1.Mission Statement: The basic mission of Grass Roots Christian Fellowship (GRCF) is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a relevant and practical manner (by teaching and lifestyle) that results in salvation, freedom, and healing in the lives of the hearers/observers.
2. Statement of Truth:
a. Biblical Truths: GRCF embraces the following statements concerning the biblical truths we believe. These statements of truth are intended simply as a basis for our fellowship and the hope we have in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We do not claim that these statements contain all the biblical truths, nor all the biblical truth we hold close, but only that they speak to our beliefs in these fundamental doctrines. Nor do we suggest that the words used in these statements are inspired in and of themselves, or that they represent the final work on biblical truths. We are persuaded, however, that these statements are appropriate and consistent with
the Holy Scriptures, and set forth a declaration of those things we believe.
(1) The Holy Scriptures: The Holy Scriptures of the Bible, in the original manuscripts, are the inspired and infallible Word of God in all its parts and in the whole. The Bible is the
all-sufficient, infallible and authoritative rule for faith and conduct. The Holy Scriptures are the supreme revelation from God and about God. [2 Timothy 3:16]
(2) The One True God: The Bible teaches us that there is but one true and living God. God has chosen to reveal Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one and the same though distinct in personality. The three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfection and are worthy of the same worship and obedience. [Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, Mark 12:29]
(3) The Lord Jesus Christ: Jesus is the Christ. He is the Son of God and the Son of Man, and was born of the Virgin Mary. He is God Manifest in the flesh. He came into the world to save men from the guilt and condemnation of sin, offering His blood as atonement for sin and making it available to all who put faith in Him. We acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord over all
things in Heaven, and in Earth, and under the Earth, and as the Savior of our lives and souls. He will return to the Earth in His heavenly glory to gather His redeemed to Himself and to reign with His saints for a thousand years and for the final judgment. [Luke 1:26-38, Luke 24:39, John 1:14, John 1:29, Acts 1:9-11, Hebrews 4:15, Revelation 20:4-6]
(4) The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is as much God as the Father and the Son. He therefore is equal in perfection, wisdom and power and in feelings and emotions. He loves, comforts, draws to salvation, guides, empowers, leads, teaches, gives revelation, commands, forbids, sends, reproves, distributes spiritual gifts, and He can be sinned against and
grieved. The works of God ascribed to the Holy Spirit include creation, inspiration, giving of life, washing of rebirth and renewal, and sanctification.[Luke 24:49, John 14:26, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, Ephesians 4:30, 1 Thessalonians 4:8, Titus 3:5, Hebrews 13:8]
(5) The Salvation of Man: For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Thus, man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the only Son of God. Salvation is by grace through faith, is a free gift, and wholly without human works. Salvation
is received through repentance of sin, and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The final result of salvation is that the spirit of the believer who dies in Christ immediately goes to be with the Lord for eternity.[Romans 3:23-24, Romans 3:28, Romans 10:8-13, 2 Corinthians 5:6-9, Titus 3:5-7]
(6) Sanctification: Sanctification is the miracle by which a true believer is separated from evil and dedicated to God. The Scriptures command us to live a life of holiness, “without which no man shall see the Lord.” By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command,
“Be Holy, for I am Holy.” Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection, and by faithfully meditating daily upon that oneness with Christ. [John 17:16-17, 1 Thessalonians 4:2-4, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Hebrews 13:12]
(7) The Baptism of The Holy Spirit: All believers are entitled to and should earnestly seek and expect to receive the promise of the Father, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is distinct from the new birth and with it comes the power for Christian life, service and witness. It also brings the spiritual gifts for the benefit and edification of all in the church. It brings boldness to witness for Christ and to preach. It brings a more active love for Christ and for the lost. It brings a hunger for God’s Word and the illumination of God’s Word. Although the baptism of the Holy Spirit may not initially be accompanied by speaking in other tongues, such speaking is conclusive evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We do not hold that a believer who has not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit or who does not speak in tongues is less of a Christian than one who does, for all believers are chosen, holy and dearly loved by God.[Matthew 3:11, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 10:44-46,Acts 19:1-6,1 Corinthians 14:14-15, Jude 1:20]
(8) Divine Healing: We believe in divine healing as an integral part of the Gospel, and as provided for in the atonement and thus the privilege of all believers today. Jesus commanded his disciples to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation and said that one of the signs that will accompany the believer is that he/she will lay hands on the sick and they will recover. Although we believe in divine healing, this church totally disapproves of anyone counseling a believer to exclude or discontinue with medical advice and/or treatment when (whether before, during or after) seeking prayer for physical healing. No member or leader of this church shall represent medical advice and/or treatment as a lack of faith in God’s healing power nor shall they purport to practice medicine by medical diagnosis or prescribing medicines or medical treatment or therapies of any kind.[Psalm 103:2-4, Mark 16:15-18, James 5:14, 1 Peter 2:24,]
(9) Baptism: We believe water baptism by total immersion is commanded of every believer in the Scriptures. All who have repented and truly believed in their heart on Christ as Lord and Savior are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life in Him as Lord and Savior of their lives.[Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:2-4, Colossians 2:12]
