About

God

We believe in one God (1 Corinthians 8:4; Ephesians 4:6) who eternally exists in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; John 1:1; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13; 1 John 5:20; Acts 5:4-5).

Christ

We believe in the deity and humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1; Philippians 2:7-8; Hebrews 2:17), His virgin birth (Matthew 1:18-25), His sinless life (Hebrews 9:14), His miracles (Matthew 4:23-24), His vicarious and atoning death (Romans 5:9; 2 Corinthians 5:21), His bodily resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20), His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Psalm 110:1), and His personal return in power and glory (Matthew 24:30).

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit through whom believers have been baptized (1 Corinthians 12:13) and sealed for the day of future glory (Ephesians 1:13; 2 Corinthians 5:5). He dwells within every believer (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19) and enables him to live a godly life (Romans 8:1-11).

The Bible

We believe in the inspiration, the inerrancy, and the infallibility of the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).

Man

We believe in original sin and the total depravity of man. Through Adam’s transgression, sin has entered into the world so that man is born with a sin nature (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12-21). As a result he is completely helpless to save himself from sin and hell (Romans 3:10-11; 6:23).

Salvation

We believe that salvation is based on Jesus’ atoning death and life-giving resurrection (Romans 3:24-25; 4:25), offered to men solely by the grace of God, and received through faith apart from works (Ephesians 2:8-9).

The End Times

We believe in the rapture of the church (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17), the second coming of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11), the establishment of the millennial kingdom (Revelation 20:4), the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost – the saved to eternal life with Christ and the lost to eternal punishment in hell (Revelation 20:4-6; 11-15) – and the coming of the new heavens and the new earth (Revelation 21:1).

Pastor James Lee

Education

– B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering from U.C. Berkeley (2005)
– M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary (2008)

Favorite Verse

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you” (Psalm 51:12-13 ESV).

Hobbies

Surfing, reading

Biography

Hello, my name is James Lee, and I have been serving as the pastor of CrossLife Bible Church ever since it began in 2011. I am married to my beautiful wife Lucy, who is God’s gift to me!

I grew up going to church my entire life, but it was some time in middle school when I came to understand the Gospel. However, a lot of my spiritual growth began at UC Berkeley when I attended a church where the Word of God was preached. I began to shed away my aspirations for monetary success and eventually developed a conviction to go into full-time ministry. After college, I immediately enrolled myself at The Master’s Seminary where I sat under the teaching of some of the most brilliant and godly men. I cannot express my gratitude for all the ways in which my professors have counseled, encouraged, and supported me.

When I completed my studies, I went out for a year to do missionary work in Taipei, Taiwan. Being a Korean-American I didn’t know any Chinese and even my Korean left a lot to be desired. However, the Lord was faithful in helping me learn enough of the language to share the Gospel.

After I returned from Taiwan, a small team and I planted a church in Irvine with the support and prayers of local pastors, my close seminary professors, family, and friends, and by the grace of God, the Gospel went forth and produced much fruit! Some came to salvation, while others grew in their faith. Today I am truly blessed with a congregation that loves our Triune God and desires to live out the very Gospel that saved them.

Preamble

Members of CrossLife Bible Church worship together under a covenant: a statement on how we agree to live as a church. The church covenant consists of promises to one other, a summary of expectations, an ethical statement, and biblical standards to obey. Our covenant clarifies all of these issues in order to pursue and have mutual accountability. These biblical truths form our worldview and hold the standard by which we live. Our acceptance of this covenant continues the practice of believers throughout the centuries who have pledged to God and one another to live out the gospel in community.

We use our covenant in two key ways today. We require all new members to agree with and commit to the covenant before joining the church. We also regularly reaffirm our commitment to the covenant at members’ meetings. By committing to it and being reminded of the commitment to the covenant in our life together, we strive to protect ourselves from individual and corporate sins and to spur one another on to live in light of the greatest covenant, one initiated by love, sealed by sacrifice, and kept for eternity by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Covenant

Having been brought by divine grace to repent and believe in Jesus Christ, having committed myself to the Lord and Savior, and having been baptized upon my profession of faith, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I do now, solemnly and joyfully covenant with the members of CrossLife Bible Church to do the following:

I will seek, by Divine aid, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldliness while striving to live a faithful and holy life.

I will not forsake the regular assembling of God’s people.

I will be faithful to remember and proclaim the Lord’s death in anticipation of His second return by partaking in communion.

I will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

I will submit to the loving leadership of this church, cultivating a spirit of humility and teachability.

I will exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over other members, and faithfully exhort and entreat them as occasion may require.

I will carry out biblical church discipline and submit to the church’s discipline of others or myself, extending forgiveness and pursuing reconciliation as needed.

I will rejoice in the happiness of others and endeavor to bear other’s burdens and sorrows with tenderness and sympathy.

I will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the kingdom, remembering that giving to the Lord supports the ministry and expenses of the church, the relief of the helpless, and the spread of the Gospel to all nations.

I will work for the continuance of God-glorifying ministry in this church, as I help to sustain its worship of the living God.

I will strive to share the gospel with unbelievers in obedience to the great commission.

I will, when I move from this place, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where I can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.