Basic Beliefs & Doctrine

-OUR PURPOSE- We believe the purpose of every individual believer is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ in every area of life.

-THE BIBLE- We believe the Bible is inerrant, infallible, and eternal. It is the supreme standard and authority by which everything is to be measured and held accountable, especially our faith and lifestyle.

-GOD- We believe that God is eternal, sovereign, all-knowing, all-powerful and all-present. He is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, yet without division of nature, essence, or being.

-JESUS CHRIST- We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son, who was born of a virgin, who was sinless, who died for our sins, who arose bodily and who will   return visibly.

-SALVATION-We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and salvation is a permanent work of God.

-THE CHURCH, UNIVERSAL & LOCAL- We believe the church (universal & local) is the body of Christ made up of born-again believers united by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, and living in submission to the Word of God, and sent into the world to shine the glory of God. We believe local church is an autonomous body of believers who are in doctrinal harmony to obey Christ, teach the Bible, share the gospel with the unsaved, encourage one another and help believers mature in the Lord.

-ORDINANCES, BAPTISM & LORD'S SUPPER- We believe that baptism (for believers only) is by full immersion to reflect the picture of one's union with Christ in His death and resurrection (Rom. 6:1-14). We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of the Lord’s death for us (1 Corin. 11:23-31). Both are local church ordinances to be observed by the members of a local church.

-ETERNITY- We believe that heaven (for the saved) and hell (for the unsaved) are literal places and are both permanent and eternal.

-THE GREAT COMMISSION- We believe the gospel is to be shared with everyone. It is the responsibility of every believer to be a faithful witness and to support missions. It is the work of the Holy Spirit through the presentation of the gospel that will draw the elect to faith in Christ.

-EXPECTATION OF MEMBERS- We believe that members of Graceway are to live holy, dedicated lives and use their spiritual gifts in ministry, being faithful to the regular and special meetings of the church. When open sin occurs, the process in Matthew 18 will be used to bring about restoration.

 

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
— 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

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