What We Believe
Beliefs are not worth much unless they are translated into actions.
Based on what the Bible teaches, we feel very strongly about the following seven practices:
I. The Bible Is Our Sole Authority
“The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true
and make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT)
Since God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living.
Our first question when faced with a decision is, “What does the Bible say?” We practice daily Bible reading, Bible study,
and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
II. Each Local Church Is Self-Governing
“Christ is the head of His Body, the church. He is the source of the Body’s life…” Colossians 1:18
Christ is the recognized head of our church, not any person, group, or religious organization.
While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians,
we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from any denominational control.
III. The Priesthood of the Believer
“Christ loves us, and by His death He has freed us from sins and make us a kingdom of priests to serve God…” Revelation 1:6
“You are…the King’s priests…God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God.” 1 Peter 2:9
The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to “full-time” Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation.
We practice the truth that every believer is a MINISTER by encouraging every member to find their spiritual gift,
a place of service to use that gift, and to minister in that area of service! Our Discover Ministry Class is designed to assist you with this.
Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading. Hebrews 4:14-16
“A tithe of everything you produce belongs to the Lord;
At Grace we practice tithing for the support of Christ’s body, the church, as God commands. We recognize that giving a minimum of 10% of all our increase is the Biblical standard of tithing.
“For when you were baptized you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ…” Colossians 2:12
We practice baptism by immersion under water—the way Jesus was baptized, and the way the Bible commands.
VI. Spirit-led Living
(Jesus said), “I am the Vine, you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; but apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
VII. Telling Others About Christ
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” I Peter 3:15
It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good news with those God brings into our lives. We practice sharing about Christ and inviting friends to church.
Our Foundation- The Essentials
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
B. Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
C. Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
The Bible is God’s word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of is disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it by faith. We can never make up for our sin by good works. Professing faith in Jesus Christ alone for forgiveness of sins is the only way anyone can be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
G. Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life as a free gift through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved through faith in Jesus Christ, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by self-effort. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us security.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or live eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in unison with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.