At its simplest level, the name of this new church was chosen by the church family when we realized the Lord had brought us to the point of starting a church.
“Upper Room” reflects the fact that we were meeting on the second floor of an office building on Country Club Drive in Bermuda Dunes. As you will see, Upper Room took on more significance as we went along.
“Bible Church” was included as an identifier because we’ve committed to always preach the Word of God and to treat each other and to impact our community in a way that reflects God’s instructions for His people found in His Word.
Upper Room Bible Church is entirely appropriate when we consider this key passage about the Lord’s last night before His Great Sacrifice:
“And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was being sacrificed, His disciples said to Him, ‘Where do you want us to go and prepare for You to eat the Passover?’ And He sent two of His disciples, and said to them ‘Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him; and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house; “The Teacher says, ‘Where is My guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?’ “ And he himself will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; and prepare for us there.” Mark 14:12-16 (for parallel passages see Matthew 26 and Luke 22) Of course, the disciples found it just as He said.
In that first Upper Room, Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, instructed his disciples, and worshipped God the Father by singing a hymn with them. Many bible commentators assert it was there that Jesus spoke the Discourse(s) found in the Gospel of John, chapters 13-17.
The Upper Room in Jerusalem became the meeting place for His people as they mourned His death. They continued to meet there and saw the church form; it was in the upper room that the Holy Spirit came upon them on the day of Pentecost. From that upper room, His Church went forth and reached and changed the world!
Additional upper rooms play prominent roles in the early church for Peter in Joppa (Acts 9) and Paul in Asia Minor (at Troas in Acts 20).
A brief history of URBC
Just as the disciples asked ‘where to go,’ a small group of people found themselves asking the Lord where He wanted them to go … eventually looking for a place to meet.
Starting in mid-2014, they met in a house for study and prayer. After adding worship to their weekly meetings, they outgrew the home and needed a larger place to meet … thus the ‘upper room ‘at the office building came into play. They began meeting on Sundays and eventually determined that the Lord wanted a new church to be born.
In the Mark passage, the Lord told the disciples to look for a man carrying a water jug. That man would be an easily spotted, unusual sight. In those days men were reluctant to carry water. It can be said that the men of Upper Room Bible Church are like that man … we were reluctant. Early on, no one was seeking to form another church but we followed the Lord’s leading and incorporated the Upper Room Bible Church in December 2014.
The Upper Room Bible Church has become a place for God’s people to gather to:
Receive the Lord’s instruction through His Word
Pray for one another and the needs of others … diligently and purposefully
Take and celebrate Communion on a regular basis in a meaningful way
Worship God in a manner that honors Him and lifts His people
Serve each other, our community, and the world in ways that proclaim the (Agape) love of God.
Where do we go from here?
We don’t really know! All are invited to join us and seek His direction together. We sense a common interest in missions, in prayer, in ministering to children and encouraging development of the next generation of God’s people.