The Elders here at Grace Fellowship believe that our convictions concerning the central truths of the Christian faith are vital to our spiritual health and our witness to the world. In the midst of confusing times and in the presence of so many other religions, what we hold as fundamentally true is of utmost importance. In light of that, we have adopted this statement as an affirmation of what we believe to be the irreducible minimum of what forms our Christian faith. This statement is not meant to be a comprehensive description of everything we believe. It does not address many issues that we would consider to be of secondary importance, believing that those topics (though not unimportant) do not serve as the central basis for fellowship.
It should also be noted that this statement is not a requirement for people who attend Grace Fellowship. We invite people of varying opinions to be active participants within our local body. However, these truths we be the foundation on which all those who teach and preach at Grace Fellowship will build on. Though we may have moments of healthy and humble discussions over our differences, nothing contrary to this statement will be promoted by our leadership.
Ultimately, in no way do we claim that this statement is perfect. The Word of God alone in without error and infallible, not our interpretations of it. We have, however, sought to be as accurate, open, and honest as possible. We wish “to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3), and humble hold to the truth as we honor Christ and His church. Our hope is that by adhering to these truths, we will bring ever increasing glory to God and extend His Kingdom in this earth.
Statement of Faith
The following is an abbreviated description of our statement of faith. If you wish to read the full Statement, you can do so by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.
• We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
• We believe the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
• We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
• We believe that all mankind are sinners, inherently from Adam and individually (by choice) and are therefore subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
• We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential. Justification is by grace through faith in our Lord's sacrificial death on the cross.
• We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit to empower the Christian for witness and service. We affirm that the Holy Spirit provides one or more spiritual gifts to all believers, manifesting them as He wills. We affirm that all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are operative today.
• We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
• We believe that God’s kingdom has come in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, that it continues to come in the ministry of the Spirit through the Church, and that it will be consummated in the glorious, visible and triumphant appearing of Christ at His return to the earth as King of Kings.
• We believe in believer's baptism by immersion in obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ.
• We believe in the importance of regular participation in the Lord's Supper (Communion).