GRACE COVENANT CHURCH
5300 STATE ROUTE 31 | CLAY, NY 13041 | 315-699-1551
About God the Father... We believe that God is the all-powerful, all-knowing, always present Creator of all that exists. God is perfectly good in all His ways. As such, God is worthy of our praise. God loves His creation. Because of this, He not only created everything, but also sustains everything. God exists as Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).
About Jesus Christ ... We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Although Jesus is God (divine) and as such is eternal, we also believe that He came to earth as a human and lived a sinless human life, offering Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return someday to earth, to reign as King.
About the Holy Spirit ... We believe the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and Son of God. The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. It is the Holy Spirit that provides Christians with power for living, the understanding of spiritual truth and the guidance for doing what is right. The Holy Spirit gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under the control of the Holy Spirit daily.
For further study: Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17
About the Bible ... We believe the Bible is God's Word to us. We believe it was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, and that it provides the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs about living. Since the Bible is inspired by God, we believe it is truth without error.
For further study: 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; 2 Timothy 1:13
About Human Beings ... As Christians, we believe humans are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. We view people as the supreme objects of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God, called 'sin'. Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in our lives.
For further study: Genesis 1:27; Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1-2; Psalm 8:3-6; Romans 3:23
About Salvation ... We believe salvation is God's free gift to us that must be accepted. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. We believe eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith.
For further sutdy: Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 3:26; John 14:6; Romans 5:1, 6:23, 10:9-10; Titus 3:5
About Eternity ... Our belief is that humans were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. We believe Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
For further study: 1 Corinthians 2:7-9; John 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15