There are several core distinctives that help shape the contours of Grace Baptist Church. They are:
- Expository Preaching
Because we are convinced that the Holy Scriptures are the very Word of God, we are committed to teaching and preaching the whole counsel of God verse by verse. This kind of text-driven preaching enables us to fulfill Jesus' commission to teach everything that He has commanded us.
- Unity in Diversity
In the family of Grace, our members come from many different nations and people groups. While this diversity presents cultural, linguistic, and traditional challenges, by meeting them we have come to enjoy that richness that comes from being of the same mind and same heart, having been united with Christ as one body.
- Sufficiency of the Gospel
The gospel is not an add-on to our services or merely an entry point to Christianity. The gospel is the message we preach and the means by which we persevere in the faith. We focus on applying the gospel to every area of living, including marriage, family, work, personal sanctification, evangelism, and Christian community.
- Centrality of Christ
Jesus Christ is the sum and substance of our preaching, the standard of our living, and has supremacy over all things. The church is His idea, and we are convinced that His promise to build His church should remind us of His purpose, and remove from us any hindrance in declaring His great name. Christ is central in history, in Scripture, in the church, and in our individual lives.
The church is described in Scripture as the family of God and the household of faith. Grace seeks to invest in families by focusing on biblical parenting, family worship, instruction for children, and spiritual development in the home. We are committed to encouraging all believers--single, married, adults and children--to experience the benefits that come from grace-saturated relationships in the church family.
- Humble Orthodoxy
As a confessional church with an appreciation and conscious awareness of church history, we embrace the orthodox truths articulated throughout the ages. We desire to hold our beliefs with humility and honesty, knowing that whatever we have or have learned is due to God's gracious revelation.
- Robust Orthopraxy
A humble orthodoxy should breed a robust orthopraxy (practice). The beliefs we esteem (credenda) influence and drive the practice of the church (agenda). A robust orthopraxy means demonstrating the power of the gospel in transformed lives where good works are evident among believers, and the gospel is commended and adorned through loving service with joyful sacrifice.
The core distinctives that shape who we are as God’s people at Grace Baptist Church culminate in worship. Because God has rescued and redeemed us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we are called to acknowledge and rejoice in Him in personal devotion, in family worship and in times of gathered worship. “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:12).