Core Values


Grounded by Scripture

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We honor God by recognizing the sufficiency of His Word and submitting to the authority of His Word which addresses, with truth and grace, all of life’s deepest questions. The Bible, therefore, grounds us in our faith and life as the body of Christ.

 ”Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

 

 

 

Reformed in Theology

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We pay special attention to God’s initiating and gracious acts towards humankind as recorded in the Bible. That’s where we learn that God is the sovereign initiator, while we, people created in His image, are the much-loved responders. God uses covenant language to communicate this truth. From Genesis to Revelation, God reveals Himself as a covenant-maker who enters into faithful covenant with His people. This covenant story, therefore, becomes the thread that ties the whole Bible together. In all this, we see that God is not only the author of the Bible, but is also its main subject and character.

 “The Lord God called to the man and said to him, ‘Where are you?’” (Gen. 3:9). “I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them.” (Ezekiel 37:26)

 

 

 

Attentive to Children

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We honor children and youth by intentionally integrating them into the worship service and the real work and life of the church. Children and youth at Grace Presbyterian will have work to do! And, we provide an education that gives them an understanding of the broad Biblical narrative with its overarching theme of God’s grace through redemption. We envision our children and youth falling in love with God’s Word as they learn to navigate it and understand it for themselves.

“Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them…” (Luke 18:16)

 

 

Classical in Worship

The word “classical” suggests beauty, excellence, and order–all gifts of
God that provide a kind of “sanctuary” for people living in a sin-filled, chaotic
world. Of course, God, Himself, IS our true sanctuary. So we honor Him as we seek to worship Him with beauty and excellence in our space as well as in all aspects of our worship. Our liturgy provides a kind of order in our services that still provides for creativity, warmth, and fellowship around God’s grace.

“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; splendor and majesty are before
him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.” (Psalm 96:4, 6)  “Give unto the
Lord the glory due his name…worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
(I Chronicles 16:29)

 

 

Evangelical in Spirit

lightstock-3939-a-handshake-between-a-white-and-black-man-resizedWe know that God is a missional being—that He has been engaged in His gracious mission ever since the Fall. That mission is to renew all things, especially the lost relationship between God and people. The exciting thing is that God has chosen to use His redeemed people, throughout history, as partners in that work. We accept with humbleness and thanksgiving our role as His missional partners. And we look to the church to equip us for that role.

“And he gave [to the church] the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry.” (Eph. 4:11,12)