Creation Emphasis Series - October 15-18

CHURCH ON PURPOSE.



"Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen."
2 Peter 3:18

Everything we do at Grace flows from our purpose of building relationships to know and grow in Jesus.
We believe that the profile and pathway that someone should take displays itself in four ways:

Gather

"Embrace His Grace"
Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20).
We gather to worship our Lord and Savior fellowship with one another and serve our community.

Grow

"Choose His Ways"
We want to know Jesus better each day and grow in his grace, so we dive deep into God’s word and learn to apply it to our everyday lives. We rely on the Holy Spirit to help transform our hearts and become better people and disciples.

Give

"Share His Love"
We want to give back in any way we can and share God’s love with others. We give our time, our resources, and our service to help others know Jesus. From the simple hello, to an invitation to dinner, to telling others the gospel.  Ultimately, we give because Christ has given to us.

Go

"Multiply His Mission"
We desire to embody the Great Commission that Jesus has called his disciples to - To go out into all the world and make disciples of all nations. We do this by supporting missionaries around the world, good work organizations, and sending teams locally and globally to live this out.

What We Believe

The Center

We declare that Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God as revealed in the Bible, the written Word of God, is the only Savior and Lord. He is the center of our shared experience of true biblical unity. (1 John 1:1.14, Matthew 5:17.18; 2Timothy 3:16; 2Peter 1:20.21; Psalm 19:7-11, John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1Corinthians 12:3; Romans 10:9; Philippians 2:9-11)

The Evangelical Core



The One True God

There is one, and only one, true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is the Creator and Lord of all, existing eternally in three persons, never less and never more - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.(Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10; 1Corinthians 8:4-6; 1Timothy 2:5, Matthew 22:32; Acts 3:13, Genesis 1:1; Psalm 146:6; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16.17, Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22; 2Corinthians 13.14)



The Lord Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is fully God, existing eternally. Everything was created by Him and for Him. His incarnation took place in the womb of a virgin. He became man, but never sinned. He died a substitutionary death to atone for sin, resurrected bodily, and ascended into heaven where He remains fully God and fully man, and is presently ministering until He comes again. (John 1:1-3; John 8:58; Titus 2:13, Romans 11:36; Colossians 1:16, John 1:14; Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:29-35, Luke 2:52; John 19:28; Philippians 2:6-8, Hebrews 4:15; 1Peter 2:22, Romans 5:8; 2Corinthians 5:21; 1Peter 2:24.25, Luke 24:36-43; Romans 1:4; 1Corinthians 15:3-8, Acts 1:9; Hebrews 4:14, Ephesians 1:19-23; Hebrews 4:15.16, Acts 1:11)



The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is fully God, existing eternally. He is a person, and was involved in Creation and the inspiration of Scripture. His works of convicting and regenerating are essential to the believer’s salvation. Believers are entitled to the benefits and joy of being led and walking in the Spirit for empowerment in Christian life, service, and mission.(Acts 5:3.4, John 16:7-15 20 Genesis 1:2, 2Peter 1:21, John 16:8-11, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:16, Galatians 5:22.23; Ephesians 3:16-21; Acts 1:8)



The Bible

The sixty-six books, and only these, known as the Old and New Testaments, are the written Word of God. God’s inspiration and superintendence of the writing of every word of the Bible guarantees that what was written is His Word and therefore authoritative, true, and without error in the original manuscripts. God preserves His Word, which is powerful and effective to accomplish His purpose of salvation among all nations. God’s Spirit illumines the minds of believers in every culture to understand and apply the unchanging truth of Scripture in fresh and relevant ways for the benefit of the whole Body of Christ.(Luke 24:25-27; 1Peter 1:23-25, 2Timothy 3:16; 2Peter 1:20.21, Psalm 19:7-11, Psalm 119:89; Psalm 119:160, Romans 1:16; Romans 10:8- 17; Romans 16:25-27, 1Corinthians 2:9-16; Ephesians 1:17-23)



Humanity

God created man and woman in His image. As a result, all people are bearers of that image. However, Adam’s subsequent sin resulted in a condition of spiritual death which all people since Adam have experienced, marring the beauty of God’s image in them in every facet of life. This condition of spiritual death has rendered all people unable to save themselves, and leads to physical death. Therefore, new birth is necessary for salvation.(Genesis 1:26-28, James 3:9, Genesis 3:1-24, Romans 5:12.19, Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 8:6-8, Genesis 2:17; Romans 5:12, John 1:12; John 3:3-5)


Salvation

The salvation brought by God is a complete and eternal salvation by His grace alone, received as the free gift of God through personal faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ and His nished work, as He declares believers righteous in Him.(Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:4-9; Titus 3:5-7; 1Peter 1:18-21; Hebrews 9:12; Hebrews 10:14)


Church

There exists one true Church, which is called the Household of God, the Body of Christ, and the Temple of the Holy Spirit. It is comprised of all true disciples of Jesus Christ and is created by the action of the Holy Spirit. Tangible expressions of this true Church are found in local churches.(1Peter 4:17; Ephesians 2:19.20; 1Timothy 3:14.15, 1Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 1:22.23, 1Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:21.22, 1Corinthians 12:13, Hebrews 10:25; Galatians 1:2; Romans 16;4.5; Revelation 2:1.8.12.18; Revelation 3:1.7.14)


Christian Life

The believer is saved by faith alone. The faith that saves is expected to produce obedience and good works, which are the products of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The dimensions of biblical ethics are both individual and social, and extend to every facet of life. God faithfully continues to nish the work of sanctication, which He initiated in the life of each believer with the goal of Christlikeness. (Romans 4:5, Romans 1:5, James 2:14-17; Titus 3:8, Galatians 5:22.23, Matthew 22:37-40; Colossians 3:17, Philippians 1:6; Philippians 2:12-13, Romans 8:29; 2Corinthians 3:18)


Angels, Satan, Demons

God created a multitude of spiritual beings called “angels”. Righteous angels continue to serve God and work both in the heavenly sphere and on earth. By his disobedience, Satan, a fallen angel, became the adversary of God and God’s people, carrying with him a procession of demons. Jesus Christ has overcome Satan so that the nal judgment and doom of Satan and his demons are certain. (Daniel 7:10; Hebrews 12:22, Hebrews 1:14; Ephesians 1:21; Ephesians 3:10, 1Peter 5:8.9; Revelation 12:1-10, Ephesians 6:12, 1John 3:8, John 12:31; Romans 16:20; Revelation 2:10)


Future Life

The dead will have a conscious existence in eternity and their bodies will be resurrected. Unbelievers, already under condemnation, will be sentenced to suffer eternal separation from God. Believers, already having been granted eternal life, will be judged and rewarded according to their works, and will experience a gloried, eternal existence in the presence of the Lord. (Philippians 1:21-23; Luke 16:19-31, John 5:28.29, Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15, John 3:16; John 6:47, Romans 14:10-12; 1Corinthians 3:10-15; 2Corinthians 5:10, 1Thessalonians 4:17; Revelation 21:3-5; Psalm 16:11)

Grace Church is part of the Charis Fellowship.