What We Believe

GBC seeks to embody the missional call of Jesus, as revealed in God’s word, in our town, region and the world.

We are passionate about people! We believe that together we can grow in the likeness of Jesus, as we experience God’s grace, are renewed by the Spirit and as we share life together.

Believing

Belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God is a process that ultimately provides the biblical bedrock for your faith. Our desire is to reveal the nature of God and who He created you to be in order to strengthen your faith and surrender to His grace.

Belonging

Relationships play an essential role in your spiritual life and in your walk with God, and they’re rooted in belonging to a greater community. In fact, Jesus commanded us to love God and love one another. We all have a need to belong, and it’s through loving, helping and protecting one another that we have opportunity to live out these greatest of commandments.

Becoming

To be Christ-like is to move away from a self-centered existence to a Christ-centered life of doing and loving as He does. But this transformation isn’t done on our own – it’s begun and completed through God’s generous grace and power. Through practical steps in God’s Word, the Holy Spirit, and relationship with God and others, our emphasis is to help you become more like Christ in your own personal spiritual growth and development.

Building

                                          Discover how God is calling you to give to others what the Lord has already given to you. Acting as his hands and feet by using your gifts and talents you can help build the kingdom by the giving of yourself in making disciples and helping others move toward spiritual maturity.

Values

Although there are many things that Grace Bible Chapel values that other churches value, there are certain things that we give priority to that we believe contribute to our mission here in Parkhill.

Mission Over Tradition

Traditions in churches can play a vital role in maintaining a churches’ ministry. Many traditions were originally put in place because they enhanced the ministry and the mission of the church. Over time, however, traditions can be practiced simply because they have become comfortable or expected and can even begin to hinder us from fulfilling our God given mission. At GBC we recognize that tradition can be important, but that our mission as a church is even more important. We therefore continually examine the way we do things to determine if they help or hinder us in fulfilling our mission. (See Matthew 15:1-7)

At GBC, we have people from all walks of life. Some have families, some are single, and some have children that have long since left the nest. We value everyone who calls GBC their church home and hope that we are effective at helping you in your walk with the Lord. However, one thing that makes GBC distinct is our focus on ministry to families with children. Many of our ministries are designed with this in mind. If your children are grown or if you are childless, we therefore invite you to join with us in this part of our mission. (See Luke 18:16)

Grace is for Everyone

At GBC, people are allowed to be imperfect. Although our goal is to help people become mature disciples of Jesus Christ, we realize that everyone who has come in our door struggles with sin. We believe that one role of the church is to be a hospital for souls. We therefore make it a point to welcome people whose lifestyles may not yet reflect an intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ in the hope that we can help them experience the grace of God, the forgiveness available in Jesus Christ and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. (See Mark 2:15-17)

Freedom in Christ

At GBC, we value the inner of transformation of the Holy Spirit. We are convinced that the motivation to live a godly life comes not be external coercion but rather from our hearts as they have been changed by God. We therefore understand that there are certain matters that should be left to a Christian’s individual conscience. We value the belief that righteousness does not come from following rules and law keeping. (See Romans 14)

What We Believe

We believe that the Holy Scriptures were inspired in the original writings and are of final authority in all matters of faith and practice. We believe in one God (Deut 6:4), eternally existing in three persons: Father (Eph. 4:16), Son (John 1:1) and Holy Spirit (Heb. 9:14) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is truly God and man (1 Tim. 3:16); sinlessly perfect, born of a virgin, and that he died for our sins (1 Peter 2:24), was buried and rose again bodily from the dead. He has ascended into heaven where he ministers as our Great High Priest (Heb. 9:24) We believe that every person has sinned and is separated from God (Romans 5:12), but can be brought into a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16), and that each believer possesses the security of eternal life (John 5:24) We believe that each believer is indwelt and sealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13-14) who enables the believer to live a godly life (Gal. 5:16,22,23) We believe that the church is made up of all believers throughout the world and is a living entity known as the body of Christ. Jesus Christ is the head of the church (Eph. 1:22,23). The local church is composed of believers who meet together under Christ’s authority (Col. 1:18) We believe in the bodily resurrection of every person (John 5:29), everlasting life for the saved (Rev. 22:1-5) and everlasting conscious punishment for the lost (Rev. 20:10-15) We believe in the personal and imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ for the dead and the living “in Christ” (1 Thess. 4:14-18)