Santa Paula Church

of Christ

276 W Santa Paula Street 

Santa Paula, CA 93060


     The Santa Paula
   Church of Christ
   Welcomes you!

       The Good  News Letter
276 W. Santa Paula, CA 93060
   Office: (805)525-3645 Fax: (805)525-7195
Minister: Robert Perez
Spanish Minister Virgilio Garcia
Secretary: Stacy Salazar


October 22, 2017

Santa Paula Church of Christ – “Nulla salus extra ecclesiam “
“You are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church” (Matt. 16:18)

Hollywood portrays of the start of Reformation (in the movie Luther) in a scene where young Martin Luther sits in class, and hears the religious dictum “Nulla salus extra ecclesiam: “outside the Holy Roman Church, there is no salvation,” Luther, knowing that this dictum is wrong asks his Professor a rippling question: “What about the Greek Christians?” His professor promptly replies, an early church document, clearly states, “that a Roman bishop not a Greek, was St. Peter’s successor and of course, it was Peter whom our Lord Christ made His representative on earth.” To this Luther deduces, “so we must consider the Saints of Greek Church damned?” And his loyal professor says, “you miss the point.” Then Luther exclaims, “but that is the inevitable consequence of this claim: Greek Christians are outside salvation… Or is this claim based on an over-literal reading of Matthew 16:18 “You are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church,” Yet two lines earlier in verse sixteen we have the very foundation of our faith, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Surely the more universal we make these great words, the nearer we come to the mind of Christ.”

Although Martin Luther never envisioned that his quest to understand scripture, with his question such as the one above would ripple throughout the church for another 500 years. As one of the great religious figures in the past 500 years, my question is this, who will be the next great religious figure? Maybe it will be you!

The dialogue from the above movie Luther ends with his Professor discerning Luther’s insightful question responds by saying, “You question the authority of the Church? And Luther himself responds “not at all, though 300 years earlier the 4th Lateran Council, allowed that this dictum could be wrong and that salvation could exist out the Church though not outside Christ.” What a beautiful, powerful, gutsy line. It is one of my favorite’s!

If you are interested in hearing a sermon about Jesus, tied to the Reformation, come join us this Sunday at the Santa Paula Church of Christ.  We are located at 276 W. Santa Paula Street (right across from the cemetery) Our weekly services begin at 9:00 a.m. in Spanish and at 10:45 a.m. in English. 

God, Bless You,
Robert Perez


Communion for October…. Castillo Family


October 22nd….  Ken & Gloria

Order of Worship

Worship Leader: Thomas Hunter

Songs: Bind Us Together (704)
We Shall Assemble (718)
Blest Be the Tie that Binds (711)

Opening Prayer: Ray McCallister

 Songs:  Trust and Obey (915)
 Come, Share the LORD (364)

Lords Supper: Pete Reyna/Tony Atilano

Song: The Church’s One Foundation (715)

Sermon: Bob Perez - “Nulla salus extra ecclesiam “

         “You are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my            church” (Matt. 16:18)

 Song of Invitation: Shall We Gather at the River? (759)

Announcements/ Closing Prayer: Ray Blaskey

There is a meeting for Hallelujah Night today Sunday October 22nd after service.

We are collecting candy for Hallelujah Night, there is a box at the front entrance of the church.

We will be having joined service in English/Spanish on Sunday October 29th.

There will be a potluck on Sunday October 29th after service, bring your favorite dish to share.

There will be a men’s leadership meeting on Sunday October 29th at 1:00 p.m.

Prayer Requests

          Rey Jimenez Sr. and the family.

     Ray Ming for better health.

         Ken Ary for better health. 

         Ray McCallister for better health.

        Gene Foshee for better health.

       Jessica Torres for better health.

Happy Birthday
Julie Rivera-10/01    Bob Russell-10/12  

Carlos Fernandez-10/14     Ray Ming-10/24   

Judy Kenny-10/24    José Bravo-10/27

Mary Gonzales  

Wedding Anniversary
Ken & Gloria Ary-10/27   
Isaac & Maria Jimenez-10/31

Bible Study and Fellowship
Sunday Morning Spanish
Spanish Worship- 9:00 a.m.
Spanish Bible Study-10:45 a.m.
Coffee & Donuts 9:00 a.m-9:30 a.m.
English Bible Class: 9:45 a.m.
Worship in English: 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Bible study: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  English and Spanish