GOSPEL OF GRACE CHURCH

 

 
 

A Reformed church
worshipping the triune God of grace,
discipling the community of grace, and 
reaching the lost with the gospel of grace.
    

 
Sunday Morning:

    Coffee & Fellowship: 10:30

   Sunday School: 11:00

   Sunday Worship: 12:15

 

 

 

 

For by grace you have been saved through faith. 

And this is not your own doing;

it is the gift of God, not a result of works,

so that no one may boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

 

Gospel of Grace Church

Vision & Priority Statement

The Vision of Gospel of Grace Church:

We desire to be a church where God is pleased to glorify Himself through the salvation of sinners (conversion), the transformation of individual believers into the image of Jesus Christ (sanctification), the building up of the body of Christ (corporate identity), and the equipping of the saints for works of ministry (corporate mission). 

Notice four aspects of our vision:

1.       Conversion: individual people are saved by God’s grace alone, through faith in Jesus Christ. 

2.      Sanctification: individual believers, through the work of the Holy Spirit inside them, are transformed into the image of Jesus Christ.

3.      Corporate Identity: individual believers are joined to the church, being knit together in committed love.

4.      Corporate Mission: the whole church is equipped to serve, each member according to their gifts, in ministries of word (counseling; encouragement; teaching; evangelizing) and deed (genuine love for one another; vocations; social justice).   

In order to accomplish this vision, Gospel of Grace Church is committed to the following priorities:

Preaching the gospel

Preaching the gospel is proclaiming the good news of what God has done, is doing, and will do, in the Person and work of Jesus Christ,[1] primarily through His cross,[2] to reconcile fallen sinners to Himself and create on earth a people for His own possession set apart to do good works.  The gospel is most necessary for both unbelievers and believers: It is most necessary for unbelievers to be converted, for they cannot believe in Him of whom they have never heard;[3] it is most necessary for sustaining and equipping believers, for Paul wrote, “I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved…”[4]  Therefore we exposit the infallible Word of God each week, proclaiming the good news of the truths contained within for the conversion of sinners and edification of saints.  

Administering the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Jesus Christ commanded the church to administer the sacraments of Baptism[5] and the Lord’s Supper[6] until the end of the age when He comes again.  Therefore we administer these two sacraments in obedience to His command for the upbuilding of the saints.

Prayer

The body of Christ is called to ceaseless prayer.[7]  Spiritual leaders must pray for those they lead;[8] believers must pray for those who lead them spiritually;[9] and all believers must pray for each other,[10] for all people,[11] and for civil authorities.[12] 

Church Discipline

Church discipline is a painful but most necessary part of the church’s life, instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ and further explained and applied by the apostle Paul. [13]  It is a shepherding ministry of the church[14] designed by God for the repentance and restoration of the wayward, the protection of the church, and the glory of God. 

Communion of the Saints

Christian fellowship is both a blessing and a duty of believers united to the body of Christ, and is most necessary for the worship of God and the edification of each other; therefore Gospel of Grace Church:

1.       Strongly encourages her members to worship God at our regular Sunday meetings, “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some.”[15]

2.      Stongly encourages her members to faithfully perform the duties owed other saints, duties such as speaking the truth in love;[16] encouraging one another and building one another up,[17] even every day;[18] admonishing the idle, encouraging the fainthearted, helping the weak;[19] loving each other genuinely, earnestly, and tenderheartedly, with brotherly affection;[20] bearing with each other patiently, contributing to each other’s needs, showing hospitality to one another without grumbling;[21] living in harmony with one another; seeking reconciliation for broken relationships;[22]  forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you;[23] and being like-minded with each other, counting others more significant than ourselves, and avoiding factions and cliquishness.[24]   

3.      Makes available Sunday school classes and community groups to study things pertaining to the Word of God and thereby promote fellowship and edification of one another.     

Education

The church is the pillar and buttress of the truth;[25] therefore Gospel of Grace Church equips the saints for the work of ministry by means of teaching the truths of God’s Word[26] in worship, Sunday school classes, community groups, and other classes led by qualified teachers[27] in accordance with the word of God.[28]     

Mission

Jesus Christ has sent the church into all creation to make disciples of all nations. [29]   Therefore Gospel of Grace Church is committed to equipping and encouraging believers to evangelize the lost among our families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and other acquaintances, and to warmly welcoming outsiders and newcomers into our midst.  In addition to spreading the gospel locally, we support, as much as we are able, the spread of the gospel in other locations sacrificially,[30] willingly,[31] prayerfully, financially,[32] personally, and perpetually.[33]



[1] Colossians 1:28.

[2] 1 Corinthians 1:23; 2:2

[3] Romans 10:14.

[4] 1 Corinthians 15:1-2.

[5] Matthew 28:19.

[6] 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.

[7] Acts 2:42; Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

[8] Romans 1:8; Ephesians 1:16; Philippians 1:3-4; Colossians 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 1:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:3.

[9] Ephesians 6:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:25; 2 Thessalonians 3:1; Hebrews 13:18

[10] Acts 4:24-31; Ephesians 6:18.

[11] 1 Timothy 2:1.

[12] 1 Timothy 2:2.

[13] Matthew 16:19 emphasizes the authority of church discipline.  Matthew 18:15-20 emphasizes the process of church discipline.  1 Corinthians 5:1-13 emphasizes the reasons for church discipline.  2 Corinthians 2:5-11 emphasizes the goal of church discipline: the restoration of the sinner.  Other passages which give evidence of church discipline: Acts 20:28-31; Romans 16:17-18; Galatians 6:1; Ephesians 5:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15; 1 Timothy 1:20; 5:20; Titus 1:10-11; 3:10; Revelation 2:14-16,20.

[14] 1 Peter 5:1-5.

[15] Hebrews 10:25.

[16] Ephesians 4:15.

[17] 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

[18] Hebrews 3:13.

[19] 1 Thessalonians 5:14.

[20] Romans 12:10; Ephesians 4:32; Hebrews 13:1; 1 Peter 4:8.

[21] Acts 4:34-35; Romans 12:13; 1 Peter 4:9.

[22] Matthew 5:23-24.

[23] Matthew 6:12; Ephesians 4:32.

[24] 1 Corinthians 1:10-13; Philippians 2:2-4.

[25] 1 Timothy 3:15.

[26] 1 Timothy 4:13.

[27] 1 Timothy 4:16; 2 Timothy 2:15; James 3:1.

[28] 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 2:3,8.

[29] Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19.

[30] 2 Corinthians 8:2-3.

[31] 2 Corinthians 8:4; Philippians 4:15.

[32] 1 Corinthians 16:1-3

[33] Romans 15:26-27; Philippians 4:16.