(10) Holy Communion: The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements - bread and the fruit of the vine - symbolizes our Passover, our perfect redemption, the new covenant in His precious blood, and our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ. It serves as a continual memorial of His suffering and death and as a prophecy of His second coming. It was commanded by Jesus Christ of His disciples in remembrance of Him and is enjoined on all believers ‘until He comes.’ [Matthew 26:26-30, Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26]
(11) The Church and its Mission: The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission and purpose. All who are saved and united by a new birth in Jesus Christ are part of Christ’s church universal, which is His body and the local congregation of Christian believers is God’s chosen instrument for: (a) corporate worship; (b) world evangelism and the furtherance of God’s work here on Earth, and (c) the nurturing of Christians to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son. We therefore believe in the spiritual unity of all believers and in working
together with others who believe in salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ for the causes of evangelism, missions and benevolence.[1Corinthians 12:12-27, Ephesians 1:23-27,
Ephesians 4:3-5, Colossians 1:17-19]
(12) Responsibility of the Believer: We believe that it is essential that every believer lay a foundation of biblical truth and experience upon which to build his/her life. We believe each Christian is called and chosen in God to be a priest unto God to offer up the sacrifice of praise, to give of his/her time, strength, and material possessions, without limitation, to the service of the Lord. All believers have been purchased with the blood of Jesus Christ and are no longer their own, but belong to the Father to be used for His glory; and as possessions of the Lord,
must give themselves to serving Him, finding their place in the church, His body, and making themselves available by being present when the church comes together, that they might be able to minister their gifts and talents for the building up of the Body of Christ.[1 Corinthians 6:18-20, Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 Peter 2:5-10, Revelation 1:5-6]
(13) Pastoral Ministry: The church is to be taught and led by the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers for the purpose of every disciple seeing and exercising their priestly and kingly ministry. By the authority granted in the Holy Scriptures, the church leadership must teach and train its people to do the work of the ministry with maturity and in unity. Working with these ministries will be pastors, ministers, elders, deacons, and the gifted men and women of the church. [Acts 20:28, Ephesians 4:11-13, 1 Peter 5:1-4]
(14) Biblical Ordination of Ministers: As related in the Bible, men and women whom
God calls to the pastoral ministry are to be ordained for such ministry, so that those in the church might recognize and receive them who are so called, appointed and anointed. [Acts 14:23]
(15) Helping the Poor: It is the intent of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to feed the hungry, to care for the poor, and to care for the widows and orphans. And we believe that such
ministry should be in His name toward both saints and unbelievers. The rich in this life are spiritually poor and needy until they receive salvation through Jesus Christ and He taught that it is good for them to use their earthly riches to bless others and thus lay up treasure for themselves in heaven. [Proverbs 19:17, Matthew 25:34-45, 1Timothy 5:3-4, James 1:27]
(16) The Millennial Reign of Christ: The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation of Israel and the establishment of universal peace. [Matthew 24:30,Revelation 20:4-6]
(17) The New Heaven and the New Earth: We look for and expect a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. [Revelation 21:1-3]
3. Ordinances and Practices
a. Sacraments: We hold that the following sacraments (ordinances and practices) are in harmony with the Scriptures and are to be observed by the church. These sacraments are to be administered by those who are scripturally qualified.
(1) Baptism: Baptism by total immersion shall be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have repented of their sins and have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. They shall be baptized by full immersion in water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
If a child is of sufficient age, maturity and learning as to be judged by the leadership capable of making a decision to repent of his/her sins and to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and has made such decision and is manifestly growing as a Christian, there is no objection to such child undergoing water baptism by immersion.
(2) The Lord’s Supper: The Lord’s Supper is a memorial of the covenant made with God through the blood of Christ. It is a continuation of the Passover feast which God commanded His people to observe. Those who have entered into the new covenant of God through the blood of Christ and have been water baptized are instructed to participate. The church participates in the Lord’s Supper as a body or family, with each Christian fellowship partner adding to the
blessedness of the experience.
(3) Dedication of Children: The dedication of children is the presentation of a child to God, and therefore establishes a covenant between God and parents. God promises blessings and protection to the child whose parents are faithful to raise him/her in the knowledge of the Lord. The dedicated child is part of the Christian fellowship and family of God by the faith of his/her parents until he/she reaches the age of accountability, whereupon he/she becomes responsible as an individual before God and is commanded to repent and place his/her own faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
(4) Solemnization of Marriage: Marriage is a covenant made between a man and a woman, and God. The marriage covenant requires the married parties to be of the opposite sex, faithful, loving and helpful to each other as long as they both shall live. Those of opposite genders whom God has directed to be joined together shall, after counseling with the Senior Pastor, an Elder, or an Associate Minister concerning what God requires of them, be joined in Christian marriage.