The Church of God, a nondenominational organization based in Pasadena, California, traces its antecedents to Sabbatarian communities in 17th century Europe, and before that to the first-century apostolic Jerusalem church. Accordingly the Church endeavors to uphold the original practice and teachings of Jesus and His followers. The Church of God has members all around the world and maintains offices in Australia, Germany, the Philippines, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The purpose and activities of the Church of God are primarily educational. While it seeks to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God throughout the world as instructed by Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:14, the Church does not believe that command is an instruction to proselytize. As a result, the organization does not attempt to convert new members through its communications and outreach. It also does not actively solicit donations and financial support through its activities. However, the Church constantly welcomes new members and supporters who are inspired by God to participate in this work. Therefore, as instructed in Matthew 28:18–20, the Church of God takes care of and teaches all those who become part of His family—a community that seeks to understand God's will and purpose for humanity.
The Church publishes the quarterly Vision, which is dedicated to highlighting the challenges that society faces today. It examines and researches the complex social, moral and philosophical issues of our world from a biblical and historical perspective. It presents the Bible as a credible source of solutions to the problems humanity faces in the 21st century. In doing so, it challenges many teachings of traditional Christianity, maintaining that its churches have lost contact with the true values elucidated by Jesus Christ, and that they thus ignore much of Jesus Christ's own belief, teaching and practice. Its message is the promise and hope of a better world to come.