WGBC is a church committed to making disciples who make disciples who . . . (Matthew 28:16-20; 2 Timothy 2:2)
WGBC believes God has called her to reach the world for Christ with a special emphasis on the neighborhood where the building is located through evangelism, assimilation and maturing believers (Acts 1:8).
WGBC is committed to solid Bible teaching (Acts 20:27; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; 2 Timothy 4:2; 2 Timothy3:16-17).
WGBC is committed to loving God as individuals and as a church family through obedience to the Word of God (Matthew 22:34-38; Acts 2:42; 1 John 4:19).
WGBC is committed to loving people through word and deed (Isaiah 58:6-10; Matthew 22:39-40; 1 John 3:18).
WGBC is committed to preparing her people to share the Gospel message with the unsaved in a culturally relevant manner (Colossians 4:5-6; Ephesians 4:11-16; Acts 17:23).
WGBC is committed to identifying and applying the personal spiritual gifts of each individual in the local body for the good of the worldwide Church, the benefit of the local body of believers, and the joy and fulfillment of the individual in service to the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:11-16).
WGBC is committed to training leadership for the purpose of kingdom building (2 Timothy 2:1-2; 1 Peter 5:1-5).
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Grace Brethren Statement of Faith
We of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, in harmony with our historic position, believing the Bible, the whole Bible and nothing but the Bible to be our infallible rule of faith and of practice, and feeling our responsibility to make known the divine message of the Bible, present the following articles as a statement of those basic truths taught in the Bible which are common to our Christian faith and practice.
The Bible: the Word of God, the sixty-six Books of the Old and New Testaments, verbally inspired in all parts and wholly without error as originally given of God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
The One True God: existing eternally as three persons - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
The Lord Jesus Christ: His preexistence and deity (John 1:1-3), incarnation by the virgin birth (John 1:14; Matthew 1:18-23), sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), substitutionary death (2 Corinthians 5:21), bodily resurrection (Luke 24:36-43), Ascension into heaven and present ministry (Hebrews 4:14-16) and coming again ( Acts 1:11).
The Holy Spirit: His personality (John 16:7-15), deity (Acts 5:3-4), and His work in each believer, baptism and indwelling at the moment of regeneration (1 Corinthians12:13; Romans 8:9) and filling (Ephesians 5:18) to empower for Christian life and service (Ephesians 3:16; Acts 1:8; Galations 5:22-23).
Man: his direct creation in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28), his subsequent fall into sin resulting in spiritual death (Genesis 3:1-24); Romans 5:12) and the necessity of the new birth for his salvation (John 3:3-5).
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 (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1:18-19)
The Church: one true Church, the body and bride of Christ( Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25), composed of all true believers of the present age (1Corinthians 12:12-13) and the organization of its members in local churches for worship, for edification of believers and for worldwide gospel witness, each local church being autonomous but cooperating in fellowship and work (Ephesians 4:11-16).
Christian Life: a life of righteousness, good works and separation unto God from the evil ways of the world (Romans 12:1-2), manifested by speaking the truth (James 5:12), maintaining the sanctity of the home (Ephesians 5:22-6:4), settling differences between Christians in accordance with the Word of God (Corinthians 6:1-8), not engaging in carnal strife but showing a Christ-like attitude toward all men ( Romans 12:17-21), exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit ( Galatians 5:22-23) and maintaining a life of prayer (Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 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).
Ordinances: the Christian should observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ which are: (1) baptism of believers by triune immersion (Matthew 28:19) and (2) the threefold communion service, consisting of the washing of the saints' feet (John 13:1-17), the Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 11:20-22, 33-34; Jude 12) and the communion of the bread and the cup (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
Satan: his existence and personality as the great adversary of God and His people (Revelation 12:1-10), his judgment (John 12:31) and final doom ( Revelation 20:10).
Second Coming: the personal, visible, and imminent return of Christ to remove His Church from the earth (1Thessalonians 4:16-17) before the tribulation (1Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10) and afterward to descend with the Church to establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth ( Revelation 19:11-20:6).
Future Life: the conscious existence of the dead ( Philippians 1:21-23; Luke 16:19-31), the resurrection of the body (John 5:28-29), the judgment and reward of believers ( Romans 14:10-12; 2 Corinthians 5:10), the judgement and condemnation of unbelievers (Revelation 20:11-15), the eternal life of the saved (John 3:16) and the eternal punishment of the lost ( Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15).
CE National pamphlet 1994 with verses quoted from New International version of the bible.
WONDERING ABOUT GOD?
Life with Meaning
Within each person is a longing for fulfillment, an insatiable desire to find happiness and purpose. Some look for it in money and possessions, acquiring more and more, yet remaining less than satisfied.
Some people seek gratification and success by pouring their lives into a career. Unfortunately, when they finally reach the top, the nagging emptiness returns.
Others look for fulfillment through relationships. They join social clubs, attempt to strengthen family ties and add to their list of friends. However, because no one is perfect, people let us down.
The tragedy is that people are searching in the wrong places. The God who created us made us to be truly fulfilled only when we are in fellowship with Him. He is the missing dimension. He knows us best and wants to give our lives full meaning and joy. Yet, He allows us to decide our own life's course. We have the freedom to turn to God or to turn away, but the consequences are eternal.
Grace Brethren Churches are committed to helping people discover that abundant life, not just on Sunday's, but every day.
CE National pamphlet 1994 with New International Version of the bible