GMCM's Statement of Faith

To kickoff 2018, our beloved Pastor Lee shared a message about GMCMs Statement of Faith!
Just click on the link above to listen!

Below you’ll find the 27 Articles that make up our “STATEMENT OF FAITH.”  At GRACE Mountain Chapel Ministries, we believe it’s important for you to know exactly what we teach - & where we stand - on Biblical Reformed Christian theology.  Now since we’re a non-denominational (or you might say a multi-denominational) fellowship, you’re just not going to find any “denominational doctrine” or “religious dogma” at GRACE Mountain Chapel - & that’s because the foundation of everything we teach is based 110% on the Protestant Canon of Scripture.  Whether you’re seeking to know God - or you’ve already answered His call and received Jesus Christ as your Lord & Savior - you’re MOST WELCOME HERE!  Our family of believers come from many different denominational & church backgrounds…and of course we won’t all bring the same beliefs or experiences to the party!  And that’s perfectly OK!  But this GMCM “STATEMENT OF FAITH” will introduce you to the heart of what Doc preaches & teaches - the beliefs that form the core foundation of our ministry & mission - and what you’ll experience as a member of the GRACE Mountain Chapel family:

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1) We believe in the Holy Trinity - one God, who exists in three Persons - the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  He is loving, holy, just, omniscient, and omnipresent.  (Matthew 28:19, 2nd Corinthians 13:14)

2) We believe the Bible (the 66 books of the Protestant Canon of Scripture) is God’s Word.  It is literally “breathed out” by God - necessary, inspired, inerrant, clear, sufficient, without contradiction - and we hold firmly to the verbal plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures.  It is the believer’s perfect guide on their Christian earthwalk.  (1st Thessalonians 2:13, 2nd Timothy 3:16-17, 2nd Peter 1:20)

3) We believe that the “Five Solas” of Reformed Theology are essential to true Christianity. “Sola Scriptura” (Scripture alone) – the Word of God stands alone as our highest authority for the individual believer and for the church, the body of Christ. “Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Solus Christus” (by Grace alone, through Faith alone, in Christ alone) – salvation is only possible by Grace alone - through Faith alone - in Jesus Christ alone. “Soli Deo Gloria” (to the Glory of God alone) – every believer’s life should be lived first and foremost for the glory of God.  (Romans 5:17, Ephesians 2:8, Colossians 1:10)

4) We believe that the “Doctrines of Grace” of Reformed Theology are also essential to true Christianity.  The only true way to “...be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you...” (2nd Peter 1:10) is to come to knowledge of the Biblical truth of the “radical corruption” of man - & the sovereign election, definite atonement, effectual calling, and preserving grace of God.  (John 6, Romans 9, Ephesians 1)

5) We believe that the preaching and teaching of Biblically-sound doctrine is vital for growing in both knowledge of - and relationship with - God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  And we believe that the body of Christ receiving sound doctrine is vitally important to our Lord.  Our ministry stands on the historical doctrinal standards of the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession of Faith, the Canons of Dordrecht, and the Westminster Standards - and the three ecumenical creeds cited in Article 9 of the Belgic Confession of Faith - the Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, and Athanasian Creed - as statements of absolute truth which “we do willingly receive.” (Hebrews 10:19-25, 2nd Peter 1:2-11)

6) We believe that there are two primary ways to interpret the Bible – through the guidance of the Holy Spirit - and using the Bible itself to interpret the Bible whenever possible.  We also believe that the Holy Scriptures were complete at the close of the 1st century - and reject modern prophecies and teachings that attempt to supplement, change, add to, or remove from the Holy Scriptures.  (John 16:7-15, Acts 8:35, Revelation 22:18-21)

