Core Values

Grace Church Core Values:   (Structural Details of Our House)

The Core Value of the Gospel: (John 14:6-7)
(Grace Church is a community of followers of Jesus Christ)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the only way through which people may obtain eternal life and forgiveness of sins.
We believe that Jesus Christ is important to people and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the message of life for all who respond in faith.
We believe that Grace Church is to be a community where new life in Christ is found and fostered.
We believe that a Christian community by definition needs to reaches out to the larger community locally and globally with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The Core Value of Faith: (Hebrews 11:1-2)
(Grace Church is a community of Faith.)
Grace Church seeks to be a community of real people with a real faith in a real Saviour engaged with the real world.
We believe that faith in Jesus Christ is a prerequisite for life and growth.
We believe that faith is life lived in an ongoing, dynamic relationship with God through Jesus Christ, not just intellectual assent to dogma.
We believe that the evidence of faith is seen in growth in individual lives of truth, compassion, integrity, joy, and peace.
 
The Core Value of Community: (John 15;1-5)
(Grace Church is a Christian community. We are created for community and grow best as individuals within community.)
We believe People are important to Jesus Christ and His Church.
We believe Healthy Community begins with individuals who position themselves for transformation by Jesus Christ with others.
We believe that positioning for transformation is best facilitated by involvement in small groups.
We believe that people growing in community are healthier, stronger, and more storm resistant.

The Core Value of Sanctuary: ( II Corinthians 5:17-21)
(Grace Church is committed to being a safe community.)
We will not let you do something hurtful to yourself.
We will not let you do something hurtful to others.
We will not let others do something hurtful to you.
When you are hurting we will take you to Jesus.

Core Value of Growth:    (Romans 12:1-2)
(Grace Church is not a perfect Community. None of us are perfect but we are committed to journeying together to Jesus Christ and to transformation by Him.)
The Four Journeys:
The Journey Upward to deeper relationship of intimacy with God through Jesus Christ.
The Journey Outward to healthy relationships.
The journey Inward to personal well-being, inner healing and wholeness.
The Journey forward in ministry partnership using our gifts and talents for God’s glory.

The Core Value of Ministry:  (I Corinthians 12:4-7)
(Grace Church is a Community of Servants.)
1. We believe all individual believers have gifts and talents given by the Holy Spirit for ministry.
2. We believe that gifts and talents, though exercised by individuals, are intended for use in the community for the glorify God.
3. We believe that ministries are determined by giftedness, confirmed by the Community, and exercised dependant on God’s grace and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
4. We believe that all ministry is done in submission to Jesus Christ as the Lord of the Church and as such requires the humility of a servant.

The Core Value of Mission: (Matthew 28:18-20, John 13:34-35)
(Grace Church is a Missional Community, one that is a mission outpost for our community and our world.)
Grace Church believes that the Great Commission and the Great Commandment of Jesus Christ send us out to a needy world.
The Great Commission requires us to go and make disciples of all the nations, both those living around us and around the world.
The Great Commandment requires that our lives be consistent with our message as we seek to love and care for people in such a way that they may come to see Jesus Christ in our actions.
Grace Church is committed to supporting and sending out missionaries.

The Core Value of Worship: (John 4:23-24)
(Grace Church is a Worshipping Community.)
As a community and as individuals our main purpose is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Worship is one of the means to that end.
Worship is the offering of ourselves afresh to God and positioning ourselves to hear/receive from Him.
Worship is not about personal styles, preferences, or tastes but about our engaging of the Living God and seeking His glory.
Worship is a sanctuary where our sight gets restored, our hearing renewed, our minds transformed, and our hearts healed.