Philosophy of Ministry

OUR VISION

Our Dream is to be a People who are Captivated with the Glory of God, Consumed with Resting in Grace, and Convinced to Live on Mission, for the sake of the Gospel.

 

OUR MISSION

Our Mission is to Saturate our Communities with the Message of the gospel and Tangible Expressions of Grace as we Bring Jesus to our Neighbors.

 

OUR BELIEFS

At Grace Community Church, we want to base EVERYTHING we believe on the Bible. As such, we believe... 

The bible is true. 

We believe that the Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is our infallible and divine authority in all matters of faith and life.

God is real.

We believe in one God eternally existing as one essence and three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, each of whom is fully God, yet there is one God.

god created man in his own image.

Humanity was created by God – in His image – to be in relationship with him. As such, every person on the face of the earth is of great value, possesses great dignity, and is worthy of great respect. All humans were created to reveal God's image on earth. 

man sinned.

Adam and Eve, the first humans, sinned in the Garden and fell from their original righteousness and communion with God and became dead in sin – wholly defiled in soul and body. This sin affected all of creation - including us.

Jesus christ came.

We believe that Jesus Christ, as the eternal Son of God, became man, lived the perfect life we couldn’t live, died on the cross to pay the punishment our sin deserves, then rose again to conquer death.

salvation is through faith alone, by grace alone.

There is absolutely nothing we can do to restore our relationship with God. No amount of work, effort, or good intentions can mend the mess we’ve made. Salvation can only come through Jesus. Consequently, it’s a free gift. Faith is the act of receiving this free gift, trusting that God reaches out in sovereign grace and draws us back into relationship through his Son. Why? Simply because He loves us.

These are the majors. To get more specifics of what we believe, check out the following links:
Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) 
The Westminster Confession of Faith

 

OUR CORE VALUES

1. Gospel-Driven World and Life View

1. Gospel-Driven World and Life View
Because Grace Community Church believes the Word of God is the only Means of truly bringing a Person to Salvation, found only in Jesus, we VALUE the NEED to SEE and APPROACH ALL of Life from a Gospel-Driven World and Life View. This simply means taking the Gospel, as found in both the Old and New Testaments, and using it as a Lens or pair of glasses, by which to see ALL of Life. The Apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 1 that he was eager to preach the Gospel both to non-Christians and to those who were already within the Community of Faith, as Followers of Jesus. Paul was eager to do this, because in our sinfulness, GRACE leaks out of us and we NEED to be reminded of the Gospel over and over; it is the Gospel of Christ that truly changes people.

2. Christ-Centered and Culturally Mindful Worship

2. Christ-Centered and Culturally Mindful Worship
We believe that the whole Bible points towards the person of Jesus, the Christ. Because Jesus is the focus of God’s Word, we VALUE the idea that we NEED to center our Worship service around Him, as contained in the Music we sing, our Prayers and Offerings, and perhaps most importantly, how we preach through the Scriptures. We Matter greatly to the Father, but Jesus is the Point; Not us!

We also desire to follow the Apostle Paul’s pattern in contextualizing the Gospel to whomever we are speaking to…“for the benefit of our neighbor.” Paul did not water down the Scriptures, but he did cater the message to those whom he was speaking to. In our desire to be “culturally mindful,” we are not saying, in any way, that we want to be “woke” or “relevant.” We simply want to honor the culture we live in and present a Genuine Gospel message via a means that is mindful to those entering into our building.

3. Every Person Engaged (Serving)

3. Every Person Engaged (Serving)
Jesus has saved His children to Worship and glorify Him, but He has also saved us to SERVE Him and our Neighbors! We greatly VALUE the NEED for every Follower of Christ to figure out what their gifts are and then use those gifts/talents both within the Body of Christ and out in the Community God has placed us within. Some may serve regularly and weekly while others may serve monthly or quarterly, but we VALUE the idea of Every Person Engaged, honoring the One who gave us our gifts and talents.

4. Loving and Contagious Fellowship

4. Loving and Contagious Fellowship
Whether God has uniquely wired you to be an Introvert or Extrovert, He has called you (us) into Fellowship with Himself and then that Fellowship extends throughout the Body of Christ.  In this Fellowship, God’s Grace has freed us from isolation and a lone wolf spirit.  And in place of that old nature, Jesus is making us into New Creations, that NEED and VALUE One Another.  Christ’s LOVE and JOY should contagiously spill out of us as we live and do life together….NOT because we are trying to manifest the Fruit of the Spirit, but rather, He (Jesus) should flow out of us naturally, as we commune and fellowship with Him and then One Another.

5. Winsome Community Involvement

5. Winsome Community Involvement
When experienced in its’ fullness, there is nothing like being a part of the Body of Christ and the Fellowship of the Saints.  This sweetness must drive us OUT of the Walls of the Church and into our Communities to winsomely interact with those who desperately need meet the Grace of Jesus.  We are jealous to be a part of a Church whose heart bleeds for hurting and lost souls of our Community.