What We Believe
The Triune God - God in three persons
We believe in the eternal triune God, existing in three distinct persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but of one divine spiritual essence.
The Son – God became man
We believe in the virgin birth, death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God who is full of grace and truth. We believe in His substitutionary atonement for the sins of humankind. He is fully God and fully man. He now sits at the right hand of the Father and is also now present with His Church. We believe in the imminent, personal, visible, and bodily return of Jesus Christ for His church.
The Holy Spirit – God always present
We believe in the power and ministry of the Holy Spirit, who is the true and eternal God, to carry out the work of God in our age including the giving of gifts to the Church. The Holy Spirit uses God’s inerrant, infallible Word, the Bible, to reveal truth to His people.
The Bible – God wrote the book
We believe in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as inspired by God, and infallibly inerrant as originally given by God and that they are the authoritative and the complete rule for our faith and life.
The Church – God’s design for us
We believe that the body of Christ is made up of all true believers and that the local church is the manifestation of that body in this age. We believe that the purpose of the local church is to worship God, edify the saints, and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ through all that we do, say, and teach. We believe in believer’s baptism and in the Lord’s table as ordinances of the local church.
Man – God’s image bearers
We believe that God created man in His image and likeness. Humans are the unique creation of God, in that they are spiritually distinct from the rest of His creation. We believe that all human beings are born apart from God in a sinful state and in need of redemption through salvation. We believe apart from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, no person can be redeemed. Further, we believe in a literal and eternal heaven, the destiny of the redeemed, and a literal and eternal hell, the destiny of those without Christ.
Satan – our eternal enemy
We believe in the existence of the prince of darkness, called Satan, who is the author of sin, evil, and rebellion towards God. In his rebellion, Satan and those angels that followed him were cast out of heaven. He and his demons today seek out those whom they may destroy, but will one day be cast into the lake of fire where they will be eternally punished.
Ordinances of our Faith
Throughout the New Testament we see the practice of baptism as a declaration of a believer’s faith in Christ. This public act of obedience symbolizes the new life we have when we follow Jesus. We therefore, practice baptism of the believer by immersion, which publically declares the death of the individual’s “old self” to sin, and the raising of his/her “new self” in Christ. Grace Fellowship conducts baptisms at various locations. If you are interested in being baptized, please contact the church or an Undershepherd.
The Lord's Supper
At the Passover table, Jesus commanded His followers to eat the bread and drink the cup by way of remembering Him. Luke 22:19-20, "And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.'"
I Corinthians 11:26 further instructs the church, "For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” We at Grace Fellowship celebrate the Lord’s Supper generally on the second Sunday of the month. Anyone who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is welcome to participate.
Although not an ordinance of the church, Grace Fellowship practices the dedication of our children to the Lord. This is based upon the actions of Jesus’ parents who brought him to the temple to be dedicated to the Lord as recorded in Luke 2:22–40. We see this as a public declaration by the parents of their desire to raise their child in the knowledge and love of the Lord Jesus. Further, it is also a commitment by our community of believers to assist parents in this responsibility. God has designed that the family and the church labor together to provide a godly environment in which Christ will be revealed to children. Any parent desiring their child be dedicated to the Lord should simply contact the church or an Undershepherd.