministries (Phil. 1:9-11).
We prioritize passion with order in worship, biblical grace with obedience in lifestyle, with liberty, wisdom and charity in all things (1 Corinthians 13:13; 14:40).
We embrace all who love Christ, pursuing our distinct sense of mission and values, while affirming the whole church beyond our ranks (Philippians 2:1-10).
We prioritize the apostolic plan for discipleship as in Acts 8:14-17; 19:1-6, calling believers to decisively open to the Holy Spirit’s fullness and fruit.
We acknowledge the distinct and ongoing gift-giving ministry of the Spirit and instruct in how to minister in His power to Christ’s glory (1 Corinthians 12-14).
We pursue faith-filled prayer, intercession and spiritual warfare with Holy Spirit enabled power and discernment as in Ephesians 6:10-20 and 1 Timothy 2:1-6.
We prioritize the apostolic convictions in 2 Corinthians 5:14, 15; being constrained by the love of Christ knowing eternal souls are at risk, and commissioned by the grace of God since all who believe may be saved.
We are constant to our founding call to worldwide, interdenominational evangelism, proclaiming to all that Jesus Christ is the Savior, Baptizer with the Holy Spirit, Healer, and Soon-Coming King (Acts 20:27).
Fellowship and Ministry
We prioritize planting and growing local churches as in Acts 9:31 and Ephesians 3:14-19, that believers may be grown, nurtured and equipped for ministry.
We cultivate every-member ministry as in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Christ’s will being that His church be the living evidence of His love and power to the world.
We honor the Holy Spirit’s call to and giftings of church leaders under Christ’s commission and lordship, irrespective of age, gender or ethnicity (Acts 2:17-18).
We prioritize the Gospel of Jesus Christ as God’s power unto salvation for all, begetting works of compassion, justice and human aid (Matthew 5:13-16).
We place high value on the sanctity of human life, of biblical marriage and morality, and we welcome ethnic diversity (Isaiah 56:7; Philippians 2:15-16).
We accept the timeless purpose of God through his ancient people Israel, and reject anti-Semitism and all ethnic discrimination (Romans 11:11-27; Acts 17:26).
For more information on the Foursquare church please visit http://www.foursquare.org/.
The Bridge to Life
God’s Love and His plan
God created us in His own image to be His friend and to experience a full life assured of his love, abundant and eternal.
Jesus said, “…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10b)
“…we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)
Since God planned for us to have peace and abundant life right now, why are most people not having this experience?
Our Problem: Separation from God
God created us in His own image to have abundant (meaningful) life. He did not make us robots to automatically love and obey him, but he gave us a will and a freedom of choice.
We chose to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
“…your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)
On our own, there’s no way we can attain the perfection needed to bridge the gap to God. Through the ages, individuals have tried many ways…without success. Good works won’t do it…or religion…or money…or morality…or philosophy…
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
God’s Remedy: The Cross
Jesus Christ is the only answer to this problem. He died on the cross and rose from the grave, paying the penalty for our sin and bridging the gap between God and people.
“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God…”
(I Peter 3:18)
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.” (I Timothy 2:5)
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Believing means trust and commitment – acknowledging our sinfulness, trusting Christ’s forgiveness and letting Him control our life. Eternal, abundant life is a gift for us to receive.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24)
Is there any reason why you shouldn’t cross over to God’s side and be certain of eternal life?
How to receive Christ:
Admit your need (I am a sinner).
Be willing to turn from your sins (repent).
Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave.
Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit (Receive Him as Lord and Savior of your life).
What to pray:
Dear Lord Jesus,
I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I now invite you to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as the Lord and Savior of my life.
In Your name, Amen.
God’s assurance of eternal life
If you’ve prayed this prayer and are trusting Christ, then the Bible says that you can be sure you have eternal life.
“…for, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:12-13)
Receiving Christ, we are born into God’s family through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer…this is called regeneration or the “new birth.”