OUR BELIEFS

Grace City Church is a Spirit-filled church preaching the word of faith.

Romans 10:8
”The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the word of faith which we preach.”


We believe that all who come to Jesus can have a fresh start, be healed and be empowered to prosper as they walk out their God-given destiny.

ABOUT THE BIBLE

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. We fully embrace the New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, as our infallible guide for conduct and doctrine.

(II Timothy 3:16; I Thessalonians 2:13; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:21)

ABOUT GOD

We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

(Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14)

ABOUT JESUS

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin, Mary. 

Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. 

He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. 

He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

(Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:30-35, 2:21;  John 1:1-5 & 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; 
Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)

ABOUT MANKIND

We believe each person is made in the likeness and image of God. 
(Genesis 1:26-27)

It was through Adam's transgression and fall that sin came into the world. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo or destroy the works of the devil. He gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore each person back to fellowship with God.
(Romans; 3:23-26, 5:12-21; I John 3:8)

Salvation is the gift of God to each man and woman, separate from good works and adherence to the Law, salvation is made operative only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, thereby producing works acceptable to God. 

(Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7)

ABOUT SALVATION

We believe that it is necessary that every man and woman be born again.
(John 3:3-5; II Corinthians 7:10; I John 5:11-13)

We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin.
(Ephesians 2:13; Hebrews 9:14; I Peter 1:18-19; I John 1:7)

Therefore, salvation occurs only when a person places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for his or her sin.

(Romans 3:23-26, 5:1, 5:12-21, 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6 & 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; I John 3:8)

ABOUT WATER BAPTISM

We believe Jesus commanded all believers to be public with their faith through water baptism, by immersion.

(Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:35-39, 10:47-48; Romans 6:4)

ABOUT BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that all believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and receive, the Promise of the Father, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
(Luke 11:9-13)

This entitlement and Promise, having its basis in the command of Jesus Christ Himself, comes with the endowment of power for life and service and a bestowment of gifts for the work of the ministry.
(Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8)

This experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the experience of the new birth.
(Acts 8:12, 14-17, 9:17, 19:1-6; I Corinthians 12:1-31)

The full consummation of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. 

Additional evidence is demonstrated by the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service.

(Mark 16:17; Acts 2:1-4, 10:44-47, 19:6; I Corinthians 14:1-4, 14-15, 18, 39-40)

ABOUT DIVINE HEALING

We believe that healing for the physical body is provided for through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ and is available to every member of the body of Christ today. 

Healing is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith and/or by the laying on of hands.
 
(Psalms 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; I Peter 2:24; James 5:14-15)

ABOUT WORSHIP

We believe, as the Bible teaches, that all things are to be done decently and in order (I Cor. 14:40), but we also believe that the Scriptures encourage God's people to worship Him with great joy and fervor. 

As a result, we endeavor not to be overly formal or ritualistic. Instead, we consider our services to be a time of celebration and rejoicing.

The Apostle Paul admonished believers by saying, "I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting." 
(I Tim. 2:8)

Psalm 134:2 says, "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord." 

We lift our hands in worship as an outward expression that we are also lifting our hearts and lives to the Lord.

ABOUT THE LAYING ON OF HANDS

Speaking of believers, Jesus said that they would lay hands on the sick and the sick would recover.
(Mark 16:18)

The Bible also admonishes Christians to "...pray one for another that ye may be healed..." (James 5:16)

According to the Bible, when Jesus and others ministered healing to people, it was often done through the laying on of hands. 

Also, when people were sent out into ministry, hands were laid upon them to formally separate them unto the work to which God had called them (Acts 13:2, 3).

There are a number of situations in which we practice the laying on of hands. We may ask members of the congregation to lay hands on and pray for those around them who request such prayer. 

At other times, members of the pastoral staff may lay hands on individuals who come to the front of the sanctuary to receive ministry.

ABOUT MANIFESTATIONS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

In chapters 12 and 14 of First Corinthians, the Apostle Paul discusses the different ways the Holy Spirit moves in the Church and in the lives of believers. 

The pastoral staff endeavors to be sensitive to the Spirit of God when He might choose to manifest Himself in any of these ways. 

For instance, God may give a "word of knowledge" regarding those in the congregation with a particular problem whom God is desiring to minister to. 

Or there may be a "prophecy" -- an inspired utterance -- which edifies, exhorts, and comforts God's people.

The Bible also speaks of different kinds of tongues. In the Book of Acts, when believers were filled with the Holy Spirit, they spoke in other tongues (Acts 2:4). 

Paul also encouraged praying and even singing in other tongues. "What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also." (I Cor. 14:15)