Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy.
We believe that salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation.
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.
We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.
We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable
worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged,
and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to
defend, protect, and value all human life. (Ps 139.)
“We believe that God has established marriage as a lifelong, exclusive relationship between one man and one woman and that all intimate sexual activity outside the marriage relationship, whether heterosexual, homosexual, or otherwise, is immoral and therefore sin (Gen. 2:24-25; Ex. 20:14, 17, 22:19; Lev. 18:22-23, 20:13, 15-16; Matt. 19:4-6, 9; Rom. 1:18-31; I Cor. 6:9-10, 15-20; I Tim. 1:8-11; Jude 7). We believe that God created the human race male and female and that all conduct with the intent to adopt a gender other than one’s birth gender is immoral and therefore sin (Gen. 1:27; Deut. 22:5).”
Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, it is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For the purposes of Grace Covenant Church of Pottstown’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our elders are the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
Grace Covenant Church is a church in the reformed tradition and we want our core beliefs to define what is important to us and what is true about who we are. The following values come from that desire to live out the tenets of our faith, both as a body of believers and in the greater community we are part of.
Grace was birthed as a consequence of people coming
to God in prayer, seeking His face and guidance. We want every aspect of this
church to be founded on heartfelt prayers of people who are delighted to come
together to pray. We want our teaching and discipling to reflect and encourage
prayer. We may not have weekly prayer meetings, but we will depend on the
prayers of those people who are coming together regularly in homes or small
groups to pray for Grace church and the world.
2. God's Grace:
We want our understanding of God's grace
to be the underpinning of how we live in community with others. We want our
lives to be characterized by humility and authenticity, to be consistent with
the preaching that we hear every week. We know that it is God's grace working
through us that brings him glory and reaches out to help and minister to
others. We want that reflected in all aspects of church life and government.
We want to be a blessing to others in the
community because we are so aware of the beauty and wonder of God's grace
toward us. We hope that is true corporately and individually. We want to be
known for our willingness and quickness to reach out to the community around us
to share God's love in tangible ways in as many avenues as he opens for us.
4. Diversity in Culture:
Grace wants to be a church where
all generations and ethnic backgrounds are consciously working and ministering
together. We want to meet the needs of specific groups, while at the same time
incorporating those groups into the body as a whole so that we truly are living
out and reflecting God's definition of his church.
We want to be a church that reflects the trinity
to each other and our community. We will work to maintain gracious, loving
relationships in and among the people in our church in a way that reflects the
love the three persons of the trinity have for one another. That will be
reflected in our fellowship, our sacraments, our worship, our welcoming of
strangers in our midst, our outreach into the community and world, our
conflicts, and in all other areas of church life.
6. World Missions:
Grace wants to burdened for the world,
working to reach out to people all over the globe who are struggling with the
worst poverty, persecution and blindness. We will support mission efforts with
our material giving, our prayers and other tangible ways that we can help reach
the unreached for Christ.
7. Strength in God:
We know the church has hard work to do and
the opposition is great. We want the armor of God to be our weapons, creating a
God dependency to stand firmly on truth in our teaching and living. We do not
want to be a business, or create dependency on programs to sell the Gospel to
people. We will stand on the simplicity of truth and being the people God has
called us to be, each person and family in their own way. The church is the
people of God and we will strive to encourage people, heart and soul to be the
people of God in all areas of life.
Gathering to worship is important to us. We want our
Sunday mornings to be delightful gatherings of people who come together to
worship God through music, teaching, the sharing of the sacraments, and the
fellow-shipping of believers. In summary, we want to be representing God’s
kingdom and pushing the kingdom of God forward in all areas of life, through
our family relationships, our work or school, sports, recreation, etc.; to live
always with the desire to bring glory to God, being consciously saturated in
God’s grace in our love for God and his world.