Grace Bible Church Doctrinal Statement

1. We believe that Scripture consists of the 66 books of the Bible, is the verbal (every word) and plenary (complete) inspired Word of God as contained in the original manuscripts, and is authoritative and sufficient for all matters of faith and practice. We employ a literal, grammatical/historical/contextual method of interpretation as opposed to an allegorical and mystical method of interpretation.

2. We believe there is but one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As the perfect, holy, Sovereign Creator of all life, this triune God alone is worthy of worship.

3. We believe in the Deity of Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His sacrificial death for the sins of those who would believe, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His return for the Church before His wrath is poured out on a rebellious world, and His establishment of His kingdom on earth.

4. We believe in the Deity of the Holy Spirit, His indwelling all believers, His active work in the lives of all believers by teaching, sanctifying and assuring, and His work in the world, convicting the world of sin and righteousness and judgment.

5. We believe angels are created beings who serve God by carrying out His commands to minister to the elect and executing some of His judgment on the world.

6. We believe in the existence of a personal devil, Satan, who was created perfect, but who willfully sinned and became the enemy of God and His creation. Angels who participated in Satan's rebellion also became enemies of God and are called demons. The ultimate defeat of Satan and his demons was accomplished through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible does not instruct Christians to command or bind Satan or his demons. These are to be resisted through steadfast obedience to the Word of God.

7. We believe that people were created innocent, but rebelled. The sin of the first man and woman impacted all humanity so that now all are by nature sinful and lost. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for salvation. We believe that men are justified solely by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, that man is utterly unable in himself to yield to the Gospel, and that only God, in His sovereign wisdom, love, and power, works to achieve the salvation of His chosen people.

8. We believe that God calls all people to salvation through the proclamation of His Word. Those who believe respond in repentance and faith and begin to be sanctified (made holy) by the work of the Holy Spirit in their hearts. Those who are saved have more than a mere intellectual understanding or agreement with the gospel. They come to trust Christ alone for salvation. Their new faith is manifest by a clear change in themselves that results in faithfulness and obedience to the Scriptures.

9. We believe that signs and wonders were given in the apostolic era to authenticate and confirm the apostles' message. With the completion of the Scripture, these sign gifts and wonders ceased. Today, Scripture is the sole test of the validity of a person's message. Satan uses false signs and wonders to deceive those who are not careful to test all things by the Scripture.

10. We believe that the believer is eternally saved and that those who die in unbelief are eternally condemned to a conscious torment.

11. We believe in the literal six-day biblical account of creation as understood from reading of Genesis 1 with a grammatical/historical/contextual method of interpretation. God continues to be active in the created order, sustaining it for His own glory and holding all things together in Jesus Christ.

12. We believe in Christian baptism (immersion after salvation) as a symbol of the believer's death to sin, burial with Christ, and resurrection in Him and as an act of obedience in public identification with Christ.

13. We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes.

14. We believe that the supreme mission of the Church is to glorify God. This mission demands personal holiness among believers and faithful proclamation of the gospel to the lost.

15. We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the church. Under Him the local church is to be led by the men who are most qualified spiritually for leadership. Scripture calls these men Elders, sets their qualifications and instructs them in how to lead. It also instructs the church to submit to their leadership.

16. We believe all believers are automatically a part of the universal church and are responsible to unite with a local body of believers for worship and service.