What are our non-negotiables? No matter what campus of Grace Place Church you visit or ministry of Grace Place Church you participate in, what is the same? We understand this to be our DNA. Below is who we are and who we desire to be.
1. We are unashamedly Jesus-centered! Jesus is the Savior, Healer, Transformer and Friend that every human being needs.
(Peter, speaking of Jesus, said) “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12 (NLT)
2. We strive for healthy relationships! Maintaining genuine and authentic relationships are of supreme value. Repairing our relational messes is essential.
Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone – Romans 12:18 (NLT)
3. We are passionate to reach people! This means loving people where they are and helping them grow into who God wants them to be. Everyone is a “child of God and person of worth.”
Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20 (The Message)
4. We hunger for transcendent, culturally relevant, meaningful and experiential worship! The human heart desires to regularly connect with God. Music, drama, creative arts, and video are some of the ways this happens.
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, body longs for you, in a dry and weary land there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you – Psalm 63:1-3 (NIV)
5. We engage people in biblical, relevant and creative teaching! God’s Word addresses the most fundament issues of life. Children, youth and adults need to be taught from the Bible.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)
6. We endeavor to be a radically diverse church. This includes a mosaic of persons joined together as one community of faith.
For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us – Ephesians 2:14 (NLT)
7. We value hospitality and friendliness as an expression of God’s “welcome.” Everyone practices hospitality and friendliness to all of God’s children. Some of the ways that we intentionally express this hospitality are warm greetings, clean bathrooms, and good food.
When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. – Romans 12:14 (NLT)
8. We are a center for healing and recovery! God has asked us to assist Him in rescuing people from the hell they are living in as well as the hell they are heading to.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” – Luke 4:18-19 (NLT)
9. We strive to unleash God’s love, power, and people in ministries to meet the needs of our communities. These compassion ministries include both aid (meeting basic needs) and advocacy (being a voice for the voiceless).
Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows – Isaiah 1:17 (NLT)
10. We have a passion and commitment to fulfill the Great Commission! This is expressed locally, nationally and internationally.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8 (NIV)
11. We understand that spiritual growth is a lifelong process of becoming more like Jesus! Growing in our discipleship includes spiritual habits like self-feeding through daily devotions, using time, talents and treasures for God, engaging in Christian community, and serving in the church and world.
And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness – Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT)
12. We believe in a strategy that gives us limitless ministry multiplication potential.
As (Paul and his companions) traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey. So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers – Acts 16:4-5 (NIV)
13. We believe ministry is best accomplished in teams of people with diverse gifts and abilities who are bound together with common purpose and covenants of trust.
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other – 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 (NLT)
14. We strive for unity in all that we do!
“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” – John 17:22-23 (NLT)