We believe God exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that God is a being who exhibits wonderful power, goodness, and love.
Genesis 1:1, John 1:1-3, Romans 1:19-20
We believe that all people were created in the image of God to live in relationship with Him but became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, people are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts.
Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 3:23-25, Ephesians 2:8-10
We believe that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity (the Son of God) who came to earth to show humanity what God was like, and through his physical death and resurrection to reconnect a lost world back to God.
John 1:1-4, John 3:16, John 14:6, 1 John 2:1-2
We believe that the death of Jesus Christ on the cross provides the sole basis by which humans can have a relationship with God restored. God freely offers salvation to those who place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for and forgiveness of their sin.
John 1:12-13, John 3:16, John 11:25-26, Romans 6:23
We believe the Bible is God’s inspired written Word that uniquely reveals who He is, who we are, and how we are to live in relationship with Him. The Bible is the authoritative source by which God guides people as they go through their daily lives.
2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Psalm 119:105
We believe that the Person, the work, and the power of the Holy Spirit is fundamental to who we are as a people. We unabashedly own the truth that the Spirit can transform us, possess us, equip us, and empower us. It is the work of the Holy Spirit that sanctifies us, makes us holy, sets us apart for sacred service, and seals us for eternity’s sake. It is the Spirit that convicts us of sin and enables us to overcome sin. It is the Holy Spirit that can breathe supernatural gifts into us, for Jesus’ sake. He is the Comforter promised by Jesus and the witness of our redemption.
Gal 5:22–23, John 14:26, 1Corinthians 6:19
We believe the Church is the community to which anyone who follows Jesus Christ belongs, and to whom God has entrusted His message of love, forgiveness, and reconciliation to the human race.
Ephesians 2:19-22, Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
- Ephesians 2:8-9
Grace is in our name for a reason; grace is the beginning of hope and the reason we worship. The Grace Place is known for “being the church that lets anyone in” and we are not ashamed of that reputation. It is God’s grace that saves us, God’s grace supplants us, and God’s grace that sustains us as we live out Biblical community together as one Church.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
- John 15:13
Biblical love is expressed most excellently through the cross of Christ. It is our job to obediently follow Jesus’ example of self sacrificial love. Love is the greatest commandment, and the heart behind everything we do.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:3-4
Realizing we can’t do life by ourselves, we encourage a culture of openness as we go through life’s journey. We recognize the need for God’s help and for community. We learn from others’ experiences and knowledge while sharing ours so others may benefit.
“For just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” – Romans 12:4-5
We believe unity is essential, and we focus our efforts on teaching the non-debatable principles of Scripture while leaving freedom for personal convictions related to non-essential doctrinal issues.
“When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” – Matthew 9:36
When we view people like God views them, it drives us to love unconditionally and seek to serve them in any way possible. Our hearts should ache for those in need and it should move us to take action.
“All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need." – Acts 2:44-45
"You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully." – 2 Corinthians 9:7
From the beginning of the Church, generosity has been a distinguishing attribute of Christ-followers. It is no different in this community. We believe God has given us everything we have, including hope for our future, so we want to give all we have joyfully and without reservation.