Our desire is to be a Gospel-saturated church. We believe that the Gospel is not the ABCs of Christian life; rather, it is the A-Zs. We are always asking where the Gospel is in our ministries. Our goal, as a church, is not only to understand the Gospel deeply but to be able to apply it deeply. When we struggle, the first question we ask is where it is that we haven’t understood or applied the Gospel. The Gospel, much like an onion, is multi-layered and thus we are never done discovering its fullness. The Gospel message is the pattern for growth in our Christian lives. When we keep this Gospel focus we are amazed at how it transforms our lives just as it did when we first believed. (2 Cor. 5:21; Colossians 1:27; John 3:16)
Gospel of Grace Community Church is a Reformed and independent Presbyterian Church that believes the Bible is the only inerrant, infallible, inspired Word of God. The Bible is our lens through which we view life. All our teaching and preaching is grounded in the truth of the Bible as expressed in our confessions and creeds: the Westminster Confession and the Heidelberg Catechism. None of our doctrines, however, are detached from the Gospel. Heart transforming doctrine is doctrine that’s related to the Gospel. The point of a church is not its’ doctrine, rather doctrine is a tool that leads us to a fuller understanding of the Gospel (2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12).
“Prayer is the conversational part of the most important love relationship in our lives—our relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” We are a praying church knowing that “Jesus is the vine, we are the branches; apart from Him, we cannot produce any fruit”. Prayer is vital to our ministry. We pray with expectation believing that God will hear and answer us (John 8:28; John 15:5).
We are a church that is relational. Because we are adopted by God, we are brothers and sisters belonging to His family, and therefore we take care of one another just like a family does. Our desire is for every member to know God’s love deeply and the sense of belonging this love brings. Thus all of our ministries work to build and strengthen these relationships within the body. Because of our Gospel focus, we know we are sinners and so can be honest and transparent with one another in humility. Therefore we view one another through the glasses of the Gospel. (John 13:35; 15:12). We are a church that offers Gospel and community.
Holy Spirit Powered
In Acts 1:8 the disciples were commanded to wait for the Holy Spirit. In Galatians 3 Paul tells us that we are given the Holy Spirit when we believe the Gospel. Finally in Luke 11 Jesus tells us to keep on asking, seeking, and knocking because we know the Father will give us the Holy Spirit for every endeavor we embark on. We desire to be a church that follows the leading of the Holy Spirit and learns what it looks like to rely on Him. Therefore all our ministry decisions are made by seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit, trusting, that because we are sons and daughters of the King, we will be given the Holy Spirit.
All Members Ministers
We believe that all of our members are gifted by the Holy Spirit and so are called to serve. It is not just those in leadership who do ministry, but rather every single member. We are all apprentices, walking with people as we grow. As disciples of Jesus we are those who multiply ourselves. Our serving is empowered by the Gospel which links us to a joy-filled God and in turn we give that joy away. We want to serve each other and the world. However, we focus on being God’s people before we focus on doing God’s work. We also serve each other first of all by being able to hear and understand each other. Rather than approaching each other with our own agendas or with the idea of straightening each other out, we take the time to hear each other and those we are serving. After we hear and understand each other, then we get our hands dirty by being involved in the lives of those we are serving (John 13).