Uniting People with Jesus
and helping them take their next steps.
Our Core Values
There are plenty of things regarding the church and religion we could disagree about. However, since we don’t have time to argue, we’ve decided to focus on the eight core values we believe are uncompromising. We call these, “the hills we’ll die on.” We hope they’re as important to you as they are to us.
BIBLICAL TRUTH - God's Word trumps my feelings.
2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed”. As the inerrant and inspired Word of God, the Bible is the final authority for all we do. We are committed to understanding it, to preaching it, and to living it out in our everyday lives.
PRAYER - Prayer changes things and changes me.
Scripture-fed, Spirit-led prayer is a hallmark of a healthy church. It is a declaration of our utter dependence upon God to do what we cannot. As we worship, express gratitude, confess, and intercede, God responds to us in His perfect time, His perfect way, in according to His sovereign will.
SPIRITUAL GROWTH - Everybody has a next step.
Colossians 1:10 indicates we should be “bearing fruit…and increasing in the knowledge of God.“ If you are a believer and you’re at Grace for any length of time, you should be growing. This is an expectation God has for all of us and it’s one we place on ourselves. If you’re not dead, God’s not done.
OUTREACH - Found people find people.
God’s Plan A for reaching the world is the Church and there is no Plan B! The Great Commission is one of the greatest opportunities given us. As we testify to the miraculous change God has done in our lives, God gets the glory. Found people share who they were, what God did, and what has changed. As we point people to Jesus, though the specifics will be different, we know that our story can become their story.
SERVING - Saved people serve people.
As the saying goes, “it’s better to give than to receive.” We have discovered that it’s also better to serve than to be served. It’s one of our core values – to give every person an opportunity (or two, or three) to use their gifts and talents to serve others.
GENEROSITY - You can't out give God.
The sooner we understand that we are conduits for God’s blessings rather than only static recipients of God’s blessings, the sooner we discover the joy of the generous life. Believing that God has unlimited resources, we give, serve, and wisely steward the opportunities He provides.
VALUING PEOPLE - Every person matters.
In a day and age of divisiveness and binary tribalism, there is a stark contrast provided by followers of Christ who love and serve regardless of differences or disagreements. While are called to stand for truth, we will do so with grace and respect, building bridges rather than blowing them up.
AUTHENTIC - It’s OK to not be OK; it’s just not OK to stay that way.
If you are looking for the perfect church, keep looking. No perfect people here. Though we freely acknowledge we have sin, pain, and baggage, we don’t live in victimhood. God has called us to growth and freedom by changing our identity from who we were to who we are in Christ.
God is creator of the universe and author of life. God is spirit, and therefore, is timeless. Sovereignly possessing all power and all knowledge, He never tires, gains strength, or acquires new knowledge. He is all-present in the universe. God never changes.
God is one. He exists eternally in three persons as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is of the same essence, co-equally God. He providentially sustains His creation by the word of His power.
God reveals Himself to us generally through nature and specifically through His Son and the Word of God, the Bible. We exist to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever. Because of the finished work of Jesus, we can know God as our holy and loving Father.
Jesus, the eternal Son of God, exists uncreated and is equal in deity with the Father and the Holy Spirit. The promised and prophesied Messiah is the Word that became flesh and made His dwelling among us.
While retaining His divine nature, Jesus became man, being born of a virgin through the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is truly God and truly man. Though sinless, He suffered and died by crucifixion as an atoning sacrifice for our sin.
Buried in a borrowed tomb, Jesus bodily resurrected from the dead on the third day. He ascended into heaven and will return in the same manner to judge those living and those already dead. He reigns forever and His kingdom has no end.
Jesus is unique among other religious leaders in that He didn’t point to a path to be followed but declared Himself to be “the way, the truth, and the life.” Jesus is the only way to God.
The Holy Spirit, third person of the Trinity, co-equal in deity with God the Father and God the Son, is the promised Comforter, the Helper, the Spirit of Christ, who lives in those who follow Jesus.
The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force. The Spirit has a mind, emotions, and a will. He teaches, testifies, leads, and intercedes. He directs, prompts, sends, and gifts the people of God.
