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The purpose of this doctrinal statement is to express the beliefs of the membership of
Grace Community Church. The selected Scripture references are intended to be
representative—not exhaustive—lists that prove, clarify, expand upon, and/or illustrate
the printed statements.
This doctrinal statement does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and
infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct
of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of our church’s faith, doctrine,
practice, policy, and discipline, the elders are our church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s
meaning and application.
The Bible (the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments) is the inspired Word of
God and is the final authority for faith and practice. The Bible in the original
manuscripts is inerrant in all that it affirms, and the sincere reader can properly
understand and apply its teachings.
The doctrine of inspiration teaches that the human authors of Scripture were so guided
by the Holy Spirit that they, employing their own personalities and writing styles, wrote
without error God's revelation to mankind in the words of the original manuscripts. This
inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings. The exact meaning of
Scripture is unchanged in any important respect in the widely accepted English
translations. The Bible is authoritative and without error in any category of knowledge,
including science and history, and is the supreme and final authority in all matters about
which it speaks.
The Bible is to be interpreted in a normal and literal way. This means that history,
grammar, context, and harmony with other Scripture should be considered as guidelines
for interpretation. The Holy Spirit guides the believer to apply the Bible.
Psalm 19:7-11; 119:105; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Mark 12:36; John 5:39-40; 10:35;
16:13-15; 17:17; Romans 3:4; 15:4; 1 Corinthians 2:10-16; 10:11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17;
Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:21
The one true God exists eternally in three distinct Persons: the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Spirit. God is a spirit who is all-powerful, everywhere-present, all-knowing,
sovereign, unchangeable, holy, just, and loving. He is also the Creator and Sustainer of
Within the Trinity, the three Persons are equal in deity, but there is also a subordination
of position (i.e., rank) wherein the Son submits to the Father, and the Holy Spirit submits
to both the Father and the Son. Each of the three Persons is worthy of precisely the
same confidence, worship, and obedience.
God specially created the universe without employing the processes of macro-evolution.
He is separate from His creation yet vitally related to it.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is true God and true man. He was conceived of the Holy
Spirit—receiving a human body and an incorrupt human nature--born of a virgin, and
lived a sinless life.
The Son is one Person with two distinct natures, divine and human. These natures are
never mixed, changed, or separated. Hence, in the New Testament the characteristics
of true deity and true humanity are evident in Jesus Christ, the God-man.
Jesus Christ died a substitutionary death for sinners and arose bodily and immortally
from the grave. He ascended into heaven and will return bodily and visibly to the earth
just as He left.
Coming as Israel's prophesied Messiah-King, He manifested God to humanity and was
rejected and crucified. Because of God's love, Christ vicariously suffered on the cross
the divine wrath and penalty which sinners deserve in order to satisfy the justice of God
and thus to provide salvation for every human being without exception. His shed blood
is the basis of forgiveness and eternal life, and His resurrection is the guarantee that His
sacrifice was acceptable to God. The crucified body of Jesus Christ was resurrected
and glorified and thereby became the pattern for the bodily resurrection and glorification
of all believers. Christ ascended into heaven, at which time He was forever exalted by
the Father to the place of honor and authority. He is the Head of the Church and the
High Priest and Advocate of each believer.
To confirm the hope of the Church, Christ will resurrect and glorify the bodies of
deceased and living believers (an event called the “Rapture"). The Rapture will be
followed by the Tribulation—a seven-year period of great rebellion and judgment on
earth—culminating in the Battle of Armageddon. When Christ returns to earth in glory,
He will bring an end to the Battle of Armageddon and establish a kingdom wherein He
shall reign in righteousness and peace for a thousand years. After this time, He will rule
in the new heaven and the new earth throughout eternity.
The Holy Spirit—the Third Person of the Trinity—convicts unbelievers of their urgent
need of God’s salvation. He also indwells all believers, uniting them in the body of
Christ, empowering them for worship and service to Christ, and sealing them in
relationship with Christ. The gifts He gives believers for service in the Church must be
exercised in careful obedience to Scripture and in deference to God’s sovereignty in
distributing them. No two Christians must necessarily share any one gift in order to
express the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives.
Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:11; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Kings 8:27; Psalm 2:7-9; 90:2;
139:7-12; Isaiah 43:10-11; 44:6-8; 45:5-6, 21-22; 46:9; Matthew 28:18-20; John 4:24;
6:27; 14:28-31; 15:26; 16:13-15; Acts 5:3-4; 17:29, 31; Romans 1:20; 2 Corinthians
13:14; Ephesians 1:1-23; 2:4-5; James 1:17; 1 Peter 1:16; Revelation 19:6
Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Daniel 9:27; Matthew 1:23; 24:15-21; 28:6, 18-20; Mark 10:45; Luke
1:35; 2:52; 23:33—24:53; John 1:1, 14; 8:58; 14:6; 20:28; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 5:8; 2
Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:22-23; Philippians 2:5-11; 3:20-21;
Colossians 1:15-23; 1 Thessalonians 4:13—5:11; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Titus 2:13;
Hebrews 1:8; 4:15; 7:25; 1 Peter 2:21-22; 1 John 2:1-2; Revelation 6:1—22:21
Psalm 139:7; Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; 16:5-15; Acts 5:3-4; 8:29; Romans 8:9, 26;
12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11; 6:19; 12:1—14:40; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 5:22-
23; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; 5:18; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 10:29; 1 John 2:20, 27
Angels were created by God and are personal and powerful spirit beings who are
distinct from human beings. Some angels carry out the purposes of God, while others,
who have rebelled, serve Satan who is himself a fallen angel. The destiny of Satan and
the wicked angels is the lake of fire.
