What We Believe

Grace Community Church Statement of Faith


THE BIBLE
The Bible is the Word of God. We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments, were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and therefore entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union.  (Ps. 19:7; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
 
GOD
We believe in one God (Deut 6:4), Creator of all (Gen 1:1; Col. 1:16), Holy (Lev 19:2), Sovereign (Dan 4:25, 35), Eternal (Heb 9:14, Psalm 90:1-2), existing in three equal Persons (Mat 28:19) – the Father (Isa 63:16; 64:8), the Son (John 1:1; Phil 2:6; Col 1:15), and the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4).
CHRIST
We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ (Col 2:9), in His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory (John 17:5), in His virgin birth (Mat 1:20,23), sinless life (1 Peter 2:22; Heb 4:15), substitutionary death (Rom 8:3-4), bodily resurrection (Luke 24:6-7), triumphant ascension (Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9), mediatorial ministry (Rom 8:34) and personal return (John 14:3; Acts 1:11).
 
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4), who convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8); who regenerates (Rom 8:9), sanctifies (2 Thess 2:13), illuminates (1 Cor 2:12-13; John 14:26) and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ (John 15:26).
 
SATAN
We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality (Isa 14:12-15; 2 Peter 2:4), the originator of sin (John 8:44), the arch-enemy of God and man (Gen 3:15; 1 Peter 5:8). 

THE FALL OF MAN
God originally created Man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, Adam transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law. As a result they are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors (Gen 1:26-27; 3:1-7; Rom 5:12-19; Eph 2:1-3).
 
ELECTION
Election is God’s eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life – not because of foreseen merit or foreseen faith in them, but of His mere mercy in Christ – in consequence of which choice they are called, justified and glorified (Rom 8:28-30; 1 Cor 1:27-29; Eph. 1:4, 11).
 
REGENERATION
Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who gives life to those dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and saving them to understand the word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone, so that the ultimate cause of regeneration is God’s grace, not man’s free will (Eph 2:1-6; Tit 3:5; 1 John 5:1).

REPENTANCE
Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being by the Holy Spirit, made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbles himself for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavour to walk before God so as to please Him in all things (Acts 2:37-38; 11:18; 2 Cor 7:10-11). 
 
FAITH
Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatever is revealed in His word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness (Rom 3:27-28; 4:1-5; 4:17-25; 10:14, 17; Phil 1:29; Eph 2:8; Jas 2:14-26).

JUSTIFICATION
Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, then receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith (Acts 13:38-39; Rom 3:21-26; 8:34; 10:3-4; 2 Cor 5:21; Phil 3:9).
 
SANCTIFICATION
Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God’s word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ’s commands (Jer 31:31-34; Ezek. 36:27-27; Rom. 8:1-17; Gal 5:13-24; 2 Pet 1:3-11).
 
PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS
All those whom God has regenerated will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation (John 6:37-40; 10:28-29; Rom 8:28-39; 1 Cor 1:8-9; Phil. 1:6).
 
THE CHURCH
The Lord Jesus is the head of the church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular churches; and to each of these churches He has given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which He has appointed.
 
SALVATION
We believe that salvation is by the sovereign (Acts 2:23), electing grace of God (Eph 1:4); that by the appointment of the Father (John 3:16), Christ voluntarily (John 10:17-18) suffered a vicarious, atoning, and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone (Romans 3:23-26) in the all sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (Heb 9:12,28; 1 Cor 15:17) and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord (Rom 8:28-30). 
 
FUTURE THINGS
We believe in the personal and bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11; Mat 24:30); in the bodily resurrection of the just (1 Thess 4:13-18) and the unjust (Rev 20:11-13); in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed (Rev 21 & 22) and in the judgment and eternal conscious punishment of the wicked (Rev 20:10, 15).
 
THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that the church is a company of baptized (immersed) believers (Acts 2:38), called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus (2 Cor 6:16-17), voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4), the mutual edification of its members (1 Cor 12:12-26), the propagation of the faith and the observance of the ordinances (Mat 28:18-20). We believe it is an autonomous, independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the Great Head of the Church (Eph 4:11-16). We believe that its officers are Pastor(s)/Elders (Eph 4:11; 1 Tim 3:1; 1 Peter 5:1; Titus 1:7-9) and Deacons (Acts 6:1-4; 1 Tim 3:8).

ORDINANCES

We believe that there are only two ordinances for the church regularly observed in the New Testament in the following order:
 
Baptism: the immersion of the believer in water, whereby they obey Christ’s command and sets forth their identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Acts 2:38; Rom 6:3-11).

The Lord’s Supper: the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and cup, which symbolize the Lord’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes (1 Cor 11:23-26).

THE LORD’S DAY
The Lord’s Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor 16:1-2; Rev 1:10).

MARRIAGE
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race (Gen 1:26-28;2:15-25; Prov 5:15-20; Matt 5:31-32; 19:3-9; Rom 1:18-32; 1 Cor 7:1-16; Eph 5:21-33; Heb 13:4).
 
THE RESURRECTION
The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God—the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked, to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. The bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised (John 5:28-29; 1 Cor 15:12-28; 2 Cor 5:1-10; Phil 1:23).