Our Church History
Salida Congregational Church has a rich heritage within the Salida community. Founded in 1910 , SCC has always been focused on bringing spiritual growth and understanding to the area's residents.
Located in the heart of Salida, we have provided a gathering spot for church members and local residents alike. In addition to church activities, civic and school groups have also benefitted from the centralized church facilities.
Through the years, our church and its members have been spiritedly involved in many community organizations and activities. There exists a vibrant and solid history of outreach and civic pride to the betterment of the Salida community.
- SCC is truly a family of God: Planted in Faith, Rooted in Love, and Growing through Grace -
What We Believe
Statement of Faith
In Genesis 3, human rebellion is recorded graphically. Human beings chose to turn away from God and go their own way. Injustice, evil, chaos, havoc and death erupted. We are all born into a fallen world that can be unjust and unfair. The wages of sin are death. God is in the business of reconciling rebels to himself. God delights in redeeming people who have sold out to sin, and this process is called, in the Bible, salvation. We cannot save ourselves. We must throw ourselves totally upon God’s free grace. Repentance and faith are the appropriate human responses to God’s amazing grace.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
We believe that the 66 books of the Old and New Testament are the Word of God. The Bible is inspired by God; it reflects the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of the authors. We believe the Scriptures are infallible and without error in the original manuscripts. The Scriptures are the only divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
We believe there is one true God existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit - each of Whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. God is the Creator; he created the world out of nothing. His glory, power, wisdom, and goodness are reflected in His creation. He operates throughout history reconciling people to Himself.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Jesus Christ is the Eternal God. He humbled himself and became a human being. He was born of the Virgin Mary and lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father. He died on the cross to pay the penalty of human sin. He offers us forgiveness. He rose from the dead. His resurrection is the basis for our hope. He promises eternal life to those who trust in Him. He ascended into heaven and is with the Father. He has promised to return a second time. It is His second coming that is the basis of our optimism regarding the future.
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance that Christ died for our sins
according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).
The Holy Spirit is not an “it” but rather a personal being who is part of God. The Holy Spirit gives us a sense of God’s presence, convicts us of sin, draws us to Jesus, makes us spiritually alive and helps us to grow in Christ-like character.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness
and self-control. Against such things there is no law" (Galatians 5:22-23).
Human Destiny (Eternity)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead. Those who have put their faith in Christ will enjoy eternal life in heaven. Those who have not put their faith in Christ as Savior will be sent to a place originally created for the devil and his angels.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne ... then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” Then He will say to those on His left, "Depart from Me, accursed ones, into eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:31-34, 41).
Sacraments of Baptism and Communion
These are the two primary sacraments that Jesus left us: baptism, for the public acknowledgement of Christ’s atonement for our sins, and communion, to regularly remember what he did for us on the cross.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:18-19). "For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you show the Lord's death until He comes" (1 Cor. 11:26).
Regarding the church and social issues, we feel strongly that as a body of believers, our number one responsibility is to meet the spiritual needs of the community. We are then to widen our circle of influence as laid out in Acts 1:8, reaching out to the world. Keeping the communities spiritual need as the goal, we reach out and touch people in love, and this may include meeting them in their emotional, educational, and material needs. We also need to come along-side people, where they are in their spiritual journey, and assist them to come closer to God.
Jesus said, "I desire mercy and not sacrifice" (Matt. 9:13).
Pastor James grew up in Southern California, the elder son of a Southern Baptist minister, so the church has always been a strong part of James' life.
It is funny how life has its twists and turns. While studying at California State University of Long Beach to obtain his history degree with the goal of becoming a high school teacher, a friend requested he take the exam to become a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff, which ultimately turned into a thirty-one year career in law enforcement.
For the last three years, Pastor James has been obtaining his MDIV degree from Talbot Theological Seminary while being an associate pastor at Grace Taiwanese Church in
Temple City California. James and his wife, Lu, who also is a seminary graduate from Fuller Theological Seminary, then received the call to come to Northern California and pastor at First Congregational Church of Salida.