Grace Core Values
We hope every church would say it values biblical principles, worship, evangelism, prayer, and other things central to the Christian faith. We do, for sure. (You can check out our statement of faith right below our Core Values.) But here we thought it would be helpful if you know a little bit about what we’re like as a church.
WE ARE A PEOPLE OF...
We enjoy following God, acting in faith, even when it gets uncomfortable.
We want to see people completely changed by the power of the gospel.
No perfect people allowed; just be real and we’ll start there.
We work to truly love each other and go in the same direction, and we believe tactful, honest conversation and confrontation helps us get there.
Our people are giving, just as our God is.
Whatever we do for God, it should be our best.
No sitting around. We serve the Lord, get results, and see all we can accomplish together.
We believe prayer moves the heart of God. More importantly it moves the heart of men toward God.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe all Scripture was given by verbal complete, and inerrant inspiration of God (II Timothy 3:16), and God has promised to preserve every jot and tittle of what He inspired (Matthew 5:18).
We believe in one true God who manifests in three eternal Persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (I John 5:7; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19).We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is fully and literally God in human form (I Timothy 3:16). He was conceived of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35), and in the womb of a virgin named Mary (Isaiah 7:14) received a human body. We believe He was tempted by Satan in all points like we are, yet without sin (Matthew 4:1-11; Hebrews 4:15; I John 2:16). We believe He allowed Himself to be crucified in order to pay the penalty deserved for all our sin (Romans 5:11-12), He literally and bodily rose again from the grave on the third day (I Corinthians 15:3-4), and He now sits on the right hand of God the Father in Heaven (Colossians 3:1). We believe the Holy Spirit is fully God and current, earthly manifestation of God through His indwelling of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 3:1; John 16:7) and He seals the believer and spiritually baptizes (immerses) him into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation (I Corinthians 12:13) with the goal of teaching God’s Word and conforming the believer to the very image of Christ (Ephesians 1:3-14; I Corinthians 2:9-16; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18). We believe all spiritual blessings are received at the time of salvation (Ephesians 1:3), and the Spirit gives gifts to every believer as He (the Spirit) wills so the believer might effectively communicate the love of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13).
We believe Satan is a real, created historical being, a fallen cherub who was lifted up in pride and rebelled against God, leading an army of angelic beings with him (Isaiah 14:12-17). His defeat was sealed by the work of Christ on the cross (Hebrews 2:14). His final destiny is the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10).
We believe in the Genesis account of creation as historical, not allegorical or figurative. We believe that Adam was an historical person, created by the direct act of God and His image (Genesis 1-2). Adam chose to sin against God through the free will that God gave him and reaped the wages of death. As originator of the human race, Adam passed his sinful nature to all mankind (Romans 5:12). All men are sinners by birth and become sinners in experience (Romans 3) for which the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
We believe salvation is by God’s grace alone on the basis of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection, appropriated by the faith of anyone who will personally believe in his heart and confess with his mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9-13). We believe the act of Salvation is just and definite and decisive as physical birth (John 3:1-7).
We believe this salvation cannot be reversed or lost and believers are kept by the power of God (John 10:28-29; I John 2:19; Romans 8:35-39; I Peter 1:5).
We believe in the local assembly of believers (local church) is God’s instrument in this age. While all genuine born again believers in Christ share a family relationship, the overwhelming number of references of the word “church” in the Bible apply to a local, visible assembly of believers (Acts 14:23; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:11-16; I Timothy 3:1-13). At the Second Coming of Christ, all genuine believers from the time of Christ’s ascension will be united together as the Body of Christ (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:7-8; 21:2). Until then, it is the responsibility of each local church to continue in evangelism, discipleship, and mission both independently and interdependently (Matthew 28:18-20).
We believe each local assembly should be as self-governing, self-supporting, and self-propagating as possible, practicing the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper and operating under the leadership of those who hold the office of pastor (also known as “bishop” or “elder”), associate pastors and assisted by those who hold the office of deacon (Matthew 28:18-20; I Corinthians 11:23-34; I Timothy 3:1-13; I Peter 5:1-4; Hebrews 13:17). We believe every member of the local church has the responsibility to minister the Word of God and support the ministry through prayer, holy living, tithes, and offerings (I Corinthians 16:2; Malachi 3:10; Acts 4:34-37; II Corinthians 8:7; Acts 2:41-47; 13:1-4).
We believe in the literal, physical return of Jesus Christ to the earth in power and great glory to judge the world and reign for a thousand years (Acts 1:11; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 19:20). We believe shortly before Christ’s Second Coming, all genuine believers will be raptured out to meet the Lord in the air (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:51-52) followed by a seven year period of tribulation on earth during which time God will judge His people Israel and those without Christ (I Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 24).
We believe all men will spend eternity either with Christ or eternally separated from Him. We believe the lost who die wait in a literal Hell for the day of final judgment where they will be assigned to the proper degree of punishment in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). We believe those who have accepted Christ as savior will experience a bodily resurrection to everlasting life (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:51-58).
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home; 2) the church; 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves are answerable to God and governed by His Word). God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibilities under God (Romans 13:1-7; Ephesians 5:22-24; Hebrews 13:17; I Peter 2:13-14).