These four pillars stand as the compass and foundational truths that our church was established on, and they continue to be the guiding paradigm of our church life and ministries.
Commitment to Expository Preaching and the Authority of Scripture
In a world that is fallen in sin, there is a great need for divine revelation to guide those to saving faith in Christ and then to grow them to spiritual maturity. This can only happen when people are exposed to the Word of God (Rom 10:17, John 17:17). This is why Grace is committed to the authority of the Word of God and expository preaching. What is expository preaching, also known as Bible exposition? Well in simple terms, it is the explanation of God’s word to people. This type of preaching endeavors to simply tell what God has said in the Bible. In 2 Tim 3:15-16 through 2 Tim. 4:2, Paul exhorts young Timothy to “Preach the word” because it is God’s very words, it is the breathed-out word of God. God’s people are only changed through a regular diet of Bible teaching that is centered in a high view of God, an exalted view of Scripture and a proper understanding of man. This is the only means God has chosen to save sinners and sanctify believers is through the word of God (Ps. 19:7, 2 Cor.3:18). We are without apology committed to the authority of Scripture and the expositions of the Word of God.
Commitment to Loving and Worshiping the Lord Jesus Christ
Is it possible that most of our worship is based on emotions and not in the truth of the Gospel? Too often, most people view worship as an experience once a week on Sunday. God finds this type of worship abhorrent. In the book of Malachi, God condemns sterile ceremonial worship (Mal. 1:7-14). The worship that pleases God is one that is centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In the Book of Hebrews we are called to “continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God” (Heb 13:15). The theme of Hebrews is the supremacy of Christ over all things. In the last chapter of Hebrews, we find this exhortation “continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God” through Him (Christ). We are called to live a life of worship. Our worship is to be focused in the Person and work of Jesus Christ. The worship that we are to give to God is not an emotional experience that is void of truth, but it is a truth-driven worship. Can we worship that which we do not know? The only true way we can worship God is to know God through His Son Jesus Christ. This is founded in the Gospel. That knowledge can only be found through the revealed revelation of His Word (2 Tim 3:15-16, 2 Pet.3:18). Here at Grace, we are committed to worshiping God in spirit and truth, through the life, death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Commitment to the Great Commission
The church of Jesus Christ was left here on earth with one clear mission, which is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. The making of disciples is the life blood of the church. The command for this task is found in Matthew 28:19, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." In these last words of our Lord, we see the mandate for all believers. In His last words, He has given to us a command, a procedure and a promise in making disciples for Christ. The commandment to make disciples is the overriding verb in this text, which we are to be actively reaching, teaching others for the glory of God. The greatest desire of Grace is to be faithful to that command and make disciples of all nations.
Commitment to Dependent Prayer
We believe that prayer is the source of power and strength for the church. A lack of prayer communicates that we are able apart from God to accomplish ministry. The reality is that nothing can be done apart from prayer that has any eternal significance. The exhortations of Scripture highlight this truth. The Lord never taught the disciple to preach, teach or how to run an effective ministry. The only thing that Jesus taught his disciples was how to pray. The gospels tell us that Jesus devoted much time to prayer. The life that Jesus led was one of prayer (Heb 5:7). This is seen when the disciple watch Him pray and ask “teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). Following the model, given to us in the life of Christ, we want to be like our Lord and be devoted to prayer where the fountain of strength and grace flow (1Thes 5:17). We want to be known as a church that is committed to prayer, just like Epaphras.“Epaphras, who is one of your numbers, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God. (Col. 4:12).