What We Believe

THE SCRIPTURES The sixty-six books of both Old and New Testament are the inspired Word of God, without error in the works of the original writings, the complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and practice (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Cor. 2:13).

GOD There is one God. The Creator and Preserver of all things, infinite in being and perfection. He exists eternally in three Persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Who are co-equal (Deut. 6.4; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 1:1-13, Col. 1:15-, 19).

JESUS CHRIST Jesus Christ is very God and very man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a perfect, sinless life. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. He rose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven, where He is now our High Priest and Advocate at the right hand of the Majesty on High (Luke 2:3-35; Phil.2:3:35; Phil. 2:3-8; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; Heb. 1:3).

THE HOLY SPIRIT The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the God-head who regenerates (that is, gives new life to anyone who, dead in sins and trespasses, exercises saying faith in Jesus Christ…Rom 8:11; Jn. 6:63a); indwells (that is, resides in everyone who truly believes in Jesus Christ…Jn. 14:16,17; Rom. 8:9, 11, 15; 1 Cor. 6:19), baptizes (that is, places every true believer into the Body of Christ, thus joining each believer to Christ in a mystical union… 1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:26, 27; Rom. 6:3,4); seals (that is, by the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in the believer, the divine mark of ownership is eternally placed to indicate that the one indwelt is God’s own eternal possession… Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30); and fills those who believe (that is, empowers those yielded to God in daily conduct and service… 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 5:18; Gal. 5:16,22-25; Col. 3:17). The Holy Spirit’s ministry is to glorify God in the life of the believer as He guides, instructs, empowers, and gives spiritual abilities for service (Jn. 3:3-6; 1 Cor. 6:19; 12:13; Eph. 5:18; Acts 1:8).

ANGELS God originally created and innumerable company of sinless, spirit-beings, known as angels. They are messengers of the God to help His people in all ages. One angel, high in rank, however, sinned through pride. He is known as Satan. A great company of other spirit beings followed suit in Satan’s fall. They became active agents of Satan known as demons (Is. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; 1 Tim. 3:6).

MAN Man was created in the image of God and likeness of God, but in Adam all mankind fell into sin with the result that all men are sinners by nature and action. All men are depraved and without hope apart from the grace of God (Gen. 1:26,27; 2:17; 6:5; Rom. 10; Jn. 3:6, 16).

SALVATION Salvation is received by faith alone in the God-man, Jesus Christ, apart from the works, Christ died as a substitutionary sacrifice to redeem us from our sins if we believe the only ground of justification and salvation. Only those who received Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and are truly Christians, even children of God (Acts 4:12; Jn. 3:7; 2 Cor. 5:21; Jn. 1:12).

ASSURANCE AND ETERNAL SECURITY Everyone who truly believes in Jesus Christ’s atoning work and has appropriate this benefit personally to life is assured of salvation both now and forever. Those so assured are eternally kept saved due to the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption (Col. 2:2; 1 Jn. 5:13; Heb. 6:11; 10:22; Jn. 5:24; 10:28; Rom. 8:29; Heb. 7:25; 1 Jn. 2:1,2).

SANCTIFICATION That is, believers setting apart unto God is three-fold: positional at the point of conversion; progressive on a daily basis as we walk the Christian pilgrim way; and ultimate which is experienced in the hereafter when each believer enters into the presence of the Lord (Jn. 17:17; 2 Cor. 3:18; 7:1; Eph. 4:24; 5:25-27; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 10:10; 1 Jn. 2:15-17; 3:2).

THE CHURCH The Church, embracing all true believers, is the Body and Bride of Christ, formed by the by the baptism of the Holy Spirit (that is, the placing of individual believers in the body of Christ). The local church is intended to be a local organized representation of the mystical Body of Christ, and should be composed only of true believers (Eph. 1:20-23; 4:3-10, 30; Col. 3:14-15).

ORDINANCES The Ordinance of the Church are the Lord’s Supper and Water Baptism by immersion which are to be observed by the Church during the present age. Neither of these is a means of salvation (Matt. 28:19; Lk. 22:19-20; Acts 8:36-38; 10:47-48; 18:7-8; 1 Col.11:23-26).

CHRISTIAN LIFE AND SERVICE Men are saved unto good works (Eph. 2:10; Titus 3:8) and faith without works is dead (Jas. 2:17). Therefore, Christians are called to a holy life of service and testimony in the power of the Holy Spirit, which service includes the propagation of the Gospel message to the whole world. The Holy Spirit bestows by His own sovereign will, diverse grace gifts upon all who believe in Christ for enablement in service for God’s glory. Christians will give account of, and receive rewards for their faithful service at the judgment seat of Christ (Acts 1:8; 1 Col. 3:12-15; 2 Cor. 5:9-10; Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; 1 Pet. 1:15-16).

SPIRITUAL GIFTS These are bestowed freely as determined by the Holy Spirit on believers and not by the will or desire of man. These grace (ummerited favor) gifts are meant for the edification of the Body of Christ and for service to the glory of God. In this age God has given for the building up of the Church the following grace gifts among others: faith, administrati0on, care, prayer, pastor/teacher, evangelist, wisdom, knowledge, discernment (Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Eph. 4:11). Some of the Spiritual gifts listed in Scripture, for example tongues, healing, etc., were sign gifts. However, an undue emphasis on possession of any of those sign gifts as a means of and prerequisite for salvation is unscriptural and is rejected. (Jn. 6:3-16; Jn. 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 14:1-40).

MARRIAGE COVENANT  was ordained by God. Marriage is a Covenantal union between one man and one woman. The union is a lifetime commitment before God and man. (Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 2:18, Matthew 19:4-9, Mark 10:5-9, Ephesians 5:31-33).

Marriage is exclusively the legal union of one genetic male and one genetic female, and that this union is evidenced by a marriage ceremony. (Genesis 2:24; 1 Corinthians 5:11; 6:9; 6:18-20; 7:1-3; 7:8-9; Romans 1:18-32). We believe that God created man, and that He created them male and female. He created them different to complement and complete each other. We believe that God instituted monogamous marriage between one male and one female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:9-11). Accordingly, GraceWay church will not perform any marriage ceremonies between two individuals of the same sex. In keeping with Bible's clear teaching on marriage as being between one man and one woman GraceWay church will not recognize same-sex marriages, civil unions or domestic partnerships even if the state or federal government passes laws that provide for recognition of such unions. Moreover, GraceWay church's facilities will only be used for marriage ceremonies between a man and a woman.

WATER BAPTISM

Jesus commanded His disciples to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38). We believe that every follower of Christ should obey the Lord in entering the waters of baptism. Baptism means to be immersed, or plunged into. We practice water baptism by immersion, the who is being baptize identifies with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, empowering us to leave our old, sinful ways of life and embrace our new, spirit-filled life. "Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." - Romans 8:17; 2 Corinthians 5:17

THE BLESSED HOPE The blessed hope of the Church is the personal, imminent and pre-millennial second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is the rapture of the believers, both the living and the dead. This hope must have a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believers (Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 13-18; Titus 2:11-14; 2 Pet. 3:11).

THE TRIBULATION In the end times shall come a period of divine judgement upon the whole world which, day after day, continues to ripen for judgement (Matt. 24:15-21; Jer. 30:7; Dan. 9:27; Rev. 6:1-17; 19:21).

RESURRECTION All the dead will eventually resurrect bodily at the end times, the believers into everlasting blessedness and joy with their Lord, the unbelievers into judgement and everlasting conscious punishment (Jn. 11:25-26; Lk. 16:19-26; 23:42; 1 Cor. 15:20-22; 2 Cor. 5:8; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Rev. 20:11-15).