Who we are?
We are a group of believers in Jesus Christ that have chosen to fellowship together around the Grace Brethren Statement of Faith. (www.fgbc.org)
What do we do?
We get to bring REAL freedom to people through
the power of Christ!
How do we do it?
By learning what it REAL-ly means to love God and others.
We believe that REAL freedom comes when we:
Engage in Fellowship
Actively Pursue Truth
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. “ ~ Galatians 5:13
Our Core Commitments
Liberty Grace desires to be a church that is biblical in content, gracious in attitude, generous in spirit, evangelistic in heart, and relevant in approach. We want to be a church which is relevant in practice and conservative in theology; issuing forth a challenging message to a lost and dying world.
- We are committed to faithfully communicating God’s word in the pursuit of real spiritual growth for each individual.
- We are committed to seeing people surrender their lives to Jesus, and as a result, experience real freedom from sin and guilt. We get to bring real freedom to people through the power of Christ.
- We are committed to offering an environment that is conducive to real relationships, grounded in unselfish love for others. It is our desire to have every member of our church actively involved in some form of ministry. We want to be a platform for people to use their spiritual gifts in ministry. Every person in the body has spiritual gifts and is needed to fulfill the mission of the church.
- We are committed to the mission that God has called Liberty Grace; to plant other churches here in our country and around the world. We are committed to outreach in our community through random acts of kindness and service. We believe that the best way to tell others about Christ is to do what Christ would do; to be a servant.
- We are committed to team leadership. It is not just the job of one pastor, person, or family to carry out the ministry of Liberty Grace. We believe in a team approach to successful ministry.
Summary of Beliefs
This summary of beliefs does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the following beliefs represent the teaching of the Bible and are binding upon all members. We of Liberty Grace of Johnstown, PA, in harmony with the historic position of the Grace Brethren Church, believing the Bible, the whole Bible and nothing but the Bible to be our infallible rule of faith and practice, and feeling our responsibility to make known the divine message of the Bible, do present the following Articles as a statement of basic truths taught in the Bible which are common to our Christian faith and practice.
a. The Bible: The Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore wholly without error as originally given of God (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).
b. The One True God: Existing eternally as three persons — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14).
c. The Lord Jesus Christ: His preexistence and deity (John 1:1-3), incarnation by virgin birth (John 1:14; Matt. 1:18-23), sinless life (Heb. 4:15), substitutionary death (2 Cor. 5:21), bodily resurrection (Luke 24:36-43), ascension into heaven and present ministry (Heb. 4:14-16), and coming again (Acts 1:11).
d. The Holy Spirit: His personality (John 16:7-15), and deity (Acts 5:3-4), and His work in each believer, baptism and indwelling at the moment of regeneration (1 Cor. 12:13; Rom. 8:9), and filling (Eph 5:18) to empower for Christian life and service (Eph. 3:16; Acts 1:8; Gal. 5:22-23).
e. Man: His direct creation in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-28), his subsequent fall into sin resulting in spiritual death (Gen. 3:1-24; Rom. 5:12), and the necessity of the new birth for his salvation (John 3:3-5).
f. Salvation: A complete and eternal salvation by God’s grace alone, received as the gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work (Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
g. The Church: One true Church, the body and the bride of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-32), composed of all true believers of the present age (1 Cor. 12:12-13), and the organization of its members in local churches for worship, for edification of believers, and for world-wide gospel witness, each local church being autonomous but cooperating in fellowship and work (Eph. 4:11-16).
h. Christian Life: A life of righteousness, good works, and separation unto God from evil ways of the world (Rom. 12:1-2_, manifested by speaking the truth (James 5:12), maintaining the sanctity of the home (Eph. 5:22-6:4), settling differences between Christians in accordance with the Word of God (1 Cor. 6:1-8), showing a Christ-like attitude toward all men (Rom. 12:17-21), exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23), and maintaining a life of prayer (Eph. 6:18; Phil. 4:6), including the privilege, when sick, of calling for the elders of the church to pray and to anoint with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:13-18).
i. Ordinances: The Christian should observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ, which are (1) baptism of believers by triune immersion (Matt. 28:19) and (2) the threefold communion service, consisting of washing of the saints’ feet (John 13:1-17), the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:20-22, 33-34; Jude 12), and the communion of the bread and cup (1 Cor. 11:23-26).
j. Satan: His existence and personality as the great adversary of God and His people (Rev. 12:1-10), his judgment (John 12:31), and final doom (Rev. 20:10).
k. Second Coming: (The Rapture) the personal, visible, and imminent return of Christ to remove His Church from the earth (1 Thess. 4:16-17) before the tribulation (1 Thess. 1:10; Rev. 3:10), and afterward to descend with the Church to establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth (Rev. 19:11-20:6).
l. Future Life: The conscious existence of the dead (Phil. 1:21-23, Luke 16:19-31), the resurrection of the body (John 5:28-29), the judgment and reward of believers (Rom. 14:10-12; 2 Cor. 5:10), the judgment and condemnation of unbelievers (Rev. 20:11-15), the eternal life of the saved (John 3:16), and the eternal punishment of the lost (Matt. 25:46; Rev. 20:15).