Our desire as a church of the Lord Jesus Christ is to be a Bible-based church whose chief delight is our infinitely glorious and sovereign God and Savior. We desire to experience and testify to the grace, joy, and freedom of the gospel. We desire to love God with our entire beings first, and then love our neighbors as ourselves. As a result of these desires, we want the following emphases to characterize Grace Bible Church:
God rules in the heavens and in the affairs of humanity. He has not only created everything that exists, He also sustains everything by His power. Our primary purpose as His creation is to bring Him glory and to delight in Him. He is infinitely worthy of our adoration.
The Law & the Gospel
The perfect and holy law of God shows us that we are guilty before God and unable to bring about the inner change necessary to obey God from the heart and to delight in His ways. The gospel (good news) is that Christ has fulfilled the demands of the law and opened the way for a person to have a relationship with God. He comes to powerless people and grants repentance from sin and faith in Christ. He takes away guilt and credits His righteousness to those who believe in Him. He gives us hearts that find their chief delight in God. Click here to read or listen to a sermon by Dr. MacArthur on this often-misunderstood subject.
Worship is the corporate expression of the delight, awe, and thankfulness that come from knowing our infinitely glorious and sovereign God and Savior. Because the distance between God and His creatures is so great, the only acceptable way of approaching God in worship must be revealed to us by God Himself. Therefore, He may not be worshiped in ways invented by us. The central act of worship is the preaching of God’s Word, through which we are made alive and fed spiritually. Preaching should be pervasively biblical, unashamedly doctrinal, intensely pastoral, and unmistakably Christ-centered. Prayer and the reading of Scripture should be significant. Singing is to be governed by the purpose of true worship – the exaltation of the Lord, the instruction of God’s people, and the spiritual feasting of God’s people on their Savior and His grace. An entertainment mentality has no place in the worship of God. As a result of these principles, worship services should be simple and reflect the emphases and actions of worship as described in the New Testament. God must be the center of our worship service.
True evangelism is the overflow of our delight in God toward the world. It is our passion, our privilege, and our responsibility to spread what we love most through all legitimate means. We long to see those who do not treasure God now – whether in Allen, the United States, or among the unreached peoples of the world – to come to know the true joy that is only found in Christ. We reject emotional manipulation and high-pressure tactics as unworthy of the treasure we offer. We have supreme confidence in our sovereign God as we pray and share the gospel that He can and will turn rebels into worshipers even through our weak and flawed efforts.
God has established the family as the foundational institution of human society. Marriage is sacred, and children are a blessing from the Lord. We desire to see healthy families strengthened and broken families healed. Our goal is to train men to be spiritual leaders in their homes, leading their families in truth and godliness, while at the same time caring for those who are widows and orphans. Parents are primarily responsible for the spiritual nurture of their children. The role of the church is to equip, encourage, and reinforce the parents in their God-given role.
As Lord of the church, Christ determines the activities and atmosphere of the church. Therefore, we will not presume to shape the life of the church based on surveys of what people want or expect in a church. Rather, we will seek to implement Christ’s revealed priorities for the church as winsomely as possible. As a community of people who share the joy of life in Christ, church members will gladly share their lives together in a way that provides mutual encouragement and accountability. The shared life and love of the church will find visible expression that testifies to the world around of our love for one another and of the power of the gospel. Our love for Christ and for one another will spill over into ministries of mercy in the community around us. We believe that Christ provides shepherding for his sheep through the gift of elders to the church.
Our Place on the Planet
Because God determines the appointed times and places for each of us, we believe God has given us the special privilege and responsibility to be a light to the people in and around Allen Texas. We will strive to reach out with the freeing message of the gospel of grace to all who will hear, with the goal of seeing Christ glorified and His kingdom spread. We would also be pleased to see our own people, as they are edified and readied for kingdom service, to move to other places – to be sent out from here – to take the gospel with them to other cities, states, and even unto the uttermost parts of the world, in obedience to Christ.