1. The Scriptures
At Graceway, we believe that the Bible, consisting of sixty-six books in the Old and New Testaments is God’s Holy Word. It was inspired by the Holy Spirit, without error in the original manuscripts, and uniquely preserved for us by the Holy Spirit. It is the final authority for our beliefs and actions, and is sufficient for our salvation and growth in godliness; therefore, we reject all claims of extra-Biblical revelation. (Heb. 4:12; 2 Pet. 1:3, 19-21; 2 Tim. 3:16,17; Titus 1:2; Rev. 22:18-19)
2. Triune God
We believe that there is only one living and true God. He is all-powerful, holy, and loving. He is eternally self-existent in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. While He is one in essence and equal in every divine perfection, each person of the Godhead is distinct in role and responsibility. (Ex. 20:3; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 3:13-17; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 John 4:8; Rev. 4:8).
3. Jesus Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who became a man, without ceasing to be God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, was born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life. He died a substitutionary death upon a cross for all who will believe. He was buried, bodily arose from the dead on the third day, was seen by men, and ascended into Heaven. Today, He is at God the Father’s right hand, interceding for those who believe. We await His imminent return to the earth. (Matt. 1:18-20; John 1:1-2,14; Phil. 2:5-11; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Rom. 3:21-26; 5:9; Heb. 2:9; 1 John 2:2; Matt. 28:1-10; Acts 1:9; Heb. 7:25-28; 1 Thess. 4:14-17, 5:9; 1 Cor. 15:51-53)
4. The Holy Spirit
We believe that God the Holy Spirit is co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father and God the Son. The Holy Spirit restrains evil in the world, convicts and regenerates sinners, indwells and guides believers, enabling their spiritual growth and empowering them with spiritual gifts to build up the church. He gave some temporary gifts, such as tongues, prophecy, and power to heal, as signs to confirm the birth and early growth of the church. Since the Bible is now complete, such sign gifts are not needed for our salvation and growth in godliness. (2 Thess. 2:7; John 3:6, 16:7-11; Rom. 8:1-13; Eph. 4:30, 5:18; 1 Cor. 12:1-13:13; 1 Pt. 4:10)
We believe that God created Satan as a perfect angel. But Satan chose to rebel against God and took with him many other angels. God is in control, yet has allowed these fallen angels to oppose Him on Earth within limits. While God has defeated Satan, both he and his followers will be ultimately punished in the Lake of Fire. (Isa. 14:12-15; Eze. 28:14-17; Job 1:6-2:7; Rev. 12:9-10, 20:1-3, 7-10; 1 Thess. 3:5; 1 Pt 5:8; Mat. 4:1-11; Eph. 6:12)
6. Creation and the Fall of Humanity
We believe that God created a perfect world out of nothing, in six, literal, twenty-four-hour days. He created man innocent, but man chose to disobey Him. As a result, sin and its effects came upon all creation. The entire human race became sinners deserving of physical and spiritual death, including eternal punishment in a literal hell, and everyone will be held accountable to God for their sin. (Gen. 1:1-3:24; Neh. 9:6; Ps. 33:6-9; John 1:3; Heb. 11:3; Col. 1:16-17; Ex. 20:11, 31:17; Rom. 5:18-19; Rom. 3:23; Eph. 2:1-3; Mat. 25:41; Luk. 16:22-28; Rev. 20:11-15)
We believe that salvation is freely available to all by God’s grace through faith. It is given to those who confess their sinfulness before God, trust Jesus Christ’s death on their behalf, and turn from sin to God. God’s gift of salvation to the believer consists of forgiveness and new spiritual life. Because God declares him righteous, he is no longer subject to the punishment for sin in Hell and is eternally secure. A believer will, by the empowering of the Holy Spirit, resist the power of sin in his life. The believer will grow in Christlikeness and be ultimately saved from the presence of sin in Heaven. (Acts 16:31; John 1:12, 3:5-7,16; Eph. 2:1-9; Rom 3:23-26; Rom. 5:12-21; Eph. 2:1-9; I Tim. 2:4, 4:10; John 10:27-30; Rom. 8:30-39; Eph. 4:22-28; I Pet. 1:23; 2 Cor. 5:21; 2 Pet. 3:18; Matt. 25:34)
8. The Church
We believe that the church is the Body of Christ, consisting of both a larger body and a local body. The larger body is an invisible body, not yet formed or functioning, composed of all true believers, who have been baptized into Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit at salvation. We believe this body is distinct from Israel and will be removed from this world at the Rapture, prior to the start of the seven years of Tribulation.
We believe the local body is a visible organized assembly of born-again believers, who upon the basis of a credible profession of faith, have been baptized by immersion in water. The local church functions as a self-governing body of believer priests, under the servant leadership of pastors and deacons for the glory of God and the good of others, in light of the Judgment Seat of Christ.
We believe the local body is God’s program during this dispensation of grace and is accountable only to God for its own affairs i.e. worship, edification, evangelism, discipline of it’s members, ownership of it’s own property, conducting the two ordinances of believer’s baptism and the Lord’s supper; support of missionaries etc.
(Heb. 12:23; 1 Cor.12:13; Eph. 5:23-32; Acts 2:41-42; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Matt. 28:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-28; 2 Tim. 3:1-16; Titus 1:5-9; Matt. 18:15-18; Acts 6:3-5; I Cor. 5:4-5, 13; I Tim. 3:15; Rom. 6:3-4; I Cor. 11:26. Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:3-4; Matt. 26:29; 1 Cor. 13:1-3)
We believe that in the last days, many shall depart from the faith. It is therefore the responsibility of every believer and every congregation in the light of the Judgment Seat of Christ, to not identify with, affiliate or fellowship with, that which would be harmful to their spiritual walk or witness for our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the individual believer this involves separating from any worldly passion or practice that dishonours or casts doubt upon their love for Christ. For the local church it involves separating from all those who have deviated from the Word of God, who no longer walk in like faith and practice and from those who knowingly are content to do so.
(2 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; I Jn. 4:1; Ps. 1:1; Rom. 16:17; 2 Cor. 6:17; Tit. 1:13; Gal. 2:11-21; 2 Thes. 3:6-12; Rom. 6:17; Eph. 5:11; Jude 3)
10. End Times
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ could return at any time to rapture his people to Heaven, where all true believers will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ and enjoy the marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Upon the Earth, the Rapture will begin God’s prophetic time clock of events i.e. the unveiling of the anti-Christ; seven years of Tribulation; the return of Jesus Christ to the earth; the Battle of Armageddon; judgment of the nations; the captivity of Satan; the Millennial reign of Christ upon the Earth; a short release of Satan; a final conflict with God and the Great White Throne Judgment.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all mankind. The saved will be raised to receive a glorified body and eternal rejoicing in Heaven with Christ. Those who have never trusted Christ as Saviour will be raised to eternal punishment in Hell. We believe in a literal heaven and a literal hell.
(John 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:51–52; 1 Thess. 4:13- 18; Dan. 9:24-27; Matt. 24: 21; Rev.4:1-2; 19;11-16; 20:11-15)