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Our purpose at Grace is to know Jesus, build his church and reach the world. This purpose is rooted in who we believe God is as he has revealed himself in Scripture. Doctrine is not a popular topic in our culture today. It can sound narrow, but it simply means a belief or system of beliefs accepted as authoritative. Our doctrine is the belief that informs our practice! Our doctrine is the root, and the ministry that we do is the fruit of that root. In reality all people have some sort of doctrine or set of beliefs that determines the way they live. The following are our beliefs…

The Scriptures: We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13)

The God head: We believe God is eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

The Person and Work of Christ: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that he might reveal God and redeem sinful man. (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice and that our justification is made sure by his literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our high priest, he fulfills the ministry of representative, intercessor, and advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment and that he is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18)

The Absolute Depravity of Humanity: We believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God, but through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved, and of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12)

Salvation: We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on the cross at Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19)

Sanctification: We believe sanctification is a process by which the Holy Spirit makes us more like Jesus in all aspects of our living. God has set the Christian apart for the purpose of growing in sanctification. True sanctification is impossible apart from the atoning work of Christ on the cross because only after our sins are forgiven can we begin to lead a holy life (Eph.2:10; I Thess.4:7; 2 Peter 1:1-10)

Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers: We believe that those who are truly redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We don’t believe in “once saved, always saved”, we believe in “if saved, always saved.” (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5)

We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s word which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to sin. (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)

The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts: We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential (proving the presence of the Holy Spirit), nor an indication of deep spiritual experience. (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, & 13; Ephesians 4:7-8)

We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with his own will, for the sick and afflicted. (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15)

We believe it is the privilege and responsibility of all believers to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God given to them. (Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10-11)

The Church: We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons. (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2)

We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament scriptures. (Acts 14:27, 18:22, & 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1-3; Titus 1:5-11)

We believe in the autonomy of the local church, free of any external authority and control. (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, & 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; 1 Corinthians 3:9,16, & 5:4-7,13; 1 Peter 5:1-4)

We recognize a believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

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