Grace Community Church is a newly formed independent church plant (2017). We are lovingly reformed and are deeply committed to living out our faith in the gospel of Christ and practicing ministry in a way that fully conforms to Scripture. We have become deeply concerned about some movements within traditional evangelicalism (such as seeker sensitive, church growth, easy believism) that seem to be diminishing the church’s life and leading us away from our historic beliefs and practices. As a result, we have formulated a list of values that will help you understand the thinking that goes on as we seek to determine and prioritize the kind of ministries for the people of Grace.
By “simple” we do not mean easy, we mean focused. Since we, as a church, desire to be faithful to the call of making disciples, we strive for simplicity in our organizational structure. This principle guides our thinking when it comes to our ministries, church calendar, and budget process. We also desire to reflect simplicity in our own lives as well (not overly committed to worldly affairs) so that we can model a walk of faith for our families and be responsive to the spiritual needs of our community.
Our corporate worship centers on Christ and His word. Because we treasure Christ above all else every aspect of worship is centered upon the glory of Jesus Christ as He is found in His word. As a result, the elders, strive to protect our corporate worship from the man-centered worship (entertainment and therapeutic driven) that has become so prevalent today.
Our main focus as elders is making followers of Jesus Christ. We do not consider making disciples one of the things we do but what we do. We believe there are two sides to discipleship. The first would be considered proactive. Proactive discipleship takes place in a one on one (Titus 2:1-8) or small group setting. In this setting the word of God is poured into another person so they become devoted followers of Christ. The other side to discipleship would be considered reactive or what we call biblical counseling. This primarily happens in a one on one setting and is considered discipleship in the midst of crisis and conflict (see below for our philosophy on biblical counseling). We at Grace consider both to be crucial to the health and growth of Christ’s church.
In both instances, the word of God is used because it adequately addresses every issue of the human heart. In other words, in the Bible, God has provided “everything pertaining to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).
By fellowship we mean relationships! We define relationships as the process of learning and loving one another in grace and truth. We believe one of the primary marks of a healthy church is the loving interaction of its members. This takes place when families get together to show and share the grace of Christ with each other. From sharing food to sharing what God has been teaching us in His word, fellowship is learning and loving one another with the gospel. It is sharing our struggles and blessings. We, therefore, do not consider the good news of the gospel as a mere message to believe but a life to be shared with others.
We believe it is the responsibility of Grace Community Church to disciple the parents so that they can disciple their children. Therefore, we strongly encourage parents to be involved in the discipleship of their children at home (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Ephesians 6:4). Because we at Grace recognize that we live in a culture that consistently divides the family, we will seek to implement ministries that unite the family rather than separate it.
Our philosophy of missions is all inclusive. It includes everything from personal evangelism to evangelistic events; from mission trips to supporting missionaries; from evangelistic training to apologetics. Thus, as followers of Christ, we desire to show and share the gospel with others. There is no greater gift than the one God has given – the Lord Jesus Christ. And it is an honor to tell others about Him!
Our philosophy of counseling can be summed up in a very few words. We believe in the sufficiency of Scripture to adequately address every issue of the human heart. In other words, in the Bible God has provided “everything pertaining to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). At the root of man’s problems is a spiritual disease called “SIN.” Every person is infected with it and only God provides the cure. Whether the issue is conflict in marriage, rebellion in children, depression, fear, anxiety, or any other ailment of soul, the Word of God offers both the correct diagnosis and the only true remedy. Thus, those who desire Biblical counseling can be assured that the counsel offered is based on the counselor’s informed (and psychology free) understanding of the Bible as it applies to the human heart.