Grace Community Church exists to lead people to become growing followers of Jesus.
When we GATHER to celebrate Jesus and encounter biblical principles, our relationship with God is ignited and our knowledge and understanding of Him will grow. GATHER encompasses everything that happens at Grace Community Church on the weekend. It’s the catalyst that leads to spiritual growth for us, regardless of where we are on our own spiritual journey.
When we CONNECT with one another in community groups, we can experience encouragement and accountability, increasing our connection with the body of Christ. CONNECT involves the relational link that fosters spiritual growth for us, whether we’re taking our first steps toward faith or continuing our spiritual journey.
As we serve and engage with our church and city in a deeper way, we are helping to GROW ourselves and those around us. GROW represents everything that we do to truly make a difference in our city, church, and world. It’s giving our first and our best back to God. It’s realizing that following Jesus isn’t something we do from the sidelines, but instead involves sharing our gifts and resources with others.
What We Believe
We believe in the historic Christian faith as taught in the Bible and passed down through the Church. Specifically, these are our essentials:
God – God is the creator and sustainer of our world and our lives. He exists as one God, yet three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is holy, perfect, and powerful.
Jesus – Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man. He lived, died, and rose again to make peace between us and God the Father.
The Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit is mysteriously, yet definitively alive and active in our world today. He makes us aware of our need for God, helps us live a life that pleases Him, and encourages us to trust in God.
Mankind – Men and women are created in the image of God. However, we are separated from God because of our own pride and rebellion, which the Bible calls sin. We are completely unable to repair our relationship with God without his help. Because of our condition, we need God to rescue – to save – us from the consequences of our sin.
Salvation – Because of our sin, we need God to rescue us. We cannot rescue or save ourselves. Through Jesus, God gives us his salvation that is based on mercy and grace, not performance or effort.
Restoration – God originally created the world to exist free of sin. When sin entered the world, things like death, pain, sorrow, injustice, and evil became our reality. God promises, however, to one day restore Creation back to its good and sinless state. This restoration began with Jesus and will ultimately conclude when He returns.
The Bible – The Bible is God’s primary means of communication to us. It is divinely inspired, trustworthy, and is the source of our essential beliefs. It is also is an authoritative presence in our faith and practice.
The Christian Life – The Christian seeks to constantly grow in submission to God through his or her character, motivations, and actions. But growth does not make us more or less acceptable to God. God’s love for us, as chiefly shown through Jesus Christ, is what makes us acceptable to him. Obedience to God and his commands, then, is a response to his great love for us, not a way to merit it.
What We Value
BIBLICAL TRUTH – We value the Bible as true. We look to the Bible as our authority for how we view God, the world, and ourselves. This also means that we want to be people who are deeply shaped by what the Bible says to us as individuals and as a community of faith.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION – We value spiritual growth. God created every person to grow in a spiritual direction, to be spiritually formed. We want to be people who take their next, intentional steps towards God – wherever we are starting from.
CULTURAL RENEWAL – We value redemption. God is at work in the world around us everyday, restoring what was lost and fixing what is broken. He will one day make all things new, but until then we want to be people who join him in his work of renewal throughout the world.