About us

Who We Are

We are the English Ministry of South Bay Agape Christian Church, a Chinese Mandarin-speaking church in San Jose.  We are also known as “Agape EM.”   

“Agape” is pronounced “ah-GAH-pay.” It is one of several Greek words that is translated into English as “love.” Distinct from phileo, storge, and eros, agape particularly refers to unconditional and selfless love. The essence of agape love is selfless, goodwill, benevolence, and willful delight in the object of love. Agape love is the kind of love that God gives us. It is also the love that we are called to experience and to share.

Visit us to find out more about this church family. We hope you’ll find Agape to be “a place to call “home.”
We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

Why us

Purpose & Mission

We want to raise up a people who passionately pursue God and are able to disciple others. We want to build a gospel-centered community by engaging, equipping, and empowering believers to fulfill the Great Commission.

We exist as a church:

To WORSHIP

God in spirit and in truth through the proclamation of the gospel and passionate worship.

To SHARE

God's love through community and biblical relationships.

To DEMONSTRATE

God's power through prayer and intercession.

To COMMUNICATE

God's Word through Bible exposition and outreach missions.

To TRAIN

God's people through ministry service and discipleship.

To CONNECT

God's family through fellowship and care groups.

AGAPE = a church filled with God’s

We want to be a church after God’s own heart. We aim to be healthy and balanced in these aspects:

  • Passion for Scripture and Holy Spirit encounters
  • Theological understanding and lifestyle transformation
  • Community engagement and personal development
  • Character building and exercising gifts
  • Self-identity and family connection

 We believe

  • Jesus Christ will return to the earth, visibly and personally, to establish His kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost—the saved to endless joy, living and reigning with Christ, and the lost to endless punishment away from the benevolent presence of God.
  • There is one true and living God, who eternally exists in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—who are equal in every divine perfection and who execute distinct but harmonious offices in all the work of the Godhead.
  • Man was created by God in His own image, but through his sin incurred physical and spiritual death. As a result, all people are separated from God by their sin and are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ.
  • The Gospel is the good news of God’s saving actions towards sinners through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the eternal son of God, took on human nature, lived a sinless life, and died a substitutionary death for sinners.
  • Salvation is a free gift that comes only by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. Anyone who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus Christ and His death on their behalf receives forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life.
  • The Holy Spirit works progressively to transform genuine believers more and more into the image of Christ. His work is carried on in our hearts through such appointed means as the study of Scripture, prayer, worship, and fellowship with other believers. The Holy Spirit also empowers believers for Christian witness and service and gives gifts for the building up of the body of Christ, the church.
  • The universal church, composed of genuine followers of Christ, exists to worship, serve, and glorify God. All members of the universal church are to be vitally committed members of a local church, where they receive pastoral care and the opportunity to employ their God-given gifts in His service.
  • The Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error. It is the supreme and final authority for all matters of Christian life and belief.

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