What We Believe Statements of Faith of Grace Community
We believe the Bible is God’s revelation to man. It is inspired in every word, and absolutely inerrant in the original documents. We affirm the infallibility, sufficiency, and authority of Scripture.
We believe that there is but one Living and true God, an infinite, all-knowing Spirit, perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each equally deserving worship and obedience.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that salvation of man, who is sinful and lost, is instantaneous and accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God when the repentant sinner – enabled by the Holy Spirit – responds in faith. This salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works. All the redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
We believe in the Spirit-filled life. As the supernatural and sovereign Agent in regeneration, the Holy Spirit baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ at the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers them for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; the saved unto the resurrection of life, and the unsaved unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe that all who put their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the Church, of which Christ is the Head. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God by building its members up in the faith, by instruction of the word, by fellowship, by keeping the ordinances of God, and by advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world. The formation of the Church, the body of Christ, began on the Day of Pentecost and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture.
We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in His own image. Adam and Eve belonged to the created order that God Himself declared to be very good, serving as God’s agents to care for, manage, and govern creation, living in holy and devoted fellowship with their Maker. Men and women enjoy equal access to God by faith in Jesus Christ and are both called to move beyond passive self-indulgence to significant private and public engagement in family, church, and civic life. Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a “one flesh” union that establishes the only normative pattern of sexual relations for men and women, such that marriage ultimately serves as a type of the union between Christ and His church. In God’s wise purposes, men and women are not interchangeable, but rather complement each other in mutually enriching ways. God ordains that they assume distinctive roles which reflect the loving relationship between Christ and the church, the husband exercising headship in a way that displays the caring, sacrificial love of Christ, and the wife submitting to her husband in a way that models the love of the church for her Lord. In the ministry of the church, both men and women are encouraged to serve Christ and be developed to their full potential in the manifold ministries of the people of God. The distinctive leadership role within the church given to qualified men (elders) is grounded in creation, fall, and redemption and must not be sidelined by appeals to cultural developments. [Genesis 1:26-31, 2:15-25; Ephesians 5:18-33; Hebrews 13:4; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:18-21; Ephesians 5:22-33; 2 Peter 2:6-10a; Deuteronomy 22:5]
We believe in the five Sola Statements of the Protestant Reformation.
Sola Scriptura - The Bible is the sole written divine revelation and alone can bind the conscience of believers absolutely.
Sola Christos - Christ is the only mediator through whose work we are redeemed.
Sola Fide - Justification is by faith alone. The merit of Christ imputed to us by faith is the sole ground of our acceptance by God,
by which our sins are remitted.
Soli Deo Gloria - To God alone belongs the glory.
Sola Gratia - Our salvation rests solely on the work of God’s grace for us and in us Ephesians 1:3-8