STATEMENT OF FAITH
Grace Park Church affirms the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God, and as the sole authority for our beliefs. Although it is not binding, this church accepts “The Baptist Faith and Message”, a 2000 affirmation of basic Christian beliefs, as a general statement of our faith.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Bible declares that Jesus was/is God the Son who in His incarnation (birth into human history as fully God and fully man) provided for us the clearest and most important revelation of God that has ever been or ever will be and can alone forgive our sins and grant us salvation. In Heb 1:1-4 we read, “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deut 6:4; 2 Cor 13:14)
Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen 1:26, 27; Rom 3:21-25; 5:12-13; Eph 2:1-3, 11-12).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Eph 2:8-10; John 1:12-13; Eph 1:7-10; 1 Peter 1:17-19).
We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons (Eph 1:22-23; 5:25-27; 1 Cor 12:12-14; 2 Cor 11:2). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament (Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Tim 3:1-3; Titus 1:5-11). We believe in the autonomy of the local churches, free of any external authority and control (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; Rom 16:1-4; 1 Cor 3:9, 16; 1 Cor 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4). We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s supper as the two scriptural ordinances for the church (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 2:41, 42; Acts 18:8; 1 Cor 11:23-26).
The word “gospel” means “good news.”
The central message of the Bible is the Gospel, or good news, about the Person and work of Jesus Christ. In 1 Cor 15:1-5, Paul provides the most concise summary of the gospel: the man Jesus is also God, or Christ, and died on a cross in our place, paying the penalty for our sins; three days later He rose to conquer sin and death and give the gift of salvation to all who believe in Him alone for eternal life.