What we Believe
A statement of faith is like a rudder that guides a ship. These are the core beliefs that we have about God and Christianity that provide the foundation for our ministry at Grace:
GRACE'S STATEMENT OF FAITH
A. THE TRIUNE GOD
There is one God who exists in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each person being fully God. God the Father, along with Jesus the Son, is the Creator and Lord of the universe who both governs all things according to His will and is accomplishing His purpose in the world and in the church. Jesus Christ is both truly God and truly human, the only mediator between God and humanity. The Holy Spirit is necessary for the individual’s new birth and growth to maturity. The Holy Spirit empowers and indwells the church as well as each individual believer.
Gen. 1:1, 26; Isaiah 45:21-22; Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 4:4-6; Luke 10:21-22; John 1:1-4; Revelation 4:11; I Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 2:9; Colossians 1:16-17; John 3:16; Titus 3:5,6; Jude 20-21; John 14:16-17, 26
B. THE BIBLE
The Holy Scripture in its entirety is inspired by God’s Spirit through human authors and constitutes the revelation of God’s truth to humanity. It is trustworthy and without error in its original manuscripts in all that it affirms. Whatever the Bible, rightly interpreted, teaches followers of Christ are bound to believe and obey. It is the supreme authority in every matter of belief and conduct, and it establishes moral absolutes for the human race.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21; Matthew 5:18; John 10:35; John 17:17; I John 2:5
C. THE VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE
All human beings are created in God’s own likeness and therefore have inherent value and equality before God. All human life is in the image of God and is sacred.
Genesis 1:27; Ephesians 1:4-13; Psalm 139; Jeremiah 1:4-5; Acts 17:28
D. THE HUMAN CONDITION
Humanity is hopelessly lost by imputation of sin as a result of Adam’s sin as well as by personal sinful acts. This sin and guilt have rendered mankind subject to God’s wrath and condemnation and have resulted in humanity’s alienation from God’s life, suppression of God’s truth, and hostility to God’s law. God’s love desires all to come to repentance and to be reconciled rather than condemned.
Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Jeremiah 17:9; Acts 3:19; Acts 16:31
Salvation from the guilt and penalty of sin has been achieved solely through the work of Jesus Christ – his perfect obedience, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection and exaltation to heaven as Lord. Apart from Christ, there is salvation through no person, church, creed, process, or power. Each sinner is justified before God and reconciled to God only by divine grace appropriated by faith alone, apart from human merit or good works. Authentic salvation is evidenced by a transformed life.
Romans 5:12-19; Romans 10:9-10; John 3:16; John 14:6; John 1:12-13; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:3-9; 2 Corinthians 13:5-6; James 2:14-26
F. THE NATURE AND MISSION OF THE CHURCH
There is one, holy and universal church, which is the Body of Christ, and to which all true believers belong. As the Father sent the Son into the world, so the Lord Jesus Christ sends his church to participate in God’s mission by words and works. In this mission the church is called to proclaim the gospel of God’s grace, to baptize and make disciples among all nations, to exhibit God’s character through compassionate care for the needy; to push back the forces of evil, and to demonstrate to humanity the reality of God’s kingdom.
Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 16:16-18; Matthew 22:37-40; Isaiah 61:1-3; Acts 1:8; Matthew 25:34-45
G. LAST THINGS
As the Lord Jesus ascended to his Father, so He will return literally, physically, and in glory. He will raise the dead and bring salvation and judgment to final completion. All humanity will be resurrected for judgment and entrance into either eternal life or eternal hell. There is no second opportunity for salvation after death and all who did not trust Christ will stand condemned. God will then fully establish his Kingdom and finish the new creation - a new heaven and a new earth from which all evil and evildoers, all suffering and death, will be excluded and in which God will be glorified forever.
Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 11:15; Revelation 20:4-6; I Corinthians 15:42-44; 51-52; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 25:46