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Welcome to St. John Baptist Church! Whether you are looking for a church home or you are simply in town for the weekend, stop by St. John and join us in worship!

We are located at 936 West 49th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90037 (click here for a map). Sunday School starts at 9:30am every Sunday, and the morning worship service starts at 11:00am every Sunday.

Is the Lord leading you to join St. John? We would love to have you! Click here for more information on how to become a member.

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About

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of St. John Baptist Church is as follows:

Glorify God among the people, so that the people may glorify God.

St. John Baptist Church is located in Los Angeles, CA, less than a 10-minute drive from the USC campus and the Coliseum (click here for a map). For nearly 67 years we were led by our late Pastor James A. Brooks (who recently made his transition at the ripe age of 105 years old – that’s not a typo!). During Pastor Brooks’s tenure, St. John grew to be one of the most recognized and well-respected churches in the Los Angeles area, changing the lives of countless individuals and families while glorifying God to the fullest!

St. John, led by the Spirit, has decided to call his grandson, Rev. James Andrew Brooks II, as the new Pastor. Pastor James continues the legacy of St. John as a Bible-believing, Bible-preaching, Bible-teaching church. Come by this Sunday – we would love to have you with us!

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Live

St. John is now live! Join us at the following times:
— Sunday School from 9:30am — 10:30am every Sunday
— Preaching at approximately 11:30am every Sunday
— Prayer and Bible Study every Wednesday from 6:30pm — 8pm (excluding the 1st Wednesday of each month)

We have a few ways for you to join below!

To join by video (using your phone):

Download the Zoom app on your phone! Click here for the iPhone app or click here for the Android app. Enter meeting ID “919 2775 0823” and join the meeting!

For Sunday sermons only, you can also watch them on Facebook Live! Go to facebook.com/sjbcla (click the link). When we are live, scroll down until you see a live video, then click it to listen!

To join by audio (using your phone)

Dial (669) 900-6833 [this is a Zoom number] and listen in!

To join by video or audio (using your computer)

Click this link to join the Zoom meeting! (Follow the instructions to open up the app online or on your computer).

For Sunday sermons only, you can also watch them on Facebook Live! Go to facebook.com/sjbcla (click the link). When we are live, scroll down until you see a live video, then click it to listen!

Learn about God!

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

– 2 Peter 3:18 (CSB)

Sunday Services are great! The choir sings, the minister preaches, the St. John family and guests greet each other… it’s a wonderful time! However, if your experience of God is limited to the Sunday service, you may find yourself with some questions:

  • What if you need a further explanation of something you heard?
  • What if you wanted to share your thoughts?
  • What if your concerns weren’t addressed by this week’s sermon, last week’s sermon, or any sermon?
  • What if you have doubts?
  • What if you’ve never really read the Bible, but you want to learn how?

St. John addresses these questions in a couple of different ways:

Sunday School

Don’t worry, there are no pop quizzes or final exams! Sunday School is one of the primary ways St. John helps you to dive deeper into the Bible. The classes are small and intimate, which means you can have a safe, loving environment to grow in Christ and learn more about Him!

Classes are offered for all ages 2+ from 9:30am to 10:30am every Sunday morning. Bring yourself and whoever you’d like. Oh, and you don’t even need to be a member – or a Christian – to join!

We now offer the opportunity to join by phone or computer! Click here for more details!

Prayer and Bible Study

Similar to Sunday School, Prayer and Bible Study is another opportunity to learn about God with the St. John family. It is an intimate, informal setting where you can pray and dive deep into the Word with fellow learners. Prayer and Bible Study is offered from 6:30pm to 8pm every Wednesday evening (excluding the 1st Wednesday of each month). See you there!

We now offer the opportunity to join by phone or computer! Click here for more details!

Members

Hello St. John family! This page is designed to provide extra information that relates to St. John members!


It’s that time of year again! Please click below to open the 2022 Top 5 Survey:


Pastor Brooks is calling upon all members to sign the Statement of Faith Membership Acknowledgment Form. Please note: PER THE BYLAWS, ALL MEMBERS MUST SIGN THE FORM. Please click the buttons below to access the Statement of Faith and the Acknowledgement Form:


Please click the button below to take the shorter version of the Spiritual Gifts Survey (48 questions, about 30 minutes max):

Please click the button below to take the longer (original) version of the Spiritual Gifts Survey:


Below are the 3 books that Pastor James has asked the St. John family to read to prepare for outreach to the youth and young adults! Click the links below to order or download the books:

Black Millennials & the Church (Joshua L. Mitchell)
The Rise of the Nones (James Emery White)
Meet Generation Z: (James Emery White)

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Sermons

Click on any of the sermons below to listen to and/or download:

