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WHO WE ARE

Risen is a Bible-believing, gospel-preaching, Jesus-following church seeking the good of Los Angeles, CA.

VISION

Our vision is a Los Angeles where every person has experienced the life changing power of the gospel.

MISSION

Our mission is to help the people of Los Angeles know Jesus, grow in faith, and go into the world equipped to serve.

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LEADERSHIP

STAFF

Trevor DeBenning
  • Lead Pastor
John Austin Helm
  • Executive Director
Jens Madsen
  • Creative Arts Director

COMMUNICATIONS

David Naffie
  • Music
Caleb Hamond
  • Tech

FAMILIES

Ben and Katy Ortega
  • Pre School
David and Helen Houldsworth
  • Elementary School
Timmy and Charlotte Gibson
  • Middle School (Deacons)
Albert and Camila Kong
  • High School
Jim and Sue Knight
  • Parents (Elder | Deacon)

GROUPS

Amber DeBenning
  • Women (Deacon)
Chandler Burns
  • Men

HR/FINANCES

Joe Karaan
  • CFO (Deacon)
Wes Turnbow
  • Boookkeeper

ELDERS

Trevor DeBenning
  • Lead Pastor
David Oulashian
  • Elder
Vinod Pakianathan
  • Elder
Mark Sim
  • Elder
Jim Knight
  • Elder

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BELIEFS

BELIEFS

PHILOSOPHY

EPHESIANS 4:2-6

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit - just as you were called - one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."

1 TIMOTHY 1:5

"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God."

JOHN 13:34-35

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

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BELIEFS

BELIEFS

PRIMARY BELIEFS

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God, without error in the original writings. It is the complete revelation of God’s will for salvation and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. It is to be believed in everything it teaches, obeyed in all it requires, and trusted in everything it promises.

We believe every person, male and female, is created by God in God’s image. Therefore, from conception to death, each person has intrinsic dignity and value and should be treated as such. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image; they sinned, and as a result, in union with Adam, all human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God and under His wrath.

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one person in two natures. Jesus was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, and now sits at the right hand of God the Father.

We believe that because every human is sinful and lost, every human needs salvation. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone in our Lord Jesus Christ alone. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for our salvation. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him, they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

We believe that the church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. The Holy Spirit unites them into the body of Christ, of which Christ is the head. The one true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers.

We believe God commands us to be holy in our private and public lives. We are to love God supremely and love others sacrificially. This shows up in how we care for one another, demonstrate compassion toward the poor, and work for justice on behalf of the oppressed. With God’s word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil in our lives and in our unrighteous world. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed, transforming us in the totality of our personal and social responsibilities.

We believe God commands us to be holy in our private and public lives. We are to love God supremely and love others sacrificially. This shows up in how we care for one another, demonstrate compassion toward the poor, and work for justice on behalf of the oppressed. With God’s word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil in our lives and in our unrighteous world. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed, transforming us in the totality of our personal and social responsibilities.

We believe God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal separation in hell and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth.

SERVICES

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WHAT TO EXPECT

WHAT TO EXPECT

When we gather on Sunday mornings, we join together in song. We sing new songs, old songs, hymns, and choruses that all point to the glory of our living God. Our aim is God-honoring, God-glorifying, God-exalting, gospel-centered worship.

Prayer is essential to our gatherings. Depending on the season we have Calls to Worship, Prayers of Confession, Prayers of Petition, and more. We also have avenues for you to get individualized prayer from our team.

Every Sunday we hear the good news of Jesus proclaimed and applied to everyday life through the Bible. Not only do we regularly walk through books of the Bible verse-by-verse, we occasionally tackle questions and issues facing the lives of those in our church, city, and world. More than anything else, we seek to elevate the hope offered to us in and through Jesus for this life and the life beyond.

In every Sunday service we take communion. We participate in this ancient act of eating the bread of Christ’s body, drinking the cup of Christ’s blood, and remembering His death and resurrection until he comes again. We welcome all people to join us for our Sunday morning service, but we request that communion is only taken by those who know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  

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