By HIS Grace Church is a small Gathering of Friends who came together to create a place for their spiritual growth.
As a community we are working on our Core Values. We are asking ourselves questions.
- What are you committed to?
- We value…?
- What are the standards that influence your lives?
- What are your biblical core beliefs?
We accept all to worship as they are.
Our church: gives glory to God by reaching out to ALL people and lifestyles to welcome them into the beloved community to worship.
There are many paths to come to God.
- It is never too late to become what God’s wants you to be.
- God does not choose a few but is open to all and in waiting to be born again renewed.
- Everyone can know God and be known by God directly
We value all human life
- We respect and value each other, no matter where we are on our faith journey
- We believe that we need to assist people in discovering their God given gifts. Every person has received a gift from the Holy Spirit.
We all have God within.
- John 1:5 [show]John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (ESV)
says; “And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.” In every human soul there is implanted a certain element of God’s own spirit and divine energy. In the words of John; “The Light that enlightened every man who comes into the world.”
- That the more we know, the more we know that we do not know. Wisdom lies in knowing how much we do not know. I will try to not limit God by my knowledge and dogma.
- I believe that the Divine Spirit entered mankind and made us human. This Divine in each of us in the Christos as the ancient Greeks meant it and as the early Christians meant it.
We believe that we are to Serve.
- We are about helping and serving people become all they may be in Christ.
- We believe that we find true fulfillment as we are healed and blessed and become part of the healing and blessing of the world through following the direction of the Spirit.
- We believe that we minister to the wider community through many activities of this church and the interaction of our daily lives
- We believe in serving compassionately. We value serving others as needed of need, following the example of our Lord Jesus.
We are Christian.
- “Christian” means we perceive in Jesus the divine qualities of love, peace, joy and justice. Following the teachings of Jesus is a path to God
- We believe that the message that Christ is Eternal. The Holy Spirit is with us forever. Religion/Faith continues to grow and evolve.
- Christ died for all our sins, even those we have not yet committed. We need to ask forgiveness of the sins we know about and those we do not.
- Jesus loves me
We believe in the Bible
- While some religious groups have emphasized the Bible as the final and finished chapter of Spiritual life, I believe in a “continuing revelation.” We believe that we explore the Bible for its spiritual wisdom contained in symbol, metaphor, and history. We find in this Sacred Book stories that echo our own lives and struggles.
- The Bible, the written Word, is divinely inspired by the spirit of God and written by man. It is the spirit and not the word which is the final authority of truth.
- There are many translations of the Bible and all have honor and value. The Bible helps us to interpret our lives and our world. The Bible is the primary teaching text of our faith.
- Man should not place a period where God has placed a comma. God is still speaking.
- That the more we know, the more we know that we do not know. Wisdom lies in knowing how much we do not know. I will try to not limit Gods teachings.
We believe in Peace.
- Religious differences play a role in most wars. Religion is often used as a weapon to frighten or a tool to incite violence and hatred. Romans 12:21 [show]Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (ESV)
“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” We will keep politics out of the Church.
- We believe in one Universal and Holy Spirit, one God, who has been called by many names, who has been loved and trusted through all of Human history.
- I believe that I treat others with respect as befits the beloved children of God, and follow Biblical principles in all relationships. We work through out differences in a way that brings honor to God. (Matt 5:43 – 48 [show]Matthew 5:43 – 48 Love Your Enemies “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers,(1) what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (ESV) Footnotes 1. [5:47] Or ‘brothers and sisters’. The plural Greek word ‘adelphoi’ (translated “brothers”) refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, ‘adelphoi’ may refer either to ‘brothers’ or to ‘brothers and sisters’
We believe in the Church
- We believe in allegiance to Christ. Because Christ is the head of the church, we manage our affairs in Harmony with others. Like the churches of the New Testament, we coöperate with other churches in various ministries, but no other church or organization controls our affairs. (Eph. 1:22 – 23 [show]Ephesians 1:22 – 23 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (ESV)
; Col 1:18 [show]Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. (ESV)
- The church may become affiliated with others of like minded churches.
- The church is the vehicle; the religion is God who is the only destination.
- We value loving God. Our ultimate purpose as a church is to declare our adoration for God. We are centered around God the Father, founded on God the Son, and led by God the Spirit. (Jn. 14 [show]John 14 I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life [14:1]“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;(1) believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?(2) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”(3) Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.(4) From now on you do know him and have seen him.“ Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me(5) anything in my name, I will do it. Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,(6) to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here. (ESV) Footnotes 1. [14:1] Or ‘You believe in God’ 2. [14:2] Or ‘In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you’ 3. [14:4] Some manuscripts ‘Where I am going you know, and the way you know’ 4. [14:7] Or ‘If you know me, you will know my Father also’, or ‘If you have known me, you will know my Father also’ 5. [14:14] Some manuscripts omit ‘me’ 6. [14:16] Or ‘Advocate’, or ‘Counselor’; also 14:26; 15:26; 16:7
;26, 15;26, Gal 4 [show]Galatians 4 Sons and Heirs [4:1]I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave,(1) though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles(2) of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Paul’s Concern for the Galatians Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? You observe days and months and seasons and years! I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain. Brothers,(3) I entreat you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong. You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first, and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus. What then has become of the blessing you felt? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have gouged out your eyes and given them to me. Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?(4) They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that you may make much of them. It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose, and not only when I am present with you, my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you! I wish I could be present with you now and change my tone, for I am perplexed about you. Example of Hagar and Sarah Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise. Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia;(5) she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than those of the one who has a husband.“ Now you,(6) brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. But what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.” So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman. (ESV) Footnotes 1. [4:1] Greek ‘bondservant’; also verse 7 2. [4:3] Or ‘elemental spirits’; also verse 9 3. [4:12] Or ‘Brothers and sisters’; also verses 28, 31 4. [4:16] Or ‘by dealing truthfully with you’ 5. [4:25] Some manuscripts ‘For Sinai is a mountain in Arabia’ 6. [4:28] Some manuscripts ‘we’
;4 – 6, Eph 2:18 [show]Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. (ESV)
- We value baptism. (Matt. 16:24 – 26 [show]Matthew 16:24 – 26 Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life(1) will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? (ESV) Footnotes 1. [16:25] The same Greek word can mean either ‘soul’ or ‘life’, depending on the context; twice in this verse and twice in verse 26
- We value the Lord’s Supper/Communion. It is open to all who ask.
- We value prayer. Prayer is the means by which we deepen our relationship with God, In prayer, we praise God, thank Him for His blessings, confess our sins, seek His help, and intercede for others. (Matt. 7:7 – 11 [show]Matthew 7:7 – 11 Ask, and It Will Be Given “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (ESV)
; Col. 4:2 [show]Colossians 4:2 Further Instructions Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. (ESV)