GRACE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
||We believe that love for one
another as Jesus loves the believer manifests our discipleship, proves our love
for God and symbolizes our authority as a New Testament church. Love is
therefore the great commandment of the LORD Jesus Christ upon which all others
are dependent (Matt. 22:35-40; John 13:34, 35; John 15:12; 1 John 4:7-2; 1 John
5:1-3; Rev. 2:4, 5).
||We believe that the Holy Bible was
written by men divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of heavenly
instruction; that it has God for its author; salvation for its end, and truth
without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by
which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the
world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which
all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. We believe in using the King James Version of 1611 (II Tim. 3:16, II
Pet. 1:21, Matt. 24:35, Psa. 119:105, Psa. 119:140).
believe that there is only one true God, who is our God; who is eternal,
almighty, unchanging, infinite, and incomprehensible; who is a Spirit, having
His being in Himself, and gives life to all creatures; He does what He will, in
heaven and earth, working all things according to the counsel of His own will. In the unity of the Godhead there are three divine persons:
the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
They are equal in every divine attribute, and each executes distinct but
harmonious offices in the great work of redemption (Deut. 6:13-15; John 4:24;
Jer. 10:10-13; Psa. 93:2; Mal. 3:6; Rom. 11:33-38; Matt. 28:19; I John 5:7;
Dan. 4:34-35; John 17:2).
believe in the absolute Sovereignty of God.
We believe according to the Scriptures that nothing comes to pass that is not
either ordained or allowed by God (Dan. 4:35; Prov. 16:1; Prov. 16:4; Prov.
16:9; Prov. 16:33; Eph. 1:11; John 1:13; Prov. 19-21).
believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly by grace; through the
Mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by divine appointment, freely took
upon Himself our likeness, yet without sin, and by His voluntary death, burial
and resurrection made eternal satisfaction and atonement to God for our sins;
that the Lord Jesus Christ by grace saves even unto the uttermost all who
repent toward God and believe; and are thusly regenerated by the Holy Spirit;
and that salvation thus wrought is wholly by grace, ďThe free gift of God,Ē
requiring neither culture nor works in any form to secure it or to keep it
(Eph. 2:5, 8, 9; John 3:16; Phil. 2:6-8; Isa. 53:4,5; Heb. 7:25; John 3:3).
believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God; but by voluntary
transgression he fell from that holy and happy estate; in consequence of which
all mankind are now sinners, totally depraved, inclined to evil; and therefore
under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without excuse (Gen. 1:27; Gen.
3:6-24; Rom. 5:19; Isa. 53:6; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 3:23).
believe that the conception of Jesus Christ was of the Holy Spirit; that He was
of a Virgin according to the Scriptures (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:20).
believe the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with God the Father and God
the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that He
convicts of sin, of Judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the
truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the new
birth, that He is our abiding Comforter and Helper and is ever present to
testify of Christ, seeking to occupy us with Him and not with ourselves (John
14:16-17; John 15:25-27; John 16:13-14; Rom. 8:9-16).
believe in the personality of Satan who is the unholy god of this age and the
author of all the powers of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an
eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his followers (Matt.
4:1-3; Rev. 20:1-10; II Cor. 11:13-15).
believe in the Genesis account of creation which we accept literally; that
manís creation was not a matter of evolution but came by direct creation of God
(Gen. 1 and 2; Col. 1:16-17; John 1:3).
believe that the fall of man is a result of voluntary sin and transgression
against God and includes physical and spiritual death, which is separation from
God; all human beings are born with a sinful nature, not by constraint, but of
choice and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse (Rom.
1:18-32; Rom. 5:12-19; Gal. 3:22).
believe that such only are true believers as endure unto the end; that their
persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them
from superficial professors; that a special providence watches over their
welfare, and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto
salvation (I John 2:17,28; I John 3:9; 5:18, John 5:24; John 3:16).
believe that Jesus Christ established His church during His ministry on earth
and that it is always a local, visible assembly of scripturally baptized
believers in covenant relationship to carry out the Commission of the Lord
Jesus Christ, and each church is an independent, self-governing body, and no
other ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over it.
We believe that Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission to the New
Testament churches only, and that He promised the perpetuity of His churches
(Matt. 4:18-22; Matt. 16:18; Matt. 28:19, 20; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51;
believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into
the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost, to show forth in a solemn and
beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour with
its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is a
prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lordís Supper,
in which the members of the church by the sacred use of unleavened bread and
fermented wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded
by solemn self-examination (Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:5-6; John 3:11, 23; Matt.
28:19; Rom. 6:4; Acts 2:41-42).
||We believe that fairs, suppers,
bazaars, entertainment or similar methods for raising money for Christís cause
are contrary to the principles of giving as set forth in the Bible and are
dishonoring to our Lord. We believe the Tithes and offerings should be
presented unto the Lord according to Godís instruction and the love and
dictates of each Christianís heart (Gen.14:20; Gen 28:22; Lev. 27:30; Prov.
3:9; Neh. 10:37-38; Mal. 3:7-10; 2Cor. 9:6-7; 1Cor. 16:2).
||We believe in the imminent, personal
and pre-millennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ; that His coming is fast
approaching; that the dead in Christ shall rise first, then we which are alive
and remain shall be caught up together with them to receive glorified bodies
like Him. The dead out of Christ
shall rise at the close of the millennium; and they shall be brought before the
Great White Throne Judgment and cast into eternal condemnation (Acts. 1:11; I
Thess. 4:16, 17; Rev. 20:11-15).