THE GOSPEL


Jesus came to free us from sin and sin’s bondage, and to restore us to relationship with God.


Sin describes that part of us that we want to hide from others; it keeps us from doing the good we want, and leads us to do the things we hate.

The reality of sin in our hearts is hard to face.


Yet as a church, we choose to face sin and shame head on, and to trust Jesus Christ with it.

For we believe the good news that God absolutely loves us!


God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit created us for relationship with God. And when we turned away, He came for us, in the flesh!


Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to rescue you from sin’s dark power and to restore you to a secure and affectionate relationship with the Lord who loves you.

The moment you trust Jesus for what He's done on the cross, and how He restores you to a right standing in God's love, Jesus forgives your sins on God’s behalf, He grants you His righteousness and perfect acceptance with God, and Jesus Christ guarantees you eternal life forever with God in His love.

This is the gift that God offers you freely in His Son: forgiveness and eternal life! Assurance of God's love today and a glorious future forever.

This is the gift from Jesus to you. As the apostle Paul said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.”


NEXT STEPS

If you haven't yet trusted Jesus for eternal life, we're a great church to make an informed decision based on the good news of Jesus Christ.

If you trusted Jesus Christ for eternal life, we welcome you to grow in Him and to contribute to the mission of Christ and of His church. Since we are on a journey with Christ, you may think in terms of next steps.

If you've been listening online, a good next step may be to attend GU any Sunday that you can. Or attend one of our Discover God classes.

If you trust Jesus for eternal life and you haven't been baptized since you believed, a great next step is to get baptized; we offer that.

If you come on Sundays any number of next steps await you: you can come out to a Life Group, they're a blast; attend a Pursue Growth class; a great next step is to invite a friend to church or take a big risk and share Jesus with someone.

If Grace United is your church family, it may be that you financially support our mission and ministries. Attend a Bless Others class. Go on a short term mission. Serve on a Ministry team.

We encourage your skills and contributions for your sake and for other's sake. There are many next steps that avaliable, so consider taking the next step that's appropriate for you.

OUR BELIEFS

 

God

We believe in the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit.


God the Father

We believe God the Father is the First Person of the Trinity, full of love and rich and mercy. He is the eternal Father, Maker of heaven and earth.

The Father has authority over the Son and the Holy Spirit. All glory and power and dominion are ultimately to the Father.

 

Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal Son, sent by the Father, incarnate God in the flesh. The eternal Son became man and lived among us.

Through mankind's sin and rebellion, Jesus was crucified as a voluntary sacrifice for the sins of the world.

Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead, showed Himself alive, then ascended to the Father in glory and is now seated at His right hand.

 

The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is fully God, the third Member of the Trinity, personal and relational. His goal is to bring glory to the Father and to the Son in the lives of believers. The Holy Spirit reveals Christ, grants us to believe and to live for Jesus. He empowers the church and He lives in everyone who trusts Jesus Christ.


Salvation

We believe that eternal life, the forgiveness of sins, and good standing with God is freely received by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.

The believer is eternally secure in one's relationship with Jesus and guaranteed the free gift of everlasting life.


Bible

We believe the Bible is God's Word, written by men who were moved by the Holy Spirit.

The Bible is true in all it declares and highest source of authority for our church; it is both the good news and the words of life.


Church

We believe the Church is the family of God and the body of Christ, comprised of all who trust Jesus Christ for everlasting life.

Christ has committed to do His most important work through the church gathered and working in the world.

The church belongs to Jesus and we exist for God’s glory to make disciples of Jesus Christ.


Christian Life

We believe the Christian life is a life of faith and love, humility and obedience. God's first concern is for our trust in Him rather than altering our behavior.

So it is important to learn to know God and trust Him and to receive God's love that we may genuinely love and extend God's love to others.

The Christian life is a marathon of trials and growth, hurts and healing, grief and celebration.

Mature Christian character is nurtured over time in community and it is best expressed in love.


Future

We believe Jesus’ return will be pre-millennial, glorious, and globally-shocking.

Jesus will return to reign as King and to establish peace, righteousness, and justice on the earth.

He will judge all who rejected Him, reward His saints, and establish the New Jerusalem, New Heaven, and the New Earth forevermore. Amen.