What We Believe
Grace is central because it is by God's grace that we're even here. He has seen fit to assemble this body of believers to exalt His son, Jesus Christ - the One whose death and resurrection gives us peace with God and the hope of heaven. You'll find that His grace is the common thread that runs through every ministry and expression of worship here.
Community is likewise significant. It suggests both genuine fellowship within our church family and an open door to those around us. As members of one body, we seek to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3). As a light in our community, we're a place of peace for those in chaos, a place of forgiveness for the guilty. and a place of hope for the hopeless.
Baptist is who we are as a denomination. In Article I of our Constitution and Bylaws we state: The Church will be associated with The Southern Baptist Denomination and hold affiliation with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.
Church, however, is paramount because of its absolute uniqueness. While "Grace" and "Community" were our choice in defining who we are, "Church" was mandated by God - as revealed in His Word. It is His designation for the assembly of people called by His name. As such, our course has been charted by God; our destiny has been planned by God; our members have been chosen by God; our purposes have been defined by God.
To glorify God in love and worship; to love sinners by sharing with them the things of God; to mature believers by teaching and equipping those who God has called into salvation for ministry; to love, encourage, edify and be benevolent to all believers that a Sovereign God places in our fellowship.
We state that the purpose of the church shall be to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and thus, God the Father through obedience to the word of God and the worship of the triune Godhead. To that end the church will execute the Great Commission in the preaching of the gospel, making disciples, baptizing the same in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This will be accomplished by encouraging, edifying, and loving the brethren, teaching them to observe all things the Lord has commanded by proclaiming the whole counsel of God. The Church will fulfill this by forever holding to the Biblical Doctrine of Grace as per the London Baptist Confession in 1689.
“By the decree of God, for the manifestation of his glory some men and Angels are predestined, or fore-ordained to eternal life, through Jesus Christ, to the praise of his glorious grace; others being left to act in their sin to their just condemnation, to the praise of his glorious justice. These Angels and men thus predestinated, and fore-ordained are particularly, and unchangeably designed, and their number so certain, and definite, that it cannot be either increased or diminished. Those of mankind that are pre-destined to life, God, before the foundation of the world was laid, according to his eternal and immutable purpose, and the secret counsel and good pleasure of his will, hath chosen in Christ unto everlasting glory, out of his mere free grace and love; without any other thing in the creature as a condition or cause moving him thereunto”.
Taken from the Grace Community Baptist Church Constitution, Article IV, Section Two:
The Lord’s Supper, a Memorial Ceremony of the Lord’s death, is to be observed by the church perpetually until the Lord comes. Unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine are to be used as symbols of His body and blood. All baptized believers are welcome to partake of the Lord’s Supper at the set time chosen by the church.
Matthewﾠ26:26-30; Markﾠ14:22-26; Lukeﾠ22:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21;ﾠ11:23-29;
Taken from the Grace Community Baptist Church Constitution, Article IV, Section One:
Baptism is the immersion in water of a professed believer, on the profession of his faith, and by a duly authorized administrator, to identify himself with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. A duly authorized administrator shall be the pastor or any male church member chosen by the church.
Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19-20;ﾠMark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22;ﾠJohn 3:23;ﾠActs 2:41-42;ﾠ8:35-39;ﾠ16:30-33; Romans 6:3-5;ﾠColossians 2:12.