Grace Christian Schools
Statement of Faith with Scripture References
1. The Scriptures
The Bible, containing the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, comprising sixty-six books, is the written word of God. It is supernaturally inspired by the Spirit of God, inerrant in the original manuscripts, and infallible in its teaching. It is the divine authority for every person in every age (Mark 12:26, 36, 13:11; Luke 24:27, 44; John 5:39; Acts 17:2-3, 18:28, 26:22-23, 28:23; Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 2:13, 10:11; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21, 3:16).
2. God and the Holy Trinity
There is one God, who is sovereign Spirit, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three persons are one in substance and equal in power and glory (Matt. 28:18-19; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 1:4-6.
3. The Lord Jesus Christ
God the Father, out of love for man, sent Jesus Christ into the world for man’s salvation. Jesus Christ in the flesh was both God and man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary; He lived a sinless life, worked miracles and taught the perfect truth of God. He died as a sacrifice upon the cross, atoning for man’s sin through His shed blood. He was raised from the dead bodily on the third day, ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He is head of the church and intercedes for believers, and is returning again bodily in power and glory (Luke 1:30-35; John 1:18, 29, 3:16, 14:1-3; Acts 2:22-24; Rom. 3:25-26; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 2 Cor. 5:14; Heb. 4:15, 10:5-14; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14; 1 Pet. 3:18).
4. The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit convicts men of sin and calls them to faith. He baptizes and seals all believers at the moment of their salvation, and sanctifies them as they grow in grace. He equips the saints with His gifts, bears His fruit in their lives, comforts, and leads them into all truth (John 16:7-11, 13; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:7, 13; Eph. 1:13-14, 4:30, 5:18; 1 John 2:20-27).
All men are created in the image of God, but all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Man is alienated from God by his sin, and stands in need of redemption in Jesus Christ (Gen. 1:26, 2:17, 6:5; Ps. 14:1-3, 51:5; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:23, 8:6-7; Eph. 2:1-2; 1 John 3:8).
Man’s redemption, and reconciliation with God, occur as an act of God’s grace, and are entirely apart from the good works of any human being. Salvation comes through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, and results in man’s justification before God. God’s people are chosen from the foundation of the world, and they are eternally secure. In his salvation man receives forgiveness of sins, the impartation of a new nature, and the assured hope of eternal life (John 3:7-18, 6:44, 65, 10:28-30, 14:6; Rom. 1:16-17, 3:19, 28, 5:6-9; 2 Cor. 5:17, 21; Gal 2:16, 5:4, 6; Eph. 1:4-7, 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).
7. The Church
The universal church is made up of all true believers in Jesus Christ, those in every time and place who have been regenerated by the Spirit of God. In its parts the church consists of individuals and groupings of Christians who have fellowship as the body of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God. This is accomplished primarily through the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the end that men might be saved through repentance and faith, and through preaching and teaching to edify the saints. It is accomplished secondarily through good works which represent the love and mercy of God (Matt. 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47; Rom. 10:17, 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12-14, 27; Eph. 1:20-23, 2:10, 3:10-11, 20-21, 4:11-12; Col. 3:14-15). Scripture references prepared by Michael Goacher, Pastor, Grace Community Church of Saddleback Valley.