7) We believe that while everything in the Bible was written “for” us – that is, for our understanding & knowledge – not everything in the Bible was written “to” us as New Covenant followers of Jesus Christ.  We believe it is vitally important to “rightly-divide the Word”, recognizing that everything changed at the Cross of Calvary – and that the New Covenant of Grace is radically different than the Mosaic Covenant of Law which it replaced.  And we believe the New Covenant was born on the Day of Pentecost when believers in Jesus Christ were indwelled by the Holy Spirit.  (2nd Timothy 2:15, Acts 2:1)

8) We believe that because the original languages of the Holy Scriptures (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek) are difficult to translate into English, it is necessary to study both the context and the meaning of the original languages to accurately translate the Bible.  We also believe that the actual “words” breathed out by God through the Holy Spirit have great power, and that the most literal English translations – those focused on a “word-by-word” approach vs. a dynamic equivalence (thought-by-thought) approach – provide the greatest opportunity to accurately study and to experience the divine power of the Word of God.  At GRACE Mountain Chapel we recommend, preach, and teach from the New American Standard Bible (NASB), 1995 edition - widely accepted as the most literal English translation to the original languages.  (2nd Timothy 3:16-17)

9) We believe that the Old Testament is the New Testament “veiled” – and that the New Testament is the Old Testament “revealed."  We also believe that every book, every chapter, every verse, and every word in the Bible is “all about Jesus” – the Old Testament being filled with prophecies, pictures, and types of the coming Messiah.  When a church, or an individual believer, does five things:  1) Prays for the Holy Spirit’s guidance into the truth of the Word, 2) Rightly-divides the Word - recognizing that everything changed at the Cross, 3) Studies the Bible in proper context, 4) Allows the Bible to interpret the Bible, and 5) Looks for Jesus on each and every page of the Holy Scriptures – the seeming confusion and contradiction in the Bible disappears - and the true meaning of the Scriptures shine through.  (Luke 24:25-32)

10) We believe that there is a difference between the New Covenant and what is commonly called the “New Testament” in the Canon of Scripture - that much of what Jesus Himself said was spoken to Jews, under the Mosaic Law, on the far side of the Cross.  Therefore, we believe that the Pauline and General epistles of the New Testament contain the revelation of the Gospel of Grace and “connect the dots” from the Old Testament to the Gospels and onto the New Covenant.  (John 16:12-13, Hebrews 8:7-13)

11) We believe Jesus Christ is fully 100% God and 100% man.  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He led a sinless life, took all our sins upon Himself, died and rose again.  We believe that the sins of every believer – past, present, and future – were fully judged and punished in the body of Jesus, who chose to lay down His life as our perfect sacrificial lamb.  We believe that through the Divine Exchange that took place on the Cross of Calvary, Jesus received all that we deserved, and in turn – by grace and through faith - we have been called to receive all that He deserves.  And we believe the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross to be complete, finished, and perfect.  Today, He is seated at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest and Mediator, making intercession for the Saints.  (Matthew 1:18, John 19:30, Romans 5:1-5, 8:1-2, 1st Corinthians 1:30, 2nd Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 1:18-23, Colossians 1:13-20, 1st Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 7:25, 10:12, 1st Peter 2:21-25, 1st John 3:16)

12) We believe that salvation is the primary gift from God to man.  This gift is received by grace through faith in Jesus Christ - and Christ alone - and naturally results in works that are pleasing to God.  (Ephesians 2:8-10)

13) We believe that water baptism is an outward profession of faith that demonstrates a believer's identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  We do not believe that baptism is a requirement for salvation.  (Romans 6:1-11)

14) We believe the Holy Spirit is our Comforter, and that at the moment a person receives Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior they are permanently indwelled by the Holy Spirit.  He convicts us of our righteousness, fills us with spiritual gifts, and empowers us to yield the Fruits of the Spirit.  (John 14:16-17, 16:8-11, 1st Corinthians 6:19, 12:1-11, Galatians 5:22-23, 2nd Timothy 1:14)