He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit regenerates hearts and lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.
The Holy Spirit works to change us so that we conform to the image of Christ. The Christian seeks to be filled with the Spirit and live under His control daily.
The Bible, containing Old and New Testaments, is the infallible, inspired word of God. Written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is the ultimate source of doctrine, instruction, correction, and reproof.
The Bible is the final authority for Christian beliefs and living and includes all that is needed for a life of godliness. It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded in any way. Any prompting from the Holy Spirit must be measured against the standard of God’s Word. God’s Word and His Spirit will never contradict.
While there are many evidences to the credibility of Scripture, such as its unified message, its majestic style, its endurance despite efforts to destroy it, and its manuscript evidence, it is the inner witness of the Holy Spirit that ultimately convinces the believer that the Bible is authoritative.
SIN & HUMANITY
Humanity is made in the image of God. Because we are made in His image, we are unique among creation and have special worth derived from our maker. Made in God’s image, He defines our identity and we belong to Him. Our purpose cannot be separated from Him.
Although designed by God for fullness and fellowship with Him, we alienated ourselves from God through disobedience. As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and choose to sin against God. Because we are spiritually dead in our sin, we are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through our own efforts.
Jesus is the only way to God. There is no other way of salvation. By trusting in Jesus, we are saved from the curse and penalty of sin and can enjoy an abundant, eternal life that begins when we believe.
Following the pattern of this world, we once lived under the influence of the enemy and were by nature, deserving of God’s anger. We were dead in our trespasses and sins without hope, and because of our sin against a holy God, we deserved eternal punishment in hell. No amount of self-improvement, good works, or religion could ever make up for our sin.
But God, who is rich in mercy and love for us, made us alive through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, even though we were dead in our sin. He saved us, not because of our goodness or our good works, but according to His own mercy and for His own name’s sake. He washed us, regenerating and renewing us by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us through Jesus Christ our Savior.
The Bible teaches that if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved. To those who receive Jesus, believing in His name, God gives the right to become His children. We have been born again, raised up, and seated with Christ. In addition to peace, reconciliation, and access, we have been given an inheritance as children that will never spoil or fade away.
We were created to exist forever. Those who follow Christ will exist eternally together with Christ in the kingdom of heaven. Those who do not know Christ will be separated from God in eternal torment.
We believe Jesus Christ will return to Earth personally and visibly according to the promises in Scripture. His return will be for the purpose of establishing His absolute rule and authority on the earth. Christians are challenged to be watchful and obedient until His return.
While there are many viewpoints concerning Jesus’ second coming, we believe Christians should look for His return with great anticipation while obediently pursuing the mandate of the Great Commission.
All those people who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord make up the one true Church. The local church is a microcosm of that universal church, in which every person plays a significant role. We are one body made up of different members, all an important part of the mission we have been given.
WHY WE GATHER
God promises when two or three are gathered, He is present among us in a special way. Our gatherings accomplish three important functions: worship, discipleship, and evangelism.
For the Worship of God
We come together on Sundays to worship and serve the Lord. God doesn’t live in the church building but in the hearts of every believer in Christ. So when those saved by Jesus come together to worship God, we get a special sense of His presence. We are mutually encouraged in our worship, but, more importantly, our worship glorifies a worthy God.
For the Teaching of Believers
We gather to spur one another on toward love and good deeds. The discipleship of believers is key to the health of our church. Since the mission of the Church is to go into the world to make disciples, we prioritize the maturity of believers through the teaching of God’s Word so that they might be equipped for the work to which they are called.
For the Evangelism of Unbelievers
Evangelism must also happen beyond the walls of our building, but it is imperative that the Gospel be presented when we gather. In our context, non-Christians will attend church, if asked, and many churchgoers are not Christians. Therefore, we strive to make an environment where all people are welcome. Because we realize that unbelievers attend our church, we will attempt to leverage and redeem culture for the Gospel. We trust that it is through the preaching of God’s Word that faith is born in the heart of a believer.
Where there is only one dimension — of worship, teaching, or evangelism — there may be a movement, a crusade, or a conference, but not a church. A church is made of all three components. We strive to operate with the full pastoral functions of the church.