At Grace Fellowship We Believe
We are a “A church within the home.”
Our vision is to restore the home as the spiritual center of our lives. We want to see more aspects of worship, and prayer become a part of everyday life in the homes of Grace Fellowship members.
By doing this we as parents are sure to pass down to the next generation a Godly heritage.
Our purpose is to be more effective in establishing each believer in Christ Jesus.
We want to start with each new believer and establish a foundation of truths concerning the gospel of Christ. We want them to know and understand the meaning of grace, the new covenant, salvation, forgiveness, redemption, justification, sanctification and regeneration. We believe that these truths are vital to the growth and stability of each new Christian.
We believe in the fullness of the scriptures, that it is the inspired word of God, and we cannot add to it nor take away from its truths.
Our tenets of faith we hold fast to and will not swerve from.
"For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:12
Tenets of Faith Grace Fellowship accepts the Scriptures as the revealed will of God, and adopts these statements of Fundamental Truths and Doctrine.
1. The Bible is the inspired Word of God and the revealed will of God (II Tim. 3:15-17; I Peter 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12).
2. There is one true Godhead comprised of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All are co-equal and co-eternal (Mt. 28:19, Jn. 1:1, 14).
3. Man was created in God's image. By voluntary transgression he fell and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-21).
4. Salvation of man.
(a) Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross Jesus Christ became sin and sickness providing both salvation and healing for all mankind (Ps. 103:3). This salvation comes by believing in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confessing with your mouth, Jesus as Lord (Rom. 3:24, 10:8-10; Eph. 2:8).
(b) The inward evidence, to the believer, is the direct witness of the Spirit (Rom. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of true holiness and love (I Jn. 3:23; Jn. 13:35).
(c) Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however our works are evidence of our faith and will determine our rewards in eternity (Rom. 10:9-10, 14:10-12; II Cor. 5:10; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; James 2:18).
5. Baptism in water is a declaration to the world that a believer has died with Christ and that they have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Mt. 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Rom. 6:4). 6. The celebration of the Lord's Supper by eating of the bread and drinking of the cup is a remembrance of Jesus (I Cor. 11:24-30).
7. All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek, the promise of the Father, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to the command of Jesus Christ. With this comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowal of gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry: This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Lk. 24:49; Acts 1:4-8, 2:38-39, 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 15:7-9; I Cor. 12:1-31).
8. The Church is the Body of Christ. Each believer is an integral part (Eph. 1:22, 2:19-22; Heb. 12:23).
9. Total Prosperity.
(a) Spiritual (Jn. 3:3, 11; II Cor. 5:17- 21;Rom. 10:9-10).
(b) Mental (II Tim. 1:7; Rom. 12:2; Is. 26:3).
(c) Physical (Is. 53:4-5; Mt. 8:17).
(d) Financial (III Jn. 2; Lk. 6:38; II Cor. 9:6-10; Phil. 4:19).
(e) Social (Pr. 3:4).
10. Blessed Hope: Jesus is coming to gather all His saints to Heaven (I Cor. 15:51-52; I Thess. 4:16-17; II Thess. 2:1).
11. Those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will suffer eternal separation from the Godhead. They will burn in the Lake of Fire (Rev. 19:20, 20:10-15).
12. The Millennial Reign of Jesus: The return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His saints from Heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on earth as the Scripture promised (Rom. 11:25, 27; II Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-16, 20:1-7). After this, there will be a new earth (Rev. 21).
Our covenant of membership we hold in deepest regard and each member is expected to honor it before the Lord.
Covenant of Membership
We confess Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior in the presence of all. We give ourselves whole-heartedly to His service and take His Word as the guide for our life. Having been united by saving faith to Him, we now, as a church of Christ, unite with one another in this Covenant.
We will maintain regular private prayer and the reading of God's Word, earnestly seeking the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
We, who are the heads of families, will maintain Christian standards and devotions in our homes, and will endeavor to lead our children, or
others committed to our charge, to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and growth in the Christian life. We will restore the home as spiritual center of our lives.
We will regularly attend the public worship of God on the Lord's Day, as far as Providence permits, and any other meetings for worship that the church may schedule, and we will observe together the ordinance of the Lord's Supper.
We will walk together in brotherly love and seek to be a practical help and encouragement to one another. We will not bring to the church a complaint against any member for personal offense until we have taken the first two steps pointed out by Christ.* In this way we will
endeavor to settle all private offenses without making the matter a public issue.
We will financially support a faithful Christian ministry among us, as the Lord prospers us.
We will seek also to send the Good News to the whole world. As we are given opportunity, we will seek, by personal example and spoken word, to lead people to faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
We will endeavor to live authentic Christian lives in true godliness, abstaining from anything that is unworthy of Christ and His gospel. As believer's baptism signifies death to sin and resurrection to holiness, so we will seek to walk in newness of life for God's glory.
- Matthew 18:15 “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.”
Grace Fellowship’s passion is to impact Greeneville and Greene County mightily for the kingdom of God. We believe this is possible only through the Holy Spirit’s power. As the body is equipped to do the work of the ministry, each member will be led forth to be Christ in the community.
We have one focus reaching people, training people, and seeing those individuals reach people themselves. Someone once said, “to be a disciple of Christ one must make disciples.” We believe that statement is truth, which is why we try to keep our eye on the prize. We’re not here to build buildings. We’re not here to excel at putting together entertaining services. We’re here to really build and invest in people so they might be transformed by the renewing of their mind.
Thank you for your interest in Grace Fellowship. I pray you feel the sincerity of our hearts, and share in our burden to reach the lost and hopeless in this community. Please feel free to visit our fellowship as often as you would like, so you might fully appreciate our passion for the lost, and our vision for our community.
For more information, and to hear recent messages go to www.graceforward.org.
Grace Fellowship836 Baileyton Road