About Grace Community
Together becoming and inviting others to become authentic followers of Christ
Grace Community exists to worship God through ACTS:
- Attracting – as (by God’s grace at work in us) we live into our vision and become “authentic followers of Christ,” our prayer is that others will be attracted to Jesus as they see his beauty being formed in and expressed through our lives. (Mt. 5:14-16)
- Connecting – we’re convinced that Jesus doesn’t simply want people connected to himself, he wants us connected to his body (AKA, “the church” – a local, living, breathing fellowship of Christ-followers who are figuring out what it means to follow Jesus together authentically). (Heb. 10:24-25)
- Training – having Christ’s likeness formed in us doesn’t happen by accident, or even by“trying” really hard; it happens by training. It happens as we trust him, yield our hearts to him, and follow him — becoming his apprentices and learning to walk in the life-giving ways of his kingdom. (1 Tim. 4:8)
- Sending – Jesus’ intention is for each of us to be engaged, full throttle, in his healing, restoring work in the world. We’re not intended to be trophies, but tools — participants in his redeeming work in the world – stewarding our time, talent, and treasure for his
kingdom’s sake. (2 Cor. 5:18-20)
- To be a church where we love one another boldly, forgive one another freely, serve one another sacrificially, and communicate with one another authentically
- To be a church where people who don’t know Christ receive priority attention and where they are attracted to him by the winsome, authentic, lavish love of Christ that they see us display toward one another
- To be a biblically functioning community of believers where people discover their God-given gifts and employ them gladly in the church for the good of the whole body, where the rich help take care of the poor and the strong help carry the weak, where hurting, struggling folks are not condemned, but cared for and healed and where all people are valued simply on the basis that they matter to God and, therefore, matter to us
- To be a church where seekers can come and find a safe place where they can relate and an open invitation to belong and yet be drawn to a loving Christ who desires to wash away their sin and make them new and whole and clean
- To be a church where it’s okay, even the norm, for people to be real, genuine, vulnerable and transparent, displaying the loving holiness of God that has been poured out in their hearts by the Holy Spirit.
- To be a church where new believers are nurtured, cared for, grounded in their faith and grow to maturity and where mature believers reproduce themselves spiritually in the lives of others
- To be a church that looks beyond itself and beyond it’s immediate community to it’s larger responsibility of helping to fulfill the great commission of Christ to the very ends of the earth.
- To be a church that lives every day as an instrument of hope and healing and compassion and justice and restoration and beauty and righteousness and love in the world, in the name of Christ Jesus, to the glory of God the Father, and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
We believe …
- in ONE God – one essence, yet three persons – Father, Son, and Spirit. (I.E. Mt. 28:19)
- that all creation was originally “good,” declaring God’s glory, and humanity, the crowning act of God’s creative work, was intended to bear God’s image in the world and live in loving relationship with God and one another. (Gen. 1-2)
- that sin entered the human story when humanity, individually and collectively, refused to trust God and rejected his loving rule and reign. Consequently, humanity (individually and collectively), and all creation, lives with the resulting consequence of human sin — broken relationship with God and all of its collateral damage. (Gen. 3)
- that God is in “hot pursuit” of all humanity; making himself known, inviting us to right relationship with himself, and making it possible to turn to him. (Luke 15:1-7)
- the biblical writers were inspired (in-Spirited) by God in a unique way and that the entire Bible (Old and New Testament books) is a reliable witness to who God is, how we are reconciled to God, and how he intends for his people to live in the world. (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
- that the big, biblical story (Old and New Testaments) of God’s redemptive work is intended to lead us to Jesus, and that Jesus is the full and final revelation of who God is. (John 1:1-18)
- that God, through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, is reconciling humanity to himself and urges us, “be reconciled to God.” (2 Cor. 5:19)
- being “reconciled to God” happens as we say, “Yes!” to his loving invitation to relationship in which there is forgiveness, newness of spiritual life, and power to break the stronghold of sin in our hearts and lives. (Eph. 2:4-10)
- that full surrender to the loving leadership of Jesus is intended to be the new normal for Christ-followers. And, as we entrust ourselves fully to him, the Spirit of God fills our lives (think, “wind filling a sail”), empowering us to live as God intended. (Acts 1:8)
- that Jesus will return, as he promised, and will set everything aright. (Rev. 22:20)
For an official doctrinal statement of the Church of the Nazarene, visit: https://nazarene.org/beliefs.