Considered most broadly, believers at Grace Bible Chapel hold firmly to the major tenets of orthodox Christianity confessed by Protestant and Catholic throughout the centuries. Our theological beliefs are held in common with many conservative evangelical groups; we place a high emphasis on the authority of Scripture and the preaching of the Gospel. Considered from a historical perspective our roots derive from the Plymouth brethren movement. (Feel free to ask us about it.)
WE BELIEVE: In one God, Almighty, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, holy, and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is gracious, merciful, compassionate and abounding in steadfast love. He is also the righteous judge of all men.
…In the Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true man, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary in His incarnation. He lived a sinless life, died on the cross as a perfect sacrifice for our sins, was buried, and rose bodily from the dead. He ascended into heaven, was exalted by the Father, and now intercedes as our High Priest and Advocate.
…In the Holy Spirit, co-equal with the Father and the Son, who glorifies the Lord Jesus, convicts people of sin, regenerates the believing sinner, and permanently indwells all Christians. He guides, instructs, empowers, and gives gifts to believers for godly living and for service in building up the body of Christ.
…In the Scriptures, Old and New Testament, as the inspired Word of God, which are entirely trustworthy, and without error in the original writings.
…That man, who was created in the image and likeness of God, has sinned, and is guilty before a holy God, but can receive salvation by being regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
…That the death of Christ was substitutionary and atoning. The death and resurrection of Christ provide the only ground for a sinner’s justification and acceptance by God. All who receive the Lord Jesus by faith are redeemed by His blood and born of the Holy Spirit, becoming children of God. Those who are born again are sealed by the Spirit, have eternal life, are kept by the power of God, and shall never perish.
…In the personal return of the Lord Jesus to take all believers to be with Himself forever. His coming is to be expected at any time.
…In Christian baptism as an expression of a believer’s identification with Christ and commitment to follow Him.
…That the celebration of the Lord’s Supper is the privilege and responsibility of all believers.
…That it is the responsibility of all Christians to love God and their neighbor, to worship God in spirit and in truth, to study the Scriptures, and pray continually in order to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ in daily living. We are to be filled with the Spirit, share the good news of salvation through Christ, and encourage one another in the faith, as we look expectantly for the coming of our Lord.