“ADVANCING GOD’S KINGDOM ONE HEART AT A TIME!”
(Matthew 4:17; Matthew 5:3; Matthew 6:10; Mark 9:1; John 18:36-37; Romans 14:17)
2019 Goals/Priorities and Series (Hebrews 13:20-21)
Intentionally invest in and engage with those in our realms of influence transforming them into fully devoted disciples who are advancing God’s Kingdom one heart at a time.
Move the body from a sheep mindset to a shepherding mindset (Matthew 9:35-38; John 10).
A continued emphasis on Next Gen (0-25 yrs) and a generational mindset allows the DNA and core precepts God has birthed here to be passed on, reproduced, and built upon.
Create easy opportunities and pathways for new people and families to connect and assimilate into the spiritual family of Grace Church.
Emphasize the importance of integrity, character, and sanctification at Grace Church and beyond.
Live available to the Holy Spirit that lives inside us each day.
GRACE CHURCH CORE VALUES
We Value Grace Through Faith:
Bringing God’s Supply (His Grace) and our receptivity (faith) into a living blend. We are not only saved by God’s power and ability, we are to live each day via God’s power and ability. (Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Corinthians 15:10)
Knowing productivity flows both naturally and supernaturally from receptivity. (John 15:4-5)
We Value Inward Intimacy:
Offering Christ, His Life, His Love, and His internal intimacy to all people. Encouraging them to live by every on-going word that proceeds from Him. (John 3:16, John 17:3, 1 John 5:12, Galatians 2:20)
Bringing a blessed balance to the Truth of God’s Word and the Love of God’s Spirit. (Proverbs 11:1, 2 Corinthians 3:6, John 14:16-18)
We Value In Christ Identity:
In humility, we agree the truest thing about us (and others) is what God says about us (and others). God’s Truth trumps not only our behavior, but even what we think, feel, and believe about ourselves. (John 8:32, 1 John 5:6, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 12:1-2)
Knowing God has intentionally cornered the market on human fulfillment and function. We are simply most at home walking out our identity in Christ. Gas in the car, oil in the lamp, Christ in the human. (Colossians 1:16-17, Mark 5:1-15, Romans 8:29)
We believe God is Christ like in His character, nature, and attitude towards humanity. Jesus wasn’t 1/3 of God’s nature, He was all of God’s nature revealed in human form. This puts to rest the constant theories that God is crushing cities in judgment or putting cancer on people as these attributes were not seen in Christ. (Hebrews 1:3, Colossians 1:15, John 1:18)
We Value The Priesthood of the Believer:
We believe Christ is the head of the church, through which He equips & empowers the saints to do the work of ministry rather than adhering to one-man ministry models or religious elitisms. (Ephesians 4:11-16, I Peter 2:9, Romans 12:3-8)
Leading people like Jesus does; by serving and supplying not by demanding. (John 13:1-17, Matthew 20:28)
We Value Community:
Building authentic relationships because church is not a program, or a building, church is an “us.” We are a community of believers centered on Christ called together as one. (Acts 2:46-47, Galatians 6:10, Rom 12:10-13)
Not trying to make everyone the same, but bearing fruit through the development of our individual strengths and the joining of our differences. (Ephesians 4:1-3, 1 Corinthians 12:12)
Protecting and promoting the strength and sacredness of what God’s Word defines as home, marriage and family. (Ephesians 5:22-33, Proverbs 22:6)
Statement of Faith
We believe all Scripture is God-inspired and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so the people of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. The New Testament tells us God revealed Himself in His most perfect and loving form in the Person of His Son-- Jesus Christ. In John 5:39-40, Jesus Himself states the purpose of the Scriptures is to both produce and facilitate a personal relationship with Him.
God exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Creator of the Universe is a God who is Love and who seeks relationship and intimacy with all of humanity, not desiring that any should perish.
Jesus Christ is God’s eternal Son. Born of a virgin, He took the form of man; and through His sinless life and great compassion, He modeled for humanity how to live dependently upon God the Father. He was crucified not only for us, but as us, allowing for the full payment of our sins. He rose from the dead, and now by the Holy Spirit reigns in and through us on the throne of our hearts.
Men and women were created in God’s image, were tempted by Satan, and rebelled against God. Through acknowledging our need of Christ as Savior and by receiving regeneration by the Holy Spirit; we experience forgiveness of sins, are reborn in a new relationship with God, and are placed into the body of Christ.
GRACE CHURCH GOVERNMENT AND STRUCTURE
Eldership (listed alphabetically below)
Spirit led leaders who provide spiritual oversight and vision for Grace Church.
Board of Directors (listed alphabetically below)
Spirit led leaders who provide financial oversight to Grace Church and assure the financial integrity of the overall ministry.
Vance G. Raymer III