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WHAT WE BELIEVE
Thank you for taking time to read Grace Church’s "What We Believe."
While we realize a written statement can never capture the experience of sharing life within a community of faith, our hope is that this statement will communicate the heartbeat of our church.
Our hope is that you’ll find a church family to be in relationship with as you walk on your journey of faith, and we welcome you to come experience for yourself what being a part of Grace Church means.
Simply stated, we are a group of imperfect Christ followers who love God and each other, and we seek to use our lives and resources to share the love of Christ with those around us.
First and foremost, we believe that God is love (1).
We believe that God created and wants to be in relationship with each and every one of us, but our imperfections and sin have separated us from God and placed us in a position of need. As imperfect people, we all need a savior (2).
We believe Jesus is God’s son, who willingly offered Himself as a sacrifice on our behalf. Jesus’ death and resurrection provided the only way for our relationship with God to be restored. Through His mercy, God has brought us to Himself. Our relationship with Him is based solely on His grace and love, not our works (3).
We believe God is working to make all things new, and Jesus’ life and teachings show us the way to redemption. Having placed our faith and hope in Jesus as our savior, God’s Holy Spirit is continually working to transform us into His image. None of us have arrived. We believe that the Scriptures are the inspired Word of God and strive daily to live in obedience to the teachings of Christ and His word. Being a Christ follower means continually growing in our relationship with the Lord, and following the leading of His Spirit to put Christ and others before ourselves (4).
Grace Church is not a group of people who all believe exactly the same things about the Bible or its teachings. In fact, we believe that how we choose to explore areas of disagreement is more important than having all the right answers. We believe that relational and loving challenges to our concepts of God, man, and the world around us generate thought, growth, and ultimately a closer walk with the Lord.
We see in scripture that we are not all intended to relate to God or one another in the same way, and we treasure a diversity of opinions in our unified community. We are a group of people who find ourselves caught up in the same story with Jesus at the center. Jesus taught us to love God above all else and love our neighbors without exception.
We welcome anyone who believes in or is seeking to know more about Jesus to partner with us as we join in God’s work of bringing healing and restoration to the world.
(1) 1 John 4:7-21
(2) Romans 3:22-24, Romans 6:23
(3) John 3:16-18, John 5:24, John 14:6, Romans 10:9, John 6:44, Ephesians 2:4-10, Colossians 2:13
(4) Romans 12, Ephesians 4
(5) Matthew 22:37-40, Mark 12:29-31, Romans 13:8, 1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12:3-8