We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the Godhead who is active in the world today. The Spirit indwells and seals the believer at new birth. We believe the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a subsequent event available to all Christians to empower us to be witnesses. We believe in and encourage, the use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We believe in the continuing in-filling of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 10:44-46; Ephesians 5:18).
We believe that believer’s Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances of the church and should be practiced regularly. (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-10; I Corinthians 10:16-21).
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25).
We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4). We believe that God has commanded no sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, and incest) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10).
Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Psalm 139).
Treatment of Others
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture, or the doctrines of GCF.
Redemption and Restoration
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11).
Employment and Service
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Grace Community Fellowship (GCF) as the local body of Christ and to provide a biblical role model to GCF’s members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by GCF in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by all points in this Statement of Faith, including the points regarding gender, sexuality, and sanctity of human life (Matt. 5:16; Phil. 2:14-16; 1 Thess. 5:22).
The statement of faith does not exhaust our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired, infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of GCF’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Eldership Team is GCF’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.