Our Statement of Faith
Grace Church holds to historic orthodox truth confessed by Gospel-believing Christians throughout the ages. Our statement of faith is based extensively, though not exclusively, upon the New Hampshire Baptist Confession of Faith, 1853 Revision.
I. Of the Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible, comprised of sixty-six books, is the revelation of God’s glory to humanity, was divinely inspired in its original autographs, written by men, 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; that God has preserved his Word through the multiplicity of manuscripts and that God’s Word is available in all faithful translations, that whereas there may be several applications of any given passage there is but one true interpretation; that the meaning of Scripture is to be found as one prayerfully applies historical, literary, and grammatical analysis under the illumination of the Holy Spirit; that every essential belief and practice is clearly revealed in Scripture or may be clearly deduced from it.
II . Of the True God
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Yahweh, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth, who knows all things immediately and comprehensively; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
III . Of Creation
We believe that, in the beginning, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, by the word of His power, made from nothing the heavens and the earth and all things therein in six literal days, and all things made were very good.
IV. Of the Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all people are now sinners; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin without defense or excuse.
V. Of the Way of Salvation
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the most tender sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an allsufficient Savior.
VI. Of Justification
We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood; by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
VII. Of the Freeness of Salvation
We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a sincere, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection involves him in an increased condemnation.
VIII. Of Grace in Regeneration
We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith, and newness of life.
IX. Of Repentance and Faith
We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with sincere contrition, confession, and plea for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest and King, and relying on Him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior.
X. Of God's Purpose Of Grace
We believe that election is an eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it includes all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of His free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it is evidenced in the sanctification of all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to discern it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
XI. Of Sanctification
We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made sharers of His holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means, especially, the word of God, faith and repentance, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer.
XII . Of the Perseverance of the Saints
We believe that only those who endure unto the end are real believers; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from those with a superficial profession of faith; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
XIII . Of the Harmony of the Law and Gospel
We believe that the Law of God reflects the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arises entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible church; and that the law serves a threefold use to restrain sin and promote righteousness, to bring people under conviction of sin and show their inability to meet the law’s demands, and to lead believers in a way of life and salvation.
XIV. Of A Gospel Church
We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only scriptural officers are elders, also known as pastors, and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy, Titus and in 1 Peter.
XV. Of Baptism And The Lord's Supper
We believe that Christian baptism is best expressed by immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost upon profession of faith and evidence of regeneration; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that believer’s baptism is prerequisite to the privilege of church membership; We believe in the regular observance of the Lord's Supper, in which God’s people by the sacred use of bread and the cup, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
XVI . Of The Lord’s Day
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes by preparation for the rest that remains for the people of God.
XVII. Of Civil Government
We believe that Civil Government is of Divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; that government officials are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth; that the Scriptures should guide civic leaders in principles of good government, yet God does not intend for the Law of Moses as written for Israel to be established as the civic rule of law for the nations of the earth today.
XVIII . Of Gender and Marriage
We believe that God created humanity as male and female, equal as persons before God, with distinct yet complementary roles according to the created order, that males alone may serve as an elder as one who governs and teaches in the church; that marriage is a covenant made before God between a man and a woman, that models the relationship between God and His people and the profound mystery of Jesus’ relationship with the church, in which wives should joyfully submit to their husbands as to the Lord and that husbands should lead and love their wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for the church.
XIX. Of the Righteous and the Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only those that are justified by faith alone in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all those who refuse to repent and believe are wicked in His sight, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.
XX. Of the World to Come
We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that, at the Day of the Lord, Christ will descend physically from heaven, take his people unto himself, mete out tribulation judgment upon earth and its inhabitants, and establish a kingdom of righteousness and peace upon the earth; that the Lord Jesus will then crush the final rebellion and vanquish forevermore the Adversary by casting him into the lake of fire; that Christ will bodily raise the dead from the grave to final retribution and reward; that a solemn separation will take place; that the wicked will be sentenced to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in the new heavens and earth or the lake of fire, on principles of righteousness; that God will destroy the world with fire and establish a new heavens and earth; and that in this everlasting kingdom, God will dwell forever in harmony with his people, and they will worship Him for all eternity.
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