Here at Grace Baptist Church, we hold to the fundamental doctrines of the Independent Baptist faith. Below is the description of our beliefs.
We believe in the Bible as the verbally (every word) and plenary (completely) inspired Word of God and that it was written inerrant in its original languages and has been providentially preserved “for all generations forever.” All portions of Scripture are equally inspired and contain no contradiction. The Holy Bible has God as its Author (2 Peter 1:21); salvation for its end (2 Timothy 3:15); and truth for its matter (Proverbs 30:5-6).
The Scriptures are our only rule for faith and practice, the supreme standard by which all conduct, creeds, associations, and ministries should be tried (1 John 4:1). The canon, the sixty-six books of the Bible, is complete. Nothing shall be added to nor taken from (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:1; Revelation 22:18-19). To eliminate confusion, all preaching and teaching will be from the King James Version. We believe the King James Version of the Scriptures has been faithfully translated from the preserved Word of God.
We believe in one God, eternal, omnipotence, omniscient, omnipresent, manifesting Himself in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – one in nature, attributes, power and glory.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary and that He is true God and true man.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person – the Administrator of the Godhead – convincing of sin, revealing Christ, teaching truth, restraining evil, energizing believers in prayer, worship and service, and is ever present in the believer as Comforter and Helper.
We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also that spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word and deed.
We believe in separation from all worldly practices and in whole-hearted devotion to the cause of Christ as the only scriptural basis for a happy and useful life.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice and rose again for our justification; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood and are saved by grace through faith wholly apart from human merit and works.
We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by the Lord; that it’s officers of ordination are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission, to make individual disciples, to build up the church, and to teach and instruct them as He has commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations and that the one and only Superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit. We believe it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel. We also believe it is scriptural that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation. On all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, with the authority of the local church to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior. That it is a prerequisite to the privilege of a church relation to the Lord’s Supper in which the members of a church by the sacred use of unleavened bread and fruit of the vine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ, preceded always by solemn self-examination.
Tithes and Offerings
We believe a church is to be supported only by the tithes and offerings of God’s people.