The chief end of Grace Community Church is to glorify God. Ephesians 3:21 tells us that God is to be glorified in the church and in Christ Jesus. Jesus Christ brought glory to God by accomplishing the work God called him to do (John 17:4). The church brings glory to God by abiding in Christ and bearing much fruit (John 15:8). This means that the church is to enjoy a relationship with Jesus Christ and live spiritually and vitally connected to Him. The evidence of this relationship to Jesus is called fruit. Bearing fruit brings glory to God.
There arc certain biblical values that Grace seeks to honor. Living by these values is vital to becoming a spiritually healthy church. Below are the core values of our church.
To build spiritually healthy people for ministry in the world. Grace Community Church is a disciple-making community characterized by God-centered worship and biblical teaching, mutual encouragement toward spiritual growth, service in the church, and evangelism and missions in the world.
The primary message of the church to the world is that a person lives rightly related to God by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. People have no greater need than to be made right with God. Once a person is made right with God, they need to continue to walk in fellowship with God, growing and deepening in relationship with him. These needs are met in the grace of God and are received by faith in Jesus Christ.
There are four primary ministries that help us bring glory to God, carry out our mission, and communicate the message of the church.
These four ministries are the functions of a healthy church. They point the church up to God in worship and in listening to his word, to one another in discipleship, fellowship, and service, and out to the world in evangelism and missions. At Grace, we direct our energy and resources toward the fulfillment of these ministries.
The members of Grace Community Church participate in the ministries of the church and help fulfill the mission of the church by making the following commitments.
The commitment of Grace to its members can be summarized as follows: to speak the truth of Scripture in love, to call for and work to provide opportunities for members to grow in grace and to carry out the functions of healthy church life, to carry out the business of the church with openness and integrity, and to seek to lovingly restore church members who turn from the Lord and neglect their faith. No church member, church leadership, or corporate church life will reach perfection in the commitments they are called to fulfill. The body of Christ is a gracious community, which extends love, forgiveness, and help to all who fail in their callings. In all things the glory of God and the good of his people are to be pursued in the life of the church.
If God calls you to another church…
If for some reason you believe that you need to move your membership to another church, we ask that you let the leadership of Grace know so we can pray for you and help you in the transition. We encourage you to quickly find another congregation and covenant with them in their ministry and mission.
Ministry Statement Scripture Passages: Genesis 12:1-3; Proverbs 29:18; Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 5:27-32, 9:23; Acts 2:38-47, 13:1-3; Romans 12:1-13; 1 Corinthians 12; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Ephesians 4:11-16, 5:26-27; Colossians 1:25-29, 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:10; 2 Timothy 2:2, 4:2; Hebrews 10:23-25; James 5:16