The Gospel of Jesus Christ
God lovingly entered a broken and sinful world in order to bring us into right standing with himself through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus. This is the gospel.
The gospel is at the center of all that we believe and do at Grace Church. In Colossians 1:17-18 we read that Jesus is “before all things,” and “in him all things hold together.” This means that Jesus isn’t just a supporting character in the life of our church, he commands the spotlight.
Since all things find their purpose and meaning in Jesus, we recognize that we are only accomplishing ministry when Jesus is the driving force of our efforts.
1 Corinthians 2:2; 15:1-4; Galatians 2:14; Collosians 2:6; Philippians 1:27
We want to be a gospel-centered church. The gospel is central in scripture, in history, and in our salvation. We also want it to be central in our thoughts, words and actions. The gospel is not only what saves us, but also what helps us continue to grow as we bring the gospel to bear on all of life, all the time.
Proverbs 2:6; Isaiah 55:10-11; Matthew 4:4; 2 Timothy 3:16
We want to be a church that experiences the transforming power of God’s word. Most of us want to experience real change, to grow in our love for God and others. The primary way that happens is by God speaking to us through His word in the Bible at every level: from Sunday morning, to small groups, to one-on-one discipleship, to regular personal Bible reading. Look at the book, it’ll change your life.
2 Chronronicles 7:14; Luke 22:42; Ephesians 6:18; Philipians 4:6-7; Collosians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
We want everything we do to be saturated in prayer. Ultimately, we rely on God Himself to accomplish His mission and even to bring about our commitment to these values themselves. Passionate and humble prayer is how we express our dependence on him. We want to ask boldly and surrender completely.
Genesis 1:26-27; Jeremiah 29:7; Matthew 22:37-39; James 1:27
We want to be a church that upholds and honors the dignity, value and worth of all human life, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, or physical & mental abilities. Therefore we should seek the welfare of the city around us by blessing people, families and neighborhoods with mercy, compassion and justice. All people are image bearers. Every age, every stage.
Genesis 2:18; John 13:34-35; Ephesians 2:19; Philipians 2:5-11
We were created for community. Because God has reconciled us to one another, we want to put a priority on personal relationships, from membership, where we commit to one another as family, brothers and sisters in Christ, to group settings, where we have fellowship with one another, to one-to-one, where we can really know each other. Even as we reach out to the community around us, personal relationships are powerful vehicles for communicating the gospel.
Genesis 1:28; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 11-21; 2 Timothy 2:2
We see God’s heart for multiplication from creation to the Great Commision. We also want to see God’s heart for multiplication at every level of the life of our church, from multiplying growing disciples, to multiplying healthy leaders, and multiplying local churches.
Psalm 19:1; Isaiah 43:7; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-2
We agree that the chief end of man is to enjoy God and glorify Him forever. This is why we gather on Sundays – to worship God and praise His glory. But we also want to bring glory to God from Monday to Saturday, as we submit every single aspect of our lives to the glorious rule and reign of God. We want to worship by bringing glory to God with every square inch of our lives.