Mission: The universal reason a local ministry or organization exists.
In obedience to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) the mission of Grace Baptist Church is to glorify God by making disciples who share the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and deed.
Core Value: The principles, standards or qualities to which a ministry unalterably commits itself. These lie at the heart of what the ministry is and defines its identity.
We believe Mankind was created in the image of God. Adam and Eve were created to be a copy or replica of God that exhibited His essential nature and character. (Genesis 1:26-27)
We believe Adam's willful disobedience to God sold all of his descendants into bondage to Satan, a bondage in which we manifest the essential nature of Satan rather than of God. (Romans 5:12, 7:14; Isaiah 14:13; Romans 1:28-32)
We believe that Jesus came to free us from this bondage, thereby releasing us once again to experience life as God intended us to live it. (I Peter 1:18; John 10:10b)
We believe an individual is born again when they express personal faith in Jesus and what He accomplished for them by His death, resurrection, and ascension. This new birth gives us a new heart that is good. The rebellious nature governed by Satan we inherited from Adam has been crucified with Christ. We have been raised with Christ as new creations with the authority in His name to resist Satan and have him flee from us. (Ezekiel 36:26-27; Romans 6:1-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; James 4:7)
We believe we cannot live the Christian life and are not expected to. Jesus will manifest the Christian life (the essential nature and character of God) through us as we choose to abide in Him. As we abide, we experience and exhibit His life through us to the glory of God. (John 15:1-11)
We believe the commandments of the New Testament are opportunities to experience Christ as life rather than obligations we must perform ourselves. (Galatians 2:20)
We believe we are at war. Our enemy seeks to prevent us from bearing the image of God, as we have been reborn to do, thus missing the Abundant Life Jesus offers each of us as we abide in Him (1 Peter 5:8; John 10:10a)
We believe we must gather together as a whole and in small groups to encourage and edify one another because of the viciousness of this warfare. (Hebrews 10:23-25; Acts 2:42, 2:46, 20:20)