Grace Community is...

Grace Centered

We believe that God loved us so much (John 3:16) that God (Jesus) died on the cross for our sins so that we might have eternal life and an everlasting friendship with the one, true, living God.  We can not earn God's favor but have been given our salvation completely as a gift. This salvation is available to all who will confess their sins and receive what God has done.

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God."  Ephesians 2:8
 

Community Focused

We believe that the Trinity (God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit) is community based. The heart of our God longs to be in relationship with the creation (humanity) and people made in the image of God were created to be in community as well.

We strive to be in an authentic community with one another...meeting in small groups for prayer and worship, celebrating our joys, crying in our sorrows and supporting one another during the seasons we go through.  

We want to reach out to offer people around us a place where they can be themselves, ask questions about the meaning of life, experience the love and forgiveness of God and interact with people who care about them for who they are not what they can do.

To this end we recognize that communities are built and that not everyone who desires community will come to us. Therefore, we like the servants who in Jesus' parable of the great banquet go out to the street corners and invite those we can find to God's great party!

Matthew 22:9 "So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find."

We want to bring Jesus' love to people who could not come to us and are not able or are unwilling to come into a church setting and so we go...

We go because we are sent...

We teach others about Jesus because we too are learning to follow God and want to go "with" not "for" God by joining the Lord in the work of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 28:19 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."  

We go "with" God in the power of the Holy Spirit...

Acts 1:8  "And you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth." 

ECO
We are a member church of ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.  ECO seeks to serve the ministry and mission of Christ’s Church. Our name represents a three-fold commitment to make disciples of Jesus Christ (Evangelical), connect leaders through accountable biblical relationships founded in God’s grace (Covenant), and commit to a shared way of life together (Order). The acronym ECO also speaks to our commitment to strengthen the “ecosystems” of local churches, providing the resources needed to grow, thrive, and reproduce.

Visit the ECO website

What We Believe

We are Trinitarian:  We believe God is one and that God’s nature is lived out through the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (three in one).  (Matthew 28:18-20)

Jesus-shaped Identity:
We believe Jesus Christ must be at the center of our lives and making disciples of Jesus at the core of our ministry.  (Matthew 28:19)

We believe Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and is the one who bridges the way for people to have a relationship with God.  (John 14:6)

We believe that people are imperfect and need forgiveness that only God can give. (Romans 3:23)

We believe Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead to set us free and offers each of us forgiveness and eternal life.  (John 3:16)

We believe Jesus will one day come again!  (Luke 12:40)

Biblical Integrity:
We believe the Bible is the unique and authoritative Word of God, which teaches all that is necessary for faith and life. The prominence of God’s Word over our lives shapes our priorities, and the unrivaled authority of the Bible directs our actions to be in concert with Christ’s very best for our lives.

Thoughtful Theology:
We believe in theological education, constant learning, and the life of the mind, and celebrate this as one of the treasures of our Reformed heritage.

Accountable Community:
We believe guidance is a corporate spiritual experience. We want to connect leaders to one another in healthy relationships of accountability, synergy, and care.

We believe that we are given the church as a community to share our faith and life together. We are called to be accountable and committed to one another.  The church is described as the body of Christ and each of us has different gifts. (1 Corinthians 12:12)  The church is not a building but a community of God’s people (in our neighborhood and around the world).

Egalitarian Ministry:
We believe in unleashing the ministry gifts of women, men, and every ethnic group.  (Romans 16)

Missional Centrality:
We believe in living out the whole of the Great Commission – including evangelism, spiritual formation, compassion, and redemptive justice – in our communities and around the world.  (Matthew 28:19)

Center-focused Spirituality:
We believe in calling people to the core of what it means to be followers of Jesus – what “mere Christianity” is and does – and not fixate on the boundaries.

Leadership Velocity:
We believe identifying and developing gospel-centered leaders is critical for the church, and a great leadership culture is risk-taking, innovative, and organic.

Kingdom Vitality:
We believe congregations should vigorously reproduce new missional communities to expand the Kingdom of God.

We believe that church is called to baptize believers and children of believers.  (Acts 2:38-39)

We do not believe that baptism is a salvific act.  Salvation only comes through grace and by faith in Jesus Christ who was put to death on a cross for our sins and who three days later rose from the dead and conquered evil.

We believe that God calls us to celebrate the Lord’s Supper which is also called communion together.  (Luke 22:19-20)  In our community we usually celebrate the Lord's Supper once a month and on special occasions.

We support the teachings in the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed as well as participate with other Christians in Jesus’ teaching on prayer as found in the “Lord’s Prayer.”  We believe prayer is communicating with the living God: praising and listening as well as sharing our concerns and struggles.