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What We Believe

Grace Fellowship is a community of believers who love Jesus, love one another, and love all people. We believe the Bible is uniquely God-inspired without error and has the final authority on all matters on which it bears. It teaches us that there is only one God. You might have heard of Him:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God yet three persons. We believe that God created humans to have a relationship with Him. But because of our sin, we also believe that we need His saving grace, which is offered to everyone and received by faith in Jesus Christ. We are part of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. What's a Synod you might ask? (Good question!) Synod comes from the Greek which means “walking together.” We join together with other Christian churches who share the same profession of faith as we do.

Here is more about what we believe. Jesus Christ is God's perfect Son, who through His birth by the Virgin Mary lived a sinless life on earth 2,000 years ago. He voluntarily paid for our sins by dying on the cross for us. His death gained salvation for all who receive it as a gift by trusting in Him alone. He rose from the dead three days later and after forty days ascended into heaven, bodily, with the promise that someday, unknown to us all, He will return to earth to conclude all things and reign forever. In the meantime, He promises to be with us always.

The sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion are God's means of grace that bring forgiveness and salvation to all who partake. These are not simply empty ceremonies and church rituals. They are gifts from God whereby He attaches his promises of forgiveness and salvation through the water of baptism and the real presence of Christ's body and blood with the bread and wine in the Holy Supper.

We are a praying church. Jesus has promised to hear our prayers and encourages us to pray with confidence and persistence. So we do, knowing and accepting that He will answer our prayers according to His will and for our ultimate good. We have heard His "no". We have heard His "wait". And we have heard His "yes", with miracles that followed. We are a praying church.

We believe there are a heaven and a hell. Many only want to believe in heaven, but if we have a just and holy God, he must punish sin and wrongdoing. Would we want the devil to ultimately get a place in heaven? Of course not. Only those who have received the righteousness of Christ through faith in His death and resurrection will be invited to sit at the banquet feast of heaven for eternity in the presence of Jesus. Those who have rejected Him will get their wish. They will not have Him. That is called hell.

We are a sent church. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples…”  It is our privilege and joy to tell others about Him. We are careful not to be obnoxious and arrogant. We have Good News, and want others to hear it.

And finally, we look forward to the return of Jesus. He is coming back, you know. He said so. Our understanding of the end times is rather simple and straight forward. On some unknown day, that only God knows, Jesus will return with all the heavenly host, and with the sound of trumpets.  Everyone will see Him and know that it is He. All the dead will rise again bodily, and the judgment of all mankind will begin. Those who believe in Him will have their sins covered and will be raptured into eternal life. Those who reject Jesus will need to account for their own sins. Not good. They will be sent away forever. A new heaven and earth will be prepared for the people of God, with whom they will live forever and ever. Amen.