The Purpose of Grace Evangelical Free Church
The reconciliation of people to God through Jesus Christ
This is the purpose and will of God, "... reconciling the world to Himself in Christ ... and He has committed to us the message of reconciliation." (2 Corinthians 5:18-21)
In Coming Together
Hebrews 10:25 says, "Let us not give up meeting together." We believe that there is great strength in doing what we do together. "Coming together" follows the example of the earliest Christians (Acts 1:14; 2:1,42-47), and is important to our overall health as His Body; we need each other (1 Corinthians 12:12-31).
Grace Evangelical Free Church is to be a church that seeks to know God through the study of His Word, through personal relationship with Christ Jesus, through the fellowship of His Spirit and through prayer (Ephesians 1:17-19a). Knowing God implies loving and serving Him, obediently practicing His teachings (John 14:31).
Applications include: The study of God's Word; Preaching; Bible School; Home Bible Studies; Wednesday night Bible Study; Personal Bible Study; Living by What We Know.
And to Worship God
Grace Evangelical Free Church is to be a worshipping church. Jesus commands us to "worship the Father in spirit and in truth." (John 4:23-24). "With sincerity, with the assurance that comes from our faith, we strive to make our expressions of worship genuine, meaningful, and pleasing to God (Hebrews 10:22).
Applications include: Prayer; Praise; Singing; Expressions of Joy; Giving; Confession; Hearing the Word Read and Preached; Prayerful Meditation; Communion; Baptism; Devotional Music; Presenting Ourselves to God; Using our God-given gifts.
Building up One Another
Grace Evangelical Free Church recognizes that receiving Christ is merely a beginning; maturity in Christ is a continuing process. In part, our purpose is to do for one another that which will develop maturity in Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16). We build up and encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
Applications include: Joyfully Serving; Teaching; Encouraging; Admonishing; Consoling; Loving; Sensitivity to Needs; Accountability; Praying Together; Praying for Others; Discipling; Equipping.
And Reaching out to Others
Grace Evangelical Free Church takes personally and seriously the fact of sin and everyone's need of salvation (Luke 19:10). In order to effectively bring others to Christ (Matthew 28:18-20), we must live attractive and Christ-like lives (Matthew 5:16), serve them with acts of kindness (Galatians 6:9-10), and be prepared to adequately communicate (1 Peter 3:15) the good new of eternal life in Christ (Romans 3:21-25).
Applications include: Living as Salt and Light; Preparing to Share the Gospel; Acts of Compassion; Kindness; Showing God in Our Life; Equipping, Sending and Supporting Missionaries to Other Cultures.