Grace Community Church Statement of Faith:
The Bible was written by God through men inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is God’s revelation of himself to us. It is truth without error. It reveals the way of salvation and is the full and final authority on all matters of truth and discipleship. It is important to the believer for teaching and training in righteousness.
Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-12; Joshua 1:7-8; Nehemiah 8:1-8; Psalm 19:7-10; Psalm 119; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:17-19; John 5:39; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 1:1-2.
There is one living and true God. He is the Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, and Ruler of the universe. He is holy and perfect. God exists and reveals himself to us as Father, who rules with care over his universe; as Son, in the person of Jesus Christ who was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on a cross, and was raised from the dead; and as Holy Spirit, who inspired the Bible, convicts of sin, regenerates the believer, guides in truth, and empowers the church.
Genesis 1:1; Exodus 3:14; 15:11; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10-16; Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 6:9; 7:11; Luke 1:35; 23:33; 24:6; John 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 1:1-2.
We were created by God and in the image of God; therefore, our dignity as humans originates from God. At the Fall, sin entered the world. We are by nature sinners and have each sinned against God. We need to be forgiven of our sin and to be brought into right relationship with God. Forgiveness and righteousness were accomplished through the gracious work of Christ on the cross by whom we are called to our original purpose of fellowship with God.
Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7; Psalm 8:4-8; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; 5:8; 1 Corinthians 1, 9; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.
Salvation is the gracious gift of God brought about through Christ’s death on the cross to forgive us of sin and bring us into right relationship with God. Salvation is offered freely to all who repent of sin and by faith receive Christ as Savior and Lord. Salvation involves election, which is God’s gracious choice of us; regeneration, which is the new birth in Christ; justification, which declares us right with God; reconciliation, which brings us peace with God; adoption, which makes us children of God; sanctification, which is spiritual growth by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit; and glorification, which is eternal fellowship with God in heaven.
Matthew 1:22; Luke 5:32; John 3:1-18; Acts 2:21, 38; Romans 6:23; 8:29-30; 10:9-13; Ephesians 1:3-8; 2:8-9; Titus 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:2; 2:2; 2 Peter 1:3.
A New Testament church is an assembly of believers who gather together with a shared commitment to the truth of the gospel to worship God, to fellowship with and disciple one another, and to seek to take the gospel of Christ to the world. The church does all things to the glory of God. The church observes the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The church universal is the body of Christ, which includes all believers from all time.
Matthew 16:15-19; Acts 2:41-47; 6:1-7; 13:1-3; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 11:2-3; Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:6- 10, 20-21; 4:4-16, 5:26-27; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 10:23-25; Revelation 19:7.
Evangelism and Missions
Every believer and every church is to be involved in the commission of Christ to make disciples of all nations. We seek to win lost people to Christ personally and by supporting the efforts of the local church. Local churches undertake missionary endeavors to make disciples in their community and in all the world.
Genesis 12:1-3; Isaiah 6:8-9; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 13:1-3; Romans 1:16; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Colossians 1:28-29; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 2 Timothy 4:5.
Christ’s commission for the church is to make disciples. Every believer is to take seriously the call of Christ to follow him as his disciple. Discipleship involves growing in the knowledge of God through the Holy Spirit and application of the Bible, in Christlike character and imitation of him, in love for and service to the family of God, and in ministry to the world. Discipleship is growing in Christ until we stand before him, perfect and complete.
Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 9:23-26; 14:25-35; John 8:31-32; 13:34-35; 15:1-17; Philippians 1:6; 2:12- 13; Colossians 1:28; 2 Peter 3:17-18.
God will bring the world to its appropriate end in his own time and in his own way. Jesus Christ will return personally to the earth. The dead will be raised, and Christ will judge all people. Unbelievers will be separated from God in hell, which is the place of everlasting punishment. Believers will receive their reward and will live forever in heaven with the Lord, according to his gracious will.
Matthew 16:27; 24:27; 25:31-46; Romans 14:10; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1-11; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12; 2 Peter 3:7-13; Revelation 3:11; 20-22.
Grace is a cooperating Southern Baptist congregation and affirms the statement of faith contained in the Baptist Faith and Message.