Bible Reading Plan
9:00 & 10:45 AM
What We Believe
First and foremost, we believe in one God who has revealed Himself to mankind through creation (Psalm 19:1-3) and the Bible. Every word of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments is verbally inspired and therefore without error when originally given by God and recorded by man (1 Timothy 3:16-17). God supernaturally preserved copies of the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts to give us a Bible that can be completely trusted and allowed to transform our lives and behavior. All our doctrine follows what God has chosen to reveal to us through His word.
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 (Ex. 3:14, Ps. 121:1-2, Jn. 14:8-9, Rom. 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; Jn. 3:5; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 4:30; I Cor. 6:11, 19; Rom. 8:14; Jn. 14:16-17; Eph. 5:18-21).
Mankind 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, saying or thinking what you shouldn’t) 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, Rom. 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 serve and sacrifice for 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 who are men and women of God, members of Grace, chosen by the Holy Spirit to serve and direct ministry at Grace under the oversight of the Elders (I Tim. 3:8-13).