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We believe in the divine inspiration and authority of Scripture. The Bible is the written Word of God, infallible, and divine in its authority in all matters of life and faith. (2 Tim 3:16, 2 Pet 1:20-21)

We believe in the triune nature of God. God is a Holy Trinity consisting of one substance and three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We believe in the sovereignty of God. He owns and controls all things according to His will. (Eph 1:11, 3:11) We believe God’s basic nature comprises both love and justice. (Matt 28:19, 2 Cor 13:14) God is creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. (Gen 1:1, Heb 11:3, Is 44:24)

We believe that man was created by God in the Image of God, with divine dignity. (Gen 1:27) We believe in the fall of man whereby the voluntary sin of Adam resulted in man’s total depravity before a Holy God; thus, all are sinners and fall short of God’s glory, unable to please God by their own merit. (Rom 3:23, 3:9-19, 7:21-25)

We believe that Jesus Christ is the central figure in all of Scripture. We believe that He was born of the virgin Mary, was begotten by God himself, and is both truly human and truly divine. He lived a sinless life and died a substitutionary death. He was bodily resurrected on the third day following his death, demonstrating his victory over death, Satan, and hell. Because of his resurrection, those who repent and believe will one day experience the glorious promise of eternal life with him when Jesus Christ returns to earth, both visibly and bodily, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. (1 Cor 15:54-57, Acts 1:11)

We believe by repentance and faith that Jesus Christ is the one and only means of salvation. (John 14:6) We believe that God applies salvation to his children through the work of the Holy Spirit. We believe that we are justified by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. We believe that sanctification is the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit whereby we are increasingly conformed to the likeness of Christ. (Eph 2:8-9, Acts 2:38, Phil 1:6)

The Church is the body and bride of Christ, a community of all those who profess their faith in Him. This visible unity, though obscured, is not shattered by different denominations of professing Christians, but all that maintain the Word and sacraments in their fundamental integrity are true branches of Christ’s Church. (Heb 10:22-25) As a local gathering professing this same unity, Grace Covenant strives to be a place where believers can:
Acknowledge ourselves to be sinners in the sight of God and in need of his grace and mercy;
Believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, Savior of sinners, and rest in Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel;
Resolve and promise with the comfort and work of the Holy Spirit, to live as followers of Christ;
Promise to support the Church in its worship and work; and
Submit to the government and discipline of the Church, promising to study its purity and peace.

belief essentials


Core Belief: God; His Nature and Attributes

things vital to salvation

Many churches believe in the Bible as God’s infallible word; however, because of differing interpretations, those churches often have disagreements on the distinctives amongst the various traditions. These distinctives are not vital to salvation. In contrast, it is our hope that evangelical, Bible-believing churches would agree on several core beliefs of the faith. Grace Covenant Church, and the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) share both these distinctives and core beliefs. We would love to share our lives together with you as we mine the depths of these truths in applied living. While Grace Covenant Church and the PCA believe wholeheartedly in deep, rich, Biblically-centric, and historically-faithful doctrine, we believe that the Holy Spirit brings life to dead hearts through a simple salvation message of repentance and belief in the saving work of Jesus Christ.

Core Belief: Man; State of Sin and State of Grace

Core Belief: Christ, the Person and Work

Core Evangelical Belief: The Path of Salvation and Sanctification

Core Belief: The Church

Core Belief:  The Authority of Scripture

Our beliefs

We believe that Jesus Christ will return to earth, visibly and bodily, at a time when He is not expected, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. (Acts 1:11)

We believe the Bible to be the inerrant, infallible, divinely inspired Word of God and the absolute authority in all matters of faith and practice. (2 Tim 3:16, 2 Pet 1:20-21)

We believe in the sovereignty of God, not only by virtue of His creation of all things, but also because he actively rules all His creation by His providence. (Gen 50:19-20; Gen 37-50; Isa 45:5-25; 46:8-13; Daniel 4; John 6:35-40; Acts 2:23; 3:17-18; 4:27-28) We believe that God also has sovereignly chosen (or predestined) those whom he wills to save (the elect). God’s elect comprise the Church of Jesus Christ. (Gen 12:1-3; Rom 8:29-30; 11:1-6, 22-36; Eph 1:3-14; 2:19-22; Col 1:9-2:7; 1 Pet 1:1-2; 2:7-10)

We believe in covenant theology. The covenant, revealed in both the Old and New Testaments as God’s unified plan, is expressed throughout the Bible as God declares to His people, “I will be your God and you will be my people.” (Gen 17:7-8; Jer 31-33; 2 Cor 6:16, Rev 21:3) Redemption is revealed by God through stages – first through the family of Abraham, second through a nation of Moses and David, and finally completed through the work of Christ himself through His death and resurrection. Themes common to both the Old and New Testaments include salvation by grace alone, the requirement of the blood atonement, and the Church as a gathering of God’s redeemed people, old and young alike. Jesus Christ brings to fulfillment everything in all of Scripture. (2 Cor 3:7-18, 17; Luke 15:27)

We observe two sacraments, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe these sacraments are means of grace, meaning that, in a spiritual but very real sense, the Lord blesses those who receive them by faith. Drawing from our covenant understanding of Scripture, we believe in infant baptism, though we are careful to profess that this means of grace is not salvific. We believe that, in both the Old and New Testaments, salvation is through the covenant of faith, whereby the faithful received a covenant sign in the Old Testament era(circumcision). The covenant continued in the New Testament era, and the covenant sign (baptism) has changed to reflect New Testament blessings.

 (Comprised of Three Major Components)

For a more comprehensive treatment on these distinctives or regarding the Presbyterian form of church government, please see the following resources:
“What is a Reformed Church” Stephen Smallman. Basics of the Reformed Faith. PR Publishing 2003.
“Why Do We Baptize Infants” Bryan Chapell. Basics of the Faith. PR Publishing 2006.
“The Book of Church Order”
“The Westminster Confession of Faith”
“Good News Summary of God’s Plan of Salvation”


Distinctive PCA and Grace Covenant Church Belief: Reformed Theology

1. Authority of Scripture

2. Sovereignty of God

3. Covenant Theology