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Our Statement of What We Believe:
Core Value: We welcome everyone who welcomes everyone!
In Essential Beliefs - we believe that there should be unity. Ephesians 4:4-6
In Non-Essential Beliefs - we believe that there should be liberty. Romans 14:10-14
In All Our Beliefs - we believe that we must maintain love toward each other. 1st Corinthians 13:2
Theological Principles of Faith
1. We believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. We believe that Jesus Christ, out of love for the world, died on the cross as atonement for our sins and to make possible the new life promised in Scripture. We believe that Jesus Christ was resurrected (rose from the dead), ascended into heaven, and offers the gift of eternal life for all who will believe in Him.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Word of the Father, of one substance with the Father, and yet took human form (after being conceived by the Holy Spirit) and was born through the Virgin, Mary. We believe that Jesus Christ is, in the words of John 1: "The Word made flesh." And we affirm, along with the Apostle Paul, in II Corinthians 5:19 that "God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself."
2. We believe that there is one true God, of everlasting and infinite power, goodness, and wisdom. We believe that God is the creator and sustainer of the entire Universe. Moreover, we believe within the unity of the God there are three persons of one substance, power, and will, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That is to say, we affirm the traditional Trinitarian formula normative to the ecumenical church since the early Christian centuries, most notably that of the Nicene and Apostle's Creeds, that the Oneness of God is revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. We believe that God's paramount characteristics (the trunk of the tree, if you will) are love, mercy, justice, and grace. God loves us just as we are, yet also calls each of us into growth and greater Christian living. While God does demand accountability for the way we live our lives, ultimately this is always framed within the context of "prodigal son like" mercy and forgiveness.
4. We believe that God's presence can be felt and known through many vehicles, such as other persons, the Word, and the Church, but primarily through the work of the Holy Spirit, who serves as our comforter, our guide, and our counselor.
5. We believe that the Bible, inspired by God and recorded by humans, is the guide and final authority for our lives. The Bible contains all that we need to know regarding salvation. The Bible is to be received through the Holy Spirit as the true rule and guide for faith and practice. The books of the Bible, which we regard as cannon, are the sixty-six books of the Bible common to all Protestant versions.
6. (The human condition) Here we concur with Christian tradition which states that: "humanity has been born with a sinful disposition, an inherent bias towards acts of sinning." God's grace has provided a means to overcome this; as we turn to Christ he provides a new disposition, the new heart as promised in Scripture (see Ezekiel 11:19-20).
In the most basic sense, the human condition (historically called original sin) refers to the fact that we all stand and admit that we need God's forgiveness and empowering grace. It involves admitting that we need God's power to change our lives and hearts away from being self-centered towards serving and loving God and others.
7. We believe that forgiveness of sin is offered to us by God, and that as Christians we need to confess our faith in Christ as Savior and Lord, accepting Christ as the master of our lives, and the Holy Spirit as our guide through life.
There is nothing, however, one can do to earn salvation, because it is a gift from God. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9) The "love" offering that Christ made of his life, upon the cross, is the perfect and only sacrifice necessary for us to be forgiven in God's eyes. All we need to do is accept the gift.
8. We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ is the body of believers, men, women, and children in which the Word of God is preached and shared, sacraments administered, and the building up of one another in Christian love and charity takes place.
We believe the church has a two-fold purpose. One, to nurture the believer (in-reach); to be a body which loves and accepts one another and calls each other into Christian growth and Christian living. Two, the church exists to reach out to the unbeliever, inviting them into a trans-forming relationship with Christ. In this regard then, the church exists to be light of the world, the "salt" of the earth, to be a leavening influence in terms of social service and social justice.
9. We believe the sacraments are the visible and outward signs of God's invisible and inward grace. They are means by which God works to bless, enrich, nourish, challenge, and change the hearts and lives of those who participate in them. There are only two sacraments that are ordained by Christ in the Gospel: baptism and the Lord's Supper.
Baptism is a sign and profession of one's acceptance of Christ's power and rule in their lives, as well as the washing away of sins, and hence represents the new birth made possible through Christ. We believe in baptizing both infants and adults as was modeled in the early Church and by the apostle Paul.
We believe that the Lord's Supper is a meal open to any and all who are seeking a relationship with Christ. We believe God freely gives from God's table. The Lord's Supper is a time to remember what Christ has done for us, as well as serving as a reminder for each of us to live out the life that Christ lived. It is a means in which God strengthens us, nourishes our soul, and allows us to receive God's grace. All are welcome at Christ's table.
Presbyterian USA Church
Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve. God comes to us in free and undeserved favor in the person of Jesus Christ who lived, died, and rose for us that we might belong to God and serve Christ in the world. Following Jesus, Presbyterians are engaged in the world and in seeking thoughtful solutions to the challenges of our time.
Presbyterians affirm that God comes to us with grace and love in the person of Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose for us so that we might have eternal and abundant life in him. As Christ’s disciples, called to ministry in his name, we seek to continue his mission of teaching the truth, feeding the hungry, healing the broken, and welcoming strangers. God sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, giving us the energy, intelligence, imagination, and love to be Christ’s faithful disciples in the world.
We are a Purple Heart Church
WHEREAS, the Grace Presbyterian Church has a proud history of supporting our active military and veteran population and has great admiration and utmost gratitude for our men and women who have served; and
WHEREAS, the Purple Heart Medal is the oldest military decoration in present use and was initially created as a Badge of Military Merit by General George Washington in 1782; and
WHEREAS, the Purple Heart Medal was the first award made available to the common soldier and is specifically awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who have been wounded in combat or were killed in action against a declared enemy of the United States of America, paying the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms; and
WHEREAS, the mission of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is to foster an environment of goodwill among combat-wounded veterans and their families; promote patriotism; support related legislative initiatives; and most importantly, to ensure we never forget the sacrifices of our military men and women; and
WHEREAS, Grace has a respectable veteran population, including Purple Heart recipients who contribute to our community in countless ways; and
WHEREAS, Grace sincerely appreciates all our military veterans, combat veterans, Purple Heart recipients, and their families for the sacrifices they have made defending our freedoms and want to expressly honor them in our Church.
NOW, THEREFORE, be it proclaimed by the Elders of this Church
Grace Presbyterian Church honors our veterans and encourages the Congregation of this Church to show their appreciation for the many sacrifices mad by our Purple Heart recipients, acknowledge their courage, and show them the support they have earned. Therefore, we are proud to designate the Grace Presbyterian Church as a
Purple Heart Church
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Pastor John Roberts, have hereunto set my hand and caused this 9th day of August, 2021.