A PEOPLE FOR GOD’S GLORY – Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2:10
GraceTruth Church is a fellowship of Christ followers who desire to give glory to God in all things. We strive to love each other and God in the power of the Holy Spirit. We value truth and adhere to several core values as a people, such as:
- Gospel Central Focus in ALL THINGS
- A mind for MISSIONS and EVANGELISM
- A passion for God’s GLORY
- Biblical DISCIPLESHIP
- Biblical EXPOSITIONAL Preaching
- Genuine LOVE for Each Other
- Complete JOY in Christ
- HOLINESS and Obedience to God
As our mission, we hold to these core values and evaluate our ministry to children, youth and adults by these values so that we bring glory to God in all that we do.
GTC’s mission is to be a people for God’s glory as worshippers in spirit and truth who live as though they have received grace upon grace and display the power of the gospel in our lives together while evangelizing the world with the fulness of joy that is found alone in Jesus Christ.
Statement/Confession of Faith
The Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the basis for any statement of faith. The Church subscribes to the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689. And approves and adopts the Baptist Faith and Message of 2000 (BFM2000) as understood through the lens of historical Baptist Doctrine. Though many Southern Baptist Churches hold to the BMF2000 as their complete and full doctrinal statements, GTC and her elders desire to have a more thorough covering of theological beliefs that are not addressed, therefore explaining our adherence to the 1689 Confession as the foundational document from which the BFM was derived. Our articles are quick listings of major doctrines that give a glimpse on vital theology and the gospel but a deeper understanding is desired for many believers and should be the case when considering a covenant relationship with a congregation. It is the Word of God Alone that governs the church, her worship, polity and all things therein and as such, the doctrines of God and His redemptive narrative. Therefore, the essence of all that scripture teaches as essential is found our confession as expressly and certainly clarified as to avoid indifference or confusion about such things.
Our distinctiveness is found in our foundational beliefs that were revived during the time of the Reformation. We hold the five pillars of the reformation and build our theology, focus on scripture and preaching from this perspective.
- Sola Scriptura (“by Scripture alone”)Sola Scriptura is the teaching that the Bible is the only inspired and authoritative Word of God, is the only source for Christian doctrine, and is accessible to all — that is, it is clearly understandable and self-interpreting.
- Sola Fide (“by faith alone”)Sola Fide is the teaching that justification is received by faith only, without any mixture of or need for good works, though saving faith is always evidenced by good works.
- Sola Gratia (“by grace alone”)Sola Gratia is the teaching that salvation comes by God’s grace or “unmerited favor” only — not as something merited by the sinner. This means that salvation is an unearned gift from God for Jesus’ sake.
- Solus Christus (“Christ alone”)Solus Christus is the teaching that Christ is the only mediator between God and man, and that there is salvation through no other means except Christ.
- Soli Deo Gloria (“To God, alone, the glory”)Soli Deo Gloria is the teaching that all glory is to God alone, since salvation is accomplished solely through his will and action — not only the gift of the all-sufficient atonement of Jesus on the cross but also the gift of faith in that atonement, created in the heart of the believer by the Holy Spirit. God is worthy of all praise and adoration.
These “five Solas” and their can be understood as explained in The Cambridge Declarationwritten by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals of which GraceTruth Church is a cooperating body. Other teachings and understanding of our thoughts and theology can be found on Founders.org website, a ministry of teaching and encouragement promoting both doctrine and devotion expressed in the Doctrines of Grace and their experiential application to the local church.
- Of the Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and there is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all humans conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tied.
- Of the True God
We believe that there is one, and only one, living true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
- Of the Fall the Man
We believe that Man was created in holiness, under the law of His Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constrain but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
- Of the Way of Salvation
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatory offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen form the dead he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenders sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all sufficient Savior.
- Of Justification
We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely thought faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
- Of the Freeness of Salvation
we believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
- Of Grace In Regeneration
We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power o the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears inn the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life.
- Of Repentance and Faith
We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest and King, and relying on Him alone as the only and all sufficient Savior.
- Of God’s Purpose of Grace
We believe that the Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
- Of Sanctification
We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed mans, especially, the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer.
- Of the Preservation of the Saints
We believe that such only are real believers a endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mar which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
- Of the Harmony of the Law and the Gospel
We believe that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government; that it is holy, just and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arises entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the Means of Grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.
- Of A Gospel Church
We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenanting the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His word; that its only scriptural officers are Bishops/Pastors and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles of Timothy and Titus.
- Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father and Son and Holy Spirit; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is pre-requisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church by the sacred use of bread and wine are to commemorate together the undying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
- Of Civil Government
We believe that Civil Government is of Divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.
- Of the Righteous and the Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are hi his sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.
- Of the World to Come
We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness