Distinctives

God-Centered Worship
Worship is the priority of God and is to be the passion of His people.  Biblical worship comes from the heart and is grounded in truth.  The Scripture alone determines how God is to be worshiped.  Grace Community Church is committed to worship that is defined by and consistent with the Bible.

Expository Preaching
Expository Preaching involves the public reading, explanation and application of Scripture.  It is our passion to “expose the text” rather than impose one’s personal opinions or traditions on the text.  Expository preaching at Grace Community Church will generally be verse by verse teaching through books of the Bible.

Scriptural Authority
We believe that the Bible is infallible–that is without ability to err because God is its author.  We also believe that the Bible is sufficient and is all that we need for salvation and spiritual maturity.  Therefore we are committed to “preach the word” and live the word.  We believe that preaching, counseling and ministry must be faithful to the word of God.

Sovereign Salvation
Salvation is wholly a work of God.  Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone.  God planned salvation “before time began” and elected certain undeserving sinners to life eternal.  God sent His Son–Jesus Christ–into the world to save those sinners by His righteous life, substitutionary death, and bodily resurrection.  Jesus Christ is the exclusive way of salvation and receives all who, by His free and sovereign grace, repent of their sins and trust in Christ alone for salvation. The sovereignty of God in salvation does not negate the responsibility of man to repent/believe or to share the gospel–in fact God’s sovereignty is the motive for such.

Church Fellowship
The church belongs to God and Jesus Christ is the head of the church.  When God saves a person He places that person into His body-the church.  In the New Testament the church met in a variety of places and participated in the life of fellowship.  They gathered regularly for instruction, prayer, the ordinances, worship and fellowship.  The church is a “one another’ community where its members share in a life of love to God and to one another.  The leaders of the church are referred to in the Bible as Elders.  They are men of God noted for character of life, ability to teach, and commitment to truth.  Deacons serve as models of Christian servanthood.  Christians should join themselves to a local congregation for worship, fellowship, accountability and should not forsake regular assembly.

God-Centered Family Life
We believe that the godly family has the opportunity to glorify God by impacting this present and future generations.  We are committed to a biblical view of family life and you will find that your entire family will be welcomed in our worship services.  We think that too often the church has divided up the family with a variety of well-meaning programs.  We are seeking to have a congregation where the entire family can worship together.