15) We believe that salvation is an eternal state – that once truly saved, always saved – supported by our belief that salvation is a gift from God, and as a Divine gift…is irrevocable.  (Romans 1:16-17, Ephesians 1:3-14, Philippians 2:12-13, 1st Thessalonians 5:9-11, 2nd Thessalonians 2:13, Hebrews 5:7-10, 9:27-28, 1st Peter 1:3-9)

16) We believe that a person is eternally saved by regeneration, by answering the call of the Holy Spirit, by confessing Jesus Christ to be the Lord of their life, and by invoking the Holy Spirit on an ongoing basis to guide them into deeper personal relationship with - and knowledge of - the Lord Jesus.  We believe this is the true translation of “for WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED” (Romans 10:13).  We do not believe that church attendance or church membership, reciting a “sinner’s prayer”, walking an aisle, ongoing confession of sins, being baptized, remorse, restitution, penance, tithing, or any other works or actions – in and of themselves – provide a path to - or a guarantee of - salvation.  (Romans 10:12-13)

17) We believe the Lords Supper is a celebration of Jesus’ sacrificial death, our remembrance of His perfect and completed work on the Cross, and that our Lord Himself is spiritually present with us as we receive His precious sacrament.  We believe that the celebration of the Lord’s Supper has divine power to heal believers physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.  And we believe that the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper should be open to any person that proclaims Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior – regardless of creed or denomination.  (1st Corinthians 11:23-26)

18) We believe Gods will and divine plan for His children is to sanctify us - to transform us from one level of glory to the next - so that we can live blessed and victorious lives that will impact and help othersdemonstrating the love of Jesus Christ.  (Romans 12:2, 2nd Corinthians 3:18, 1st Thessalonians 4:3)

19) We believe in the literal, physical, and imminent Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ – which will signal the end of the church age - the Age of Grace - and precede the Tribulation and Great Tribulation.  (Ezekiel 20:33-38, Daniel 7:7-8, 9:24-27, 12:2, Matthew 24:27-31, 25:31-34, 1st Corinthians 15:51-52, 1st Thessalonians 4:15-18, Jude 1:14-15, Revelation 13:1-8, 17:1-14, 19:11-21, 20:1-4)

20) We believe that anyone that has answered the Holy Spirits call and received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior - has also received the spirit of adoption into the family of God.  They are already numbered among the Saints and are already living their eternal life – their souls and spirits never to die.  (John 11:25-26, Romans 8:14-17)

21) We believe that true spiritual gifts only exist - and are only given - to edify the body of Christ.  They do not exist - and are not given - to cause division or dissension within the body of Christ.  (1st Corinthians 12:4-7, 14:1-19)

22) We believe in resolving any and all disputable matters of theology, doctrine, faith, or Christian living - through unbiased exegesis of the Holy Scriptures – rightly-dividing and applying proper context to the Word.  (2nd Peter 3:14-18)

23) We believe that we have been called to preach and teach the Gospel of GRACE – the powerful, passionate, & amazing GRACE of the New Covenant as rediscovered in the Protestant Reformation – and embrace this as our primary ministry and mission.  (John 1:16-17, Acts 20:24, Romans 3:21-26)

24) We believe that the worship experience should be casual, comfortable, and inviting.  And we believe in a worship experience that engages the many diverse talents and abilities given to a body of believers by the Holy Spirit.  (1st Corinthians 14:26)

25) We believe that there is “no condemnation to those who are IN Christ Jesus” - period.  No qualifications and no caveats – because salvation is all about what Jesus did for us...not about what we do for ourselves.  (Romans 8:1-2, 1st Corinthians 1:30-31)

26) We believe that “religion” tends to force believers to be “sin-conscious” – whereas “relationship” truly frees believers to live their lives “Christ-conscious” - and experience - on this earthwalk - ALL that Jesus died to give us.  (Hebrews 10:1-25)

27) And we believe that VERY soon - our Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again to take us home - just as He promised!  (John 14:1-3, 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 1:4-8)

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