What We Believe
Our Belief in Christ
Grace Fellowship is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) one of the fastest growing associations of churches in the United States. All PCA churches hold to the Bible alone as their source of spiritual authority as summarized in The Westminster Confession of Faith and Westminster Shorter and Larger Catechisms. Below, you will find seven of our core doctrines.
The Bible is entirely true: We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, without error, and the only authority for what we are to believe about God and how we are to live before him.
Sinners are radically sinful: While human beings are capable of doing good in the world, the Scripture is clear that apart from Christ, we are “dead in our trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1). Every person is a sinner at the core of his/her being and apart from Christ, sin rules their perspectives, motives, desires, and purposes.
We worship and serve a big God: When we say this, we mean that He is “sovereign,” that all things are under His control — even falling sparrows (Matthew 10:29). We also believe that God is so big that we would never come to Jesus in faith unless He enabled us to come.
The cross is absolutely central: Here we are at the heart of the Gospel. Jesus said that His death was the reason He came: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). We are held captives of sin and Jesus’ death was the ransom-price that bought our release from that bondage.
Grace is utterly incredible: What father in his just and holy mind would wrap his arms around a stinking prodigal (Luke 15)? Who would dare teach that a cheating tax collector stood uncondemned before Heaven (Luke 18:9-14)? Who would assure a guilty criminal within a gasp of his death that he would be in paradise that very day (Luke 23:39-43)? There is no explanation, except: that’s just the way God is; that’s just the way Jesus delights to be!
Christians are continually secure: Jesus said, “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.” (John 6:37-39)
Life is completely holy: Christ’s way engulfs even the routine and ordinary; Jesus rules and cares about all of life. Everywhere, we are on sacred ground. God rules over all of life. Nothing is outside his dominion — whether business and politics, economics and education, science and sex, history and harvests, art and affliction, music and marriage. All of life is holy and must be submitted to his reign.
(Adapted from Rev. Steve Jussely, Lakeland Presbyterian Church)