HERE YOU CAN MEET OUR STAFF AS WELL AS LOOK AT OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Grace and Truth Bible Church exists for the purpose of glorifying Jesus Christ through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God for the heart needs of people. The Bible is the center for our faith and practice. Therefore, we consider ourselves to be a fundamental, independent, Bible believing church. With this emphasis we strive to provide practical, Biblical application for life's challenges. As we grow in Christ, our desire is to obey God's Word in our everyday lives. We seek to provide a warm, friendly environment that welcomes new faces and encourages believers.
The Word of God
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God and the final authority for faith and life.
We believe God's Word to be inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed in its original writings and providentially preserved for the church today. (II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:20; Isaiah 8:20)
We also consider the King James Version to be the most accurate English translation. Therefore, we use the KJV in all of our preaching and teaching.
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14)
We believe that God created the Heavens and the Earth and all things therein from nothing in six literal days. (Genesis 1; Nehemiah 9:6; Romans 1:20)
The Person and Work of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, became man without ceasing to be God, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35; John 1:1, 2)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice and that our justification is made sure by his literal physical resurrection from the dead. (I Corinthians 15:4; Hebrews 9:22; I Peter 2:24)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, Mediator and Advocate. (Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; Romans 8:34)
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment and that He is the supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; II Corinthians 3:6; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13, 14)
We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth and that it is the privilege and duty of all saved to be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18; I John 2:20, 27)
The Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan is a person rather than merely a symbol. He is a fallen angel who is the author of sin and the cause of the fall of mankind. We believe that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6, 7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Revelation 20:10)
Natural State of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12)
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (Ephesians 2:8-10; 1:7; John 1:12; I Peter 1:18, 19)
Responsibilities of the Believer
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. (Romans 6:13; 8:12, 13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24)
We believe that all saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God. (II Timothy 3:1-5; I John 2:15-17; II Corinthians 6:14)
We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scriptures and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind. (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 5:19, 20)
We believe that Sunday is to be set aside for special worship in commemoration of the Resurrection of Christ. This day should therefore be observed in a manner that calls the world to remembrance of Him. (Hebrews 10:25)
We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age. (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12-14)
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; 20:17; 28-32)
We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority of control.
We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life, which define man's responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these—the age of the law, the age of the Church and the age of the Millennial Kingdom—are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture. (Revelation 2, 3)
The Second Advent of Christ
We believe in that "Blessed Hope," the personal, imminent, pre-tribulational and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16)
The Eternal State
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25, 26)
We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16)
We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection when with soul and body reunited, they shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. (Luke 16:19-26; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6, 7)