WHAT WE BELIEVE

In essential beliefs — we have unity.

“There is one Body and one Spirit…there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…” Eph. 4:4-6

In non-essential beliefs — we have liberty.

“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.”
Romans 14:1,4,12,22

In all our beliefs — we show charity.

“…If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains — but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” 1 Cor. 13:2 (Ph)

God

We believe in the One ever-living, eternal God, Creator and Ruler of the Universe. Who has revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27, Isaiah 9:6,Deuteronomy 6:4, 2 Corinthians 13:14, John 1:1)

The Bible

We believe the Bible is the unchangeable, inspired Word of God to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
(II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21, II Timothy 1:13, Psalm 119:105,160, Psalm 12:6, Proverbs 30:5)

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of a virgin; that he lived a sinless life, was crucified on Calvary for our sins, and physically rose from the grave.He has been exalted to the throne of God where He is the only mediator between God and man. We believe that through his death and resurrectionwe have access to personal salvation and power for victorious living.
(Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:22-23, John 1:1-5,14, Philippians 2:5-6, I Timothy 2:5, 3:16)

Man

Man is made in the image of God. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although God designed man to have fellowship with him, man became alienated from God through disobedience. As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and choose to sin against God. Man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own efforts.
(Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6a, Romans 3:23, Colossians 1:21, Isaiah 59:1-2)

Salvation

Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6; 1:12, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1)

Water Baptism & Communion

We believe that following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is
commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water (see Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38). We believe in a unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (A representation of the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12,36-38, 48; I Corinthians 10:16; 11:23-26)

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is active in the world today and He lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The baptism of the Holy Spirit, along with His gifts, is the privilege of all believers.
(1 Corinthians 12:13, Romans 8:16-17,Acts 1:6-8, Acts 8:14-17, Acts 19:1-2, 1 Corinthians 12:4-7)

The Church

We believe the Church has been called to be the embodiment of God’s Spirit in this world.As the body of Christ on earth, the Church offers hope to mankind. The Church is one body made up of many members, diverse in their gifts and calling of the Holy Spirit.
(Psalms 92:12-15, Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22, Hebrews 12:23, John 17:11, 20-23)

Eternity

Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. When you die, you will either spend eternity in Heaven or Hell. Eternal separation from God happens in Hell. Eternal union with God occurs in Heaven.
(John 3:16, I John 2:25; 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15)

Shorthand

Early Christians attempted to distill their theological beliefs into condensed summaries that could be recited from memory. Two such ancient summaries that are shared by nearly the entire Christian Church are the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed. GraceTown Church embraces these two ancient creeds as accurate summaries of the orthodox teachings of the Christian faith as found in the Holy Scripture. They are as follows:

The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, 
creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, 
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, 
born of the Virgin Mary, 
suffered under Pontius Pilate, 
was crucified, died, and was buried; 
he descended to the dead. 
On the third day he rose again; 
he ascended into heaven, 
he is seated at the right hand of the Father, 
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, 
the communion of saints, 
the forgiveness of sins, 
the resurrection of the body, 
and the life everlasting. AMEN.

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, 
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, 
God from God, light from light, 
true God from true God, 
begotten, not made, 
of one Being with the Father; 
through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation 
he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary 
and became truly human. 
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; 
he suffered death and was buried. 
On the third day he rose again 
in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven 
and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, 
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, 
who proceeds from the Father [and the Son], 
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, 
who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. 
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. 
We look for the resurrection of the dead, 
and the life of the world to come. Amen.