The one true God exists eternally as three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Mark 12:29-30, Matt. 28:19, II Cor. 13:14).The Father is the Supreme Being, Creator, and Sustainer, deserving of human worship and obedience (Exodus 3:14, Psalm 121:1-2, John 14:8-9, Romans 8:15). The Son, Jesus Christ, is preexistent God manifested in the flesh by virgin birth. He lived a sinless life, died for our sins, bodily arose from the dead, ascended into heaven, is presently preparing a place for us as our high priest and is coming again (John 1:1, 14:29; Matt. 1:18-23; Heb. 4:15; I Pet. 3:18; I Cor. 15:3-19). The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. He convicts the world of sin, unrighteousness, and judgment (John 16:8). At salvation, the Holy Spirit causes spiritual rebirth, indwells, seals, bestows gifts, and baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ (Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 2:12, 3:16, 12:11, 13). He continues to sanctify, guide, teach and fill the believer who walks in obedience to the Word (Acts 5:3-4; John 3:5; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 4:30; I Cor. 6:11, 19; Rom. 8:14; John 14:16-17; Eph. 5:18-21).
Man was supernaturally created in the image of God on the 6th 24-hour day of the creation week and is not a product of evolution. Man fell into sin—doing what you shouldn’t do, thinking what you shouldn’t think and saying what you shouldn’t say according to God’s standards—resulting in spiritual death and all mankind is now sinful by nature and practice, unable to save himself from the penalty for his sins (Gen. 1:26-28, 2:7, 3:1-24; Rom. 3:23, 5:12; Eph. 2:3).
Salvation is by God’s grace alone. It is received through personal faith in Jesus Christ—that He is who He claimed to be: God in the Person of the Son, sent to pay our penalty for sin, showing us divine love and satisfying divine justice through His death on the cross. At the moment of belief, God gives us eternal life and indwells us through the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 6:23, Romans 10:9-13, Eph. 2:8-9, John 14:6, I Pet. 1:18-21, John 3:16)
God established Baptism and Communion for the local church to observe as visible signs of the truth of the gospel. A brief description cannot do them justice so they are more thoroughly explained in these podcasts:
Grace leadership is servant leadership: those who hold biblical leadership roles sacrifice for and serve the church family.
Our example and the head of the church is the Lord Jesus Christ (Col. 1:18, Eph. 1:22, Eph. 5:23). Beyond that, Grace is an Elder-led church family. The Elders are men of God and members of the church chosen by the Holy Spirit through the church members to oversee, shepherd, and rule the church according to the will of the Lord as given in His Word. They are the highest human authority over the church (Acts 10:17, 28; I Tim. 5:17; I Pet. 5:2-3).
Much of our ministry is carried out by Deacons and Deaconess, men and women of God and members of the church, chosen by the Holy Spirit to serve and direct service in the church under the oversight of the Elders (I Tim. 3:8-13).