Vision Statement: Glorifying God by Making Disciples Who Know Jesus and Make Him Known
We are passionate about glorifying God by making disciples through Christ-centered worship, community, service and mission.
God created all things and orchestrated all of history to display His glory in Jesus Christ, and by His grace, we glorify God as we seek to conform to the image of Christ. Therefore, at Grace Church we aim to be “Christ-centered” in all that we do:
- We are Christ-centered in worship because in His grace, God gave us new hearts (Ezekiel 36) in Christ not because we deserved it, but despite the fact we didn’t (Romans 5).
- We are Christ-centered in community because the blood of Christ has broken down walls among the Church that we may all be reunited under His name (Ephesians 2).
- We are Christ-centered in our service because Jesus has freed us to live open-handed both in the church and in the world to reveal His light of hope to the world (Matthew 5).
- We are Christ-centered in our mission because Jesus commissioned us to make disciples both locally and globally through the spread and power of the gospel (Matthew 28).
Knowing Jesus Core Convictions
Making Him Known Core Convictions
On October 6, 1946 a meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Leah Stanton at 385 Wastena Terrace, Ridgewood, and under the leadership of founding Pastor Larry McGill, 39 charter members established Grace Church. Property was subsequently purchased at the corner of Meadowbrook and Libby Avenues. In May of 1947 construction began, and in November of that year the basement was completed and used for services. The building was completed in 1952 and was used until the current sanctuary was completed in 1964. Grace Church as faithfully served the community since 1946 and is trusting God to continue to impact Ridgewood and the surrounding communities in the years ahead.
The statement of doctrine at the founding of Grace Church in 1946 remains as the bedrock of theological conviction for us today:
ARTICLE 2. STATEMENT OF DOCTRINE
Section 1 – We believe in the verbal inspiration of all Scripture, both Old and New Testament, and that they are authoritative, without error, and sufficient for faith and life.
Section 2 – We believe in the one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Section 3 – We believe in the virgin birth of Christ, and that He is both fully God and fully man.
Section 4 – We believe in the total depravity of all mankind, and in the
necessity of regeneration.
Section 5 – We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, and that with His shed blood He obtained for us an eternal redemption.
Section 6 – We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His Ascension into Heaven and His present life there as our High Priest and advocate.
Section 7 – We believe that salvation is the free gift of God, entirely apart from works, and is possessed by all who have by faith received the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
Section 8 – We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and that he indwells all believers upon salvation and equips us for service.
Section 9 – We believe in the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Authority of Scripture
At the core of the Christian faith stands the belief that God has spoken in the world in the person and work of Jesus Christ. The authoritative and accurate revelation of God’s word is found in the 66 books that make up the Bible.
We hold the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant, and sufficient Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, life, salvation, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, and it is the sole authority of all that we believe and practice.
The Gospel, or “good news” of Jesus Christ, contains the essential doctrine of the Christian faith. While genuine Christians disagree on several secondary doctrines (such as eschatology, church government, forms of baptism), we view belief in the Gospel as the very core of what it means to be a Christian and to pursue a Christ-centered life.
The gospel is:
- There is one, triune, eternal God that created all things for his glory (Genesis 1:1, 26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Colossians 1:16, Psalm 90:2).
- All of humanity (save One) was birthed with a sin nature, regardless of whether we grew up going to church or we grew up in a home where God was never mentioned, meaning we have all undermined God and chose our glory over His. We believed that our way was better than God’s, we lived for ourselves and rebelled against God, doing so with the very bodies, minds, and hearts he gave us to glorify him with (Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:1-3, Psalm 51:5).
- God, being completely just and completely holy, will not allow men to undermine his name. Therefore, the wages of sin is death, and all of humanity is dead in sin, unable to do anything to regenerate themselves (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:1-3, Colossians2:13).
- At the perfectly set time, God sent the Son whom he loves, Jesus Christ, into the world as fully God and fully man, born of a virgin (John 3:16-17, Galatians 4:4, Luke 1:26-28).
- Jesus lived the perfect, sinless life that we could not and was crucified on the cross, dying the death that we deserved. In doing so, God poured out the wrath due to mankind onto His Son, and provided atonement for our sin (2 Cor 5:21, Hebrews 4:15, 1 John 2:2, Matthew 20:28, Romans 3:24-26).
- On the third day following the death and burial of Jesus, God raised him from the dead, proving he was the Son of God (Ephesians 1:20, Acts 2:24, Romans 4:24).
- Salvation is offered by God’s grace, a free gift entirely apart from works, and it is possessed by all who have by faith trusted in Jesus Christ as Saviour. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is now at work in those who believe (2 Corinthians 4:14, Romans 8:11).
- The divine person of the Holy Spirit indwells all believers at the moment of conversion and affirms their placement as an adopted child of God, equipping them for good works as a result of their saving faith (1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Timothy 1:14, Galatians 4:6).