Church of the Open Door
was conceived in the mind of Dr. R.A. Torrey who had come to Los Angeles to start the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (BIOLA
). The church was to be strictly interdenominational. It's purpose was to reach the lost of Los Angeles which was reflected in the name based on two passages of Scripture, John 10:9 and Revelation 3:8. Other pastors have included Dr. Louis T. Talbot (1932-1948) and Dr. J. Vernon McGee (1949-1970).
For 70 years it was located in downtown Los Angeles and was identified by the Jesus Saves signs which could be seen from all the surrounding freeways. In 1985 the chuch relocated in Glendora, California. The people of COD have always been a people of faith and vision. Over the years our faith and vision have guided us to accomplish great things in the name of Jesus Christ.
We're not a perfect church, but we are a healthy church. If you become a part of this faith community, you'll discover that we're extremely excited about what God is doing here as He releases the resurrection power from our lives. You'll discover that our leaders take our assignment from God seriously--to love and care for His people as selfless shepherds, to lay down our lives for the people we lead. We sometimes fail, but God helps us through our failures as we open our lives to His protective love and the love of one another. You'll discover that the marriages, families, and friendships in our community of faith are valued and often very close, that we gather in smaller groups to love, support and pray for one another earnestly. You'll meet people at Church of the Open Door who will tell you that if it wasn't for what Christ is doing in their lives and the encouragement and support they receive from their friends in this church, they would never have made it through tough times.
We are humbled by both the successes and the failures in this spiritual family we call Church of the Open Door; we are humbled by the grace of God that privileges us to be a part of one another's life in this way.
We are here to encourage you by telling you over and over again that the life you've been living is not the life Jesus wants you to have. To help you believe that you are worth far more than what the voices of this world tell you you are worth.
We know that we live in a world where few people keep their promises or remain faithful to anything or anyone. We want to introduce you to Jesus, who does keep His promises and will remain faithful. And we beg Him to strengthen us so that we can become the exception to your experience by keeping our promises to Him, you, and one another.
Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, tells the story of a group of hostages taken by terrorists in a remote corner of the world and held there in a dark room for over a year. When the Navy Seals got to the building, opened the door, and announced, "You're rescued; you're free. Come out into the light!" Not one of the hostages, huddled in a mass on the floor, moved a muscle. They had been in the dark for so long they did not believe in the light anymore. Or, like most of those who live outside the grace and mercy of God, didn't think it was for them. So one of the seals took off his gear, got down on the floor, wrapped himself around the nearest hostage, held onto them tightly, whispering over and over and over, "It's all right. You have been rescued. You're safe. You're free. You can walk into the light."
That's what we want to do. We want to take off all of our religious gear, announce to you the love, forgivness and power that can be yours in Christ Jesus, put our arms around you, say to you over and over again, and for the rest of your life here on earth, "It's all right. You are safe here. If you trust in Jesus He will give you life and you will become a child of the Living God with power from on high. From that moment and for the rest of your life, you are destined to not live like you used to live. You are destined for the light. When you believe in Him, He rescues you; He sets you free."
We want to take you by the hand and walk with you toward the light of resurrection life in Christ Jesus.
If you think that's what church should be about, then we invite you to come to Church of the Open Door. You'll love being a part of our church family.