WHAT WE BELIEVE

The Grace Church family believe that Jesus is the single most important person to ever live and that his death, resurrection, and ascension form the single most amazing event in the history of the world

We believe that

1. Trinity

There is one true and unchanging God, perfect in every way, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 32:4, Malachi 3:6, Matthew 28:19)

2. God

God is the all-powerful creator, preserver and ruler of all things, visible and invisible, governing them according to his faultless and sovereign will. He is distinct from his creation, and so although involved in it, he is not part of it. (Colossians 1:15-17, Hebrews 1:3, Ephesians 1:11)

3. Creation

God’s purpose in creation is to glorify himself in his Son, by sending him to redeem a people to be his own, eager to do what is good, and by bringing all things under his rule. In the gospel, therefore, God calls all people to honour his Son, submitting to him in everything. (Ephesians 1:3-10, 22-23, Titus 2:14)

4. Bible

God has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. It is therefore to be submitted to, both individually and corporately, as it alone speaks with final authority in every age, being always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice. (John 10:35, 16:12-15, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Timothy 3:16-4:5)

5. Humanity

God has made humanity in his likeness. Men and women are equal in sharing an inherent value, dignity and worth, yet created to complement one another by their difference, honouring and upholding the distinctive roles assigned them by God within marriage and the church. According to the Bible, marriage is a life-long commitment between one man and one woman. (Genesis 1:27-28, 2:20-24, Ephesians 5:21-33, 1 Timothy 2:11-15)

6. Fall

Since the Fall, all human beings have been sinful and guilty, and are subject to God’s wrath and condemnation. Alienated from his life, the inclinations of their minds, hearts, wills and bodies are corrupted by sin, leading them to suppress the truth about God. (Ephesians 2:1-3, 4:17-19, Romans 1:18-32, 5:12-21, 7:14-25)

7. Jesus

The Lord Jesus Christ is unique in being God’s incarnate Son, fully God and fully man, yet without sin. Conceived by the Holy Spirit, he was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, died on the cross, was raised bodily from death, and visibly ascended into heaven from where he now reigns over all things with the authority of God the Father. (Luke 1:26-38, Hebrews 4:15, Acts 2:22-36)