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Beliefs

How the Gospel underlines everything at Grace Community Church

The Bible

The Holy Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God. It is without error, and is our only supreme source of truth for Christian living.

2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21; 1 Timothy 5:18; 2 Peter 3:16; 1 Corinthians 14:37; Psalm 19:7-9; Matthew 4:4

God

There is only one true and living God, the Creator and Supreme Ruler of the entire universe, and who eternally exists in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is fully God, yet fully man, born of a virgin, lived a perfect sinless life, died on the cross as a perfect substitute for the sin of mankind, thus satisfying the wrath of God; he resurrected three days later, thus defeating the power of death and ascended to the right hand of the Father where He is seated today. He is coming again soon…

John 1:1-3, 14, 18; Hebrews 1:1-3; Colossians 1:13-20; Philippians 2:5-7; Romans 5:18-19; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 4:15-16

Man

Man was created in the image of God, by and for God. Adam, the first man, rebelled against God and sin entered the human race. Every man born is born with sinful nature, eternally separated from God. All people are sinners by nature.

Romans 3:23, 5:12, 18a; Ephesians 2:1-2

The Messiah

Jesus Christ came as the promised Messiah foretold in the Old Testament, and died for the sins of mankind. All who believe in Him are declared righteous and brought into right relationship with God.

Isaiah 53; Micah 5:2; Psalm 22:16-18; 1 Timothy 1:15; Romans 5:8

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit convicts mankind of sin, regenerates (brings new life) to the believing sinner, illuminates the Word and dwells within all believers, enabling and empowering them to live for Jesus Christ. The filling of the Holy Spirit is not a ‘one off’ event, but rather a continuous filling.

Ephesians 1:13; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Galatians 5:22-23; John 3:5-8

Salvation

Salvation is a free gift from God – man did nothing to merit this gift. We receive forgiveness of sin, sure hope of eternal life and a personal relationship with God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith go hand in hand and cannot be separated.

Ephesians 2:8-9; Jude 24-25; 2 Corinthians 5:17

Day of Judgement

There is coming a Day of Judgement in which God will judge all who have ever lived. Everlasting life awaits those who have trusted in Jesus and repented of their sin; everlasting punishment awaits those who have rejected God’s offer of forgiveness.

Matthew 12:36, 25:31-46; 1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:11-15

The Church

The church is the community of God’s redeemed people, who have truly trusted Christ alone for salvation. Christ is Head, Saviour, Lord and King of the church. The relationships between its member’s results from their common identity as brothers and sisters adopted into Christ’s family. True Christian fellowship is divinely brought about by God for the purpose of displaying and advancing His Kingdom on earth, as Christians love one another and submit to the lordship of Christ, they show a picture of the heavenly realities that are to come.

Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 2:21-22; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:23, 29; Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:1; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 Timothy 5:1-2; Romans 12:10

The Great Commission

The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 is not an option to be considered, but a command to be obeyed. Every believer is called to be a disciple, and must spread the gospel of Jesus Christ by making disciples of all nations.