GRACE EVANGELICAL CHURCH EXISTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF REACHING OUT TO THE LOST AND HURTING OF OUR COMMUNITY AND WORLD IN THE LOVE OF CHRIST, INVOLVING THEM IN THE WORD, WORSHIP AND SERVICE OF GOD.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
GRACE EVANGELICAL IS ORTHODOX IN ITS BELIEFS, EVANGELICAL IN ITS EMPHASIS AND WESLEYAN-ARMINIAN IN ITS INTERPRETATION OF THE SCRIPTURAL MEANING OF SALVATION. WE SEEK TO PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. IN KEEPING WITH THIS STATEMENT WE STRESS THE FOLLOWING BIBLICAL TRUTHS:
A. We believe in one God as three persons: the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit as co-existent, co-eternal and unified in will.
Gen. 1:26, Jn. 1:1-5, 14:9, 11, 15-17, Mt. 28:19
B. We believe in the Divine inspiration, reliability and authority of the Holy Scriptures, as found in the Old and New Testaments, as the foundation and rule for Christian faith, doctrine and conduct.
Dt. 29:29, Is. 55:10-11, II Tim. 3:16-17, II Pet. 1:20-21
C. We believe all men and women are sinners, in their unrepentant state destined for Hell and in need of faith in the Savior Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sin and eternal life.
Rm. 3:23, 5:8, I Jn. 1:10, Gal. 1:3-5, Rm. 6:23,
Lk. 16:19-31, Rv. 20:11-15, Acts 24:15, I Co. 15:3-5
D. We believe in the Virgin Birth, crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; who died for the sins of humankind and purchased for us eternal life in Heaven.
Is. 7:14, Mt. 1:22-23, Acts 4:12, I Cor. 1:18, 23, II Cor. 5:21,
Col. 2:13-15, I Pet. 3:21-22, Rm. 6:23, I Tim. 2:1
E. We believe that all individuals must repent of sin and receive Jesus Christ by faith to be saved.
Jn. 1:12, 3:16, Acts 2:38, 3:19-20, 16:31, 26:20, Rm. 10:9-10
F. We believe a Christian can be sanctified and filled with the Holy Spirit in which a person's heart is cleansed of the sin nature and empowered to live a holy, victorious and abundant life in Christ. This experience is subsequent to being born again.
Mt. 3:11-12, Acts 1:4-5, 8, 2:4, I Th. 5:23
G. We believe the Spirit-filled life produces in the believer, the Fruit of the Spirit (the character of Christ) and Spiritual Gifts for Christian service, ministry and edification of the Church.
Rm. 6:11-18, 8:4-8, Gal. 5:16-25, II Pet. 1:3-7, Rm. 12:1-8,
I Cor. 12:1, 27-30, 14:1-4, 37-40, I Pet. 4:10-11
H. We believe in the priesthood of all believers, the unity of the Body of Christ and the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry.
I Pet. 2:5-9, Rev. 5:9-10, Eph. 2:19-22,
I Co. 12:12-20, Eph. 4:3-13
I. We believe that the Lord Jesus will return, the dead will be raised and the final judgment will take place, with believers entering into eternal life in Heaven and unbelievers entering into eternal Hell.
Mt. 24:30-31, 36, I Th. 4:13-18, I Co. 15:50-58,
Mt. 25:45-46, Ac. 24:15, Rev. 20:11-15