Our Statement of Faith, Mission, Values, and Disciple Pathway
Statement of Faith
believein one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
- We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and
endeavorshould be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
- We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and
fullyman, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel's promised Messiah—was conceived throughthe Holy Spirit and born of the virginMary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
- We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in
Himthey are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides,equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
- We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
- We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples
amongall people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
- We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
- We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.Matthew 4:19-20
Our vision at Grace Free is to live out the earliest callings from Jesus to the church. In Matthew 4:19 Jesus calls His first disciples with a simple request to “Follow Him.” We believe that simple request is still offered today and we want to answer it with an emphatic yes. We want to be a church that invites others to answer the call of Jesus to follow Him!
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus commissioned His followers to make disciples of all nations. This happens as we go, and baptize, and teach. Jesus did not call His followers to make converts, but he called them to make disciples. Discipleship is not a onetime event, but a lifetime of learning and growing in our relationship with Christ. Grace Free desires to be a church that takes seriously the commission of our risen Lord and is active in making disciples of Jesus.
Jesus’ life and ministry were marked by unbelievable compassion for people. He fed the hungry, healed the sick, and welcomed the outcast. John 1:14 tells us that Jesus was full of grace and truth and the order seems to be intentional. We believe that following Jesus means that we must be people who first and foremost are compassionate to the world. If we do not value compassion, then we do not value Jesus.
We believe that Jesus changes lives. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that if anyone is in Christ they are new! As we follow Jesus in showing compassion to the world we are inviting the world to be transformed by Jesus. We are extending the invitation of Jesus to the world to follow Him and He will make them. We value transformed lives.
God is a relational God. Jesus invested in deep and personal relationships in His ministry. We believe that the vehicle that God uses most to deliver the truth of the Gospel is through a relationship with His Church. If we are following Jesus, we will be people who invest in the lives of others and cultivate deep relationships. We value relationships, so people can see Jesus’ work in our lives.
As we develop compassionate, transformative relationships with each other and people in our communities we must have a clear pathway for making disciples of Jesus. This is called our discipleship pathway and consists of three main entry point. We believe that all followers of Jesus should be called to worship, to community, and to service.
We believe that all people who follow Jesus should worship God together. We are reconciled to God, adopted into His family, and working together to complete God’s mission of redemption. The first entry point onto the discipleship pathway is to invite and encourage people to gather to worship together. This happens mainly at our weekend services, but worship should be incorporated into gatherings of all kinds. Followers of Jesus will declare the wonders of God for all eternity.
Grow In Community
Another entry point onto the discipleship pathway is inviting people into biblical community. Followers of Jesus are now part of a new family. We are adopted as sons and daughters of God. God’s family ought to spend time together living out compassionate, transformative relationships. Since our worship gatherings are not ideal to experience intimate biblical community we believe that every follower of Jesus should be a part of a smaller missional community. In missional community’s people commit to do live out biblical community as they are working together to complete the great commission.
Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. He has called us to follow Him in service and living for others. We believe that every follower of Jesus should be serving each other and serving their community for the sake of the gospel. We encourage everyone to be a part of serving our community in some compacity during our gatherings on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings. We also encourage individuals and missional communities to be actively involved in service to our communities. For people who are new to following Jesus this becomes another entry point onto our discipleship pathway. To serve others for the sake of Jesus is a part of our discipleship journey.