We affirm the Bible as God's Word, and as such we find it profitable in all matters of faith and practice. Far more than inspiring religious literature, we seek to do what it says. In this way we are seeking to make God's ways....our ways. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:22
WE VALUE PRAYER; SEEKING TO BE A PEOPLE OF PRAYER
This means we're seeking our Master's will and kingdom in all that we do, desiring first to hear from Him, and then carry out His wishes. It means building our relationship with God, and also interceding with God about others. Mark 1:35; John 16:24
WE VALUE EVERY PERSON: CHRISTIAN AND NON-CHISTIAN ALIKE.
Everyone is valuable to God, and because of this, responsible evangelism will always be our cause and disciple making will forever remain at the core of our ministry. Matthew 18:14; Matthew 25:45; II Peter 3:9
WE VALUE QUALITY
We desire to honor God with our best, and resist the idea of, "Just any ole thing will do." Thus we are fulfilling the Scripture that says: "Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." I Corinthians 10:31
WE VALUE "LOVING RELATIONSHIPS
As His disciples we seek to fulfill the Great Commandment by loving God and loving others. We take seriously the words Jesus said, "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another," This means that we are purposefully building right-relationships with God; with each other; and with the lost. We value these relationships and will sacrifice our time, talent, and treasure to build them. Matthew 22:37-40 John 13:35
WE VALUE GRACE AND TRUTH
Jesus came from the Father full of "grace and truth." Even so we seek to exemplify these characteristice in our lives. Grace without truth is sentimentalism; Truth without grace is judgmentalism. We affirm grace and truth, knowing grace with truth provides loving acceptance; while truth with grace provides loving correction. We affirm we are sinners saved by grace, and that Jesus is God's truthful provision for sin. John 1:14
Core Value: Humility
We value humility. We recognize that humility is the first mark of greatness in the Kingdom of God because Jesus taught that the greatest in His Kingdom would be the servants of others. God opposes the proud but He gives grace to the humble. Therefore we strive to dive to the bottom of the pile in honor of our Master. Humility is trusting God and others with me. Mark 9:35; Jas. 4:6.
GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH 1855 E. Ellendale Ave. Dallas, Oregon 97338 Phone 503 623-4858