1. THE BIBLE IS CENTRAL.
While the Bible is not an end in itself, it is certainly the indispensable compass for our knowledge and understanding of God and his plan for our lives.
Psalm 43:3; Psalm 119:105; John 17:17; 1 Timothy 3:15.
2. WE SHOWCASE EXPOSITORY PREACHING.
Because God’s written revelation to us is ‘living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword’ it is our intention to allow it to utilize Grace preachers to get to our hearts and minds as they open the word and let its message out. Our goal is that Grace pastors won’t use the Bible to preach their messages, but that the Bible will use Grace pastors to preach its message. God’s powerful and life-changing truth!
3. WE SEEK TO MAINTAIN A HIGH VIEW OF GOD.
In a day when many have attempted to reduce God to be their spiritual therapist, it is important for us to remember that God, our Creator, is the highly exalted, transcendent, King of all things. We cannot afford to think less of God than he really is. We dare not respond to him as merely our comfortable friend and fail to worship him as our Sovereign Lord.
4. WE PROCLAIM A BIBLICAL GOSPEL.
It is imperative that we understand what God’s word says about how one becomes a disciple of Christ and thus a child of God. We cannot truncate, sterilize, simplify, adjust or in any other way modify the message of the gospel that was once and for all delivered to God’s people in God’s word. We will not shy away from clearly articulating God’s truth on heaven, hell, sin, judgment, repentance and faith. It will be our goal to hold tightly to a biblical gospel.
Romans 1:16, 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 4:1-6; John 3:16.
5. WE HAVE A GENUINE RELIANCE ON PRAYER.
We understand that the mission, the goals and the values at Grace Bible Church are humanly impossible. We do not inherently possess the wherewithal to make disciples or aid them in knowing, loving and serving Christ. These are works of God and we will always rely on him as we ardently ask him to accomplish these biblical objectives among us.
6. WE VALUE A REDEMPTIVE COMMUNITY.
We are broken people loved by the Father, redeemed by Jesus, and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. We strive to minister God’s love by repairing the broken and bringing into restoration those lost to sin, by the power of the crucified and resurrected Lord Jesus. Our focus is Jesus; our authority is the Word; our dependence is prayer; and our aim is Christ-likeness as we live together as the community of God’s redeemed.
Ephesians 4:11-16; Acts 4:34-35.
7. WE WILL LOOK TO AUTHENTIC SACRIFICIAL ELDERS FOR LEADERSHIP.
The kind of people that God calls to lead at Grace Bible Church is extremely important. Obviously our pastors and teachers must meet the biblical qualifications as set forth in the books of 1 Timothy and Titus. Beyond that we expect our leaders to follow in Apostle Paul’s example of being authentic, forthright, honest, hard-working and sacrificial. In a phrase we expect that our leaders set the example of saying to Christ daily: “any thing, any place, any time!”
2 Corinthians 6:3-11; 1 Thessalonians 2:8-9.
8. WE WILL BE AN EVANGELISTIC CHURCH.
We should dream about a church so concerned about the lost that we are forced to plant new churches. It is our concern that we work to regularly launch more Bible-teaching churches that are resolved and constrained to move into more communities with a biblical purpose, a biblical mission and clearly maintained biblical values. It is our hope that Grace will never lose its commitment to this end.
Acts 1:8, Matthew 28.
9. WE WILL BE A COMMUNITY OF GRACE.
We desire to be a diverse community of believers who treat others with the same extravagant grace that God has
lavished upon us. We yearn to demonstrate this grace through our church culture and our lives in a way that is transparent, real, and helpful. We are blessed to be a blessing to each other.
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