Belief & Mission Statements

Grace’s Mission & Vision

  As we continually come back to who Jesus is and what He has done and continues to do for us, He changes us from the inside out. The Gospel frees us to actually begin loving people, even people who are quite different from us, people we wouldn't naturally befriend. This is because the Gospel is not merely a message about personal forgiveness and peace with God; it is a message that transforms our lives and actions. We want to be a church that focuses on Jesus, not on the trends of the contemporary “Christian” subculture. It's easy to become addicted to prophecy, legalism, even good works, and lose sight of Jesus Christ. The church in Ephesus was a church with programs and good works. Yet, they were warned, "You have left your first love." Our mission is to keep focused on Jesus Christ as the first love of our flock.  

Statement of Faith
 
 We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice. We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy. We believe that salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ. God’s grace is not based on any human individual merit, or work. We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him alone for salvation. We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His covenant promises. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him. We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself. We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

 
What kind of Christian church are we? Is GBC liberal, conservative, or what? Everyone likes to think that Jesus is on their side. Some of a liberal persuasion will tell you that Jesus was liberal. Conservatives are usually reluctant to say that Jesus was a conservative because they understand that Jesus is not on our side or their side -- He is Lord over all! Jesus transcends all these labels that we pin on one another. He didn’t endorse anyone else’s agenda, because He came to call each one of us to repentance. GBC takes the entire Bible seriously, even when it makes us uncomfortable; we are convinced that the Bible is the very Word of God, breathed out, inspired, by His Holy Spirit.
 
Grace’s Worship Characteristics
 
1) Biblical -- We expound the Scripture in our services. We believe that our worship must be regulated by the general and specific commands of Scripture, not by human traditions.

2) Historical and Relevant -- Traditional worship is frozen in time, copying an earlier model, stuck in another century. Contemporary worship is frozen in the present, mimicking the pop culture of the last few decades. A church that draws from each century since Christ would be a 2000-year-old church. We desire to be a 2000-year-old church from day one, recognizing that we are shaped by the past and must communicate in the present.

3) Participatory -- We take time for silent prayer, singing, Scripture reading, and praises.

4) Gospel-saturated -- Our worship format strives to preach the Gospel throughout the service. If you walk away with the impression that the answer is that you need to make yourself a better person, we have failed, for our desire is to point you to Jesus, not to yourself.

5) Reverent & celebratory -- The tone in our services is both serious and joyful, because, as it says in Hebrews 12:18-24, we have come to Mt. Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem the city of the living God and are therefore in the presence of God himself.

6) Understandable -- We try to explain any special vocabulary, and try to use normal sounding voices. We’re not trying to impress God or anyone else with how pious we sound.

7) Open to all -- All people of all ages are welcome. We do not pressure families to remove their children from the service.

8) Excellence -- We pursue excellence in all that we do with the best gifts and talents that we have.

9) Worship, not Performance -- Anyone in front, whether musician or pastor, is prompting the congregation to worship. The congregation is not to be a passive audience, watching the experts worship, but is to be engaged in worshiping God, being led by those with particular skill and calling.

10) Lord’s Supper -- We celebrate communion multiple times each year, but not so often as to diminish its sobering importance, believing that the Lord’s Supper is a means of grace and aids in our sanctification.