Our Core Beliefs
We at the Grace Place identify ourselves as a Christian Church, dedicated to Biblically sound fellowship and doctrine. We are affiliated with the denomination of our origin, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), operating under the founding distinctive within the SBC of the autonomy in the local church. Our core beliefs align with the current Baptist Faith and Message of 2000. As a church family we support this alignment apart from denominational identity, due to the Biblical truth supported in the document. We affirm through covenant as a church family to prioritize the truth of God’s Word ahead of any denominational position.
A Summary of our Core Beliefs are as follows:
The Bible is the authoritative, inerrant, infallible word of God to mankind.
(Rom 15:4, 2 Tim 3:16)
Jesus Christ is the Eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died as a substitute for our sin upon the cross, was resurrected from the dead, ascended to Heaven before many witnesses, is seated at the right hand of the Father in power and is coming again.
(1 Tim 2:5-6, Phil 2:5-11)
All persons are born with a sinful nature and that God’s remedy for man’s ruin is entirely of His grace through one’s transferal of trust and lordship to Jesus Christ.
(Rom 3:23, Eph 2:8-9, John 3:16)
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts
(Eph 2:8-9; Gal 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Rom 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Heb 9:22).
The local church is the body of Christ with the mission to share the Gospel with all the world. Church members are regenerate followers of Christ submitted to His call on their lives through obedience to God's Word. The church is united in spiritual focus. We believe that the ordinances of the church are believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper.
(Mat 28:19-20, 1 Cor 11:18-32, Eph 4:4-6, Acts 2:42-47)
We believe in the personal, visible return of our Lord Jesus, prior to the establishment of His kingdom. Those who are believers shall be forever in the presence of God, and those who have rejected Christ will be forever separated from the presence of God.
(1 Thes 3:13, Col 3:4, Rev 20:12-15)
Marriage is a picture of Christ’s relationship with His Bride – the Church. It is defined from the beginning of Scripture as a covenant between one man and one woman, ordained by God. God designed sexual intimacy for a marriage relationship and the purpose of procreation. God does not endorse or condone any other context.
(1 Thes 4:3-5; Genesis 2:24; Matt 19:4-6)
Note: A more comprehensive explanation of our doctrinal beliefs can be obtained by contacting our office or found at http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp.