Who We Are

NAOS House of Prayer is located in Berkeley, California. We are a mission’s base devoted to ministering to the LORD and establishing a resting place for His presence through 24/7 worship and prayer. Every time we gather we seek to behold His beauty and intercede for the things that are on His heart.  We are a growing family of believers who long to fully obey the great commandment and fulfill our part in the great commission so that Jesus our King and Bridegroom may return and rule the earth. As a community, are chief longing is to fulfill the desire of Jesus to be one with Him and behold His glory forever.

History

In the fall of 2010 a few students began to meet in obedience to a strong prompting from the LORD to “rebuild the altar” of prayer in the city of Berkeley. Shortly thereafter a ministry known as the Luke 18 project launched what was called “The Purple Pig Tour,” an initiative to visit major California universities and plant furnaces of prayer at each school that would contend for revival on their campus and in their region. The tour, coupled with a series of powerful events, culminated in a 40 day fast that launched Berkeley’s house of prayer.

Since then, by the grace of God, NAOS has been seeking the face of the LORD continually, interceding for the saints, for Berkeley, and the nations of the earth, believing for a mighty outpouring of the Spirit and a new missions movement that will carry the gospel to the ends of the earth, that the Lamb might receive the reward of His suffering.

Our Name & Logo

Naos is a Greek word (ναός) that was used as a translation from Hebrew for the phrase, “Holy of Holies” which in the Old Testament was the very dwelling place of God. Scripture teaches that we both have now become the dwelling place (naos) of God (1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 2:21) and have confident access into the Holy of Holies through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10:19) where we may boldly present our requests to the LORD. As such, we seek to approach every prayer meeting with a proper fear of the LORD and with hearts filled with faith, knowing that we are indeed entering the dwelling place of His presence. Through our worship and prayer and seeking Him, we are longing and believing for His presence to truly dwell in and among us.

Our logo is derived from the breastplate of judgement which consisted of twelve precious stones representing the twelve tribes of Israel that the high priest would wear over his heart as he made intercession for Israel (Exodus 28). We believe as a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9) under the authority of our Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, we have been given the mandate to intercede for the things on God’s heart even as Christ himself ever lives to make intercession (Hebrews 7:25). As the twelve stones represented the twelve tribes, so we believe we must approach intercession from a place of unity and with all men and all of the church on our hearts, so as to truly be a house of prayer for all nations (Mark 11:17).

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WHO WE ARE

NAOS House of Prayer is located in Berkeley, California. We are a mission’s base devoted to ministering to the LORD and establishing a resting place for His presence through 24/7 worship and prayer. Every time we gather we seek to behold His beauty and intercede for the things that are on His heart.  We are a growing family of believers who long to fully obey the great commandment and fulfill our part in the great commission so that Jesus our King and Bridegroom may return and rule the earth. As a community, are chief longing is to fulfill the desire of Jesus to be one with Him and behold His glory forever.

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Statement of Faith

I. The Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three person; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.

Genesis 1:1,26; John 1:1,3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19,20; Ephesians 4:5,6

II. God the Father

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1,2; 2:5,6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6

III. Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.

Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:46; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30, 31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9,10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Timothy 3:16

IV. The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.

John 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 12:8-11; Galatians 5:22-26

V. The Word of God

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired, infallible, and inerrant in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32

VI. Regeneration

We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life.

Genesis. 1:26; 5:2; Genesis 3; Genesis 2:17; 3:19; Eccl. 2:11; John 3:14; 5:24; John 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Romans 9:22; II Thessalonians 1:9; Rev. 19:3,20; 20:10;14,15; 21:18; Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; I John 1:9; John 3:16; John 1:13; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1

VII. The Church

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.

Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25

VIII. Christian Conduct

We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.

I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15,23-24; I John 2:3-6; II Corinthians 9:6-9; I Corinthians 4:2; Col. 1:9-10

IX. The Ordinances

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26

X. Church Cooperation

We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another. Such cooperation exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation is voluntary and may be terminated at any time.

Acts 15:36,41; 16:5; I Corinthians 16:1; Galatians 1:1-3; Revelations 1:4,10,11

XI. The Last Things

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgement, the eternal felicity of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.

Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15

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Furthermore, NAOS House of Prayer adheres to the ancient statements of faith (the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Creed of Chalcedon) and affirms the historic Christian faith as expressed in the five solas of the Reformation and the consensus of the historic Reformed confessions (Westminster Standards, Three Forms of Unity, and 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith).