About Grace Chapel

Bible Teaching, Fellowship and Missions are the heart of a Biblical Christian ministry and we strive to have a God honoring passion for these three distinctives.

Bible Teaching because, "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work"

We purpose to dramatically impact the local community, our work place, and the world around us with unrestrained expressions of the love of Jesus Christ through worship, evangelism, service and discipleship; to change both the lives of those we are trying to reach as well as our own for the glory of God.

Our Doctrinal Statement

The Bible
We believe the Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments is the inspired Word of God. We believe the Scriptures originated with God and are inerrant in the original manuscripts. God used men with their individual personalities to record the Scriptures. We believe there are no other writings similarly inspired by God. We believe the Bible is the complete revelation of God and is the final authority in all matters to which it speaks. The Bible is the basis for our beliefs and is the only standard by which we evaluate all beliefs. Matthew 5:18; Mark 13:31; John 17:17; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

We believe in one God eternally existing in 3 persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe they have the same nature, attributes, and perfection and are worthy of equal worship, confidence, and obedience. God is distinguished by certain attributes which include that He is gracious, kind, merciful, spirit, holy, love, life, self-existent, eternal, infinite, faithful, truth, immutable, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, just, wise, righteous, and sovereign. The various attributes of God are not component parts of God. Rather, each describes His total being. No quality is independent of or preeminent over any of the others. For example, when God is love, He does not abandon His justice. Exodus 3:14; Leviticus 19:2; Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 93:2; Psalm 102:27; Psalm 145:3; Psalm 147:5; Jeremiah 23:24, 32:17; Matthew 19:26; John 4:24, 5:26, 8:26, 17:3; Romans 16:27; Hebrews 13:8; James 1:17; 1 Peter 1:15-16; 1 John 4:16; Revelation 1:4, 15:3

God the Father
We believe the Father is God having precisely the same nature as God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The Father is distinguished by His authoritative role. God the Father gave the authority to Jesus Christ to create the world. He loved the world and sent His Son, Jesus Christ into the world in order to die as the sacrifice for sin. He sent God the Holy Spirit to indwell all those who believe in Jesus Christ. He established the church for the purpose of bringing glory to Jesus Christ. He has given authority for judgment to Jesus Christ. John 3:16, 5:26-27, 14:16; Ephesians 1:9-10 3:1-13; Colossians 1:15-23

God the Son, Jesus Christ
We believe Jesus Christ is God having precisely the same nature as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. We believe Jesus was God in eternity past and become God in flesh when He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We believe He lived a sinless life and died on the cross to bear the sins of all mankind, past, present, and future. We believe He arose from the dead, bodily. He ascended into heaven where He always intercedes on behalf of each person who has accepted Him by faith as his/her personal Savior. In the future God's events will reveal Jesus as King and Judge over all. Isaiah 53:4-6; Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-4, 14, 19, 14:6; 1 Corinthians 15:4-8; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 4:15, 7:25

God the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is God having precisely the same nature as God the Father and God the Son. We believe God the Holy Spirit ministers to the unbeliever by making them aware of their sinfulness; by making them aware that true righteousness is found only in Jesus Christ; and by making them aware that judgment will come based upon God's standards and no other. We believe God the Holy Spirit ministers to the believer by indwelling every believer, uniting them in one body to Christ. He is the guarantee and assurance of eternal life. He gives new life to all who believe, encouraging them to worship, honor, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. John 16:8-14; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 2:10-13, 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14, 5:18; 2 Thessalonians 2:7; Titus 3:5

We believe mankind was created by God in His image and likeness, not by evolution or any secondary agency. As a consequence of Adam's sin mankind lost spiritual life, forfeiting peace of mind and a personal relationship with God. Apart from placing faith in Jesus Christ, no one will have a spiritual life or find peace of mind and a relationship with God. Each person is individually accountable to God for his or her sinfulness. Those who do not have their relationship with God restored by believing in Jesus Christ will be separated from God throughout eternity. Those who believe in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in God's presence in heaven. Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-19; John 6:53; Romans 3:10-19; Ephesians 2:1-3

We believe sin entered the world when Adam chose to disobey God and eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Since we all descend from Adam we all became sinners when Adam sinned. The sinfulness, which we have inherited from Adam, is commonly referred to as "original sin". Physical and spiritual deaths are the consequences, which have come as a result of Adam's sin. Spiritual death is the loss of a personal relationship with God. One's sinfulness and spiritual death is evidenced by the specific sins we commit. For example, when an individual loves money or material possessions it is the evidence that one does not love God, as one should. When one tries to find happiness, fulfillment, and contentment through pleasure it is the evidence that one is selfish and self-centered rather than God-centered. Specific sins are listed in the Bible in; Romans 1:28-32; Galatians 5:19; Colossians 3:5-9. Genesis 3:1-19; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3

We believe salvation has been provided by God's grace through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In His death, Jesus Christ paid the penalty for sin. Anyone can be saved from suffering eternal punishment for sin by believing in Jesus Christ as God's full and only payment. God raised Jesus from the dead proving that His death was an accepted payment for our sin. Forgiveness of sin and a personal relationship with God is provided in Jesus Christ alone. There is no other way to have sin forgiven or to enter into the presence of God and dwell in heaven. Upon believing in Jesus Christ a person is sealed by the Holy Spirit and saved forever. Psalm 14:1-3; John 3:1-7, 10:28, 14:1-6; Romans 3:24-25; Galatians 2:16-21, 3:13-22; Ephesians 1:3-14; Colossians 2:9-15; Hebrews 7:25, 10:1-18; 1 Peter 2:24, 3:18; 1 John 2:2, 5:13; Jude 2

The Church
God founded the church and commissioned the church as a means of accomplishing His work in the world. All believers are made members of God's church through the work of God the Holy Spirit. God's purpose for the church is to convince all people to believe in Jesus Christ and to build the faith of those who believe through Biblical teaching, worship, fellowship, prayer, and mutual encouragement. The local church is composed of believers who meet together for worship and fellowship. The members of each local church are to work together in love and unity for the purpose of glorifying Jesus Christ. Fellowship with other believers in a local congregation is encouraged by God. God has given water baptism and communion to the church as a means of testifying of Scriptural truths. Water baptism testifies of a believer being united to Jesus Christ by portraying the believer's death with Christ and resurrection to a new life in Him. For this reason, we practice water baptism by immersion. The individual being baptized is completely covered with water to visually testify of death and then raised from the water to visually testify of resurrection to new life in Christ. Communion is a remembrance of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. The first element portrays the body of Jesus Christ, which was broken in suffering. The second element portrays the blood of Jesus Christ, which He shed on the cross as payment for our sin. Together, the elements of communion visually testify of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ who was God's sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. Matthew 16:16-18, 28:19-20; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 11:26, 12:12-27; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Ephesians 2:11-22, 3:1-10, 4:1-16; Hebrews 10:25

Future Things
God's plan for the future includes the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds to unite all believers in His presence. This event is commonly referred to as "the rapture." The rapture is followed by a 7 year tribulation. Following the period of tribulation Jesus Christ will come again and reign in Jerusalem on the throne of David for 1000 years and literally fulfill all of God's promises to Israel. We believe death seals the eternal destiny of each person. Upon death a believer is immediately welcomed into the loving presence of God. Believers will be rewarded at the judgment seat of Christ for the work which they did for the glory of Jesus Christ. There is no comfort in death for unbelievers. At death they remain conscious of condemnation and are in misery because they have not believed in Jesus Christ as their savior. they await the final judgment, referred to as the Great White Throne Judgment. At that time they will be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with final and everlasting misery with no hope of coming into the loving presence of God. This world is not permanent and in God's plan it will be judged and destroyed. It will be replaced with a new heaven and a new earth in eternity. Deuteronomy 30:1-10; Jeremiah 30:7; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Daniel 9:27; Zechariah 14:4-11; Matthew 24:15-31; John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; Titus 2:11-14; Revelation 4:1-4, 6:1-21, 20:1-15

Faith and Practice
The Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. We recognize that we cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where Scripture is silent. Believers are led in those areas by God the Holy Spirit and are personally accountable to the Lord for each decision. In the areas where Scripture is silent grace and love for others is to be practiced. Romans 14:1-15:13; 1 Corinthians 8:1-9:27