Psalm 8:4-5; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Matthew 18:10; 25:41; 26:53; Mark
12:25; Luke 10:18; 15:10; 16:22; 20:36; John 12:31; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Ephesians
3:10; 6:10-18; Colossians 1:16; 1 Timothy 3:6; 4:1; 5:21; 2 Timothy 2:26; Hebrews
1:14; 1 Peter 1:12; 5:8; 2 Peter 2:11; 1 John 3:8; Jude 6; Revelation 7:11-12; 20:10
Man, Sin & Salvation
Because of the sin of Adam (the first human being and the father of mankind), all of his
descendants (except Jesus Christ) are sinners who stand condemned before God and
in need of His salvation. Moreover, it is only through personal faith in the Person and
the work of Jesus Christ--and not by the sinner's meritorious works of any kind—that
one can receive forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and membership in Christ's Church.
Man was created in the image of God but through rebellion fell into sin. The objective
guilt of Adam's original transgression is inherited by all of his posterity (except Jesus
Christ) who consequently possess a sinful nature and commit personal acts of sin.
These factors, apart from God’s grace, result in a refusal to receive God's salvation.
Such individuals are separated from God and hence stand in a state of condemnation
which, unless remedied through salvation, eventuates beyond death in their conscious
punishment. Unbelievers will be ultimately resurrected, judged, and consigned to
eternal torment in the lake of fire.
True faith in Jesus Christ--not sincere efforts, confession, baptism, church membership,
or any rite—is the sole condition for salvation. When a person exercises faith, he
immediately possesses the eternal life to which God ordained him before the creation of
the universe. The believer is being conformed by God to the image of Christ. He is
also commissioned to live by faith in a manner which will bring honor and glory to God.
At death his immaterial nature passes immediately into the joyful presence of Christ
awaiting his resurrection, the judgment of his works, and his participation in the
everlasting rule of Christ.
Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-24; Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:19-31; John 3:16-18; 5:24-29;
Romans 3:9-18, 23; 4:5; 5:6-21; 8:28-30; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians
4:4; 5:6-10; Ephesians 1:1-14; 2:1-10; Philippians 1:21-24; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18;
2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; 2 Timothy 2:12; Titus 2:11-15; James 2:14-26; Revelation
The universal Church—being under the headship of Christ—is composed of all true
believers from the Day of Pentecost to the rapture. A person becomes a member of the
universal Church when he is baptized into it by the Holy Spirit at the time he exercises
saving faith in Christ. A New Testament local church consists of a group of believers
who meet regularly in a particular location under the leadership of godly men for the
purpose of being discipled and making disciples of all nations in obedience to the Great
Commission of Christ.
An ordinance is a rite prescribed by Christ to be performed by the local church. There
are two such ordinances: believers' water baptism and the Lord's Supper. There are
two kinds of baptism: Spirit baptism and water baptism. The former is accomplished by
the Holy Spirit in the person at the moment he exercises saving faith in Jesus Christ. It
results immediately in regeneration and incorporation into the universal Church. The
latter kind of baptism is a sign of the former and therefore Christ commands it of His
disciples. Water baptism identifies the individual with the death, burial, and resurrection
of Christ. The New Testament mode of water baptism is immersion. There is no biblical
support for infant baptism. The Lord's Supper is a memorial service observed regularly,
commemorating the Lord's death until He returns. The elements of the meal are not,
nor do they become, the actual body and blood of Christ. Rather, they symbolically
represent Christ's body and blood.
Church leaders have been given to the Church by Christ for the purpose of equipping
the believers for Christian service. The local church is to be governed by elders who
are selected according to standards expressed by the New Testament.
Matthew 16:18; 18:15-20; 28:18-20; Acts 1:5; 2:42-47; 9:31; 14:23; 20:28; Romans
6:1-4; 16:5; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 11:23-26; 12:1—14:40; Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:10-11;
4:11-13; Colossians 1:18; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 5:17; Titus 1:5-9;
1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 3:10-1
Sanctity of Human Life
All human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable
worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or
mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural
death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.
Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two
distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God.
Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
The term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a
single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. God intends sexual intimacy to
occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. God has
commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage
between a man and a woman.
Any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior,
bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to
In order to preserve the function and integrity of Grace Community Church as the local
Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Grace Community Church
members and its community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Grace
Community Church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by
this doctrinal statement.
God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking
His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity.
Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be
repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Grace Community
Genesis 1:26-27; 2:18-25; Matthew 5:16, 27-28; 15:18-20; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31;
Acts 3:19-21; Romans 1:24-28; 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 18; 7:2-5; Galatians
6:10; Philippians 2:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; Hebrews 13:4; 1 John 1:9