What We Believe

Grace Community Church is a Southern Baptist Congregation that affirms the Baptist Faith and Message. A summary of those doctrines that we hold to is listed below.

God In Three Persons

There is one, and only one, living and true God. He is an intelligent spiritual and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver and Ruler of the universe. To Him, we owe the highest love, reverence and obedience. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes but without division of nature, essence or being. Genesis 1:1; 2 Corinthians 13:13,14

God: The Father

God as Father is the Giver and Sustainer of life, the seen and unseen. He is all-loving, all-just, all-wise and all-powerful. He is the true God and the One who judges righteously and tests the heart and mind. God is Father to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ; however, He is fatherly toward all men. Genesis 18:25; Galatians 4:6,7

God: The Son

God as Son is the perfect representation for the Father in human form. He is fully human and fully divine. He is equal with God the Father, but humbled himself by taking on the form of a servant and became obedient to a death on a cross. He knew that only through the shedding of His blood would the sinless Lamb of God be able to secure forgiveness and remission of sins. He arose on the third day following his death, as He declared, and now lives and reigns with the Father in glory, awaiting His final triumphant return. He lives in all believers as the living, ever-present Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Philippians 2:5-11

God: The Holy Spirit

God as Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and unrighteousness, works in the life of each believer to produce godly character qualities and demonstrates Himself in the life of the church, through special abilities given to each believer to carry out the work of the church. He is Comforter, Teacher, Wisdom and Counselor. John 16:7-13; Galatians 5:22-25

The Bible

The Bible is the historical record of God's activity, written by men but inspired by God's Spirit. It contains no error. It is truth provided for the believer as a tool to know the heart of God. It reveals the plan, purposes and will of God for all time.Psalm 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16

Humanity

Man was created by a special work of God, in His image and is the finest of all creation - God said, "It is very good!" Man was created innocent, but with a free choice, he sinned against God and fell from his original state. Because Christ died for all, every person is worthy of respect and Christian love. Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23

Salvation

Salvation is the gift of God for all humanity and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. It was obtained by the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross. He shed His own blood for our sin, that we might be rightly related to God. Romans 5:8,9; Romans 6:23

Grace

Grace is the unmerited favor of God and shows us His goodness. All who have accepted Christ and are set apart, will never fall from grace but will endure to the end. Believers may sin, and grieve the Holy Spirit, but they will be kept by the power of God. Ephesians 2:8,9; Eph.4:30

Church

The church is a group of believers brought together by the Spirit of God to carry out the Great Commandment by practicing the Great Commission and observing the two ordinances of the church, baptism and the Lord's Supper. Each church is an autonomous body, operating under the leadership, for Christ as the Head of the Church.Matthew 22:37-40; Ephesians 5:23-27

Baptism

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change that has occurred in the life of the believer. It is an identification with Christ by picturing his death, burial and resurrection. It is the first commandment a new Christian is given from the Lord Jesus. Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4

Lord's Supper

The Lord's Supper is an opportunity for personal examination and reflection, as we observe the "Lord's death until He comes." The bread and cup are symbols of His body and blood, which were broken and spilled out for our salvation, and it is done in "remembrance" of Him until He comes again.Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32

Worship

We view worship from two sides: adoration and service. Worship could be defined as pure adoration, the redeemed person contemplating and praising God in His holy perfection. Reverential adoration and committed service are both prominent expressions of worship. We believe worship should be exciting as well as motivational - adoration that leads to service.