1/2/22 – The Mission & The Vision: A Review (Matthew 5:14-16; 1 Corinthians 10:31) [Pastor James Brooks II]
1/9/22 – How (Not) To Sin: (Don’t) Doubt God (Genesis 3:1-6) [Pastor James Brooks II]
1/16/22 – How (Not) To Sin: (Don’t) Fall For It (Genesis 3:1-6) [Pastor James Brooks II]
1/23/22 – How (Not) To Sin: (Don’t) Look At It (Genesis 3:6a) [Pastor James Brooks II]
1/30/22 – No God No Peace, Know God Know Peace (Matthew 5:21-22,27-28) [Rev. Arthur Burks]
2/6/22 – How (Not) To Sin: (Don’t) Do It (Genesis 3:6) [Pastor James Brooks II]
2/13/22 – A Blowout Win (Romans 8:35-39) [Pastor James Brooks II]
2/20/22 – How (Not) To Sin: (Don’t) Hide (Genesis 3:7-22) [Pastor James Brooks II]
2/27/22 – We Walk By Faith, Not By Sight (2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10) [Pastor James Brooks II]
3/6/22 – Are Catholics Christians?: Communion (Mark 14:22-24) [Pastor James Brooks II]
3/13/22 – Oh Taste And See That The Lord Is Good (Revelations 10:9) [Rev. Arthur Burks]
3/27/22 – Are Catholics Christians?: The Pope (Matthew 16:13-20) [Pastor James Brooks II]
4/3/22 – Sit Down (Luke 10:38-42) [Pastor James Brooks II]
4/10/22 – The Misunderstood Hero (John 12:12-13) [Pastor James Brooks II]
4/17/22 – My Lord And My God (John 20:24-28) [Pastor James Brooks II]
4/24/22 – All That Whinin’! (Psalm 139:19-24) [Pastor James Brooks II]
5/1/22 – A Botched Robbery (Malachi 3:8-12) [Pastor James Brooks II]
5/8/22 – No Mother Left Behind (Ruth 1:1-18, 4:13-18) [Pastor James Brooks II]
5/15/22 – The Significance of the Church (John 2:13-22) [Rev. Arthur Burks]
5/22/22 – Communicating with God (Matthew 6:5-15) [Rev. James Daniel, Jr.]
5/29/22 – The Mustard Seed: Let Matthew Tell It (Matthew 13:31-32) [Pastor James Brooks II]
6/5/22 – The Mustard Seed: Let Mark Tell It (Mark 4:30-32) [Pastor James Brooks II]
6/12/22 – The Mustard Seed: Let Luke Tell It (Luke 13:18-19) [Pastor James Brooks II]
6/19/22 – Father Already Knows (Matthew 6:7-8) [Pastor James Brooks II]
6/26/22 – The Purpose of Pain (John 15:1-8) [Rev. Arthur Burks]
7/3/22 – 2022 Top 5: Teach Me How To Reach Young People (Psalms 119:9-16) [Pastor James Brooks II] [NOTE: initial part of audio is cut]
7/10/22 – 2022 Top 5: Teach Me How To Evangelize (Romans 1:15-19) [Pastor James Brooks II]
7/17/22 – 2022 Top 5: Teach Me How To Minister To Others (James 1:26-27) [Pastor James Brooks II]
7/24/22 – 2022 Top 5: The Love of God vs. The Love of The World (Galatians 5:22) [Rev. Arthur Burks]
7/31/22 – 2022 Top 5: Teach Me How To Deal With Difficult Questions (1 Peter 3:13-17) [Pastor James Brooks II]
8/7/22 – 2022 Top 5: Q&A (various Scriptures were used) [Pastor James Brooks II, Rev. Arthur Burks]
8/14/22 – When Jesus Prayed For Us: Our Unity (John 17:20-21) [Pastor James Brooks II]

Click here for the 2021 sermons!

Click here for the 2020 sermons!

Click here for the 2019 sermons!

Click here for the 2018 sermons!

**The authors of these sermons have permitted them to be uploaded and downloaded free of charge. These sermons are not to be reproduced or sold without the expressed written consent of the author.**

Giving

“Each person should do as he has decided in his heart — not reluctantly or out of compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver.”

2 Corinthians 9:7 (CSB)

St. John has been called by God to “glorify God among the people, so that the people may glorify God.” Help us glorify God through your offering! But how?

Along with our traditional giving options (cash/check), we now have the ability to give online! Using Tithe.ly’s online giving platform, it is now easier to support St. John to do God’s will! Click the button at the bottom or even download the Tithe.ly app to your phone and search for Saint John Baptist Church of Los Angeles!

Please note the following:

  • If you are paying by debit or credit card, there will be a 2.9% +$0.30 transaction fee applied to St. John (ex: if you give $100, St. John receives $96.80).
  • You also have the (less expensive) option of routing to your checking account, in which case there is a 1% +$0.30 transaction fee applied to St. John (ex: if you give $100, St. John receives $98.70).
  • You have the option of covering the above transaction fees so that St. John gets the full offering! After entering your payment information, make sure you select the “Cover Fees” checkbox!

Please go ahead and make your offering by clicking the button below! May God bless you as you glorify Him in your giving!

Contact Us

Address:    936 West 49th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Telephone:    (323) 752-0855

Fax:   (323) 752-0853

Email:    stjohnbc@att.net

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/sjbcla/

Map:   (below is an interactive Google map)

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