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Community of Christ followers

Ekklesia Orange County

To be and to make fully transformed Christ-followers in healthy, sustainable community.

Current Study 

September 2022 - May 2023



Dr. Carmen Imes brings to Biola a passion for helping students and other laypeople engage the Old Testament and discover its relevance for Christian identity and mission. Since the release of her book, Bearing God's Name: Why Sinai Still Matters (IVP 2019), Imes has appeared on more than 50 podcasts and radio shows and launched her own YouTube channel where she releases weekly "Torah Tuesday" videos


Bearing God's Name

Why Sinai Still Matters

Have you ever wondered what the Old Testament—especially the Old Testament law—has to do with your Christian life? You are not alone. Some Christian leaders believe we should cast off the Old Testament now that we have the New. Carmen Joy Imes disagrees.


In this warm, accessible volume, Imes takes readers back to Sinai, the ancient mountain where Israel met their God, and explains the meaning of events there. She argues that we've misunderstood the command about "taking the Lord's name in vain." Instead, Imes says that this command is about "bearing God's name," a theme that continues throughout the rest of Scripture. Readers will revisit the story of Israel as they trudge through the wilderness from a grueling past to a promising future. The story of Israel turns out to be our story too, and you'll discover why Sinai still matters as you follow Jesus today.

Ekklesia Community Covenant

Our community’s purpose is to be and to make fully transformed Christ-followers in healthy, sustainable community.

Therefore, for this next year, I commit to accomplishing this purpose by:

  • Being fully committed to my transformation into Christ-likeness in community.

  • Being fully committed to others’ transformation into Christ-likeness in community. (including being an example to the kids)

  • Being fully present at all meetings (large, LTG’s) for the duration of this study, while I am in town.

  • Being consistently faithful in completing weekly assignment.

  • Being honestly engaged in the community, particularly my LTG (Life Transformation Group).

  • Being genuinely committed to mutual support and accountability in LTG.

  • Being trustworthily confidential about anything discussed in my LTG.

  • Being consistently prayerful for the community, especially my LTG members.

  • Being fully committed to finding and fulfilling the unique life purpose the Lord Jesus has for me.

  • Being willingly available to serving in future, similar transformational ministries.

  • Being my true self and a true friend in our community



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