Doctrinal Statement for Grace Community Church:

By faith, we affirm the following:

  • We affirm the Bible to be the inspired, authoritative Word of God and that it is eternally reliable in all matters of Christian faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16-17)
  • We affirm that there is one God, Creator of all, who is infinitely perfect and eternally subsistent in the persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 4:6, Psalms 90:1-2, Matthew 3:16-17)
  • We affirm the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His substitutionary and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory. (Isaiah 7:14, Mark 6:30-44, I Peter 1:18-19, Matthew 28:1-10, Acts 1:9, Acts 2:22-23, John 14:2-3, Hebrews 4:15)
  • We affirm that salvation is by grace, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. We affirm that repentance toward God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit are necessary to salvation. God’s purpose for human history is to bring humans into His image through Jesus. (Ephesians 2:8-9, Luke 24:46-47, Romans 3:21-22, John 3:3-6, II Corinthians 5:17-19)
  • We affirm believer’s baptism by immersion or otherwise in obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19)
  • We affirm the Table of Our Lord, the Lord’s Supper for believers. (Luke 22:19)
  • We affirm the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, those that are saved to the resurrection of life and those that are lost to “isolation from the Living God in hell.” (I Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 20:1-15)
  • We affirm the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. We affirm the fullness of the Holy Spirit as the empowerment of the Christian for witness and service. We affirm that the Holy Spirit provides one or more spiritual gifts to all believers, manifesting them as He wills. We affirm that all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are operative today. (Romans 8:11-12, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 5:18, I Corinthians 12:7-11, John 16:13)
  • We affirm the one, universal church which is the Body of Christ. We affirm all who are born again as its members. We affirm the church’s purpose as offering worship to God, fellowship and instruction to itself, and evangelism and service to the world. We affirm the offices of Ephesians 4:11 as the church’s divinely established order and government. We affirm the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 12:12-13, Acts 2:42-47, Ephesians 4:1-16)
  • We affirm that Christ knocked down the dividing wall between races (Ephesians 2:11-17), promoting a congregation where all are welcome, celebrating “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, but all are one in Christ” (Galatians. 3:28).
  • We affirm that God’s original plan (Genesis. 1:26-28) was for men and women to “rule over the earth” together. Christ has brought His church into relationship with God so that “In the last days I will pour out my spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy.” (Acts 2:17), thus both men and women are welcome to serve as pastors, elders and deacons as the Lord calls and gifts.
  • We are confident in the ultimate victory of Christ’s Church over the forces of darkness. (Matthew 16:18, II Corinthians 10:3-5)

Our Vision and Values

“A Life Giving Church…Empowered by the Spirit”