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GCC Eldership Affirmation of Faith

The leadership of Grace Covenant Church is committed

 to teaching core doctrinal truths as summarized in the

          1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.

 

Grace Covenant Church

Membership Statement of Faith

Scripture

We believe the Bible to be the written revelation of God, complete and sufficient in all respects. We believe the Scriptures to be “God-breathed” and therefore fully authoritative in and of themselves; they rely for their authority upon no church, council, or creed, but are authoritative simply because they are the Word of God. The Scriptures, as they embody the very speaking of God, partake of His authority and His power.

 

God

We believe in one true and eternal God, unchanging, unchangeable. We believe God is the Creator of all that exists in heaven and in earth. The God who is described in the Bible is unique; He is unlike anyone or anything else in the entire universe. God has all power, all knowledge, all wisdom, and is due all glory, honor and praise. 

 

Trinity

We believe the Bible teaches that there is but one being of God, yet there are three Persons who share this one being of God: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. Each Person is fully and completely God, each is described in Scripture as possessing the attributes of God. The Father, Son, and Spirit have eternally existed in the relationship described by the term “Trinity.”

 

God’s Plan of Redemption

We believe that man was created in the image of God. Man rebelled against His Creator, and fell into sin. As a result, mankind is fallen and unable to do anything on their own to make themselves right with God. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died in the place of sinners, providing full and complete forgiveness of sins by His death upon the cross of Calvary, and the guarantee of eternal life through Christ’s resurrection from the dead. No other work can provide for forgiveness of sins, and no addition can be made to the completed and finished work of Christ.

 

Salvation

 We believe that God, in His grace and mercy, grants a new nature to sinful men by the power of the Holy Spirit, not by any works of their own, bringing them to new life. True Christians are those who believe in Christ and turn from their sins in love for God. As a result of this faith, based upon the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, God justifies or declares righteous the one who believes. True saving faith, and the continuing work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of God’s people, will result in good works. These good works flow from true, saving faith; they are a necessary result of faith, but are not to be considered necessary to the gaining of justification, which is by God’s grace through faith alone, so that no man can boast.

The Church

We believe Jesus Christ established His Church, which is made up of all true believers in Christ. His Church, as an obedient bride, listens to His Word as found in the Bible. All who believe in Christ are placed in His body, the Church. The local expressions of the Church are very important, and each believer should be actively involved in such a fellowship.

 

The Return of Christ

We believe that Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead. This promise is found throughout the inspired Scriptures. Until His return, believers are to live lives that bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. The Church is to be busy doing the work of evangelism and discipleship, proclaiming the pure, uncompromised Gospel of Christ by teaching the Word of God.